While most of us don’t want to admit it, breast sagging is a natural—and largely unavoidable—occurrence. Pregnancy, weight gain or loss, aging, and even genetics can all play a role in how your breasts change over time. But just because it feels inevitable doesn’t mean you must live with feeling self-conscious about your breasts. Led by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers breast lifts for women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and surrounding communities in Georgia.
What is a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery raises the position of the breasts on the chest. Although the surgery does not directly change the shape or size of the breasts, you will notice an improvement in both of these aspects. The reason is because removing excess skin “concentrates” breast tissue that was previously hanging in a lower position.
Benefits of Mastopexy
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is designed to undo the effects of aging and pregnancy by tightening and lifting your breasts to a more youthful position.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Breast Lift?
While there are many reasons women choose breast lift surgery, here are a few common criteria that suggest a breast lift may be right for you:
- Your breasts are sagging after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging
- You want to improve the shape and contour of your breasts
- Nipples point downward or sit below the natural breast crease
- You are happy with your current breast size
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Mastopexy?
Breast lift surgery offers an amazing improvement to your breasts. Achieving the best possible results, though, depends on the unique qualifications of your surgeon. For this reason, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with us to learn more about Dr. Brothers and see actual results of his breast lift surgeries.
What Should I Expect on the Day of My Breast Lift?
There are a number of incision techniques that may be used for your breast lift, and what is right for you will depend on your natural breast tissue, the level of excess skin and sagging to be corrected, and your desired outcome. During your consultation, your surgeon will examine your breasts, listen to your personal goals, and recommend a surgical plan that will give you the best results.
The crescent lift technique is ideal for women who have only a small amount of sagging to correct and is often used when a breast implant is also being placed. A small incision is made running along the top half of the edge of the areola, where it is naturally hidden by the darker skin pigment.
Peri-Areolar (“Donut”) Lift
The peri-areolar lift is often recommended if you have mild sagging, but still require breast lifting to achieve your desired results. Your surgeon will make an inconspicuous circular incision around the entire edge of your areola. This technique is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation and is also a good option for reducing areola size.
Vertical (“Lollipop”) Lift
With inconspicuous, easily hidden scars that allow your surgeon to reshape the breast, the vertical breast lift is the most commonly used technique. For this lift, two incisions are made in the shape of a lollipop: one along the edge of the areola, and the other running vertically from the bottom of the areola down to the natural breast fold (inframammary fold).
Inverted T (“Anchor”) Lift
The anchor lift is often recommended for women who have considerable sagging and require more significant reshaping of the breast. Three incisions are used for this technique: the first around the edge of the areola, the next vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold (like the lollipop technique), and the final along the breast crease where it is naturally hidden by the breast.
Whichever technique is used, your breast lift surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Through your incisions, your surgeon will remove excess skin and tissue as needed, reshape the breast to a pleasing contour, reposition or resize your areola, and lift the breast to a more youthful position. After the desired results have been achieved, your incisions will be sutured and dressed. Breast lift surgery usually takes between one to two hours to perform.
How Long Does It Take to Perform a Mastopexy?
Breast lift surgery takes one to three hours. Factors that influence the length of the surgery are the technique and your individual anatomy.
What to Expect After a Breast Lift
You will be sent home with either light dressings or a special surgical bra to both protect your incisions and support your breasts during the initial healing phase. It is normal to experience some soreness and swelling after your procedure, and your surgeon can prescribe an oral medication to manage your discomfort for the first few days.
Walking and very light activity are encouraged, though it is important to rest and be gentle with your body for the first few days. Most patients return to work within a week, and most normal, non-strenuous activity is resumed at this time. Exercise, lifting, and arduous activity should be limited for the first three to six weeks.
Will I Have Scars After Getting a Breast Lift?
You will have scars after your breast lift surgery. The incisions are placed so that the scars are less noticeable.
When Will I See Results?
You will see immediate results of your breast lift. Full results are visible once your breasts are completely healed, and the swelling has subsided.
How Long Will the Results of Mastopexy Last?
No cosmetic surgery can prevent the effects of aging or weight changes. But you will be able to enjoy your new breasts for many years before you have to consider another procedure to maintain the new, youthful appearance.
Breast Lift with Augmentation
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and many women are surprised to learn that they would most benefit from a different breast enhancement procedure (or combination of procedures) than they expected. If you are experiencing volume loss in the breasts or wish you could add fullness, a breast lift alone may not provide you with your desired results. A breast lift with breast augmentation both lifts the breast tissue and improves fullness and shape through the placement of a breast implant.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in Atlanta?
The cost of a breast lift varies by patient. After your consultation, we will provide a detailed cost that includes the applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff as well as any necessary medical supplies and your follow-up care. Financing is available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, and we also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
At Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta, we use the most advanced techniques for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, and his team offer breast lift surgery, emphasizing improved self-image and confidence of women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and surrounding communities in Georgia. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation!