A breast lift is performed to remove the extra sagging skin of the breast, and to lift the nipples back into the correct position. In addition, the areola can be made smaller if it has enlarged over time (and with breast feeding). A breast implant may also be used to provide fullness to the upper part of the breast that may diminish over time.
There are several techniques I use to perform a breast lift. A common technique is called the “lollipop” incision as demonstrated by this patient. The scar goes around the nipple, then straight down to the crease of the breast. She also had a 360 cc saline-filled breast implant placed. The final photograph was taken at 1 1/2 years after her surgery. Another technique, used in patients with more droopiness to their breast, is an “anchor” incision, which goes around the nipple, straight down, and then follows under the crease of the breast.
I take great care to minimize the scars, and I use surgical techniques to keep the breast looking natural with a normal, round areola. The scars do fade with time, but they are permanent. This photo below is the same patient, but taken only 6 months after her surgery, so her scars are still visible.
Surgery: Breast lifting takes appx. 3 hours. All incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches under the skin, that don't have to be removed. Drains are not needed, and you are placed in a surgical bra. You go home the same day.
Healing time: Walking is started immediately, exercise can be started within one week. Most people take 7-10 days off from work or major social activities.
Pain level: Surprisingly comfortable (more muscle pain if implants are used). Rank=2 Pain information
Risks: You must know where the scars are located prior to the surgery, but they do fade with time. Numbness along the incisions improves with time. Some asymmetry may remain. Other risks. Risk information
Costs: $6,500 to $7,000. If implants are used, $9,000 to $10,000. Cost information