Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast lift surgery is performed to elevate and reshape breasts that have begun to droop and sag. The procedure also restores fullness and volume so that breasts are firmer, rounder, and appear more youthful. Serving breast lift patients at our Santa Barbara practice, plastic surgeon Wesley Schooler, MD has built a reputation for creating beautiful, natural-looking results.
What is Mastopexy?
Over time, individuals often experience a number of physical changes as a result of gravity, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, nursing, and the natural aging process. For most women, this usually involves a combination of stretched breast skin and deflated breast volume, creating some degree of breast ptosis (sag). Breast lift surgery—medically referred to as mastopexy—is designed to combat these aesthetic concerns by elevating the breasts to a more central positioning and creating a younger-looking breast appearance as well as a rejuvenated body contour. There are a number of mastopexy techniques that can be employed, and the best approach for you will depend on the extent of lift necessary to achieve your goals. In any case, Dr. Schooler can tailor your surgical plan to improve the breast shape, positioning, and projection for natural-looking results.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is a solution for women whose breasts have begun to lose their shape. This occurs over time during the aging process as the skin loses its elasticity, and gravity causes the breasts to sag downwards. Pregnancy, breast-feeding, or significant weight loss can cause the breasts to droop— even in younger women. Breast lift surgery has helped many patients who have had children restore shapely breast contours. Older patients can also enjoy having the breast contours of younger women. Breast lift surgery should be postponed if you are planning on having children or on losing a significant amount of weight in the future. Having the surgery performed when you are near your ideal weight will allow a better result that will last longer.
How is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?
Light general anesthesia is used so that no discomfort is felt during surgery. After making carefully-placed incisions, our plastic surgeon will trim away the excess skin and lift the nipple-areola to a higher, more youthful positioning. Occasionally, patients wish to have breast implants inserted during breast lift surgery to increase upper pole fullness. Some dramatic improvements are achieved by combining breast lift and breast augmentation in this manner. After removing loose and redundant skin, Dr. Schooler will reshape the remaining tissue. The incisions are carefully closed in layers to minimize scarring. The scars usually fade over time, and are rarely visible in swimsuits or lingerie.
I am grateful for the professionalism and skill you all exhibited. I am much happier with my appearance than prior to surgery.
What is Recovery from Breast Lift Surgery Like?
After mastopexy, a surgical bra or gauze will be worn to facilitate your new body contours. Some temporary bruising or swelling is expected, but these reactions are normal and should subside as recovery progresses. Oral pain medications can usually manage any discomfort. Most patients can return to normal activities in 10 to 14 days, although strenuous activity should be avoided until cleared by Dr. Schooler. Detailed information regarding post-operative care will be provided at the time of surgery. In general, adhering to Dr. Schooler’s instructions can help accelerate the recovery process. Once healed, patients generally report immense satisfaction at their youthful breast positioning and renewed aesthetic.
How Much Does Breast Lift Surgery Cost?
Like all cosmetic surgeries, the cost of a mastopexy varies from patient to patient, depending on an individual’s unique needs and goals. General factors that can affect the price of a breast lift include the expertise of your plastic surgeon and the geographic location of treatment, but your cost estimate will ultimately be determined by the details of your treatment plan, such as:
- The breast lift technique utilized
- Whether implants were inserted at the time of surgery
- Whether your breast lift was combined with other treatments
- The overall complexity of your procedure
We strive to make cosmetic surgery affordable for a diverse range of patients, which is why we offer a number of breast surgery financing options. In addition, our practice accepts most major credit cards as well as money orders, personal checks, and cashier’s checks. If you would like to speak to a friendly member of our team about our financing plans or accepted modes of payment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.
For more information about breast lift surgery, contact our practice to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Wesley Schooler.