A Breast Lift Surgery is also called a Mastopexy. The purpose of a breast lift is the change to shape of the breast; usually to lift the breast to make it look more youthful or at least not saggy. Your breast may droop or sag because of aging, the breast volume loss after pregnancy, weight loss and simply having very heavy breast tissue with elastic skin.
A breast lift is chosen by most women at our Kirkland, WA office for a variety of personal reasons. Some of these include the fact that a breast lift can:
- Can help you feel more confident in your appearance.
- Improve self-esteem.
- Allow you to go without a bra, if you prefer.
If you would like a fuller, more rounded breast a breast lift in combination with a breast augmentation may be the right choice for you. A consultation with us at out Bellevue | Seattle area office can help you determine which procedure is right for you to achieve your goals.
Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation
- The goal for many woman is to have perky breasts for which they do not have to wear a bra if they do not want to!
- Breast implants and a breast lift or mastopexy together are sometimes required to achieve that goal.
Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck Surgery (Mommy Makeover)
Breast Lift Surgery is often combined with tummy tuck surgery or an abdominoplasty. This is one of the MOMMY MAKEOVER surgery combinations. You find out more about a Mommy Makeover including Mommy Makeover cost and Mommy Makeover Recovery here.
Most Common Breast Lift Technique
In a breast lift procedure, the excess skin is removed and the breast skin tightened to improve the shape and to move or lift the nipple and areola into a better position. The type of incision depends on how much lifting is needed. Incisions may be confined to a small, circular incision around the areola when a little lift is needed, an anchor shaped incision on the lower breast to provide maximum lifting, or something in between. Usually the internal breast tissue is rearranged into what looks like a little breast implant and this is sutured to your chest to provide a longer lasting result with less chance of recurrence of the droop.
Breast Lift or Mastopexy 24 Hour or Rapid Recovery
For all breast surgery we use the 24-hour rapid recovery program. This protocol uses motion and anti-inflammatories to have you recovered to the point that you should be able to get out the next day to dinner or shopping and includes activities like driving at 24 hours. There are:
- No heavy narcotic medications used, only NSAIDS.
- No drains.
- No restrictions on exercise and motion.
All the sutures are absorbable and healing is usually quite fast. As soon as the wounds are healed you are started on a program of scar massage, breast lift scar tape or topical gel silicone, both of which have been shown to clinically improve your scars.
Breast Lift Costs
Breast lift costs are variable depending upon the amount of work and the type of breast lift or mastopexy that is decided upon by you and Dr. Windle at the time of your consultation. For the cost of a full breast lift please check here or under the prices tab above.
Types of Breast Lifts
Breast lift procedures have many variations and any names. In general, there a small scar lifts for the breast that requires just a little bit lifting and there are longer scar procedures for breasts that require more help to achieve the desired results. Some of the different lifts and their names include:
- Crescent Lift: The crescent breast lift is performed by making an incision around the top of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple). This lift is more a nipple lift than a true breast lift. It is good for moving the nipple small amounts. Trying to move the nipple too far will lead to a distorted shape. The breast tissue cannot be lifted with a crescent lift,
- Peri-Areolar Lift:Also known as a Bunnelli breast lift, this breast lift involves an incision is made around the areola, and allows for one to two centimeters of lifting. This lift is often performed with a breast augmentation in cases where there is borderline ptosis (sagging), or without a breast implant for areola reduction with or without tubular breast deformity.
- Vertical Lift: Vertical Mastopexy or Vertical Breast lift, Lollipop Lift: The vertical breast lift adds a vertical scar to the peri areolar breast lift. It is a variation on the Inverted-T technique listed below, but without the IMF scar (in the fold under the breast). The vertical breast can truly lift the breast and can push the nipple further up on the breast mound.
- Horizontal Breast Lift or Horizontal Mastopexy: The horizontal breast lift adds a horizontal inframammary or under the breast crease fold scar to the peri areolar lift. The horizontal mastopexy is one of the least commonly used breast lifts. It requires a long narrow breast. It is a variation on the inverted-t technique that is absent the vertical scar. To avoid the vertical scar, the nipple needs to be more than 7 centimeters lower than the final, desired placement. This horizontal breast lift works best for long, narrow breasts. The IMF scar is usually well hidden in the curve at the base of the breast.
- Inverted-T Breast Lift, Anchor Breast Lift, Keyhole Breast Lift or the Anchor Mastopexy, Inverted-T Mastopexy, Keyhole Mastopexy: The anchor breast lift is one of the most frequently performed breast lifts, and is the gold standard to which all other lifts are compared. It is a versatile breast lift that can provide an improved breast shape, for even when the most severely overstretched or deflated breasts. Lifts do not add volume, so if you desire a larger breast, a breast implant can be used with the lift to boost the cup size at the same time.