A breast lift can restore the breasts to a youthful position, or provide subtle enhancements for patients who would like to improve the breasts without increasing their size. ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa offers this and other breast surgery procedures to the residents of Pittsburgh, PA.
What is a Breast Lift – Mastopexy Surgery?
A breast lift is a breast surgery technique that eliminates excess skin from the breasts to raise them to a more youthful position. The breast lift procedure can be a great solution for women who have experienced changes in the breasts due to weight loss, pregnancy, aging or other factors.
Pregnancy, breast feeding, or losing weight may cause your breasts to shrink and sag. Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez can reshape, reposition, and increase the volume of your breasts with a Breast lift – Mastopexy at ReNova Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh, PA. The end result is a fuller, firmer and more youthful bust line.
What Does a Breast Lift Do?
This procedure, repositions tissue higher up to eliminate sagging and removes excess skin to create a more youthful silhouette. A breast lift is particularly helpful for patients who have undergone pregnancy, breast feeding or have lost significant amounts of weight. A breast lift can correct:
- Sagging or asymmetrical breasts
- Downward pointing and drooping nipples
- Stretched or enlarged areolas
- Decreased breast volume
- Chest skin folds
However, like most body contouring procedures, breast lifts are not appropriate for every patient. For the results to last, you must be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and stable weight. Furthermore, medical conditions like diabetes and tobacco products can also interfere with the post-surgical healing process and potentially lead to complications. Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will ask about your medical history and conduct a comprehensive examination during your initial consultation to determine if a breast lift is right for your cosmetic goals.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in Pittsburgh, PA?
The typical cost for breast lift near Pittsburgh, PA ranges from $6,000 – $12,000.
This price variation is based on calculations published on Realself. A few of the variables that determine costs of a procedure will vary by surgeon, geographic region and complexity of the procedure.
Is a Breast Lift Right for Me?
If you would like to achieve a more youthful, lifted appearance in the breasts, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift. However, we recommend that patients prolong getting a breast lift until they no longer plan on having children, as pregnancy can impact your results.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST LIFT?
The ideal candidate for a breast lift should be at a stable weight, is a non-smoker, and is in good physical health. Maintaining a stable weight is crucial to maintaining your results since weight gain or weight loss can affect the results of your breast lift. It is also important to be a non-smoker and in good health to help for a safer surgery and to promote proper healing and recovery.
DO I NEED A BREAST LIFT WITH IMPLANTS?
A breast lift is performed to remove extra skin from sagging breasts, but if you’d like to fill out the sagging skin by adding volume, you can opt to have a breast lift with implants. By adding breast volume at the time of your breast lift, you can reduce the amount of skin that needs to be removed, which in turn will shorten the length of the scar left behind.
Implants also give your breasts more size, improve the shape, and will add more fullness to the top of the breast for fuller cleavage. If you want to increase your cleavage and breast fullness, then adding volume with implants during your breast lift would be best for you.
What Can I Expect From Breast Lift Surgery?
A breast lift Pittsburgh is performed under general anesthesia at our state-of-the-art facility and is typically completed within three and a half hours. Once you are anesthetized, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will make discreet incisions to minimize scarring. The usual location of the incisions are on the folds underneath the breast or around the areola. The decision for the surgical approach will depend on your anatomy and breast shape.
Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez specializes in dermal suspension mastopexy which can use excess tissue to increase the fullness of the upper breast. While a lengthier procedure, this technique creates a pleasing contour while minimizing post-surgical complications. Once he has successfully repositioned the breast tissue, tightened, and removed the skin, he will apply the necessary bandages and compression garments to minimize swelling and bruising.
If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your breasts after breast feeding or weight loss, you may benefit greatly from a breast lift.
What is Recovery from Breast Surgery Like?
Most patients will stay in our surgical facility for a few hours after surgery. Once you are released, you will need to have a friend or family member available to drive you home and stay with you for the first day to assist you with your recovery.
Immediately after your breast lift procedure, you will be required to wear gauze and a surgical bra. Swelling, bruising, and related symptoms are common for a few days. Additional discomfort and numbness in the nipples can persist for a few weeks. You should refrain from participating in physical activity or any other activities that will place stress on the body or the treatment area. You can expect to return to these activities approximately four to eight weeks after your procedure.
Our team at ReNova Plastic Surgery will provide you with at-home care instructions to assist you in your recovery, such as:
- Caring for your incisions
- Potential signs of infection
- Minimizing any soreness, bruising, and swelling
- Follow-up appointments
Patients can typically return to their normal routine within two weeks. Your final results will become evident as swelling fades and incision lines heal over the next few months.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS FROM MY BREAST LIFT LAST?
While everyone is different, and there is no way to promise how long the results will last from your breast lift, most patients can expect to see results for 10 to 15 years after their breast lift. How long your results last heavily relies on your weight and hormonal fluctuations, skin quality, and pregnancies.
Losing a significant amount of weight, gaining weight, or breastfeeding can affect the appearance of your breasts and may cause your breasts to change in volume or cause some or all the sagging to return. Breast sagging will occur as you age, but if you maintain a healthy weight and do not become pregnant, the changes will not be as dramatic.
Are you considering a breast lift at ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa? Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Contogiannis. We welcome patients from Pittsburgh and the nearby cities of Pennsylvania.