A Breast Lift Can Transform Your Figure
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?
An Increasingly Popular Procedure
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.
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
Your doctor will administer anesthesia for your comfort.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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
Many doctors work with third-party lenders such as CareCredit® to arrange flexible, low-interest financing plans.
Most practices accept major credit cards. If you have one that offers a low APR, it could be worth using for surgery.
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
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 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.
If you want to enhance the results of your breast lift with breast implants, you can combine your procedure with a breast augmentation.
A full body lift or mommy makeover is a great option for patients who want to rejuvenate multiple areas of their body.
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
Thermal Skin Tightening
Breast Lift & Augmentation
$9,000 to $20,000
*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
Although it will take weeks to heal, the results of surgery are almost immediately noticeable.
Addressing sagging breasts can help your entire body look more youthful and more fit.
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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