A breast lift (or mastopexy) lifts and reshapes breasts that have become saggy or “deflated” due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, genetics, or natural aging. This procedure successfully improves the appearance of your breasts in many ways, giving you more appealing and youthful-looking curves.
If you’ve been considering a breast lift, here are answers to some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions about the procedure.
How Does a Breast Lift Work?
Your plastic surgeon has several incision options depending on the degree of sagging and excess tissue present. I prefer the short scar method in which I make an incision around the areola that may also extend vertically down the breast. Your surgeon will remove excess breast skin, tighten and reshape the remaining tissue, and reposition the nipples and areola so they no longer point down and are more central to the uplifted breast tissue.
You will be given a general anesthetic before the procedure, which will take about 2 to 3 hours. You will likely need to wear a compression bra for several weeks after your breast lift to minimize swelling and support your breasts.
What Is Recovery Like After Breast Lift Surgery?
After your breast lift, you will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few weeks, but pain medication will minimize any discomfort. You can return to work after a week if you have a nonstrenuous job and feel physically ready.
Refrain from strenuous activities and heavy lifting for the first few weeks until your plastic surgeon clears you. You can take slow walks after your procedure to help blood flow and recovery.
How Long Will My Breast Lift Results Last?
Your breast lift results can last up to 10 to 15 years or longer. However, you can’t halt gravity or the natural aging process, which may eventually result in breast sagging (ptosis). Focusing on keeping your skin firm and supple, avoiding weight fluctuations, and wearing a supportive bra are essential for maintaining your results.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?
At my practice, a breast lift costs around $10,474, and a lift with round implants costs $12,940. However, your total cost can vary depending on your individual needs. You can discuss your total cost, payment, and financing options in detail at your consultation.
Does a Breast Lift Leave Scars?
As with any surgery, you may have scars after a breast lift; however, the incision around your areola will be concealed along its edge. If a vertical incision is needed during your surgery, any resulting scar should fade and flatten as time goes on. Most women find that the trade-off of perkier, more shapely breasts is well worth a faint scar. You can look at my patients’ before and after photos to get an idea of the type of scarring that is possible.
What Is the Difference Between Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation?
A breast lift lifts and repositions breasts but cannot add volume. Breast augmentation can be beneficial if you want to improve upper pole fullness in your breasts, increase your cup size, or improve breast asymmetry. You can also combine the two procedures to increase breast size and improve sagging and drooping. Alternatively, some women with large, sagging breasts may benefit from a breast reduction.
If you’re frustrated with sagging breasts and downturned nipples, a breast lift might be a good option. You can request a consultation with me or my colleague Dr. Laura Snell at our offices in Toronto or Oshawa using our online form. Or you can call us directly at (416) 925-7337 to schedule an appointment.