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Breast Lift

Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging can cause your breasts to sag, making it a challenge to feel confident wearing bras and swimsuits.

A breast lift (also known as a mastopexy) can rejuvenate your figure by restoring firmness and a perky shape to your bust line.

Are you ready to take back your body?

A Breast Lift Can Transform Your Figure

...After Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of life's greatest gifts, but it can cause some unwanted changes to the body. After breastfeeding, the breasts lose volume and may begin to sag. A lift can restore a youthful shape to your bust.

...After Weight Loss

Since breasts primarily consist of fat tissue and skin, weight loss can cause your breasts to appear small or deflated. By tightening skin and lifting the breasts, you can achieve an enhancement that complements your new figure.

...After Years of Feeling Self-Conscious

Some women have had sagging or asymmetrical breasts since their teenage years. A lift can help you achieve the profile you have always wanted.

Let's dive deeper...How does a breast lift work?

breast lift An Increasingly Popular Procedure

There was a 92% increase in breast lift procedures from 2000 to 2016 with over 100,000 procedures performed in 2016 alone.

*According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

How can you tell if a breast lift is right for you? ​

How Do I Know If I Need a Breast Lift? Ask Yourself:

Am I happy with the appearance of my breasts?

If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts but not their shape, you may benefit from a breast lift. Other breast surgery procedures such as augmentation or reduction may be recommended alone or in combination with a lift to address the size of your breasts.

Are my breasts asymmetrical?

If one breast is noticeably different than the other, a lift can create symmetry. It can also restore a round shape to elongated breasts.

Does my nipple sag below the crease under my breast?

When looking in the mirror, examine where the nipple is located in relation to the inframammary fold. A lift may be recommended if your nipple sits below the crease.

Do my nipples point downward or are my areolas enlarged?

If your nipples point downward rather than forward, a breast lift can reposition the nipples. A lift can also reduce areola size.

Are there any requirements or recommendations for undergoing surgery?

How to Qualify for a Breast Lift

Good Overall Health

In order to undergo most surgical procedures, you should be in good overall health. Certain unhealthy habits such as smoking can increase your risk of surgical complications or lengthen your recovery.

Stable Weight

To ensure the best results, you should be at a stable weight before undergoing a breast lift. Bodily changes due to pregnancy or weight gain can alter the shape, size, and projection of your breasts and potentially reverse the results of your surgery. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, you should postpone surgery.

Following Weight Loss or Pregnancy

A breast lift is a great option for patients who have undergone massive weight loss or multiple pregnancies. These events can dramatically affect the look of your breasts, leaving you with excess skin or sagging tissue. A breast lift can help you enjoy both motherhood and your new body to the fullest.

Overall Dissatisfaction With Your Breasts

Many patients are unhappy with their breasts due to downward projection, excess or stretched skin, or asymmetry. In these cases, surgical modification may be the best option and finally help them achieve the appearance they've always wanted.

What can you expect during the procedure?

The General Timeline for a Breast Lift

Prior to surgery, your doctor will evaluate the size and shape of your breasts, the position of your nipples, and the elasticity of your skin to determine the most suitable approach.

Day of Procedure

Anesthesia

Your doctor will administer anesthesia for your comfort.

Incisions

Your doctor will then make an incision around the areola. The incision may extend down to the breast crease, as well as horizontally along the crease, depending on the amount of lift needed.

Reshaping

The doctor can lift the underlying breast tissue, reposition the nipple, reduce the size of the areola, and remove excess skin.

Closing the Incisions

After the breasts are recontoured, the skin is gently tightened and the incisions are closed.

Results

Your results will be immediately visible, though it will take time for swelling to subside and incision lines to fade. To experience long-lasting results, you should maintain a consistent weight and a healthy lifestyle.

What does surgery look like?

The Results Are Subtle But Transformative

Aside from some swelling, the results of a breast lift are immediately noticeable after surgery and will continue to improve over time. Following a breast lift, you can enjoy:

  • Improved symmetry
  • Perkier projection
  • Boosted self-confidence

They are also immediately apparent...

Breasts before and after lift Ensuring a Healthy Recovery and Maintaining the Best Possible Results

Your doctor will explain how to take care of your incisions to ensure proper healing. They may also ask you to wear a compression garment that supports your breast lift. During your recovery, which usually spans about two to three weeks, you should avoid excessive exercise and other motions that might aggravate your scars. Although it is impossible to avoid surgical scars completely, they will fade over time.

While your body is subject to the natural effects of aging, there are some ways to preserve the results of your breast lift, including:

  • Maintaining a stable weight
  • Avoiding becoming pregnant
  • Taking care of your skin and avoiding excessive sun exposure
  • Wearing supportive bras, especially during physical activity

By taking care of your body, you can help your results last as long as possible.

How much will a breast lift cost you?

