Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Atlanta, GA
If you look at your breasts and wish that they were firmer, lifted and more youthful looking, then a breast lift may be your answer. Although it can be performed at any time, it is best to wait until breast development has stopped, which usually occurs at 17 years of age. It’s not uncommon for women following several pregnancies with breastfeeding to have soft, pendulous breasts with nipples pointing downwards. You may need to consider a breast lift to get that youthful look that you once had. The Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery, led by Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr., offers breast lifts for women who live in and around Buckhead, Vinings, and Sandy Springs.
What is a Breast Lift?
Breast lift refers to a procedure in which loose stretched skin is removed from the breasts to eliminate sagging. Once the excess loose skin is removed, the remaining skin is pulled taut to lift the breast and reposition the nipple. In many cases, women may choose to have the breast lift in combination with breast augmentation to restore lost volume to sagging breasts.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) can give you firmer and shapelier breasts that make your figure look younger. In most cases, women with smaller breasts enjoy longer lasting results from breast lift surgery because their breasts are less affected by gravity and aging over time. However, women with breasts of all sizes can enjoy the rejuvenation that a breast lift offers. For women with small breasts who have relatively little problem with sagging, a less-invasive procedure, such as a doughnut mastopexy, may be recommended. Some women elect to combine breast augmentation surgery with the breast lift procedure to restore lost volume and fullness to sagging breasts.
Is A Breast Lift Right For Me?
If your breasts have sagged or are elongated, if your nipples point downward or if your breasts have lost firmness, you may be an excellent candidate for mastopexy.
The aging process, weight loss, and pregnancy can cause undue sagging of breast tissue, and a breast lift (mastopexy) is the best procedure to correct this. If your breasts have also lost volume or were not full to begin with, you may opt to have breast implants placed to add volume at the same time that you have a mastopexy to lift the breast tissue and correct the sagging. To read about having a breast lift and augmentation performed at the same time, click here.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Two to three incisions are made within the breast’s natural contour around and below the areola. Incisions are made in the breast to define the area of excision and the new location of the nipple and areola. Skin is removed and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. Skin formerly found above the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Afterward, the breasts will be ﬁrmer and positioned higher with a perkier appearance.
Breast Lift Recovery
On the third day following surgery, your dressings will be removed and you will be permitted to take a shower. Surgical drains are removed at one week and non-strenuous work can then be resumed. After three weeks, bruising, swelling and discomfort should diminish and a support bra is no longer needed. Sensation in the nipple and areola will improve gradually and normal activity and mild exercise can then be resumed. After a few months, your breasts settle into a more natural shape as incision lines begin to fade and back, neck and shoulder pain is relieved.
Can Breast Implants Be Inserted During A Breast Lift?
It is a very common practice to combine breast lift surgery with augmentation. This is an excellent recommendation for patients who want to enhance both the shape and size of their breasts simultaneously for a more complete rejuvenation. Dr. Work will help you determine the perfect type and size of breast implants to complement your breast lift surgery.
Can I Breastfeed After Breast Lift Surgery?
Although breast lift surgery does not generally prevent women from breastfeeding, if you are considering getting pregnant in the near future, we recommended that you postpone your breast lift surgery until after you have the baby because pregnancy and lactation may alter the results of the surgery.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in Atlanta?
Breast lift surgery is typically considered an elective cosmetic procedure; hence most health insurance providers will not cover the costs of this surgery. In order to keep breast lift surgery affordable for all of our patients, the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery proudly offers CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending as financing options. Our office also accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
If you are unhappy with sagging breasts that prevent you from wearing certain clothing or if you feel that your sagging breasts make you look older than you really are, consider a breast lift procedure. The Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery, under the direction of Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr., provides breast lift surgery, as well as other procedures to improve the appearance of your breasts and overall figure. Our office serves women living in the areas of Atlanta, Buckhead, Vinings and Sandy Springs in Georgia.