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Mastopexy / Breast Lift

Treatment Time 3 Hours Patient Downtime 1-2 Weeks Treatment Series 1 Procedure Type Outpatient

WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?

Mastopexy, better known as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure to give sagging or downward drooping breasts a beautifully lifted look, by removing and tightening excess breast tissue. Breasts can droop from factors such as aging, weight change, gravity, or pregnancy. Because the mastopexy involves repositioning the nipples to be higher, an added benefit of this procedure is it can also reduce the size of stretched areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipple).

UNDERSTANDING THE BREAST LIFT PROCEDURE

Woman taking off her bra

HOW DOES A BREAST LIFT PROCEDURE WORK?

The breast lift essentially entails repositioning the nipples, removing excess tissue, and reshaping the breast. Dr. David Boudreault uses a range of breast lift techniques tailored to the breast size and degree of ptosis (sagging). These techniques include:

  • Crescent incision – This technique is recommended for those with minor areolar asymmetry and is used to bring the areola back in line with the breast and other side. Dr. Boudreault will make a semicircular incision around the edge of the areola and remove a small amount of excess skin to move the areola in the desired direction.
  • Circumareolar Technique (Donut technique) – This technique is recommended for mild drooping (Grade 1) and small breast without implants. In general the resulting scars from this lift are very unsatisfying since the tension of the lift is on the areola and ultimately lead to enlarged areolar and sometimes raised scars. This technique is not often recommended.  
  • Vertical Technique (Lollipop) – This technique is recommended for mild to moderate drooping (Grade 1-2). Also known as the circum-vertical technique, this incision is made around the areola and extends vertically from the nipple to the bottom breast crease (inframammary fold).
  • Anchor Technique (Wise pattern) – Normally recommended for significant drooping and removes the greatest amounts of excess skin. This ultimate scar is around the areola, extending down centrally on the breast, where it meets a horizontal incision that runs along the bottom breast crease (inframammary fold). The resulting scars look like an anchor, hence the name.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A BREAST LIFT PROCEDURE?

Dr. Boudreault performs the breast lift under general anesthesia at our state-of-the-art AAAASF surgery center. Dr. Boudreault will then use the individualized technique particular to your individual breast size and level of droopiness, based on Dr. Boudreault’s thorough evaluation in a consultation. He will remove excess skin, reshape the breast, and adjust the nipple to the most aesthetic position for your body type. This is an outpatient procedure and you will return home the same day. The exact duration of the procedure depends on which technique is required, how much alteration is needed, and if additional procedures are performed at the same time.

HOW LONG IS RECOVERY TIME FOR A BREAST LIFT?

Initial downtime after breast lift surgery is typically 3-5 days, and most patients can return to work at this time. Restrictions are mainly around lifting anything over 20 pounds or exercising to a point that raises your heart rate and blood pressure. Though you will start to feel yourself again after 1-2 weeks, Dr. Boudreault encourages a gradual return to activity over 4-6 weeks. The ultimate goal is to recover without complications and make sure your scars heal as beautifully as possible. You can resume regular physical activity after 4-6 weeks.

There is some discomfort post-procedure, and your breasts will be bruised and swollen for about 2-3 weeks. The majority of swelling will continue to subside over 3-4 months.

WHAT DOES A BREAST LIFT TREAT?

The main purpose of mastopexy is to correct the effects of ptosis, also known as sagging breasts. Unfortunately, the effects of aging, gravity, weight loss or pregnancy on the breasts are sometimes inevitable and not naturally reversible. The result of the breast lift surgery is a natural-looking breast with lift and perkiness to ultimately restore the appearance of youth.

Ideal candidates for the mastopexy are healthy non-smokers who are unhappy with the droopy, deflated, or elongated shape of their breasts. These candidates may also have breast asymmetry, low-hanging areolas, large areolas, and large nipples. The breast lift is not intended to bring wide-set breasts closer together or add volume.

Combine the breast lift procedure with a breast augmentation or breast fat transfer for added breast volume in the upper breast (cleavage area) and added firmness.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS AFTER A BREAST LIFT PROCEDURE?

You will notice your newly reshaped and lifted breasts immediately after the procedure. Be aware that the shape of your breasts will continue to change and settle over the next several months. Do not be alarmed if your scars appear red and bumpy at first, as they will soften and fade over time. Scars do not reach full maturity until one year and generally fade significantly — ask Dr. Boudreault about his comprehensive scar treatment regimen to help speed up your healing process.

HOW MUCH DOES BREAST LIFT (MASTOPEXY) COST?

The average cost of a Mastopexy is $8,000–$12,000. If the Mastopexy is combined with a Breast Augmentation, the average cost is approximately $10,000–$14,000. For a nipple/areola reduction performed alone, the average cost is $2,000–$3,000. These estimates include all fees, such as anesthesia and facility fees. If you would like to have your breast lift done soon, but would like to pay it off over time in small monthly increments, we offer financing through CareCredit or Alphaeon. Many of our patients will choose to apply for credit cards with longer terms at 0% interest.

Join our many happy patients who restored their breasts to a youthful and perkier appearance with the breast lift procedure, and now have a set of breasts that they truly love to see.

CONCERNS TREATED


“I had my Brazilian Butt Lift in 2017 with Dr. Boudreault and I couldn’t be any happier with my results. My butt and hips look SO natural – my only regret was not doing it sooner!”*

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“I fully trust Dr. B and will go to him for all my procedures. He really cares about his clients and their results.”*

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“The day after my surgery when the garment came off, I almost cried. Dr. B exceeded my expectations and gave me an even BETTER body than I had imagined.”*

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