What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity all contribute to the loss of skin elasticity, shape, and firmness. In these cases, a breast lift can restore the appearance of the breasts that the patient once had.
Breast lift surgery will not change the size of your breasts or change the shape of your breast, only the position. If you want to change the size as well as the position of your breasts, you can choose to combine a breast lift with an augmentation or reduction. To fins out which treatment plan is best for you, visit Dr. Faclon at our Natrona Heights office, which is located 17 miles from Aspinwall and 14 miles from Apollo.
Who is a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Candidates for breast lifts are concerned with drooping or sagging breasts, commonly after pregnancy, weight fluctuation, or simply due to the aging process. To determine whether you are a candidate for breast lift vs. augmentation, some plastic surgeons recommend that you try the “pencil test.” This involves placing a pencil at the breast crease. If it falls, you will likely not benefit from a breast lift. If the pencil is held in place and the nipples fall below the pencil, a breast lift may benefit you.
Breast lift candidates should be generally healthy and at a stable weight. During a consultation, Dr. Falcon can recommend whether a breast lift is a safe and suitable option for you. You can also discuss other surgical options to address your dissatisfaction with your appearance, which could include a breast augmentation, combination of augmentation and breast lift, or mommy makeover. Dr. Falcon will happily answer any questions that you may have as you create a plan for your procedure.
“I am so happy I had this procedure done. I feel so light and even feel young again because I can be more mobile. Thank you, Dr. Falcon and Maria for helping me.”
Recovery After a Breast Lift
After a breast lift, you will need someone who can safely drive you home and care for you in the early stages of recovery. You will have dressings and drains in place as well as a supportive surgical bra to ensure proper healing and reduce swelling. Discomfort is normal in the early stages of recovery, but you can take pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Falcon to keep you comfortable. Typically, breast lift patients need about 1-2 weeks away from work or other daily routines so they can rest and recover after their surgery. Even as you return to work, it is important to avoid strenuous activity, including exercise or lifting heavy objects, until Dr. Falcon determines you have healed enough to do so. This usually falls about 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about breast lift surgery and your best options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Falcon. Call Falcon Plastic Surgery at (724) 226-3900 or contact us online to set up your appointment. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 10 miles from Delmont and 10 miles from Irwin.
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Who is a candidate for breast lift?
The breast lift is ideal for patients who have sagging, stretched breasts that fall below the natural breast crease. It can also be an effective option for patients with nipples that point downward.
Does insurance pay for breast lift?
Insurance does not usually cover a breast lift, but we still encourage each patient to check with their provider ahead of their consultation for any specifics about coverage.
How can I prepare for breast lift surgery?
You’ll be given detailed preparation steps by our team ahead of your surgery date. This includes filling prescriptions, gathering recovery materials, and fasting the night before surgery.
Does a breast lift leave scars?
Any surgery will leave scarring, but scars can be faded with the right skincare products and aftercare. Breast lift scars are also easily concealable depending on your incision pattern.
How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?
It can take a few weeks for your incisions to fully heal, but up to a year for the scarring to settle into its final appearance. During this time, you can use silicone scar treatments to reduce the appearance of your scars.
How long does a breast lift take?
Breast lift surgery can take about 2-3 hours depending on whether you pair it with other breast procedures like augmentation or reduction. Once surgery is complete, you’ll spend additional time being monitored by our team before going home.
How long does a breast lift last?
A breast lift can last for many years with the right aftercare steps – however, it cannot stop the process of aging. Additionally, if you become pregnant after your breast lift, you may require another surgery.
Does a breast lift make your nipples less sensitive?
It’s normal to have some loss of sensitivity (depending on your incision pattern) but feeling typically comes back within six months to a year.
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
This is a personal choice that depends on your goals. If you want to add volume, then implants are a good option. If you want to maintain your natural breast size, then implants aren’t needed. Your plastic surgeon can help you determine the right option.
When is it medically necessary to get breast lift surgery?
The breast lift is rarely considered medically necessary and is rather an elective procedure. This means you’re less likely to get coverage from major insurance providers.