*According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

What will determine the final cost of your procedure?

The Final Cost Will Depend on Various Factors

Your Surgeon's Breast Lift Experience

A doctor who specializes in breast procedures will generally have higher surgical fees than a doctor who has less experience. But rather than searching for the cheapest option, it is important to choose a highly-qualified surgeon who has already performed many breast lifts.

The Extent of the Procedure

If you need surgical enhancement to address loose skin or tissue, you will likely have more surgical fees than someone who requires minimal surgical attention. More extensive concerns require a lengthier and more complex surgery. Your surgeon will also have to ensure that you are safely sedated for a longer period of time, which can add to the cost of your procedure.

Combination with Other Procedures

The average cost of $4,672 only accounts for a breast lift alone. If you are adding breast implants to enhance the shape and size of your breasts or are undergoing a more comprehensive mommy makeover, the final cost will be higher.

How are you going to pay for treatment?

Surgeons Have Several Options Available to Make Treatment Possible

Third-Party Lenders

Many doctors work with third-party lenders such as CareCredit® to arrange flexible, low-interest financing plans.

Credit Cards

Most practices accept major credit cards. If you have one that offers a low APR, it could be worth using for surgery.

FSAs

Other doctors accept FSAs so that you can use your pre-tax dollars to pay for surgical treatment.

Calculate the Cost of Surgery

National Average Costs Liposuction $3200 Breast Augmentation $3700 Arm Lift $4200 Breast Lift $4600 Thigh Lift $4800 Breast Reduction $5600 Abdominoplasty $5800 Total Cost Estimate

Should you consider a different surgical solution?

Deciding Between Popular Alternatives to a Breast Lift

The closest non-surgical alternative to a breast lift is non-surgical skin tightening. However, treatments such as Thermage or Ultherapy® are not yet FDA-approved for tightening tissue in the breast area. The closest skin they can tighten is that of the neck or décolletage.

In contrast, a breast lift offers immediately visible results and other comprehensive benefits that make it well worth the price difference. Surgery allows your doctor to deliver predictable results, remove excess tissue, and improve the lift of your breasts all in one treatment, while other non-surgical treatments may not produce the results you want while still costing you thousands of dollars.

Laser skin tightening procedure Laser Skin Tightening

Laser skin tightening is a minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment that uses light energy to heat collagen under the outer layer of your skin, causing it to tighten. However, this treatment cannot be directly applied to breast tissue.

Thermal skin tightening Thermal Skin Tightening

Thermal skin tightening is also minimally invasive and non-surgical. It uses radiofrequency to lift the skin. Like laser skin tightening, it cannot be used to directly lift breast tissue.

Breast implants Breast Augmentation

If you want to enhance the results of your breast lift with breast implants, you can combine your procedure with a breast augmentation.

Mother and child running on the beach Mommy Makeover

A full body lift or mommy makeover is a great option for patients who want to rejuvenate multiple areas of their body.

Woman wearing black bra Well-Fitting Bra

If professional treatment is not on your radar, your best option is a supportive bra that can give you the lift you need during the daytime.

Comparing Coverage, Recovery and Results of Each Procedure

Feature Bra Laser Skin Tightening Thermal Skin Tightening Breast Lift Breast lift + Augmentation Mommy Makeover
Average Cost $60 $1225 $3000 $4672 $8390 $9000 to $20,000
Can Be Directly Used to Lift Breasts
Surgically removes excess skin
Recovery Time Short adjustment period No recovery time No recovery time Two to three weeks Two to six weeks Several weeks
Results Immediate, but temporary Several Weeks Several Weeks Immediate Immediate Immediate

How do the costs compare?

Average Surgeon's Fees*

Laser Skin Tightening

$1,225

Thermal Skin Tightening

$3,000

Breast Lift

$4,672

Breast Lift & Augmentation

$8,390

Mommy Makeover

$9,000 to $20,000

Supportive Bra

$60

*These averages do not include anesthesia, aftercare expenses, facility fees, and other expenses.

Will it all be worth it?

A Breast Lift Can Renew Your Confidence in Your Figure

Immediate Results

Although it will take weeks to heal, the results of surgery are almost immediately noticeable.

Rejuvenated Physique

Addressing sagging breasts can help your entire body look more youthful and more fit.

Improved Confidence

If you've struggled with drooping breasts your whole life, a breast lift can help you feel more confident.

What bothers you? Shape, size, or both?

Your Answer Will Define Your Treatment

A breast lift addresses the position of the breasts. It does not restore fullness. If you have always wanted larger, perkier breasts, your doctor may recommend a breast augmentation with a lift. Alongside your doctor, you can select the size and shape of implants that most beautifully complement your figure.


You should feel great about your breasts. If you don't, a breast lift can help. Talk to your doctor about your surgical goals to find out if a lift is the best way to transform your figure.

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