- 1 Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
- 1.1 What to Expect
- 1.2 The Procedure
- 1.3 Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.3.1 Is a breast lift covered by insurance?
- 1.3.2 Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
- 1.3.3 Do you lose sensation with breast lift?
- 1.3.4 Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?
- 1.3.5 How do you shower after a breast lift?
- 1.3.6 How long do breast lift results last?
- 1.3.7 How long does a breast lift take?
- 1.3.8 How painful is a breast lift?
- 1.3.9 Will a breast lift reduce cup size?
- 1.3.10 How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?
- 1.3.11 What types of breast lifts are there?
Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
A breast lift is performed to correct sagging breasts with low nipples and to increase firmness without reducing the size.
What to Expect
- Anesthesia – Usually local with IV sedation
- Length of Surgery – 3 hours
- In / Outpatient – Generally out-patient in our accredited on-site surgery center
- Recovery – Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks with arms restrictions. Strenuous activity: 3 to 6 weeks.
- Fading of Scars – Several months to one year
- Duration of Results – Results last many years, but gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results vary.
The operation involves a rearrangement of the soft tissues, repositioning the nipple, and increasing firmness by tightening the skin covering. In some cases, this procedure may be combined with the use of an implant to enlarge the breast when readjustment of the normal tissue alone will not suffice.
Dr. William Sabbagh, I want to thank you for taking your time and doing such conscientious work on my recent surgery. Although it may seem that a patient should not have to thank a doctor for those things, I do, because I feel that you, and also your operating room staff, are the exception rather than the rule. Thanks so much.
What are the Risks? No surgical procedure is risk-free and that includes cosmetic surgery like breast lift surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Sabbagh, he will review the risks so you can make an educated decision. With an established track record of over 80 years, an accredited facility, and thousands of satisfied patients throughout Dearborn, metro Detroit, Michigan and the U.S., the Straith Clinic has earned an excellent reputation for cosmetic surgery of the face and body. Call us today at 248-270-5272 or send us an email to schedule a consultation during which you can discuss our facial and body services and tour our facility, including our on-site operating facility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a breast lift covered by insurance?
A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure. As such, it is not covered by insurance.
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
The goal of a breast lift is to position the breast mound back up in its youthful position on the chest while also repositioning the nipple back up to the central portion of the breast mound. A breast lift does not significantly change the size of the breast - instead, it changes the shape and position of the breast. Breast implants on the other hand are intended to increase the size of the breast. Together with your plastic surgeon, you will be able to discuss your goals and decide if you need a breast lift, implants, or both.
Do you lose sensation with breast lift?
Many patients will experience some loss of sensation in the breast skin or nipples immediately after a breast lift procedure. This sensation often returns with time. There is a small risk that sensation may not return completely.
Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?
Patients may experience some loss of sensation in the nipples immediately after a breast lift procedure. This sensation often returns with time. There is a small risk that sensation may not return completely.
How do you shower after a breast lift?
Most patients are able to shower approximately 2 days after a breast lift procedure. Your chest may be sore, especially with certain arm movements. It is important to make sure you feel safe and stable before showering. Then, take your time and take breaks if needed.
How long do breast lift results last?
A typical breast lift procedure lasts many years. Every patient is different. Skin elasticity and gravity both can contribute to sagging again over time. Therefore, it is important to continue to wear supportive garments/bras after your breast lift procedure.
How long does a breast lift take?
A typical breast lift surgery takes approximately 2-3 hours.
How painful is a breast lift?
Every patient experiences pain differently. The majority of patients have pain in the breasts, which may require prescription pain medication, for anywhere from a few days to a week or so after surgery. Typically, after one week a patient may still have some soreness, but to a manageable degree and which continues to improve day by day.
Will a breast lift reduce cup size?
The primary goal of a breast lift is to lift the breast back up to a youthful position on the chest while reshaping the breast and repositioning the nipple. Depending on your specific goals, a small volume of breast tissue can be removed at the same time to reduce the cup size of the breast.
How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?
Breast lift scars do much of their initial formation in the first 6-8 weeks after surgery. After 8 weeks, the scars begin the remodeling phase where they start to lighten and flatten. However, a scar will take approximately 1 year to fully mature.
What types of breast lifts are there?
There are several different types of breast lifts, that vary based on the shape of the incisions involved in reshaping the breast tissue. It is important to consult with a plastic surgeon who can evaluate your degree of breast ptosis (sagging), examine your breast shape, and listen to your postoperative goals. Then, the appropriate type of breast lift can be recommended to help you achieve those goals!