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A breast lift, also called mastopexy, is a procedure that raises and firms the breasts. Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts.
Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour.
Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, a breast lift with implants can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Lift?
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have any of these conditions:
- Breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
- Breasts that lack substance or firmness
- Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially positioned below the breast crease
Breast Lift Video
Click on the photo box below to view this informative, procedural presentation including an introduction, an overview with illustrations indicating incisions and how the procedure is performed, how best to prepare and what to to expect, and how to take care of yourself after the procedure.
Patients for Life
“After losing 50+ pounds naturally, I had lost the plump, perky breasts and having what was leftover at the age of 29, I felt as if I had lost my womanhood. I decided to reward myself with a breast lift first and then augmentation after the healing is done. Healing nicely, no pain, just soreness. 2nd post op shower.”
Pregnancy and breastfeeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed; however, you should discuss this with Dr. Lopes during your personalized consultation in her Virginia Beach office.
Post-Operative Procedures & Recovery
Within a day or two after surgery, you should be up and around. Straining, bending and lifting must be avoided, however, since these activities might cause increased swelling or even bleeding. You may be instructed to wear a support bra for a few weeks, until the swelling and discoloration of your breasts diminish.
After breast lift surgery, it is often possible to return to work within a week or so, depending on your job. In many instances, you can resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild exercise, after several weeks. You may continue to experience some mild, periodic discomfort during this time, but such feelings are normal.
Any sexual activity should be avoided for a minimum of one or two weeks. After that, care must be taken to be extremely gentle with your breasts for at least the next several weeks.
Breast lift surgery will make your breasts firmer and more uplifted. The position of your areolas and nipples will be enhanced, and the size of your areolas will be aesthetically pleasing. The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.
Breast Lift Cost
The cost of this procedure will differ from patient to patient depending on a few factors, like the length of the surgery, the amount of tissue removed, if your breast lift is combined with another procedure, and other variables.
Schedule Your Personalized Consultation Today
If you think you are a good candidate for a breast lift or want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today at (757) 497 - 5400 for more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. JoAnne Lopes. Dr. Lopes is a top board-certified plastic surgeon who will gladly answer any questions you may have about this procedure.
Information provided by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery