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While there may be a lot of opinions about what is the “perfect” breast size, there’s a lot more agreement that a perky, elevated breast shape is very attractive. If you’re considering a breast lift (mastopexy), you may want to recapture the more youthful look you enjoyed before pregnancy or weight gain, or you may just want to reverse the inevitable sagging caused by age and gravity.
Dr. Otto Placik is a breast lift specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon serving Chicago and its suburbs. Dr. Placik has helped thousands of women like you to enhance the appearance of their breasts. In fact, he offers a full menu of breast enhancement procedures that you may want to consider, including combining a breast lift with breast implants or fat transfer breast reduction surgery.
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A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to raise and re-contour sagging breasts. Often, the breasts lose volume and elasticity after pregnancy, because of weight fluctuations, or through the natural aging process. By lifting and reshaping your breasts, a mastopexy procedure can give you a more youthful looking figure.
Here is a diagram of the different grades of breast sagging (known as “ptosis”):
The breast lift technique is similar to the surgical steps used in breast reduction. It involves repositioning the nipple and tightening of the skin of the breasts as well. By itself, a breast lift will somewhat reduce overall breast volume, so some women will choose to combine breast augmentation and lift (augmentation mastopexy) to achieve increased size and an enhanced breast shape.
Here is a diagram of the most common approaches to breast lift surgery:
Dr. Placik performs breast lifts on an outpatient basis, meaning you do not need a hospital stay. Either a local or general anesthetic can be used. Dr. Placik is careful to limit incisions wherever possible to minimize the appearance of scarring. Most women find that any scars that remain are an acceptable tradeoff given the improvement they see in their breast position and shape.
You can return home the same day as your surgery to begin your recovery. Dr. Placik and his staff will carefully review your post-op instructions. Most of our breast lift patients are ready to return to work and light activity within a few days after surgery, but you will need to limit heavier physical activity and exercise for about a month.
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Women with some sagging in their breasts, a lack of firmness or fullness, or downward-pointing nipples may be good candidates for this procedure. A breast lift will raise and reshape the breasts, but keep in mind that additional pregnancies and/or weight fluctuation can compromise your results. A breast lift may also interfere with your ability to nurse or lactate or breastfeed. If you plan to have more children, you may want to hold off on your breast lift surgery until your family is complete.
Actually, mastopexy is not a notoriously painful procedure. Of course you will feel nothing during the procedure itself, thanks to the anesthesia. Post-operatively, discomfort and soreness in the surgical area is to be expected, but very few of our patients have difficulty with the pain. Follow Dr. Placik’s post-operative instructions exactly to minimize discomfort and the risk of complications.
Breast lift pricing depends on several factors, including the extent of surgical correction required and whether you are having additional procedures such as breast reduction or breast augmentation. In the case of augmentation, the price will also include your selected breast implant type. Other fees that are a part of the total breast lift price include charges paid to the operating facility and the anesthesiologist. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.
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The incisions needed for a breast lift will vary considerably depending on the amount of lifting you require. For minimal lifts, Dr. Placik places the incisions very inconspicuously for barely noticeable scarring. Incisions may be placed around the border of the areola (either partially or all the way around), down the center of the breast directly beneath the areola, and in the natural folds of the breast. (See incision diagram above.) In addition, for women with a minimal amount of breast sagging, Dr. Placik can perform a modified version of the circumareolar incision known as the Benelli Lift. As you can see in the diagram below, this approach limits incisions to around the areola, for minimal visible scarring following surgery. Incision options depend on your breast size, the amount of lifting, and Dr. Placik’s surgical recommendation. Breast lift scars will be noticeable for several months after surgery but should fade dramatically over time.
Everyone heals a little differently, so it can be difficult to set a timetable without a physical exam and a review of your medical history. Normally, you’ll want to take it easy for 3 to 4 days before engaging in everyday activities or returning to work. If you combine your lift with breast augmentation, this can slightly prolong your recovery. In general, we instruct our patients to wear a special support bra and refrain from heavy exercise for about 3 to 4 weeks. Mild discomfort and soreness are common for the first few days after surgery, and Dr. Placik can provide prescription pain medication if necessary. Swelling and numbness is to be expected and can last from one month to several months.
During your initial consultation at our office in Chicago or Arlington Heights, Dr. Placik will review all the risks, side effects, and complications associated with breast lift surgery and make sure you fully understand all the information. Reaction to the anesthesia, infection, bleeding, loss of nipple sensitivity, scarring, tissue damage, and asymmetry are a few of the rare but possible side effects.
Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about breast lift surgery, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.