Many factors, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, and genetics, can affect the appearance of the breasts. Time and size fluctuations can stretch the skin of the breasts, causing varying degrees of ptosis (sagging). Some women also experience displacement of the nipple-areolar complex below the inframammary fold as well as skin laxity.
Breast lift surgery corrects breast ptosis by removing excess skin and reshaping the remaining tissue.
Dr. Linder performs countless breast lift surgeries annually, helping his patients achieve their cosmetic goals by restoring a shapelier and more youthful breast aesthetic.
Reasons to Consider Breast Lift Surgery
A woman’s body undergoes tremendous changes during and after pregnancy. Breast lift surgery revitalizes breasts that have become permanently droopy as a result of pregnancy or breastfeeding. Those who opt for breast lift surgery enjoy a firmer and more pleasing bustline.
As we age, our skin naturally begins to lose elasticity. Skin laxity often causes the breasts to sag, compromising the overall appearance of the chest. Women who desire a more youthful bustline can benefit from breast lift surgery, a procedure that is designed to return the breasts to a perkier state.
Breasts After Weight Loss
Significant weight loss is a major accomplishment. However, a common side effect of losing a massive amount of weight is skin laxity. Following weight loss, the breasts are likely to experience ptosis. Fortunately, this can be improved with breast lift surgery.
Breast Lift Options
- The crescent lift: incision is created along the upper edge of the areola, through which a small, crescent-shaped piece of tissue is removed from the breast. This technique is ideal for women with minor ptosis.
- The Benelli lift: involves placing incisions around the perimeter of the areola. Two concentric incisions encircle the areola, and a donut-shaped piece of tissue is removed from the breast. This technique is ideal for patients with moderate ptosis, and the areolas may also be reduced.
- The lollipop lift: is useful for patients with moderate to severe ptosis. The first incision encircles the areola, and the second incision follows vertically down the breast. Through these incisions, the nipple-areolar complex can be repositioned, and breast tissue can be tightened.
- The anchor (or Wise-pattern) lift: is beneficial for patients with severe ptosis. One incision is created around the areola, another follows vertically down the breast, and the final incision is placed along the inframammary fold. Excess breast skin is then removed, and remaining tissues are tightened.
Breast lift surgery may be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures to achieve the desired results. Patients can combine breast lift surgery with any of the following:
At Brighton Surgery Center, all breast lift procedures are performed using general anesthesia, which is administered by board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Hoffman. Typically, laryngeal masks are used, but patients with a history of gastroesophageal conditions may require endotracheal tube intubation.
Surgery Time Table
Preoperative: Patient is given an intravenous antibiotic.
Surgery: A breast lift usually takes 90 minutes to complete.
Recovery Room: Federal law requires all surgery patients to stay in the recovery room for at least 1 hour of observation.
After Surgery: Patients must take oral antibiotics as well as pain and nausea medication for the first 7 days of recovery.
Postoperative Visit: Dr. Linder will remove all surgical dressings. The Dr. LinderBra™ is recommended for use at night. It utilizes a double clip zip mechanism, allowing for easy placement with fresh gauze. It costs $49.95.
Day 7: Patients should replace dressings twice per day.
Days 14: Sutures are removed.
Day 21: After a breast examination, Dr. Linder will determine if light activities may be resumed.
Days 28: Usual daily activities may be resumed, and patients may wear an underwire bra.
Why Choose Dr. Linder
Stuart A. Linder, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA. He has over 20 years of experience performing body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation, breast revision, Mommy Makeover surgery, and tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Linder prides himself on educating his patients throughout the process, beginning with the consultation and extending all the way to the last follow-up appointment. Patients from all over the world come to Beverly Hills to see Dr. Linder and have him perform their body contouring procedures. With his knowledge from having placed over 14,000 breast implants, and authored The Beverly Hills Shape, Dr. Linder continues to contribute to discussions on plastic surgery via various media outlets.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Dr. Linder board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery?
Yes, he is. There are no substitutions for board certification by the ABPS.
How long will my breast lift results last?
The effects of breast lift surgery are considered permanent. However, the natural aging process and subsequent weight fluctuations or pregnancies may alter the results.
How much does breast lift surgery cost?
The cost of breast lift surgery varies from patient to patient. The price includes surgeon fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees. You will receive a cost estimate for your individual procedure during your initial consultation.
What types of medications will be given to me after my breast lift surgery?
There are different types of prescribed medications depending on the patient. One of two antibiotics, Ciprofloxacin or Keflex (not ideal for patients who are allergic to penicillin), will be provided. For pain management, Dr. Linder may recommend Norco or Vicodin. Zofran may be prescribed to prevent nausea and vomiting.