Each year, thousands of women undergo breast lift procedures to restore the shape and volume of their breasts for a more youthful breast contour. Oftentimes breast lifts are combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation or breast reduction. In cases like these, the breasts are lifted as they are increased or decreased in size. The result are breasts that look and feel better!
Unfortunately, there are no completely scarless breast lifts. There are 4 main types of breast lifts performed depending on the amount of sagging, excess skin, surgeon preference, and patient preference. Each one has a slightly different scar pattern. The ones with the least amount of scarring also tend to be the least effective in terms of lifting and coning the breasts into a more perky shape. The moon-shape (crescent) lift involves a scar hidden along the upper half of the areola border. The donut (circumareolar) lift involves a scar hidden around the entire circumference of the areola border. These scars camouflage very well where the darkly pigmented skin of the areola meets the lighter skin of the rest of the breast. These lifts work well when the nipple is only slightly downward pointing. One of the disadvantages of these lifts is that they can only raise the areola up to a maximum of about 2 cm. They also tend to flatten the breast shape and are not ideal when there is saggy breast tissue in the lower pole.
The goal of a breast lift or mastopexy is to reshape the breasts, bring the nipple to the appropriate height and reposition the breast tissue to provide for a more youthful, perky and cosmetically appealing breast shape. If you are interested in having a breast lift, my best recommendation would be to consult with board-certified plastic surgeons who are well-experienced in these procedures. Remember that scarring is necessary and a reality of a breast lift procedure, and while a good plastic surgeon will do their best to minimize the appearance of a scar, your propensity for a 'good' or 'bad' scar is more genetic than anything. I hope you find this helpful and best of luck!
For tumescent liposuction, the most common technique, your doctor will make one or more small (one-quarter inch or less) incisions in the area to be treated and inject a large quantity of a mixture of saline (salt water), local anesthesia, and epinephrine into your tissue. The fluid causes the fat to become swollen, firm, and easier to remove. (It also constricts your blood vessels, which reduces bruising, blood loss, and recovery time.) The surgeon then inserts the cannula through the same incision and passes it back and forth under the skin to break up the fat before suctioning it out. For a very small area, the procedure takes around 30 minutes, while a 360 liposuction—which includes the abdomen, flanks, back, and all around the torso—lasts three to four hours.
Choosing a liposuction surgeon based on the lowest price might ultimately be the most expensive choice, If the initial cosmetic results are so bad that another surgeon must be paid to repair the work of the first liposuction surgeon. Among the most common undesirable outcomes of liposuction are 1) incomplete liposuction with very little evidence that liposuction was actually done, 2) excessive liposuction producing an unnatural or disfigured appearance, 3) irregular and uneven results with unsightly depressions in the skin, and 4) large scars that reveal that the patient has had liposuction. Caveat emptor (Buyer beware).
Some surgeons will quote a single global liposuction cost that includes almost every possible surgery-related expense in one lump sum. Typically a global liposuction price is the sum of the surgical fees, plus the non-surgical fee, plus the anesthesiologist’s fee (if general anesthesia is used). A global liposuction cost is commonly used when the liposuction surgery is done in the surgeon’s office or surgery center. When a prospective patient telephones a surgeon’s office to inquire about the cost of liposuction, be certain to determine if the quote is for a global fee or merely the surgical fee. An office employee who answers the telephone might only give information about the surgeon’s fee and not mention other important items such as the anesthesiologist’s fee, and operating room fee.
If your doctor recommends breast reduction or breast augmentation, these are additional costs. Average cost of breast reduction is $6,500 to $12,000 while the average cost of surgery for breast augmentation is $5,000 to $10,000. In many cases, if your combining procedures there will be a discounted rate. Remember that the more experienced the plastic surgeon, the more expensive the surgery could be. However, you are investing in yourself by choosing an experienced surgeon.
A: In general, no plastic surgeon can guarantee that breastfeeding will still be possible after the breast lift surgery. But in most cases, you should be able to breastfeed after a breast lift if the nipple was left intact during the procedure, and was still connected to all the anatomical structures underneath the nipple. However, if you are planning to become pregnant, its recommended that you wait until after your pregnancy to have a breast lift. Reason being, as your breasts enlarge during pregnancy the skin will stretch. Depending on the elasticity of your skin before pregnancy and the degree to which your breasts enlarge during pregnancy, your breast skin may permanently stretch. In this case the results of breast lift surgery performed before pregnancy would be lost.