Gravity is only our friend when we want our feet to stay planted on the ground. When it comes to saggy body parts, particularly the breasts, gravity isn’t so friendly. Aging, weight loss, pregnancy, and genetics can all lead to drooping breasts that can be a source of embarrassment for women. A breast lift (also known as a “mastopexy”) restores a lifted breast position.
At H/K/B, we can defy gravity with personalized cosmetic procedures. A breast lift requires considerable skill on the part of the surgeon—both medical expertise and the eye of a sculptor. Our surgeons at H/K/B are well-known experts in all types of breast surgery, and in our accredited, state-of-the-art surgical facility, you will be treated like family by our doctors and staff.
What can a breast lift do for me?
When performed successfully, a breast lift can raise the breast position on the chest wall, reducing sagging and lax skin. A mastopexy is the best way to correct sagging related to weight changes, ages, and breastfeeding. During the breast lift process, asymmetry, roundness, and nipple position can also be improved for overall aesthetic benefit.
What can I expect during a breast lift procedure?
A breast lift usually requires one to three hours and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During the surgery, you will be fully asleep. Or, if you prefer, there is the option of having a local anesthetic with an IV sedation administered, in which you will be somewhat awake, but completely relaxed throughout the entire process.
The specific method chosen for your breast lift will depend on your anatomy and ultimately how you wish to look post-surgery. The most common method of breast lift surgery involves three incisions—one around the areola, another vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast, and the third horizontally beneath the breast in the natural curve of the crease. Our surgeons are especially skilled in keeping the scarring to a minimum.
After the incisions have been made, excess breast skin is removed, and the remaining tissue is reshaped with the nipple and areola being moved to a higher position. The areola is often stretched when breasts sag, so they can also be reduced in size, if desired, to make them more proportionate with the rest of the breasts. Liposuction is sometimes used as well to improve the contour of the breasts, especially on the sides.
Because the nipples and areoles remain attached to the underlying tissue, sensation is usually preserved, as well as the ability to breastfeed. It is significant to note, though, that having children or breast feeding following a breast lift will likely result in recurring tissue laxity and drooping.
How long does it take to recover from a breast lift?
Our skilled and trained staff will monitor your progress and give you full instructions to help facilitate the recovery process of your mastopexy. Following surgery, you may go home the same day. Generally, most patients take one to two weeks off from work. You may need to wear an elastic bandage or surgical bra for a short period of time, and you can expect some soreness and bruising for a few days. Inflammation may last for a period of weeks, gradually subsiding. If you are uncomfortable, you can take over-the-counter or prescription medication during the recovery period.
Following the surgery, you should avoid heavy lifting or vigorous exercises for a few weeks, or until permitted by your doctor. You must also sleep on your back until you are cleared to resume sleeping on your stomach or sides.
Risks Associated with the Procedure
While mastopexy is a complex surgical procedure, risks are minimized when care is provided by the experienced team at H/K/B.
Common risks and complications often associated with a breast lift include the following:
- Anesthesia Risks
- Poor Healing
- Changes in Nipple Sensation
- Shape Irregularities
If you do experience a negative side effect, it is important to note that it should subside within a week’s time. Yet, you should always feel comfortable contacting your doctor if any questions or concerns do arise. We welcome patients to express their concerns at any point in the treatment process, so we can help them feel confident in their decision.
Are the Results Permanent?
Yes, breast lift results are permanent. However, the natural aging process, gravity, pregnancy, and loss can cause the breast to sag. If you also have a breast augmentation at the time of your breast lift, the results will last longer.
What Is the Cost of Surgery?
Because all patients are different, it’s hard to estimate exactly how much surgery will cost. Not all women require the same treatment plan; there isn’t a universal price for a mastopexy. However, during your consultation with the doctor, you will get a better understanding of the overall price of the procedure and have a chance to learn about payment plans and methods.
What Can I Expect During the Consultation
During the initial consultation, you can expect to be examined and receive full details regarding both pre-surgery and post-surgery routines. Your doctor will also inquire about your medical history and any current conditions or limitations.
Remember, this meeting is for you. It is important to be completely honest with the doctor and reveal your wants and needs for having the surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns, this appointment provides the best opportunity to ask them. At H/K/B, we only have one goal: complete patient satisfaction. We want you to leave this meeting feeling informed, comfortable, confident, and excited about the mastopexy.
Contact H/K/B for a Breast Lift Today
You deserve to look and feel good about yourself. Because of the options available today, there is no reason to go through life feeling less-than-confident about your appearance. Instead, choose confidence. If a breast lift will allow you to feel more confident about yourself and body, H/K/B is here to help!
“Dr. Kortesis is an excellent doctor and has outstanding beside manners. He makes you feel so comfortable and he is easy to talk to about what’s going on with yourself. I would recommend him to all of my friends.” – Satisfied Patient
“I knew Dr. Hunstad from my previous breast augmentation ten years ago. I decided to go back for liposuction. I couldn’t believe it, but the surgery team seemed to have gotten even better. My nurse and advanced anesthesia provider were amazing, and so were the nurses who took care of me. I would recommend the care I received to anyone.” – Satisfied Patient
“The entire staff was so professional. I felt comfortable and at ease right from the beginning. Everything was explained to me clearly and all of my questions were answered. I did feel like I was dealing with the best of the best.” – Satisfied Patient
Are you unhappy with your body? Only you have the power to change it. Sometimes, we need help making that change. If you could benefit from cosmetic surgery, then you’ve come to the right place.
To schedule a breast lift consultation at H/K/B in North Carolina, contact our professional staff today by calling 704-659-9000.