Over time, any number of contributing factors, such as bearing and nursing children or the simple effect of gravity, can have an adverse effect on a woman’s bust. As the skin’s elasticity diminishes, the breasts can lose their perkiness and start to droop. If this describes your situation and you are a resident of Maryland, Washington D.C. or Virginia, a breast lift from our plastic surgeon, Dr. Chiaramonte, could be your solution.
Dr. Chiaramonte encourages you to request a personal breast augmentation consultation if you are considering a breast lift so that you can learn more about this procedure and receive a professional opinion about your cosmetic needs. Please contact us today at (301) 567-6767. We proudly serve clients in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia.
Find Out More About Breast Lift Surgery:
- The Breast Lift Procedure
- After Your Breast Lift Procedure
- Recovery After a Breast Lift
- Cost of a Breast Lift Procedure
- Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation?
- Contact Our Breast Surgeon Today
The Breast Lift Procedure
Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift is an operation which will lift and recontour a saggy bosom for a period of time. (However, no procedure is capable of permanently reversing gravity’s effects.) A mastopexy can also shrink the appearance of the areola, the darkened area of skin that surrounds the nipple. If your breasts are petite or have been depleted due to pregnancy, breast implants used at the same time can help regain both their shapeliness and volume.
A breast lift procedure usually takes about 1½ to 3½ hours. The method used can vary from practitioner to practitioner, but the most typical method creates an anchor-shaped cut that follows the breast’s natural lines. This incision demarcates the region from which skin will be taken and specifies the nipple’s new position. When the surplus skin has been taken out, the nipple and areola are transferred to a more appropriate location. The skin around the areola is then taken in to reform the appearance of the breast. Sutures are typically found around the center, in a vertical line reaching from the nipple region and the breast’s lower natural crease.
After Your Breast Lift Procedure
After your procedure, you will need to keep on a stretchy bandage or a surgical brassiere over the gauze wrap. Your breasts will be discolored, irritated, and painful for a day or two, but the discomfort should not be intense. Any pain can be alleviated by the medication prescribed by our plastic surgeon.
After two or three days, your bandage or surgical bra will be substituted with a supportive and gentle bra. You must wear this garment both day and night for three or four weeks. The sutures will be taken out after one to two weeks.
Recovery After a Breast Lift
Healing after a breast lift procedure is taxing on your body, and you shouldn’t overexert yourself immediately afterward. Although you may feel great after just a couple of days, allow for a week or more of off-time from work. Avoid lifting objects overhead for 3 to 4 weeks. If you experience any unusual pains, sensations, or other symptoms, call Dr. Chiaramonte immediately. You may be told to delay sexual activity for a week or more, and to refrain from physical sports for about a month. After the chosen time period, you can get back to your normal activities at a slow pace. If you become pregnant, the breast lift procedure should not inhibit your breastfeeding abilities; your body’s nipples and their connected milk ducts will be functional and intact.
Cost of a Breast Lift Procedure
At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, a breast lift surgery averages between $5,550 and $7,550. The final estimate of your procedure could be higher or lower, depending on your unique situation and goals. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Chiaramonte today to get a clear picture about your options and recommendation. We are happy discuss the financing and payment options available for your breast lift.
Pricing will also depend upon the costs of your surgery, including what the anesthesiologist charges, so pricing varies quite a bit.
Should You Choose a Breast Lift or Other Breast Augmentation?
One of the most common choices women face is choosing between breast augmentation and a breast lift. Both procedures will help you achieve a dramatic re-shaping and rejuvenation of your breasts. However, the procedures are designed to achieve different goals through different means. As such, it's important that you have a clear understanding of your desires before moving forward with plastic surgery.
Breast augmentation is surely one of the most well-known cosmetic surgery procedures. As such, women often ask about it when, in fact, other procedures are better suited for achieving their goals.
However, the breast augmentation is genuinely effective at achieving its goal. The procedure is generally a good idea if you are interested in:
- Enhancing the size of your breasts
- Re-shaping your breasts
- Eliminating very mild sagging issues
The last point is crucial. The breast augmentation procedure places silicone or saline implants- this will achieve a mild lifting effect. However, a breast augmentation is not designed to address significant breast sagging concerns.
When is a Breast Lift Appropriate?
By contrast, the breast lift procedure is ideal if sagging is your primary concern. If you are largely satisfied with the size of your breasts and simply want to lift them to a higher, more youthful position, the breast lift is probably the way to go. In the breast lift, no implants are placed. Instead, we remove excess skin and breast tissue, then re-shape the remaining skin. The procedure is designed to redress moderate to significant sagging issues. In certain circumstances we might recommend a combined lift and augmentation. In this procedure, we both enlarge and lift your breasts, which makes it ideal for women who want both higher and larger breasts. We will, of course, discuss all of your options at your consultation and ensure you're completely comfortable with your choice.
Contact Our Breast Surgeon Today
Your Maryland breast lift can be paired with a breast augmentation or a breast reduction, depending on your goals for the surgery, as well as liposuction, a tummy tuck, or even our Bella Body Lift to achieve the best results for you. To learn more about a breast lift procedure at our Maryland office, please visit us in National Harbor, Maryland. We are proud to serve patients in Alexandria and other Northern Virginia towns. To contact us, please fill out the form on this page or call us at (301) 567-6767 to schedule a personal consultation.