Women may experience significant changes in their breasts after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Over time, the breast’s shape and firmness will significantly decrease. Aside from pregnancy, weight fluctuations, heredity, and the aging process can also rob the breasts of their youthful appearance.
The skin naturally loses elasticity, which causes the breasts to droop, sometimes taking on a pendulous look. The diminishing volume will often pull the nipples to a lower position. Although large breasts may be increasingly prone to sagging, any woman can experience these problems. The changes are permanent, but a breast lift can dramatically restore a more youthful appearance to the chest.
|What is the pain level after the surgery?||Mild to Moderate|
|Anesthesia type (if applicable)||General anesthesia|
|Duration of Surgery||2-4 Hours|
|Where will scaring for this procedure be?||Lollipop incision: circling around the areola, running downward from the nipple|
|Timeframe to begin showing final results||2-3weeks|
|When is the patient able to return to regular activities?||1 week|
|When is the patient able to resume exercise?||4-6 weeks|
|Cost of surgeon’s fee||$6,000 – $9,000|
A Breast Lift at the Naderi Center
A Mastopexy, more commonly called a breast lift, is a surgical procedure created to raise sagging breast tissue. The technique can significantly improve the look of drooping, deflated breasts by raising the tissue to a more youthful position. The breast lift will eliminate excess skin and tissue, as well as reposition the nipples.
The Breast Lift is a procedure that alters the breast’s shape. By combining a breast lift with a breast augmentation, optimal improvements can be seen in both volume and upper pole fullness.
Breast Lift can address changes in breast tissue that occur during:
- Extreme weight gain and loss
The Naderi Center is the leading cosmetic surgery center in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. areas. The expert plastic surgeons at the Naderi Center consistently bring women the safest and most effective aesthetic treatments. Dr. Erica Anderson’s only area of plastic surgery focus is breast and body surgery. Dr. Anderson expertise allows her patients to have a variety of surgical breast enhancement surgical options and a variety of breast implant choices.
Ideal Candidate for a Breast Lift
Any woman who is unhappy with sagging breasts may make a good candidate for the breast lift procedure. On average, breast lift candidates are women whom have had one or more children, breast fed their children in the past and or have experienced dramatic weight changes. Many of these women are in their 30s, 40s or even 50s and desire to restore their breast shape to its more youthful appearance. Some women have enough breast volume that a breast lift alone will cause a significant improvement in the breast appearance. Meanwhile some women may require both a breast lift and breast augmentation with breast implants or fat to achieve the results they desire. A breast lift is one of the most common procedures performed with the “mommy make-over” which is a combination of breast surgery with tummy tuck and or liposuction. An ideal candidate for a breast lift will be in overall good health and hold realistic surgical expectations.
What do expect during the breast lift Consultation at The Naderi Center
Women interested in having a breast lift are encouraged to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Anderson. During the consultation, the surgeon will review the medical history, current medications, and perform a physical exam. Dr. Anderson will also have an in-depth conversation about your long-term aesthetic goals. After Dr. Anderson explains the available techniques for a breast lift, she will answer any questions that remain. If breast lift will be combined with breast augmentation and implants, Dr. Anderson will discuss a variety of implant choices for the patients. At The Naderi Center we offer our patients saline breast implants, silicone or gel breast implants, Ideal Breast Implants and Sientra Breast Implants. For women desiring a more natural breast lift with breast augmentation, Dr. Anderson also can place anatomical or what is commonly referred to as “tear-drop” breast implants. The consultation may also involve Dr. Anderson performing 3D before and after imaging so that patients can help to better visualize their final breast lift results. Once the decision has been made to move ahead with the breast lift procedure, Dr. Anderson will create a personalized surgical plan. A patient coordinator will work closely with you during the surgery preparation process to make sure that all details of your breast lift procedure are well planned and go smoothly.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Dr. Anderson will perform her breast lift technique as an outpatient procedure at a local, accredited surgical center. Using general anesthesia, the procedure typically takes 3 hours to perform. If the breast lift will be combined with additional plastic surgery procedures, the surgery may be longer.
