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Perk Up Your Confidence: The Lowdown on Breast Lifts

Posted June 19, 2024 in Breast, Breast Enhancement, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Recovery

Step into any plastic surgery clinic nationwide, and you’ll quickly discover that breast lift procedures are among the most sought-after treatments. Check the news, and you’ll see the breast lift procedure tied to names like Rihanna and Chrissy Teigen.

It’s a trend that’s hard to miss. Whispered about in hushed tones, breast lifts are often shrouded in stigma when openly discussed. Despite the stigma surrounding them, the truth is that breast lifts are empowering countless individuals to reclaim their confidence and redefine their self-image.

You have questions—Plastic Surgery specialists have the answers. Here’s everything you need to know about a breast lift or Mastopexy.

What is a Mastopexy?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Unlike breast augmentation, which focuses on increasing size, a breast lift rejuvenates the breast’s position and contour without necessarily changing its volume.

Who Is the Right Candidate for a Breast Lift Procedure?

You’ve taken the plunge, embraced a healthier lifestyle, and maybe even shed a few pounds with the help of trendy weight loss drugs like Ozempic. Congratulations! But as the numbers on the scale decrease, you might notice an unintended consequence: saggy, ‘deflated’ breasts. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Many individuals experience this unexpected side effect as they slim down.

Young mothers, you’ve been through a whirlwind of change, from pregnancy to breastfeeding. While those moments are precious, you might miss the days when your breasts reflected your youthful vitality. It’s okay to acknowledge that your body has changed, but remember, every transformation tells a unique story.

No one should make you feel insecure about your body. However, making an informed decision is essential if you’re considering a change.

The Best Candidate for a Breast Lift is anyone who:

Is unhappy with the position of their breasts: Whether your breasts sag, droop, or have lost their youthful shape, a breast lift can help.

Experiences physical discomfort: Sagging breasts can lead to skin irritations and discomfort, particularly in the neck and shoulder area.

Has deflated-appearing breasts: If your breasts have lost firmness and some volume, possibly after breastfeeding or significant weight loss, a breast lift can restore a perky appearance.

Has downward-pointing nipples or large areolas: The procedure can correct nipple position and reduce areola size if necessary.

At Specialists in Plastic Surgery, our experienced team of board-certified surgeons with years of experience provides personalized care to ensure your results align with your aesthetic goals.

“Reputation and skill in breast lift surgery are built on a foundation of experience, patient trust and meticulous attention to detail. The true measure of a surgeon’s expertise is not only on the technical execution but also in the consistency of achieving natural, satisfying results for each patient.”- Dr. Matthew Blanton, Board-certified Plastic Surgeon in Raleigh, NC

What to Expect During a Breast Lift Procedure

Thinking about a breast lift but not sure what happens during the surgery? Here’s an overview of the procedure to help you feel prepared.

Consultation and Planning

Your journey begins with a comprehensive consultation, during which you’ll discuss your goals and concerns with our surgeons. Using before and after photos plus advanced VECTRA® 3D imaging, we can show you a preview of your potential results, helping you make an informed decision.

The Breast Lift Surgery

The procedure is performed under anesthesia in our Quad-A accredited facility. You’re trading a better shape for scars, so the incision involves making an  incision around the areola, extending vertically down and under  the breast crease. Excess skin is removed, and the breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to achieve a firmer, higher contour. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a more youthful height.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

Understanding the cost and what it entails is crucial. The price range for a breast lift is tough to nail down, depending on the complexity of the procedure and whether additional surgeries, like augmentation, are involved. Our coordinators inform you of a ballpark estimate before your consult, and after the consult you will receive a written quote that includes surgeon fees, anesthesia, and facility costs. The fee also covers your post-operative visits and access to our nurse hotline.

Financing options are available to make the procedure more accessible

Breast Lift Recovery Time and Aftercare

Recovery after a breast lift is manageable, with most patients having a week off of work/school and resuming all exercise activities within 4-6 weeks. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

Post-Surgery: You’ll leave our Quad-A facility with absorbable sutures, minimal bandages, and a support bra. This support bra  will help reduce swelling and provide a constant reminder to take it easy during your recovery

First Week: Mild discomfort and swelling are normal. Over-the-counter pain relievers usually suffice, but stronger medications are often prescribed if needed.

Weeks 4-6: Gradual return to strenuous activities. Swelling and bruising subside, revealing clearer results. Scar maintenance will be discussed.

Long-Term: Avoid direct sun exposure for at least a year. 

Worried About Breast Lift Scars?

No one wants to emerge from a surgical procedure with unsightly scarring, but don’t worry; scars will fade over time typically at 12-18 month mark.. Our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to support your healing process and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Is a Breast Lift the Same Thing as Breast Augmentation?

A breast lift and breast augmentation are different procedures, each with its own focus. A breast lift reshapes and lifts sagging breasts for a more youthful look, while breast augmentation adds volume and fullness, often using implants or fat transfer techniques.

Our team at Specialists in Plastic Surgery offers both procedures separately, giving you the flexibility to choose what best suits your goals. If you’re looking for a comprehensive enhancement, we can also perform breast augmentation alongside a breast lift to address both volume and positioning concerns at once.

Our experienced surgeons will explain the options during your consultation, ensuring a personalized approach that aligns with your desired outcome.

Empowering Your Decision

It’s crucial to emphasize that cosmetic surgery is a personal choice and should be pursued for your own satisfaction, not external pressures. If you’re considering a breast lift, do so because it aligns with your desires and lifestyle.

The whole team at Specialists in Plastic Surgery respects and supports your autonomy in making these decisions. Our goal is to provide expert guidance and exceptional care, ensuring that you feel confident and informed every step of the way.

“Our strength and reputation are built on listening to our patient’s goals.  We focus on designing a personalized approach for each of our patients.  We spend a significant amount of time meticulously delivering the best possible outcome not just in terms of aesthetics, but also with the ultimate goal of improving their confidence and emotional happiness.”

-Dr. Sanjay Daluvoy, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Raleigh, NC

Don’t Lift Just Your Spirits, Boost Your Curves Too!

The resurgence in interest in breast lift procedures has opened the conversation for many women contemplating this procedure. Here’s your gentle reminder that enhancing your look is all about what makes you feel good. You deserve to feel confident and fabulous in your own skin, and SIPS is here to help you get there.

Our friendly team in Raleigh is dedicated to providing you with the best care and guidance and making the whole process as smooth and reassuring as possible.

Ready to Explore if a Breast Lift is Right for You?

Call us at (919) 785-0505 or schedule a consultation online. Let’s discuss your goals and how we can help you feel like your best self. After all, everyone deserves to look and feel amazing.

Specialists in Plastic Surgery — where your confidence meets expert care, right here in Raleigh!