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The Truth Behind Breast Lift Surgery

By Claire Mier | Breast Augmentation

Oct 29
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If you have sagging breasts from breastfeeding, sudden weight loss, or simply the result of aging and gravity, you might be a good candidate for the breast lift surgery. Breast lift or mastopexy surgery is done to firm up breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the breast tissue and muscle to create a youthful appearance.

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Most candidates for mastopexy can be satisfied with the results, but the concern remains to how long the effect will last. The results are usually long-term, but how long they last is decided by a variety of factors, including any loss or gaining of weight in the future, the aging process, and future pregnancies.

The risks associated with this type of cosmetic procedure include the same risks as any surgery. The risks include possible infection, bleeding, scarring of coagulation, the tightness or burning sensation around the incision, the risks associated with anesthesia and complications and permanent loss or temporary tenderness around the nipples and areolas.The Risks of the Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery may also interfere with future breast cancer detecting procedures so talk to your doctor about whether this risk is too significant to have the procedure performed.

The Breast Lift Procedure

After the incisions are made, your doctor will remove the excess skin and re-position the nipples and areola. The end result should be breasts that are full and round instead of falling and flaccid, creating the appearance of youthfulness once again. Surgery may be performed under general anesthesia within a time frame of one to three hours.

The surgery itself involves making three incisions in the breast. The first is around the areola area / nipple. The second incision runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision runs horizontally beneath the breast and follows the natural curve of the breast.

In some patients a modified technique can be done where the last two incisions can be avoided. Talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate for the modified technique, especially if you are worried about breast lift scars.

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The recovery time should be about a week before the patient can return to work or doing other active activities, and about two weeks before you can engage in sexual activities.

How Much Does the Breast Lift Surgery Cost?

The expected cost of breast lift varies by geographic location, and surgeon’s fees, among other factors, but you should expect to pay between $ 3,500 and $ 6,000 for the breast lifts. Your anesthesia typically runs between $ 1,000 and $ 1,300 setup fee. The remaining balance will be the surgeon’s fee. Your final cost for the surgeon can vary depending on the surgeon’s qualifications and experience, and if there are multiple procedures. Smaller breasts usually require less work and will cost less. If you require implants as well as the lift, the cost of the course will reflect as multiple procedures.

 Watch the Breast Lift Surgery Video Below

This video will help you understand how a breast lift (mastopexy) is performed and why different scars are needed. Examples of patients with before and after morphs are shown to help explain which operation is appropriate, and animations are used to clarify the procedures. Dr. Michael Bogdan, a board certified Dallas plastic surgeon, made the video to help his patients understand some of the pros-and-cons of different breast lift operations. -more info at www.drmichaelbogdan.com