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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 surgery 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 patients in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift is an operation that 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 $8,000. 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 of your options and recommendation. We are happy to 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, 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, breast augmentation is not designed to address significant breast sagging concerns.
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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.
Why do people get breast lifts?
As we get older, our bodies change drastically. Our breasts tend to begin to sag and often lose their firmness. Some life events that can contribute to this include getting older, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. It can be embarrassing to deal with breasts that are saggy because of these factors. A breast lift allows patients to regain a youthful appearance, which in turn, may give them a boost of confidence.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate for Breast Lifts?
You may be an ideal candidate for a breast lift procedure if you experience the following:
- Loose breast tissue
- Sagging of the breast
- Nipples below your breast crease
- Satisfied with your breast size
- Done having children
- In overall good health
- Are a Non-smoker
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning on having more children, a breast lift may not be suitable for you at this time, as the effects of childbirth may undo the results of your procedure. It’s also important that candidates do not have any underlying medical conditions that can complicate the body’s ability to heal during surgery. If you have a family history or personal history of breast cancer, this treatment may not be right for you.
However, each consultation with Dr. Michael F. Chiaramonte will provide in-depth insight into whether or not you could be a candidate for a breast lift.
What is the difference between a breast augmentation and a breast lift?
The goal of a breast lift procedure is to lift and tighten the breast tissue. This is done by getting rid of excess skin and raising the nipple and breast tissue. This helps promote a more firm and youthful appearance.
A breast augmentation involves using implants to help enhance the breast’s shape, volume, and contour.
Can you get a breast lift with implants?
Yes! As long as your implants are in good condition, you can get a breast lift procedure with implants present.
Do you get scars with a breast lift?
You will get some scarring from the procedure. But, the doctors at Bella Cosmetic Surgery will do their best to minimize your scarring and hide them. Your scarring will also gradually fade away.
Are breast lifts safe?
A breast lift is an extremely safe procedure that has a very high success rate. Your team doctors at Bella Cosmetic Surgery will walk you through any risks or complications that you could face and what to expect after the procedure is done and you begin to heal.
How Can I Prepare for My Breast Lift Procedure?
When patients are properly prepared for their procedure, the surgery has a better chance of going by quicker and easier. Below are a few things you can do in order to help your body prepare for your upcoming breast lift and ensure a safe and successful recovery:
- Schedule a mammogram with your primary doctor. This can help determine if you are in optimal health for your procedure and provide Dr. Chiaramonte with important information.
- Quit smoking. Smoking has effects on the body that can make the recovery period difficult. We recommend patients stop smoking at least six months before treatment.
- Stop medications. Consult with your primary doctor about stopping medications for the duration of your treatment and recovery.
- Begin implementing a healthy diet. This will help patients maintain a stable weight and avoid breast position changes due to sudden weight gain or weight loss.
- Begin a light exercise routine. Getting into a healthy workout routine before your procedure can help your body adjust to light movement and exercise while you are recovering to avoid weight gain and keep the body moving.
- Arrange for help and comfort. Many patients benefit from having support while they are in recovery. Talk with friends and family to arrange who can help you as you heal.
How long is the recovery period for a breast lift?
Patients typically can go back to work within a week after surgery, a full recovery usually takes anywhere from 6 weeks to 12 weeks. This time varies depending on how well you follow your post-operative protocol.
Are There Any Risks with the Breast Lift Procedure?
Just like any other surgery, there are a few risks that can come with the breast lift that patients should be aware of. Common side effects include swelling, redness, soreness, tenderness, pain when moving, and pain when pressure is applied. Within 24 hours of your procedure, many of these side effects will subside.
More severe risks that can come from this procedure include bleeding, loss of nipple sensation, inflammation, or infection. However, under the care of Dr. Chiaramonte, many of these risks are avoided completely. As long as proper aftercare guidelines are followed, many patients don’t encounter these risks at all and find themselves healing quickly within two to three days of their surgery.
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.