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Aging, childbearing, breast-feeding, and weight loss can cause the breasts to sag and lose their shape. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wesley Schooler, MD, can help you restore the desired contour and size of your breasts through a cosmetic procedure known as a mastopexy — commonly known as breast lift surgery. A breast lift is designed to reshape and raise the breasts to a more youthful location on the chest wall in order to improve projection, minimize sagging, and enhance the breast shape. During surgery, loose skin contributing to the appearance of breast sagging is removed while the surrounding breast tissue is tightened to create a rejuvenated breast. If you’re interested in adding size and volume to the bustline, Dr. Schooler can also place breast implants in conjunction with the breast lift procedure to provide a more powerful improvement.

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“Dr. Schooler, You made me look brand new! Thanks so much and god bless you!”

-Breast Surgery Patient

What Can a Breast Lift Achieve?

A breast lift is a popular treatment option for patients whose breasts have lost firmness or shape as a result of pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuation, the natural aging process, or genetic factors. Those with breast skin laxity and resultant sagging of the breast tissue can typically benefit from a breast lift. In general, mastopexy can be used to:

This procedure is designed to remove excess tissue and improve a flat, elongated, or “deflated” look. That said, a breast lift will not significantly reduce the size of your breasts. If you feel your breasts are too large or experience symptoms like back and shoulder pain, Dr. Schooler also performs breast reduction surgery to help patients attain a more comfortable, proportional breast size.

Is a Breast Lift Right for Me?

Changes in the breast tissue are often a normal part of the natural aging process, and may be caused by factors that range from hormonal fluctuations to weight loss. If your chest contours have changed shape, mastopexy can be an extremely effective procedure to firm, tighten, and better define the breasts. You may consider a breast lift if you:

Dr. Schooler will help you determine whether a breast lift is the best procedure to achieve your goals during a consultation. Pregnancy and nursing can often shorten the longevity of the results achieved with breast lift surgery, so Dr. Schooler may advise patients who plan on having children to postpone the procedure until their family is complete.

How is Breast Lift Surgery Performed?

It is important for patients to know and understand all aspects of breast lift procedures. At your initial consultation, Dr. Schooler will explain the benefits and risks of the surgery, as well as what you can expect before, during, and after surgery. Our plastic surgeon will also answer any questions or concerns you may have about a breast lift, and together, you will decide if the procedure can ultimately fulfill your aesthetic enhancement goals.

During a breast lift, Dr. Schooler will remove excess skin that is causing the appearance of breast drooping and sagging. The remaining skin is tightened and the nipples are moved to a higher location, giving the entire breasts a more rejuvenated appearance overall. The entire procedure usually takes two hours or less to complete under general anesthesia and can be performed as an outpatient.

What is Breast Lift Recovery Like?

After surgery, the breasts will likely feel swollen or tender for a few days. A compression bandage or surgical bra will be worn temporarily to help support your breasts and facilitate the healing process. While bruising and swelling is normal, any discomfort can typically be managed well with oral pain medications. Most patients can return to their daily routines within one to two weeks, although strenuous activity should be avoided for about four weeks. Dr. Schooler will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions regarding incision care, activity restrictions, and more at the time of surgery to maximize your healing process.

How Do Breast Lift Results Last?

For the majority of patients, the results of breast lift surgery can last indefinitely. Many patients report their rejuvenation lasts at least 10 to 15 years or longer. Certain factors may still affect the outcome of your procedure, such as:

To get the most out of your breast lift results, it’s important to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. Although the natural aging process will continue after the procedure, patients who received a breast lift will always have more youthful and rejuvenated breast contours compared to women who did not undergo surgery.

Will I Have Scars From Breast Lift Surgery?

While all surgical procedures will leave visible scars, the incisions for breast lift surgery are placed as discreetly as possible to help ensure results look natural. Some mastopexy techniques allow the incisions to blend into the natural contours of the areolas and breast fold, resulting in fairly inconspicuous scarring after surgery. The best approach to a breast lift will differ for each patient, and Dr. Schooler will show you exactly where your incisions are likely to be placed so you understand what to expect after the procedure. In all cases, breast lift scars can be easily concealed underneath a bra or bikini top. Furthermore, closely following our team’s aftercare instructions can encourage the best possible healing of your incisions and allow your scars to lighten over time.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

According to 2017 statistics taken by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the national average price of a breast lift is approximately $4,895, not including fees from anesthesia, the surgical facility, post-operative care, or other related expenses. The price of surgery will also vary depending on your geographic location and the expertise of your plastic surgeon. Other factors unique to your procedure that may influence your cost estimate include:

For patients who would rather pay for their treatment over time rather than in a lump sum, our practice works with both CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit. These plastic surgery financing options offer qualified applicants a range of payment plans with low monthly installments to make the cost of a breast lift more affordable. Once approved, patients can receive their desired enhancement while adhering to any budgetary concerns. To speak to a member of our team about the cost of a breast lift, please reach out to our practice today.

If you would like to learn more about a breast lift, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wesley Schooler, please contact Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center today.