Breast Lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to improve the look of sagging breasts as a result of aging, weight loss, nursing, loss of elasticity, firmness, and other factors.
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lifts at Imagenes Plastic Surgery can be performed in two ways, either isolated or by itself, or in conjunction with another procedure. For example, breast lifts are typically performed in order to lift the breasts and achieve a more youthful, natural look in the chest. For this reason, it may take an individual more than just a breast lift in order to achieve such results. Individuals who are interested in having a breast lift can now choose to do it either alone, or in conjunction with an augmentation or reduction surgery. If you would like fuller breasts or smaller breasts, having this procedure done in conjunction with an extra procedure will provide you with the exact results you desire.
Ideal Candidates for a Breast Lift Surgery
There are a series of factors and characteristics that can define an ideal candidate for a surgery such as a breast lift. Although a breast lift can make you feel like you can finally stop carrying a burden on your chest, literally…. Breast lift surgery is not necessarily the answer to perfection. Breast lift candidates are considered to be women who are in good standing health and who have breasts that have dropped or sagged through time either because of pregnancy, large size, loss of volume or weight loss. Women who are looking into a breast lift procedure should not smoke or should withdraw from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Surgery Cost?
The cost depends on the type of procedure used. The longer the operation takes, the more expensive the breast lift Miami becomes. Usually, the anchor shaped breast lift has the highest cost. The amount of experience the doctor has also gets tallied into the cost. In the U.S., the average cost ranges from $5000 to $8000. If you choose to have a breast implant with your breast lift the prices range from $5000 to $15000.
Breast Lift Techniques Have Become More Advanced Than Ever Before
When a patient undergoes a breast lift surgery, the surgeon will contour the breasts as the tissues are tightened, reshaped and extra skin is removed. Breast lift surgery has become increasingly popular over the last few years. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed that since the year 2000, breast lifts have gone up by 70%, significantly outpacing breast implants. According to this ASPS research, more than 90,000 breast lifts were performed in 2013 alone.
Types of Breast Lift Surgery
Women with large breast or with terribly saggy breast require an anchor-shaped breast lift. In this surgery, the surgeon moves the nipple and the areola up a greater distance. To do this, the doctor must do both a vertical and a horizontal incision. The two incisions give the surgeon more freedom when shaping the new breast. This is a highly invasive procedure and requires the use of general anesthesia. In a way, this procedure is similar to the breast reduction. However, in breast lift Miami the breast tissue remains intact, only skin is removed.
Vertical Breast Lift
Breast Lift this method removes excess of fat around the areola. First, the doctor makes a vertical incision. The incision goes from the base of the areola to the bottom of the breast. The doctor then removes excess skin along the incision. Afterwards, the doctor rolls back the tissue into place. This procedure helps reduce bagginess and helps reshape the breast. It also creates minimal scarring tissues. This surgery requires general anesthesia.
Concentric Breast Lift
Doctors do not consider the concentric procedure too invasive. They usually perform it on patients with smaller breast or with a lesser breast fall. It requires fewer incisions. When operating, the doctor draws a series of concentric circles around the areola. Gently, the doctor cuts around them, removes the skin and then pushes the areola upward, later sews the skin back in place. This method produces less scarred tissues.
Breast Lift with Implants
Oftentimes, it is very common for women to have a breast lift along with a breast augmentation in order to have more volume and achieve a “perky” look. If your breasts have fallen and sagged enough to the point where you have lost the volume in your chest, then a breast lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation might be right for you. Having both procedures performed at the same time can result in a lifted and fuller looking chest, providing patients with maximum results.
Preparation Before the Day of the Surgery
Women desiring a Breast Lift surgery need to have a healthy lifestyle so the healing process may be faster. This means to stay away from smoking for at least three (3) weeks prior to the surgery. The patient should be nutritionally balanced and have not taken any supplements that might contribute to excess bleeding. Patients need to complete preoperative testing lab work prior to surgery and a mammogram depending on the age and family history. Patients will shower and wash well with anti-bacterial soap the day before the surgery and arrange a friend or a family member to drive them home and to help out for a few days if needed.
The Day of the Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lifts are performed under general anesthesia and typically takes an hour to three hours to be performed. The incision is carried out, excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the uppermost position and the breast is again formed. The most common technique involves an anchor-shaped incision; thus localized around the areola, in an upright line down from the nipple area and the bottom crease of the breast.
After Breast Lift Surgery
Following surgery, for the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours the breasts will be bloated, bruised and uncomfortable, but the pain will eventually subside and it can also be alleviated with medication prescribed by your surgeon. An elastic bandage or a surgical brassiere over gauze dressings are generally worn and will be substituted by a soft supporting bra within a few days. Sutures will be removed after about a week or two. Patients should prevent straining, bending and lifting heavy objects. These efforts may increase swelling and bleeding. They also need to sleep on their backs to prevent putting pressure on the chest. Patients may feel less sensation of the nipple. It might take some time for the sensation to normalize. The incisions are either pink or red and lumpy during the first months after surgery. Creams and massage will help them get their normal color.
While at Home / Recovery
Getting back to normal is a gradual process. The Doctor gives the patient detailed instructions for resuming their normal activities. If the patient becomes pregnant, the surgery should not affect the ability to breastfeed since the milk ducts will be left intact. In case of any unusual symptom, contact your surgeon.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take pain medications as ordered by your doctor.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Take at least a week off from work.
- Abstain from intercourse for at least two weeks after the surgery.
- Check your temperature from time to time.
- Avoid lifting anything over the head for about three to four weeks.
- Have a friend or a family member take care of your pets.
Call the doctor immediately if these complications occur:
- If there is fever above 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you see blood in the urine and/or feces.
- If there is sudden bruising, swelling, or skin darkening.
- If convulsions or uncontrollable vomiting occur.
- If sudden loss of consciousness.
- If the swelling comes accompanied by pain.