ABOUT BREAST LIFT SURGERY
Breast lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that lifts and tightens the breasts by removing loose skin and tightening the healthy tissue to create a more youthful look. This cosmetic breast surgery is reserved for women who have lost breast shape and volume and who are experiencing breast sag due to aging and gravity, as well as weight loss or pregnancy. Huge advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this aesthetic surgery so successful that new statistics from the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Aric Aghayan, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Portland, OR, performs this surgery at Après Plastic Surgery. By using the most state-of-the-art methods, Dr. Aghayan can choose the correct technique according to the degree of sag present, as well as your desired outcome. Contact our office in Portland, OR to schedule your breast lift consultation with Dr. Aghayan.
Many patients come to Après Plastic Surgery thinking about breast augmentation, but after a private assessment, they discover that breast lift surgery is better. Breasts that point downward typically need a lift to reduce excess skin and lift the breasts to a higher position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts appear stretched, a mastopexy (breast lift) can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health and at a healthy weight.
A breast lift takes approximately two hours or more and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of this procedure is dependent on the complexity of breast ptosis (sagging). The surgical technique used for cosmetic breast lift surgery typically falls under two categories — the technique is defined by the size, location, and nature of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the most commonly used methods. After making the incision, any loose skin is removed along with fat and tissue that is not needed. The remaining skin is then tightened and the breasts are lifted so they appear healthy. In most situations, the size of the areola is decreased to be proportionate with the new breast.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The recovery for a breast lift surgery is typically more extensive than a breast augmentation. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to diminish swelling. A small tube is also inserted near the incision site to help with excess draining that can often occur after mastopexy treatment. After surgery, the majority of the swelling will diminish within about a week. Dr. Aghayan, or a member of the team will provide detailed home care instructions to help your healing process. Aesthetic results after a surgical breast lift are usually noticeable right after as the breasts take their higher placement on your chest wall.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Aghayan will pay attention to your wants and aesthetic goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Following that, they can better estimate your price. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your appearance so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Aghayan rather than prices. To help make cosmetic surgery affordable, Après Plastic Surgery will help you find low-interest medical financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, an augmentation with implants or both depends on your unique concerns and goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Aghayan will evaluate your physical condition and listen to your goals at your consultation, and then make a decision whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Aghayan can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This will be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you may start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors, such as significant weight loss or gain, can change your results; therefore, it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Aghayan suggest patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they’re different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Aghayan will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help. In your surgery, they will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for better symmetry.
Mastopexy has changed the lives of many Portland, OR patients. If you are faced with sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prohibit you from buying certain clothing, a mastopexy at Après Plastic Surgery may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial visit, a thorough examination will be performed by Dr. Aghayan and your aesthetic concerns will be discussed. They will determine a tailored treatment plan to assist in transforming your breasts. Please contact Après Plastic Surgery and speak to a patient coordinator to begin your cosmetic surgery journey.