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If your breasts have started to significantly sag and your nipples have begun to point downwards, you may be a candidate for a breast lift. A breast lift can help to restore a more youthful and perky shape to the breasts, and is a good option for women whose breasts have sagged due to age, childbirth, breastfeeding, weight loss, or any other reason.
If you are interested in a breast lift with or without implants, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Ben Brown and Dr. Ashley Chandler at Restore Plastic Surgery in Pensacola by calling 850-500-7527 today. Our office in Pensacola welcomes patients from throughout Florida, nearby Mobile, Alabama, and across the nation.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to lift the breasts into a more youthful position. It is appropriate for women who have breasts that sag far enough that you can’t see the bottom of them when you raise your arms.
During a breast lift, the nipples are repositioned to face forward rather than down and excess skin and tissue are removed. The breasts are reshaped into a more attractive position that you decide on with your surgeon beforehand. Dr. Brown and Dr. Chandler believe strongly in thorough preparations and meticulous execution to ensure the best result possible, and they will make sure that you know exactly what kind of result to expect so that you’ll be satisfied.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
A breast lift has many benefits, including:
- More attractive, youthful looking breasts
- Easier to find bras that fit well
- Look better in your clothes
- Avoid chafing and irritation from breasts drooping over the abdomen
- Avoid “boob sweat” in warm weather
A breast lift will result in more scarring than a breast augmentation alone, but the majority of patients find that the benefits and results are well worth it. Breast lift scars should fade over time to become very faint and barely noticeable, and there are laser treatments available as well to help fade them more quickly.
What are My Breast Lift Incision Options?
The most common breast lift incisions are:
- The Donut: around the nipple in the dark skin of the areola
- The Lollipop: the donut incision with an additional incision from the areola to the breast crease
- The Anchor: the lollipop incision with an additional incision along the breast crease
The type of breast lift incision required for your procedure depends on how much loose and sagging skin is present and how much underlying tissue will need to be manipulated to restore a firm and perky appearance. During your initial consultation, we will discuss all incision options to help you choose the best one for your specific needs.
Will a Breast Lift Leave a Scar?
Yes. All surgical procedures leave a scar. However, the visibility of breast lift scars is influenced by several things. First and foremost, our board-certified plastic surgeon takes every care to place incisions in the least conspicuous locations. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Brown does everything possible to reduce the risks of scarring at each stage of the procedure.
You can help reduce the risk of scars by not smoking, keeping your incisions dry and clean, and following our office's pre and postoperative directions. If unpleasant scars do develop, silicone scar sheets, topical ointments, and some laser treatments can help reduce their visibility. We can discuss this as needed to help ensure the most pleasing outcomes.
Does a Breast Lift Reduce Breast Size?
Breast lift surgery does not alter the size of the breast mound. However, it does remove loose and sagging skin, which may result in a slight decrease in apparent breast size, most often through cup reduction. While this is not a reduction in breast size, per se, it may necessitate a new bra.
If a reduction in breast size concerns you, we can discuss the addition of breast implants to your procedure. Implants with lift will address any volume loss and can even help to produce optimal symmetry.
Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation
A breast lift performed on its own may result in slightly smaller breasts, as excess tissue needs to be removed so that the breasts can be lifted. If you want bigger breasts or if you want to keep your previous size, a breast lift with breast implants may be a good choice.
A combination breast lift with breast augmentation can give you lifted breasts that are also larger and fuller. If you don't want to be that much bigger but do want more upper pole fullness or cleavage, we can use smaller implants to give you a very natural look close to your previous size.
Breast Lift Candidates
You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if:
- You are bothered by your breasts that are sagging significantly
- You are in good general health
- You do not smoke, or are willing to quit
- You do not plan to get pregnant or breastfeed again in the near future
Modern techniques allow the milk glands to be preserved after a breast lift, but it is still better to wait until after you’re done having children. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause changes in the shape and size of the breasts, which may result in you needing a revision surgery.
What is the Best Age for a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery improves the appearance of breasts that have become droopy or begun to sag. Because each woman is unique, there is no “best” age for the procedure. The age at which you begin to feel unhappy about drooping or sagging breasts is the best age to consider breast lift surgery.
A few notes, however: breast lift surgery can be undone by pregnancy. Therefore, it is best to wait until you are finished having children to undergo the procedure. Excessive weight fluctuations can also undo it. Being committed to maintaining a consistent weight will help to reduce these risks.
The Cost of Your Breast Lift
The cost of your breast lift procedure depends on the type of lift you will get and the severity of breast drooping. These surgical fees include our board-certified plastic surgeons’ cost as well as expenses for the surgical facility, anesthesia, and more. Dr. Ben Brown or Dr. Ashley Chandler will give you a comprehensive quote during your consultation, where you’ll discuss your goals for your breasts and determine the best technique and procedure to reach your desired results.
Some women may have a breast lift and breast implants for a perkier placement and fuller bust, which would impact the price. These are estimated costs for breast lifts, and you can view more options using our cost estimator for asleep procedures:
- Peri-areolar (Donut) Breast Lift: $4,250
- Circumvertial (Lollipop) Breast Lift: $5,000
- Wise (Anchor) Breast Lift: $6,500
Some variations of the breast lift can be performed while you’re awake, which alters the price, and can be seen on our cost estimator for awake procedures.
- Peri-areolar (Donut) Breast Lift Awake: $3,000
- Circumvertial (Lollipop) Breast Lift Awake: $3,500
We offer financing options to help you cover the cost of your procedure with flexible payment plans.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Breast Lift Surgery?
Generally speaking, you should be able to resume working and non-demanding activities within seven to 14 days. Swelling and bruising are common during this time. Following our postoperative directions will help reduce discomfort.
Strenuous and physically demanding tasks will need to be avoided for six to eight weeks. During your follow-up visits, Dr. Brown will carefully assess your progress to help you determine when it is safe to resume all normal activities.
Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation
Please call Restore Plastic Surgery today at 850-500-7527 to schedule your consultation or schedule online. Our office in Pensacola, Florida serves patients from across the state, Mobile Alabama, and throughout the country.