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The breasts are an essential feature of a woman’s sense of femininity, so when a woman is disappointed with the appearance of her breasts, it can affect her overall confidence and self-image. Breast tissue can weaken over time, due to genetics, pregnancy, weight fluctuations or the aging process. Changes that occur can lead to mild or pronounced sagging and a body contour that is less than desirable. A surgical breast lift can effectively reverse these changes and restore a perkier, more youthful body profile.

Ideal patients for breast lift surgery are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. A breast lift is not considered a weight-loss procedure and should only be performed on patients that have established a stable weight. It is also not recommended for women planning on having children in the future, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can significantly alter the results of the procedure. Specific reasons a woman might consider a breast lift include:

Following Weight Loss

Age-Related Sagging

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What is Mastopexy?

A breast lift or mastopexy is a surgery designed to raise the breasts to a more attractive position on the chest wall. In addition to repositioning the breasts, the procedure can also reduce the size of the areolas and correct nipples that face downward to enhance the overall look of the breast. Dr. Lickstein can tailor this surgery to the specific concerns of each patient to produce a look that is proportionate, natural and beautiful.

Patients with breast sagging may also experience a loss in volume. To further enhance the outcome, many women choose to combine their breast lift with other breast surgery such as augmentation using implants. This procedure increases that size of the breasts while improving the shape and correcting potential asymmetries. Patients that combine these procedures can be more satisfied with their results, in addition to saving time and money over scheduling two separate surgeries. You and Dr. Lickstein can discuss the option of combining the procedure at your initial consultation to determine whether that is the right approach for you.

Preparing for a Breast Lift

Before undergoing breast lift surgery, you will have a thorough initial consultation with Dr. Lickstein to discuss your expectations, preferences and medical history. This meeting will allow the two of you to develop a customized treatment plan to produce the best possible results for you. You will be advised to quit smoking six weeks before your surgery, and you should avoid taking blood-thinning medications for two weeks before your procedure. A healthy diet and ample hydration leading up to your surgery day will also provide your body with the nutrients your body needs for healing.

Breast Lift FAQ: Is a Breast Lift Permanent?

Addressing Concerns

It is normal to have some concerns before undergoing any surgery, including mastopexy. Women considering this procedure often have many questions at their first meeting with Dr. Lickstein. Some of the more common questions might include:

Will there be Scarring After My Surgery?

Breast lift surgery uses thin, well-placed incisions designed to limit visible scarring. However, scar development varies based on a patient’s natural healing abilities. If you do develop scarring, it is likely to fade over time and Dr. Lickstein will provide you instructions on how to care for your incision to ensure it heals well to minimize visible scarring later.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

The price for a breast lift varies among patients, depending on the extent of correction required. Factors such as surgical costs, facility fees and anesthesia expenses will all impact the final cost of a breast lift. Dr. Lickstein and his staff provide patients with a detailed quote during the initial appointment with us.

Will a Breast Lift Hurt?

Any surgery will involve a degree of discomfort, but we will take steps to maintain your comfort level during your recovery process. A numbing solution and prescription pain medication may be used to prevent excessive discomfort in the days following surgery. Most patients find the soreness subsides within a few days.

Procedure Basics

A breast lift is usually performed with general anesthesia or local anesthetic with sedation. Dr. Lickstein will create thin, discreetly placed incisions and use suture techniques designed to allow for long-lasting support and inconspicuous scars. The extent of your incisions will depend on the type of correction required to achieve the results you desire. Possible incision locations might include:

  • Periareolar (Doughnut) – around the pigmented area surrounding the nipple, known as the areola
  • Vertical (Lollipop) – encircles the areola and extends vertically down the lower portion of the breast
  • Standard (Anchor) – around the areola, vertically down the lower breast and horizontally along the breast crease to reshape and lift your breasts, incisions are made and excess tissue, skin and fat are excised

The remaining breast tissue is raised to a more attractive position on the chest. The projection of the nipples and the size of the areolas can also be improved at this time. Sutures are used within the breast tissue to provide additional support and long-lasting lift to the breasts. Mesh support may be added as well if necessary. Once all the corrections are made, incisions are closed and bandaged.

The Recovery Process

Bruising and swelling of the breasts are common after a breast lift and you can expect to have some discomfort after your surgery. You will stay overnight so that your initial recovery can be overseen by attentive medical staff. Once you return home, you will be advised to rest for several days to provide your body time to heal and recuperate. Most patients head back to work within two weeks of their procedure and can resume their regular exercise routine after four weeks. Most of your swelling should be gone within six weeks, but you may continue to experience minor swelling for many months.

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The Patient Experience

When considering a breast lift, your choice of plastic surgeon will be paramount in ensuring a positive experience, safe procedure and successful outcome. See what Dr. Lickstein’s former patients have to say about their experience at Lickstein Plastic Surgery:

“Thank you for all you have done. You are both kind and patient!”
“I wanted to feel like my body was proportionate. My results make me feel better about myself.”
“My life has been changed for the positive.”
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