Over time, it is common for the breasts to begin to undergo certain changes. Due to factors like pregnancy, aging, and gravity, your breasts may begin to sag. Most women experience these changes at some point and to varying degrees. Fortunately, you can restore a perky, youthful breast appearance with a breast lift procedure.
Although breast augmentation is the most popular breast surgery choice, there are many benefits of choosing a breast lift. In general, a breast lift aims to reshape and rejuvenate sagging breasts so that they are in a more upright, free-standing position. It is important to note that a breast lift on its own does not enhance the size or shape of the breasts, although a breast lift can be performed with the help of implants if you want to augment your breasts as well.
Women who opt for a breast lift often have breasts that are deflated, pendulous, or point downwards. Ideal breast lift candidates are in good general health, have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure, and would like to correct sagging issues caused by:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- A naturally large breast size
- Significant weight loss
- The aging process
If you are a smoker, you must also be willing to quit prior to your procedure and throughout the breast lift recovery period since smoking can adversely impact healing and your results.
The goal of a breast lift is to reshape the skin and breast mound, remove and tighten excess skin, and reposition the nipples and areolae. However, the breast lift comes with some unique decisions to be made during your consultation. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will discuss each of these factors at length during a consultation.
Your breast lift procedure will be customized based on your unique body type and aesthetic goals. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir prefer to perform a Wise Pattern lift, which uses the anchor incision. The anchor incision circles around the areola, extends down vertically to the breast crease, and then horizontally along the breast crease. However, other incision patterns exist and are called the periareolar (around the nipple) and keyhole incisions. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir perform the Wise Pattern lift because this technique gives them the greatest amount of control over the shape of your breasts. In addition, the use of the anchor incision achieves the most lifting, making it particularly effective for women with moderate to severe sagging issues.
Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir may recommend breast augmentation with a breast lift in order to simultaneously restore lost volume, achieve a more pleasing size and shape, and regain a more youthful breast appearance. Some women choose to add implants to their breast lift, and some do not. If you would like to increase the size of your breasts at the same time as reshaping and rejuvenating them, then your plastic surgeon can guide you to the right implant choice.
During your consultation with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir, you will receive full instructions to follow during your recovery. In general, you can expect to take around one week off work and social activities and should rest as much as possible during this time. You will be prescribed medications to manage swelling and pain. You should be sure to avoid strenuous activity until cleared by your plastic surgeon.
“It’s a privilege to have been your patient. Your entire organization is a model of what every medical practice should be. Thank you, Dr. Ali, for your skillful surgery, compassion, and patience.” – S.M.
“Dr.Tamir, Thank you for the excellent reconstruction you did on me after my bilateral mastectomy. You are an incredible plastic surgeon, and I would not hesitate to recommend you to other women”
“Mosharrafa in a whole, Doctor Tamir, office staff, and surgical staff excelled in every department from beginning to the end. My experience was a 100%, A+.” – T.M.
Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir are board-certified plastic surgeons who have been in practice for over 20 years. Specializing in breast procedures, you can be assured that your breast lift procedure will suit your cosmetic goals and preferences so you can enjoy excellent results. If you are looking for the best that the Phoenix area has to offer when it comes to cosmetic breast surgery, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery can guide you through every step of your procedure process. To get started and begin discussing your breast lift options, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.
Is a breast lift covered by insurance?
No. A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. Breast reduction, which includes a lift and reduction of volume may be covered by insurance in some cases.
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
It is true that implants alone may improve the shape of deflated breasts, However, in most cases, if the breasts have a droopy appearance, a breast lift will be necessary.
Do you lose sensation with breast lift?
No. Normal sensation of the breast and nipple is not lost after a lift. A small percentage of patients may lose specialized (erotic) sensation of the nipple after a lift.
Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?
Yes. Normal sensation of the nipples is not lost with a breast lift.
How do you shower after a breast lift?
