Do you notice sagging, drooping breasts when you look in the mirror? The aging process, major weight loss, and pregnancy can seriously alter the shape and feel of your breasts. At Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, we understand how distressed and uncomfortable these changes to your body can make you feel, and want you to know we can address your concerns with a breast lift.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift (mastopexy) is an elective surgical procedure that some women undergo to address dissatisfaction with their bust and create perkier, more youthful-looking breasts. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat, reshaping and relocation of the breasts, and creating a new structure to support your breasts in their new position.
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Breast Lift?
The cost of the procedure will vary between providers and it’s influenced by a few different things, such as the actual cost of the procedure, the surgeon’s fee, and the type of procedure you choose. There are several ways in which a lift can be performed, which range from technical to relatively simple. You and your provider will discuss which type of procedure is best-suited to produce the cosmetic results you require.
Types of Mastopexy Procedures
Every woman’s breasts are different, and those differences require multiple types of surgery to address them. Below are different procedures from which you can choose that can restore and rejuvenate your bust. The procedure that works best for someone else may not be the one for you, so it’s important to understand the benefits and limitations of each.
Be candid with your provider and let them know exactly what you’re looking to achieve with your procedure so that they can recommend the best option for moving forward. Below are a few examples you will discuss at your consultation.
The Crescent Lift
The Crescent Lift is one of the less-used surgical techniques because it corrects only minor sagging or drooping breasts. It begins with an incision along the upper half of the areola through which your surgeon will lift and tighten your breasts. Crescent lifts are often used when a client is looking for a breast augmentation along with a lift.
The Donut Lift
Also known as a periareolar incision, the incision is made around the perimeter of the areola and is best at addressing mild-to-moderate breast sagging. The incision is only slightly larger than that of a crescent lift, but it allows your provider a greater degree of control when repositioning your breasts and to remove a greater amount of excess skin.
The Lollipop Lift
A lollipop lift involves a periareolar incision much like the donut lift, however, the lollipop lift includes another incision leading down from the areola to the breast crease. The resulting incision resembles the shape of a lollipop, which is where the procedure gets its name. It’s also known by some as a “keyhole lift” because the incision resembles the keyhole on old fashioned doors.
Patients experiencing a moderate degree of sagging can benefit from this procedure. However, those who are experiencing significant sagging may need to undergo a more comprehensive procedure than what a lollipop lift can provide.
Last but not least is the anchor incision. It involves a periareolar incision and another vertical incision that runs from the areola to the breast crease. Your provider would stop here if they were performing a lollipop lift, however, this procedure involves one more incision that runs horizontally along the breast crease.
An anchor incision allows your surgeon the most control and creates the groundwork for the most dramatic change. Clients with severe sagging or drooping breasts will probably benefit most from this procedure.
Are You an Ideal Candidate for Surgery?
Mastopexy is a routine, relatively simple surgery and most women qualify as candidates. Below are some of the qualifiers that determine your candidacy for surgery.
You’re Unhappy With Your Breasts
The first and most obvious criterion for candidacy is that you’re dissatisfied with the shape and/or placement of your breasts. You should also need to be satisfied with the size of your breasts (unless you’re planning to undergo breast augmentation as well).
Your Skin Still Has Some Elasticity
If your skin still has some degree of natural elasticity around your breasts, it can help achieve dramatic results. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible outcome to meet your cosmetic desires. When a client still has natural skin elasticity, it’s much more likely that the results should meet (if not exceed) expectations.
You’re in Good General Health
No matter how upset you are with your breasts or how badly you want to realize your aesthetic goals, your personal health is of paramount importance. It’s critical that you provide your surgeon with accurate, up-to-date medical records and inform them of any preexisting conditions you may have, especially if it’s a skin condition.
You don’t need to be in the best shape of your life to be healthy enough to undergo surgery, and preexisting conditions don’t necessarily disqualify you. If any conditions exist that may complicate your surgery, your provider can help you address them beforehand.
You’re a Non-Smoker (Or Are Willing to Quit)
Aside from the damage that smoking or using other tobacco products can have on your body, being a smoker can cause issues in the form of bleeding. Tobacco products tend to reduce your blood’s ability to clot and, by extension, can cause unnecessary bleeding. The last thing you want when undergoing any procedure, let alone a cosmetic one, is unnecessary bleeding.
