Breast lift surgery—medically referred to as mastopexy—is a cosmetic procedure performed to resolve breast sagging and restore the breasts to a more youthful shape and position on the chest. This usually requires lifting and repositioning the breast volume to a higher and more natural position on the chest wall, repositioning the nipple-areolar complexes to a higher position on the breast, and often decreasing the size of the areolas. Key benefits of mastopexy typically include a rejuvenated breast aesthetic; enhanced breast contour and symmetry; a better look and fit in various clothes, bras, and swimsuits; and improved confidence and self-image.
Located in Kelowna, board-certified plastic surgeon Brian J. Miller, MD is highly skilled and experienced in tailoring breast lift surgery to achieve exceptional outcomes based on his patients’ specific cosmetic concerns and goals. By personalizing a mastopexy treatment plan for you, he can help you achieve your desired breast appearance with truly natural-looking results.
For more information about breast lift surgery, we invite you to continue reading the sections below and/or contact us today to book a consultation with Dr. Miller.
- Breast Lift Benefits
- Breast Lift Candidates
- Breast Lift Procedure
- Breast Lift Recovery
- Breast Lift Results
- Breast Lift Cost
What Are the Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery can provide many aesthetic benefits to patients and help boost their self-confidence. A mastopexy can do the following to help you look and feel your best:
- Correct breast sagging (ptosis)
- Improve breast shape without increasing breast size
- Raise the position and projection of the breasts
- Resolve breast contour issues or asymmetries
- Improve the proportion, symmetry, and/or position of the nipple-areolar complexes
- Restore the breasts to their pre-pregnancy or pre-weight loss appearance
- Rejuvenate the overall look of the breasts
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
Good candidates for breast lift surgery are typically women who want their breasts to have a perkier appearance. Mastopexy patients must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about surgery. It is important to note that while a breast lift can improve breast shape and restore some fullness to the upper pole of the breast, it will not enhance the size of the breasts. Therefore, if a simultaneous increase in breast volume and significant upper pole fullness are desired, a combination of mastopexy and breast augmentation may be more appropriate.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for breast lift surgery is to have a consultation with Dr. Miller. He will carefully evaluate your needs and goals to provide the best treatment plan for you.
What Does the Breast Lift Procedure Involve?
The breast lift procedure is performed using a wise pattern (anchor), vertical (lollipop), or periareolar (donut) incision, with the wise pattern and vertical techniques being far more common. Through the selected incision, Dr. Miller will excise extra skin, elevate the breasts to a more desirable position, and reshape glandular tissue until an optimal outcome is attained. If needed, he will also adjust the size and/or location of the nipple-areolar complexes to create a more proportionate and natural look. Total treatment time typically takes about two hours, and patients can return home, and most patients can return home the same day under the care of a friend or family member.
What Is Recovery from a Breast Lift Like?
After breast lift surgery, you can expect some degree of bruising and/or swelling initially, though these symptoms should resolve with time. Post-operative discomfort is almost always manageable with oral pain medications. Office jobs, errands, and other non-strenuous daily routines can usually be resumed within the first one to two weeks, but you will need to refrain from heavy lifting, intense exercise, and other physical activities for a minimum of four weeks to allow for optimal healing. After this period, a gradual return to normal activities is generally possible.
How Long Do Breast Lift Results Last?
Breast lift results can last for many years; however, the natural aging process, weight changes, pregnancy, and gravity may still affect the appearance of the breasts as time progresses. Since pregnancy and gaining weight can alter breast lift results, Dr. Miller usually recommends that women wait until they are done having children to go forward with mastopexy surgery.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?
The cost of breast lift surgery varies between patients. Factors that can affect the total expense of treatment include the surgeon’s fee, complexity of treatment, operating facility costs, and anesthesia fees. Combining your breast lift with augmentation will also increase the price of surgery. During your consultation, our team can give you a more accurate price estimate for your treatment plan. We will go over the different payment methods we accept and answer any questions you may have concerning financing for breast lift surgery.
If you would like to learn more about mastopexy, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, please contact our office today by calling (250) 868-4870 or by completing our online contact form.