Breast Lift FAQ
What is a breast lift? What results can I expect?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure that elevates the position of the breasts. This surgery is designed to lift sagging breasts to a more youthful, aesthetic position upon the chest.
Am I a good candidate for a mastopexy?
A qualified plastic surgeon can determine if you are an ideal breast lift candidate. However, a good candidate is someone with drooping breasts, physically and mentally healthy, and familiar with this plastic surgery procedure.
What should I expect during breast lift surgery? How long does the procedure take?
Although there are variations as to how this procedure can be performed; typically, breast tissue is removed and the areola repositioned to a higher position upon the breast. Often, because tissue is removed, breast implant will be used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. The procedure can take one to three hours to complete, depending on the method being used.
Where will the surgery most likely take place?
Usually the procedure is performed in a surgical suite.
What is the recovery period like? When can I return to work and strenuous activity?
The first few days are the most painful, but discomfort can easily be controlled with pain medications and will soon decrease. After about two weeks patients can return to work (if no heavy lifting is involved). Numbness and bruising may persist for several weeks.
What risks and side effects are associated with mastopexy?
Some of the risks and side effects associated with breast lift surgery include infection, negative reaction to anesthesia, prominent scarring, uneven nipples, and breast asymmetry.
What are the concentric (doughnut) and anchor-shaped breast lift techniques?
The concentric or "doughnut" breast lift is generally performed on women with smaller breasts. It involves removing a circular shaped piece of skin and repositioning the breasts. The anchor-shaped method is similar but removes a greater amount of breast tissue in an anchor shape.
Is mastopexy a painful procedure? Is there noticeable scarring?
The first day after surgery you will feel some pain, but pain medication will help to reduce discomfort. Over the course of a few days, the pain will subside. Scarring is noticeable with breast lift surgery; however, most patients report that the results are often worth the scars.
How much does a breast lift cost? Do I have insurance coverage or financing options?
In 2007, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that the national average cost of breast lift surgery was $4,341. That accounts for physician/surgeon fees only and doesn't not represent the price of the surgical facility, anesthesia, medical test, and other related costs. Unfortunately, insurance companies may not cover breast lift surgery. In that case, patient financing is available such as loans and payment plans.
What is the long-term outcome like? How long do the results last?
Breast lift results are permanent but the natural aging process, pregnancy/breastfeeding, and weight loss can cause the breasts to sag once again.