What is a Breast Lift?
There are many factors that can cause a woman’s breasts to sag, including pregnancy, and breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity, and hereditary. A breast lift is done to raise the breasts to a more youthful position by removing excess skin and tightening tissues.
Who is a Candidate?
Women who have sagging, uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, or drooping nipples can restore the youthful shape and positioning of their breasts with a breast lift. It can be done with or without a breast implant depending on your goals. A consultation with Dr. Fichadia can help to determine if this procedure is right for you.
There are three main incision patterns that are used during the breast lift procedure. These include:
- Donut Incision – Is created around the nipple areola.
- Lollipop Incision – Is created around the nipple areola and vertically down to the breast crease.
- Anchor Incision – Is created around the nipple areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the breast crease.
The incision pattern that is right for you will depend on your individual anatomy, amount of breast sag, and desired results.
After the incision pattern is created, underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped, and the nipple-areola is repositioned. Excess breast tissue is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened.
Results and Recovery
Following breast lift surgery, compression garments will need to be worn to help reduce swelling. Excessive physical activity should be avoided for at least two weeks, and some patients are able to return to work within 7-10 days, depending on the job. Any discomfort that occurs can be controlled with pain medication.
If you are interested in learning more about breast lift surgery, contact our office today to start your breast surgery journey.
Breast Lift FAQS
How much does it cost to get a breast lift?
The cost of a breast lift varies for each individual. This is because every patient desires a personalized result. The cost of a breast lift has many different factors that play into it. During your consultation with Dr. Fichadia, she will give you an estimated cost for your breast lift.
How long does a breast lift last?
There is no simple answer to the longevity of a breast lift. Some patients experience long-lasting results, while others may require some minor revisions over the years. Many factors contribute to the length of results such as genetics, age, health, and lifestyle habits.
Can a breast lift be covered by insurance?
Most often breast lifts are not covered by insurance because they are considered a voluntary cosmetic surgery. They are only usually covered by insurance if the breast lift is done as part of reconstruction surgery. It is important to check your health insurance plan prior to getting surgery so you are clear as to what is covered.
Can saggy breasts be lifted without implants?
Mild-to-moderately sagging breasts can be lifted without implants. This is done by removing skin and tissues to lift the breasts up. For severely sagging breasts, implants are usually needed to give the desired results.
Can sagging breasts be lifted with exercise?
There are some exercises that can be done to slightly lift the breasts. This is done by strengthening the pectorals which are the muscle beneath the breasts. However, the fat, ligaments, glands, and skin can’t be toned or tightened through exercise. If you have moderate-to-severe sagging breasts, then a breast lift is typically the best option for the lifted appearance.
Is getting a breast lift safe?
Breast lift surgery is a very safe procedure. However, all surgeries come with their own risk of complications. Dr. Fichadia will go over all of the possible complications and side effects with you during a breast lift consultation.