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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A breast lift is performed to reshape and rejuvenate the breasts for a more youthful appearance, often reducing sag and undoing the effects of age. As the years go by, the breasts tend to lose shape and firmness due to gravity, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, nursing, and a general increase in skin laxity. Commonly referred to as mastopexy, this procedure can lift the breasts to a more youthful position and generally improve the breasts’ contours. If desired, mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areolas. Dr. John Ayala, our board-certified plastic surgeon, can design a personalized breast lift treatment plan to renew the appearance of your breasts and achieve your cosmetic goals.

What Can a Breast Lift Accomplish?

Mastopexy can improve the shape and positioning of the breasts by restoring them to a more rejuvenated position on the chest wall. Depending on your goals, a breast lift can:

Good candidates for a breast lift are patients who have realistic expectations for what the procedure can achieve, and who are in good physical and emotional health to undergo surgery. Dr. Ayala will review your medical history and listen to your concerns in a consultation to determine the best treatment plan to achieve your goals.

How is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?

A breast lift is typically an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. In some cases, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation may be used if the incision is small; however, general anesthesia is utilized most frequently and Dr. Ayala will let you know what you can expect when he examines your concerns in person. The procedure can take between 1.5 to 3.5 hours depending on your goals and unique needs.

The most common incision used during mastopexy is the inframammary technique, which places the incision along the natural contour of the breast crease. From there, excess breast skin is removed to lift the breasts, and the nipples and areolas are repositioned if necessary. The skin is then tightened to reshape the breasts and incisions are closed with sutures. Other possible incision locations include along the borders of the areola, or in an anchor shape over the areola and along the breast crease. Dr. Ayala will discuss the best approach for your needs during a consultation.

What is Recovery From a Breast Lift Like?

After your breast surgery, bandages and/or gauze may be applied to protect your incisions. We will also provide a surgical bra to help keep your breasts in position and reduce swelling. It is not uncommon for the breasts to be bruised, swollen, and tender after surgery and mild discomfort is normal. Oral pain medication can help manage any discomfort until swelling naturally resolves. Dr. Ayala will provide a soft support bra, which should be worn at all times to facilitate your new breast contours. Before your procedure, Dr. Ayala will discuss all of the potential risks of surgery with you. Many possible complications, such as infection, poor healing of incisions, and bleeding, exist with any surgical procedure; however, with regard to breast lift surgery, risks may include asymmetry or a lasting loss of sensation in the nipples and/or breasts.

Stitches are typically removed after one or two weeks. We recommend that breast lift patients plan at least one week of downtime before returning to work. Dr. Ayala also advises refraining from strenuous activity, sports, and lifting anything above the head for about three to four weeks.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

A breast lift in San Antonio can generally cost anywhere between $5,000 to $8,000, although this range does not necessarily reflect the exact rates at our practice. Your personalized quote will be influenced by a number of unique factors, including:

Our patient care coordinator will be able to provide you with a more accurate cost estimate after your needs are assessed in a consultation. While medical insurance typically does not cover cosmetic procedures, we accept plastic surgery financing plans through CareCredit® to help make the cost of a breast lift more affordable. Many programs offered by CareCredit® can allow qualified patients to make interest-free payments in smaller installments within a given promotional period, rather than in a lump sum. For more information about your payment options, please contact our office to speak to a member of our team.

Will I Have Breast Lift Scars After Surgery?

Scars after any type of surgery are inevitable, but Dr. Ayala places incisions strategically so that any resulting scarring can be easily concealed with a bra or bikini top. In most cases, scars from a breast lift can blend into the natural contour of the breast crease or within the borders of the areola. The exact shape and size of potential scarring will depend on the details of your procedure, but Dr. Ayala will let you know what to expect in your consultation. Many patients find that their scars partially fade as time passes, especially if the instructions on proper wound care are followed after surgery.

What is a Breast Lift with Implants?

A breast lift can achieve great results on its own, but the procedure is frequently performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation in a joint surgery known as a breast lift with implants. This combination treatment plan is designed to increase the size and volume of the breasts while improving breast sag. Because the benefits of both procedures are often achieved in one operation, a breast lift with implants can be an excellent technique to enhance the shape, size, firmness, and projection of the breasts in a single procedure.

A breast lift with implants is a popular treatment choice for women who have lost shape in their breasts due to pregnancy and/or nursing. These factors can stretch and loosen the skin, often causing the breasts to sag and lose volume. Whether a breast lift with implants is performed alone or as part of a complete Mommy Makeover, the procedure can be personalized to restore your breasts to their pre-pregnancy state.

A breast lift from our San Antonio plastic surgeon can help you achieve your ideal breast appearance. If you have any questions, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation, please contact Ayala Plastic Surgery today.