Your provider will suggest that you quit smoking for good. However, you’re unable or unwilling to do so, you’ll need to quit for at least six weeks leading up to your procedure and for several weeks after. Many clients use this necessary cessation to quit entirely.
What Are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?
The benefits of a breast lift aren’t limited to simply lifting them. There are a host of additional benefits to the procedure that may not seem obvious at first glance.
Your Breasts Appear Firmer
Not only will it rejuvenate your bust and reposition your breasts to sit higher on your chest, but it will also give them a firmer look and feel, which is a must for most clients. When your breasts sag they can look elongated and feel deflated. With a lift, your provider will construct a new support system for your breasts which creates a firmer, more natural feel.
Your Nipple Projection Will Be Improved
Sagging or drooping breasts often leave your nipples pointed downward toward the ground. This phenomenon is known as ptosis and it’s very common among women who have lost a significant amount of weight or are experiencing significant signs of aging.
If your breasts point downward, a lift can help. When your provider reshapes your breasts, your nipples will also be repositioned to create a more natural, forward projecting nipple.
Reduced Irritation Beneath Your Breasts
Sagging breasts can lead to skin irritation as your breast rubs against the skin beneath it. If you suffer from painful chafing due to the state of your breasts, make sure to bring it up to your provider at your consultation. Steps can be taken during the procedure to reduce or eliminate under breast irritation.
You’ll Enjoy More Wardrobe Options
After their procedure, many clients tell us that they’re much more comfortable trying on clothing that they never would have before. Lifted, perky breasts look a lot better in most clothes and can redefine your contour in such a way that you feel comfortable expanding your wardrobe.
Your Confidence Can Skyrocket
If your self-confidence and self-esteem have taken a hit due to the state of your breasts, you aren’t alone. Many women lose confidence in their appearance when they’re suffering from drooping breasts. When your self-esteem isn’t where it should be it can lead to other problems, like skipping social engagements and staying around the house, which can cause some people to fall into depression.
People who are happy with their appearance and themselves are much more likely to feel invigorated and ready to meet the world. Whether it’s a social engagement, day-to-day errands, or a trip to the beach, mastopexy surgery can revitalize your bust and elevate your self-esteem.
It Can Be Combined With Other Procedures
If your cosmetic goals go beyond lifting and shaping your breasts, you may be delighted to know that there are several other cosmetic surgical procedures that can be performed at the same time which can speed your transformation up by quite a bit.
Below are a few surgeries you can combine with your lift as long as your provider feels you’re strong and healthy enough to undergo more than one procedure at a time.
There are three procedures commonly performed with a lift, and the first one is breast augmentation (implants). The addition of implants during a mastopexy is almost ideal since your surgeon will already be enhancing your breasts with the lift.
The combination of breast implants with your lift can seriously improve the look and feel of your breasts, as well as how you feel about yourself.
Another commonly-requested procedure is a breast reduction. Sometimes a woman’s breasts sag and droop because they’re simply too big. It’s also common for a woman with large breasts to experience lower back pain and difficulty fitting into clothes.
A breast reduction, even a modest one, can go a long way toward relieving your lower back pain and creating a contour that’s much more balanced.
Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, seeks to address a distended abdomen, loose skin, and a mild amount of excess fat around your midsection. The procedure involves an incision through which your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat and will tighten up your abdominal wall muscles to create a flatter, fitter-looking belly.
If you’ve ever heard the term “mommy makeover,” it’s usually talking about a combination of abdominoplasty and mastopexy. Many women who have experienced one or more pregnancies choose to undergo a mommy makeover. It should be noted that while some fat is removed from your abdomen, a tummy tuck is not an alternative to diet and exercise if weight loss is your goal.
The cost of a breast lift is generally in the realm of other surgical procedures, though there are several factors that can influence the price. The type of procedure you choose to undergo, whether or not you choose to add an additional procedure, and your surgeon’s fee will all factor in to the final price.
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The procedure works by removing the excess skin and fat that are causing your breasts to sag, relocating your nipple to a more outward-facing, perky position, and relocating and reshaping your breasts into a more youthful position. If you’re unhappy with your sagging breasts and you think that mastopexy is right for you, call Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule a consultation.