Also known as mastopexy and breast lift surgery
A breast lift addresses sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume and drooping nipples and stretched areolas (the darker area surrounding the nipples), recreating a youthful shape and lift to your breasts. If there is too little or too much breast volume, a breast augmentation or breast reduction might be recommended in addition to a lift. Every year, thousands of women undergo successful breast-lift surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results.
When to Consider a Breast Lift
- Pregnancy, nursing, gravity, weight gain or loss, normal aging, and heredity have taken a toll on the shape of your breasts, resulting in sagging
- If your surgeon thinks that breast implants alone are unlikely to achieve the contour you desire
- If the tissue surrounding the nipple or areola has become stretched
Types of Breast Lifts
Cosmetic surgeons use a variety of incision techniques for breast lift surgery; the exact technique Dr. Maningas will use, will vary based on your existing breast tissue, the amount of excess skin to be removed, and your personal goals. During your consultation with Dr. Maningas at our Joplin, MO or Bella Vista, AR location, he will recommend the type of breast lift that will achieve optimal results with the least conspicuous scarring possible.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
If you’ve become increasingly unhappy about the sagging of your breasts, you may wonder what surgery can do. Don’t be surprised if a suggestion is made about combining breast augmentation or breast reduction with your lift; adjunct procedures may be necessary to achieve your goals.
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a breast lift:
- Age 18 to 65
- Non smoker
- Breasts that lack substance or firmness.
- Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease.
- Breasts that appear different from each other; one breast may appear firm and well positioned while the other does not.
- Breasts that are not equal in size.
- Breasts that are relatively small.
- Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long-lasting as a breast lift performed on smaller breasts; the weight of larger breasts works against surgical changes.
- You are finished with childbearing and breast-feeding. If you plan to have children, you may want to postpone cosmetic breast surgery. Pregnancy may stretch the breasts and reduce their volume, compromising surgery benefits.
Combining a Breast Lift with Augmentation
In some cases, a breast lift alone may not achieve your desired results. If you feel your breasts look “deflated” or have lost volume due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy, Dr. Maningas can place breast implants during breast lift surgery to restore fullness and shape to the breast. If you have always wanted larger, lifted breasts, a breast augmentation with lift can help you achieve both with a single procedure and recovery.
Recovery & Downtime
Breast lift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia or local anesthesia + intravenous sedation. You will be able to go home shortly after surgery to continue your recovery. Your breasts will be bandaged or placed in a surgical bra.
Most patients experience some soreness and swelling after breast lift surgery. You will be prescribed pain medication to help keep you comfortable, and many patients find they can switch to Tylenol after the first few days.
While you’ll be able to get up and walk around the house the same day of surgery, take it easy for the first few days. Also, expect to sleep on your back for the first several weeks or more after surgery. If you normally sleep on your side or stomach, invest in some extra pillows to help keep you from turning over.
Many patients return to work within 1-2 weeks after breast lift surgery, depending on the nature of their jobs, and resume most daily activities after a week or so. You will need to limit exercise other than walking for the first 2-6 weeks after a breast lift; Dr. Maningas and his excellent staff will provide you with detailed instructions about when it is safe to resume any activity.
Residual soreness and swelling should gradually subside over the first several months after a breast lift, and most patients are permitted to begin wearing underwire bras again after about 6 weeks.
Having a breast lift is similar to resetting the clock for sagging. Your breasts will still undergo natural changes due to the aging process, although with proper care you should not experience your previous level of sagging for many years. However, it is important to understand that certain life events, such as future pregnancy or weight fluctuations can negatively affect your results. If you are planning to have more children or you would like to lose weight, it is best to achieve these milestones before having a breast lift.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost for Breast Lift surgery at Maningas Cosmetic Surgery begins around $6,775 or $7,900 if implants are included. Your quote will include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs, the facility fee for the operating room, all other supplies and implants when indicated, patient care bag and all routine follow-up visits.