Cost of a Breast Lift
$6,100 - $6,900
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
An ideal breast lift (aka mastopexy) patient is someone who is happy with their breast size but just has some extra skin that is allowing the breasts to sit lower than they would ideally like. With breastfeeding, weight gain, and just aging and gravity, the breasts can sag. A lack of upper pole fullness can also occur. A breast lift also includes decreasing the size of the areola, which is the pigmented portion around the nipple.
A commonly used descriptor is something called the "pencil test." The presumption is that a person is a good candidate for a breast lift if a pencil can be tucked under the breast and it stays there. While there are more scientific ways to determine this, such as using the scale of breast ptosis, there may be some truth to this myth. Some patients will elect to have fat transfer to their upper breasts at the same time as their breast lift because of the desire to have more full upper breast poles without having to have an implant placed. A breast lift alone does not give the look of having implants. For that, a breast lift with implants would need to be performed. A breast lift is sometimes done in conjunction with breast implant removal as well.
The Procedure for a Breast Lift
Breast lift surgery is done under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center. The procedure takes less than 1½ hours. During the procedure, excess skin is removed through a Wise pattern incision, which is the same as that used in a breast reduction. Other possible incisions are a "lollipop incision" consisting of the incision around the areola and vertical one only, or a "donut mastopexy" which is an incision around the areola only. Each technique has its own advantages and limitations; Dr. Kayan will go over these options and discuss which procedure will address the patient's concerns best during the consultation. The incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures and glue, and the patient is wrapped in an ACE wrap with padding. Drains are not usually needed.
Recovery After a Breast Lift
Patients may remove all dressings and shower after 24-48 hours. After showering a front closure sports bra may be used and worn 24/7 for 4-6 weeks. No overhead reaching is permitted for 1 week, no high-end exercise or lifting more than 5lbs. for 4-6 weeks. The breast shape will change over 3 months, settle in and drop a bit more. Scars will largely fade after a year, and scar treatments such as topical gel or silicone strips can be used starting around 3-4 weeks after surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of anesthesia is used for a breast lift?
A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia.
Where are the incisions for a breast lift?
Breast lifts are most commonly performed using a Wise pattern. There will be incisions around the entire nipple with a vertical incision from the nipple to the underside of the breast, and then horizontally along the inframammary fold.
How long is a breast lift procedure?
A breast lift surgery is typically about 1½ hours.
What is the recovery time after a breast lift?
The patient will have lifting and activity restrictions for 4-6 weeks after surgery. Those with sedentary positions may consider returning to work around 2 weeks post-op.
What is the cost of a breast lift?
$6,100 - $6,900
What should be expected after a breast lift?
Patients will be wrapped in an ACE wrap following surgery. This can be removed along with other dressings and showering may be resumed after 48 hours. Compression with an open front sports bra must be worn 24/7 for 4-6 weeks. No overhead reaching is permitted for 1 week, no high-end exercise or lifting more than 5lbs. for 4-6 weeks. The breast shape will change over 3 months, settle in and drop a bit more. Scars will largely fade after a year, and scar treatments such as topical gel or silicone strips can be used starting around 3-4 weeks after surgery.