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Yes - there are ways to get a breast lift without implants. Many women want a more natural lifted look to their breasts and a lift can help to achieve natural results to boost your confidence and empower you to love the skin you’re in.
If you’re dealing with sagging in your breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding, or you simply have larger breasts and gravity is taking its toll, a breast lift may be just what you’re looking for. So let's get down to it… what does a breast lift procedure entail and what can you expect? Here’s what you need to know.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and tightening and reshaping breast tissue to provide a lifted, youthful and natural appearance. There are several potential ways the surgery could proceed, in terms of techniques and incision patterns, and the right options for you will depend on your body.
The size and shape of your breasts, the amount of sagging, the position of the areolas, and other factors like skin quality and elasticity will determine the particular techniques and incision patterns used to ensure the best possible outcome. The end result will be a youthful, lifted appearance that delivers the comfort and confidence you crave.
What Does the Breast Lift Procedure Entail?
A breast lift procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia for your comfort, although IV sedation may also be an option, depending on your circumstances. Once you are sedated, the procedure begins with incisions, in keeping with the agreed-upon plan for your surgery, after which the breast tissue will be reshaped. From there, the areola will be repositioned (and in some cases, reshaped or reduced in size), excess skin will be removed, and incisions will be closed to complete the surgery.
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common following this procedure, but you will be prescribed pain medication and given instructions for after care. Most patients can return to normal activities within about a week, although strenuous activities should be avoided for 2-3 weeks. Within about 6-12 weeks, you should see the final results of your surgery, including firmer, lifted, and more youthful breasts.
How Long Does it Last?
Most patients enjoy the results of their breast lift surgery for many years, but it will obviously vary from one patient and procedure to the next. Keep in mind that our bodies are constantly changing, and the duration of your results could depend on any number of factors, including your physiology, age, genetics, health, and more. That said, you will see incredible results immediately following surgery, and you can always return for minor touch-ups down the line as your body changes.
How Much Will it Cost?
As with any surgical procedure, costs are going to vary by case, but the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates the average cost for this procedure at about $7,000, not including associated expenses like anesthesia, facility costs, and aftercare costs (prescription medication, recovery garments, etc.). In most cases, this cosmetic procedure is not covered by insurance, but if a breast lift is performed as reconstructive surgery, such as following a mastectomy, it may be partially or fully covered.
If saggy breasts are causing you discomfort, eroding your confidence, and holding you back from loving your body and enjoying life, it’s time to contact Beverly Fischer, MD and the experienced and compassionate team at The Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery at 410-308-4700 or online to schedule a consultation and learn more.