What is it?
The primary aim of a breast lift procedure or mastopexy is to raise the breasts by removing excess skin which is followed by tightening the tissue surrounding it to support and reshape the breast contour.
According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons breast lifts have grown by 70% during the last decade. There are a number of reasons why women under such procedures. For example, a breast lift can enhance the figure with a profile that looks more youthful. A woman’s breasts lose their shape and firmness in time. As a result, they tend to droop over time. The following factors may also contribute to the condition –
The surgeon determines whether a person is a good candidate for a breast lift. The ideal candidates are women who are in prime health and are over 18 years of age. While the procedure can be performed on any size of breasts, women who sport the smaller variety often enjoy the greatest benefits.
Types of Breast Lift Procedures
A breast lift procedure does not raise the position of the breasts in any way. The actual “lift” is achieved by removing breast tissue and excess skin. The areola and nipple is repositioned after. Excisions need to be made in the breast itself.
Also known as the Circumareolar Lift this procedure is initiated with an incision around the areola. A small amount of skin is removed after the incision goes partway around the upper edge of the areola. This allows the areola or nipple to be repositioned higher. While this is one of the last invasive breast lift procedures it does not have a very dramatic lifting result. Patients who want more lift often come back for additional procedures.
The incision in this technique is made all around the areola and a donut shaped piece of skin is removed from around the nipples. The surgeon draws the edges in and sutures them in place.
As the name implies, this type of breast lift procedure removes a crescent shaped piece of skin that is removed at the top of the nipple. This is the least invasive of all breast lift procedures and is meant to improve the position of the nipples.
Traditional Breast Lift
The inverted T mastopexy is a combination of the vertical breast lift and the lollipop incision. A crescent shaped incision is also made along the width of the breast crease or the area where the breasts meet the ribcage.
This is one of the most extensive types of breast lift surgeries on offer and is usually an option for patients with advanced ptosis. The procedure may be performed during breast reduction surgeries for women who have large breasts. Women who have small breasts may opt for breast implants which can be placed through an anchor incision. Patients are advised to be cautious. This particular type of breast lift procedure involves more scarring and has a more extensive healing time as compared to other types of procedures.
Vertical Breast Lift
Also known as the lollipop breast lift this procedure incorporates both a vertical and circumareolar incision. Typical candidates are usually women who have large breasts and whose breasts sag from lax skin. During the procedure, the surgeon removes skin from both sides of a vertical incision. The purpose of the technique is to reduce drooping by creating tighter pocket of skin. This holds the existing breast tissue together and results in a look that is more rounded and youthful. Surgeons use a circular incision to reposition the nipples upwards.
Since breast lifts are cosmetic in nature they are not covered by Health Insurance companies. However, that is unless they are done as part of a breast reconstruction procedure. Patients are advised to check up on their health insurance providers in this regard.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an average breast lift may cost about $4,377. However, the cost may vary according to the type of procedure chosen, operating room facilities, anesthesia or other related expenses. For example, surgery will usually cost more and last longer for a woman who has unusually saggy or large breasts. In a case such as this, the surgeon may have to use more advanced techniques. Similarly, a surgeon who has years of experience behind him and a great reputation will understandably charge more than a surgeon who is less experienced or does not have a reputation to begin with.
The cost may also depend on the experience, prescriptions for medication and the geographical location of the office as well.
Breast lift procedures have been known to improve the shape, size and appearance of the breasts. The patients who have opted for the procedures feel more confident about their bodies and overall looks. Some report improved spinal health and postures as well.
Breast lifts should not be confused with other types of related procedures such as breast reduction. The former aims to return breasts that have lost their perkiness to their original place on the chest while the aim of the latter is to make overly large or heavy breasts smaller or lighter. Many women choose to accompany breast lifts with implants in order to enlarge and elevate their breasts at the same time. In the end, the associated costs and benefits depend on a patient’s personal preferences. Patients are advised to do their research and opt for qualified as well as experience plastic surgeons. While most breast lift procedures are done on an outpatient basis, some breast lift patients may be required to stay overnight in case complications arise. This will raise the price higher.
Any type of cosmetic surgery is an investment for the future. Breast lifts are no different. It is always wiser to pay more for an experienced surgeon than settle for one that isn’t as much. Patients are advised to research their option before they make a choice.
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