To begin, Dr. Anderson will create an inverted T incision: circling around the areola, running downward from the nipple, and then horizontally across the breast crease. This incision is typically referred to as the “lolli-pop” incision or scar. Any unwanted fatty tissue and loose skin will be removed. Dr. Anderson will reshape and reposition the nipple and areola into a position that is natural appearing. Once the desired corrections have been made, Dr. Anderson will close the incisions using a technique that will allow for minimal scarring. An assistant may be present during the procedure to help facilitate the surgery for Dr. Anderson. At The Naderi Center our surgical assistants never make any incisions or suture close any incisions, a unfortunate common practice among many plastic surgeons. Especially when it comes to breast surgery it is extremely important that both incision sites of the breasts be sutured by the plastic surgeon to ensure that there is the strongest chance of obtaining aesthetic symmetry.
Complications and Risks of a Breast Lift
The breast lift is a commonly performed procedure at The Nader Center by Dr. Anderson. As with any plastic surgery procedure there are risks which include post-operative bleeding, infection, unexpected scarring, delayed wound healing, and asymmetry. During the consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will further discuss the risks and potential complications during the breast lift process in great depth.
Breast Lift Recovery
Recovery from a breast lift procedure usually requires one to take off from work and or school for 7 – 10 days. Most patients can expect to return to work or school after a week. Strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise should be avoided for six to eight weeks. Any activity which overly exerts the body can result in delayed healing and increased risk of complications.
Bruising and swelling will be seen after a breast lift, but these will resolve naturally over the following one to two weeks. While there may be mild to moderate discomfort, Dr. Anderson will provide the appropriate pain medications during the recovery period. Some women will note temporary numbness across the nipple and incision lines; this is normal and will most likely resolve over time. A surgical bra or support garment will need to be worn for several weeks following the breast lift procedure, to ensure the breasts heal appropriately. You will have a number of follow-up appointments where Dr. Anderson personally will see you and address the progress of your healing. At the follow-up appointments Dr. Anderson will discuss when certain activities can be resumed and when you can start to wear a normal bra.
Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation with Dr. Erica Anderson
To find out if a Mastopexy is the right procedure for you, contact the Naderi Center to schedule a breast lift consultation. Contact the Northern Virginia office at 703.481.0002 or the Chevy Chase, Maryland office at 301.222.2020. Although the Naderi Center is conveniently lcoated for patients throughout the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, we have many patients from across the United States who come to our surgeons because they know they are ultra-specialized in their area of cosmetic plastic surgery. Those outside of the immediate area may request an online consultation via Facetime , WhatApp or Skype with Dr. Anderson.
Breast Lift FAQs
What is a breast lift?
The breast lift is a specialized surgical procedure designed to raise sagging breast tissue and nipple areola complex. The technique lifts tissue to a more youthful position.
Can the breast lift be combined with other techniques?
Combining the breast lift with the placement of breast implants can provide optimal breast rejuvenation results. The breast lift alone will tighten skin and raise breast tissue, but not improve the volume. When the two procedures are performed together, a more youthful chest can be restored, however there are higher risks involved when combining these two procedures. This should be discussed during your consultation and at times, Dr. Anderson may recommend staging the two procedures.
Will a breast lift result in scarring?
The breast lift procedure does result in a scar along the incision lines which is referred to as the “lolli-pop” scar. These scars will fade over time and the visibility of the scar will depend on a number of factors including surgical technique, patient’s anatomy and propensity to scar as well as the post-operative care for the scar. At the Naderi Center all of our body patients are advised to use our special post-surgical tape for many weeks after surgery and then once the scars are healed we advise a special silicone based gel application to continue into the following weeks.
Can I return to work after my breast lift?
Most of Dr. Anderson’s breast lift patients are feeling well enough to return to work within a week after surgery. How well you feel to return to work will depend on a number of factors including how extensive of a breast lift procedure was performed, the type of work that you do as well as each individuals ability to heal after surgery.
Can I exercise after my breast lift?
Women are encouraged to postpone vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for six to eight weeks after their Mastopexy procedure. Strenuous exercise can increase swelling, disrupt incision lines, worsen bruising and overall delay optimal healing.