A breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Gravity, loss of skin elasticity, and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy, and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of the breasts. The use of implants alone will not lift the breasts, thus a lift is usually recommended to improve position. Snellville plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, offers several breast lift techniques to create firmer, shapelier breasts. During the consultation and after a thorough examination, he will put together a treatment plan to attain the best results.
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Good candidates for breast lifts are women who demonstrate:
- Breasts that have lost volume and shape
- Breasts that are flat or elongated
- Breasts that have enlarged or stretched areolas
- Breasts that have nipples that point downward and/or below the crease of your breasts
- Non-smokers and those who are in overall good health
A breast lift requires incisions to shape and firm the breasts. The most common incision patterns used during a breast lift procedure are:
- Incision around the areola
- Incisions around the areola and then vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease
- Incisions around the areola and then vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease and finally extending horizontally in the breast crease
The size and shape of the breasts, size of the areolas, and extent of sagging are factors that will help Dr. Stephenson determine the best technique to use. Occasionally, it may be determined that a small breast implant may be necessary or desired to enhance the fullness of the upper portion of the breast. This can be done at the same time as the lift or at a later date.
What to Expect
Dr. Stephenson will evaluate the overall health of the patient, as well as assess the current breast size and shape and take measurements of the breast to help determine the amount of sagging that is present. Additionally, he will evaluate skin laxity, symmetry, and the underlying bone anatomy of the chest. This evaluation will help him to develop an individual breast lift plan. Dr. Stephenson encourages patients to discuss any areas of concern at this time. For many patients, scarring is a topic that of concern. Dr. Stephenson will help set realistic expectations and what type of results can be attained through surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Things to Consider
Augmentation or a Lift?
Patients that visit with Dr. Stephenson for breast augmentation, may discover that they need a lift first if there is a certain degree of sag. If the patient wishes to add more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. However, implants are not always needed depending on how much native breast tissue exists prior to the lift. Before surgery, Dr. Stephenson will provide a thorough assessment as to whether or not an augmentation is necessary to attain the aesthetic results the patient desires. It’s important to note that if an implant is placed within a sagging breast, the outcome most likely will be very unsatisfactory.
Repositioning of the Nipple
In some breast lift cases, the nipple may need to be repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away during surgery, a portion of an overly stretched areola is trimmed away at the same time. The goal during surgery is to reduce the size of the areola and create an even, natural appearance.
With the majority of breast lift procedures, there is some scarring associated with the surgery. This is because when incisions are made to trim away the loose skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Dr. Stephenson incorporates the latest breast lift techniques to minimize scarring. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing can be healthy and quick.
After breast lift surgery, patients are placed in a surgical dressing that may include a support bra. Swelling is expected and patients should take it easy for a few days. The swelling will start to resolve within 1-2 weeks after surgery and most patients are able to resume modest activities within about 2-3 weeks. A breast lift typically takes about 4-6 weeks for a full recovery.
Breast lift surgery can cost between $4,500-$6,000. If the surgery is combined with breast augmentation where implants are used, the cost will increase upwards to about $7,500-$9,000. In most cases, a breast lift is considered cosmetic by nature, thus is typically is not covered by medical insurance.
Achieve the Look You Want
We invite you to call our Atlanta, GA plastic surgery office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Stephenson. If you are bothered by sagging, droopy breasts and are considering a breast lift surgery, Dr. Stephenson can restore the look and feel of your breasts and create a gorgeous, youthful outcome.