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Mastopexy, more commonly known as a breast lift, can be an excellent option for women who are concerned about the degree of sagging in their breasts. Dr. Otto J. Placik is a breast lift specialist who frequently performs breast lifts for patients in the Chicago and Arlington Heights areas. Here, he responds to some of the most common questions and concerns about breast lifts from his own patients. If you have a question that is not answered here, or are interested in learning more about what a breast lift can do for you, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Breast Lift FAQ

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to improve the position of sagging breasts and/or the position of the nipple and areola on the breast mound. To accomplish this, Dr. Placik will reshape the breast tissue to form rounder and smoother breast mounds through small incisions around the areolas. He will then lift the breasts to a higher position on the torso, tighten the breast skin around the new breast shape, and excise any extra. The result is a higher, more youthful bust line combined with improved breast shape and texture. Breast lifts will vary in their design according to the degree of ptosis.

Am I a Candidate?

The best candidates for a breast lift are women hoping to correct droopiness in their breasts. Sagging, or ptosis, is often a symptom of aging and gravity, but can also affect women as a result of weight fluctuations or large breast volume. Breasts can also take on a droopy appearance after pregnancy or nursing. Candidates should be in good overall physical and mental health, at a stable weight, non-smokers and have realistic expectations about their results.

Does a Breast Lift Affect Breast Size?

Although a breast lift can enhance your figure, the procedure is not meant to increase or decrease breast size. For this reason, many women often combine implants or fat transfer augmentation in order to restore the lost upper breast fullness that occurs with breast ptosis. In the event you have a breast lifts alone, you should have the same amount of breast tissue after your breast lift as you did before. However, reshaping the breast tissue and tightening the breast skin can mean that you wear a different bra size after your breast lift.

What Procedures Can Be Combined with a Breast Lift?

Breast lifts are often combined with other breast enhancement procedures. For instance, many women choose to undergo a combined breast lift and breast augmentation to increase cup size as well as improve breast placement or fix sagging. Additionally, breast reduction surgery incorporates elements of a breast lift, as the breast tissue must be reshaped after reducing breast volume. It’s also common for women with large breasts to experience some degree of ptosis.

What Can I Expect During My Procedure?

A breast lift is performed under either local or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Placik takes special care to make incisions as minimal and discreet as possible. Incision placement will depend upon the approach that Dr. Placik takes for your particular procedure, which you can discuss with him during your consultation. The duration of the surgery depends on whether you are combining your breast lift with any additional procedures. While the exact approach may vary, in general, Dr. Placik will first reshape the breast tissue to create a rounder appearance. He will then drape the breast skin over the new shape, tighten the remainder, and excise any extra tissue that sags below the breast crease. He will also reposition the nipples to a natural, central location and resize the areolas if necessary.

What Should I Expect During Recovery?

Recovery after a breast lift is different for each woman, but it’s advisable to take at least a few days of downtime. You may experience some bruising or soreness, and Dr. Placik will ask you to wear a special post-surgical bra as you recover. If you combine your breast lift with augmentation, your recovery period may be slightly longer. You can ease back into light exercise over the next several weeks, and any lingering discomfort or swelling should dissipate over the first 6 months or so following surgery.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Breast lift results should be long-lasting. However, your breasts will continue to change in response to weight fluctuations, age, or any future pregnancies. Many women enjoy the benefits of their breast lift for the rest of their lives, while others may need an update in the future.

How Much does a Breast Lift Cost?

Fees will vary according to the extent of the procedure, length of the operation, facility location, anesthesia technique, ancillary procedures such as augmentation or pain pump insertion, and many other factors. Dr. Placik and his staff will provide an estimate of fees at the conclusion of the consultation and offer options for financing.