Patients are able to take a regular shower 2-7 days after a breast lift.
How long do breast lift results last?
Depending on the size of the breasts and the quality of the breast skin, a breast lift can last 10 years or longer.
How long does a breast lift last?
Depending on the size of the breasts and the quality of the breast skin, a breast lift can last 10 years or longer
How long does a breast lift take?
Breast lift surgery takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
How painful is a breast lift?
Although there is some incisional pain with any surgery, breast lift is not a terribly painful operation. Most patients only require pain medication for a few days after surgery. Some do not require prescription pain medication at all.
How soon after breast lift can I exercise?
Light exercise such as walking can be done the day of surgery. More strenuous exercise that raises heart rate or makes you break a sweat can be started 2 weeks after surgery.
Is getting a breast lift safe?
Yes. While there are risks associated with any surgery, breast lift surgery is a very safe procedure.
What is a crescent breast lift?
A crescent breast lift is a procedure to raise the position of the nipple by a small degree through an incision just around the upper 1/2 of the areolar border. It does very little to change the shape of the breast.
What types of breast lifts are there?
Depending on how much the nipple needs to be raised and how much the breast needs to be shaped, there are a few different ways to perform a breast lift. A crescent lift, a donut lift, a lollipop lift or an anchor lift are all common terms used to describe the different types of breast lift procedures.
Will a breast lift reduce cup size?
It really depends on the shape of the natural breasts. In some cases, if the breasts are very ptotic (droopy), doing a lift may lead to a woman fitting into a smaller cup size after surgery.
Will a breast lift remove stretch marks?
Some stretch marks may be removed if they fall within the skin removed during the lift. Stretch marks above the nipple will typically remain after a lift.
Will breast lift affect breastfeeding?
Yes. While a pure lift does not affect the glandular tissue of the breast, having a breast lift may affect a woman’s ability to breast feed.
Does a breast lift leave scars?
Yes. All forms of breast lift place scars on the breast. These scars typically heal well and fade over time. In most cases, the scars do not show in any clothing or swimwear.
Does a breast lift make your nipples less sensitive?
In general, no. However, some patients report decreased nipple sensation after having a breast lift procedure.
Does insurance pay for breast lift?
No. A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.
Does a breast lift cost more than implants?
No. Because you don’t incur the cost of the implants, a breast lift is not typically more expensive than a breast augmentation with implants.
How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?
Scars heal very quickly, but it takes 12-18 months until the scars are fully matured.
How long does vampire breast lift last?
The addition of PRP (platelet rich plasma) to a breast lift does not affect how long the procedure lasts.
How much does breast lift cost?
Prices vary based on the type of lift being performed. Costs range from $1500 to $10,000 or more.
What is a non surgical breast lift?
There are many procedures being promoted as non-surgical breast lifts. Most of these actually do not lift the breast at all, but can change the appearance of the breast in a way that may make it look “lifted.” These include thread based procedures, injectables (fat, HA fillers, Botox, PRP), laser treatments, Thermage and other collagen stimulators. These procedures may improve the appearance of the breast skin or add volume to certain areas to give the breast a fuller and/or lifted appearance. The simplest of all non surgical breast lifts is a great bra.
What is a partial breast lift?
A partial breast lift is typically used to improve asymmetry between the breasts. Minor adjustments are made to make the less aesthetic breast look more like the better side.
What is the vampire breast lift?
The Vampire breast lift is a procedure in which PRP (platelet rich plasma) injected into specific areas of the breast, often in combination with a hyaluronic acid filler. The PRP comes from the patients own blood, which is drawn and processed to concentrate the PRP, hence the term “vampire lift.”
How much is a mini breast lift?
Limited breast lifts range in cost from $1500 to $6000
What is a wrap around breast lift?
The wrap around technique involves moving the tissue in the lower pole of the breast into the upper pole without compromising its blood supply. It is particularly useful following breast implant removal.