Reverse the Effects of Gravity, Nursing & Aging
It is common for the breasts to droop with age. It is common for the breasts to droop with age. Skin elasticity and collagen decrease with each passing year, especially after age 30. Life milestones such as giving birth or losing weight can also cause the breasts to sag. A breast lift restores youthful shape and firmness, allowing your breasts to look perky once again.
At Premier Plastic Surgery Center, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Victor Ferrari uplifts and reshapes sagging breasts with his refined Charlotte breast lift techniques. Get firm, perky breasts that fill out all your favorite clothes by booking your consultation today!
Aging, weight loss, and pregnancy can stretch the delicate breast skin and underlying tissues, causing the breasts to sag onto the abdomen. As a result, the breasts appear flat, droopy, and in many cases, the nipple-areolas sit too low.
Women with deflated breasts often resign themselves to wearing underwire or push-up bras, which temporarily elevate the breasts to a more youthful position. However, they may experience less confidence during intimacy and find their clothing options are limited, even with the most supportive bras. A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure that tightens lax breast tissue to restore a more lifted, perky look to sagging breasts. Depending on the patient’s clinical presentation and preferences, it may also entail nipple reduction, areola reduction, or breast implants.
A breast lift focuses on lifting breasts that have sagged. While it can renew the shape of the breasts, it will not significantly alter your bra size. Breast implants or fat transfer may accompany a breast lift to enhance your results. These add-on options are an excellent way to restore upper pole volume, create defined cleavage, and increase fullness and projection.
After a breast lift, most women report renewed self-esteem, feeling more like themselves, and the ability to wear more clothing styles than they could before. Lifting sagging breasts to a perkier position can also bolster a woman’s confidence in the bedroom when formerly they shied away from taking off their shirt. Filling out bras, dresses, and swim tops becomes easier, and you may not have to rely on uncomfortable push-up bras and shapewear to get the lifted look you desire. The results of breast lift surgery can last many years, so you are likely to benefit from the procedure for a long time to come.
Clinical features such as breast sagging, an elongated or flattened appearance, ptotic nipples, enlarged or displaced areolas, and stretched skin are all correctable with breast lift surgery. The ideal candidates are healthy nonsmokers with realistic expectations. Women often seek to rejuvenate their breasts with a breast lift to remove excess skin, tighten the breasts, and reduce the diameter of wide areolas. However, it is important to understand that mastopexy will not add upper breast fullness. In this case, Charlotte breast lift surgeon Dr. Ferrari may recommend breast augmentation along with a breast lift.
During your private consultation, Dr. Ferrari will learn what you hope to accomplish through surgery, examine your breasts, and make a clinical decision regarding whether you will benefit from a breast lift or related procedures. After creating your personalized surgical plan, his patient coordinator will provide you with a price quote outlining all the costs. Should you decide to move forward with the operation, you will need to sign a consent form and may be asked to complete lab work. You may also need to temporarily adjust any medications or supplements you are currently taking and quit smoking.
To begin your breast lift Charlotte plastic surgeon, Dr. Ferrari, will mark your breasts with a marker to plan the incisions. After his board-certified anesthetist supplies you with general anesthesia, he will carefully dissect and remove the lax tissues. As he closes the incisions, the breasts and nipple-areola complex elevate to a more youthful position.
The type of breast lift you need depends on the grade of sagging and your preferences regarding scar location. Dr. Ferrari will go over each technique with you in detail and help you make the right selection.
Also known as a vertical breast lift, this technique features incisions around the areola and a vertical incision on the central lower pole of each breast. The resulting scar resembles a lollipop. Most women who have moderate laxity are good candidates for this method of breast lifting.
The anchor breast lift is usually reserved for severe breast sagging or ptosis since it removes the most tissue. The drawback is that scarring is significant compared to other breast lift techniques. The incision pattern is similar to the lollipop breast lift with an additional horizontal incision along the inframammary fold.
Formally known as the periareolar or Benelli lift, this method has an incision 360 degrees around the areolas, allowing your surgeon to remove a modest amount of lax tissue. This technique is best suited to patients with minimal grades of breast ptosis.
Patients that only need a minor lifting effect and those with areola asymmetry may be considered for a crescent lift. This method leaves the least scarring. The scars are located on the upper portion of each areola, through which a surgeon tightens the breast tissues.
You will need a ride home as you may feel groggy for up to 24 hours after surgery. Most patients return to work one week later. However, strenuous exertion, heavy lifting, and nicotine use are off-limits for approximately six weeks. Much of the swelling, excessive tightness, and bruising will subside during the first few weeks post-operatively.
Dr. Ferrari may advise you to sleep on your back or side to avoid disturbing the tissues as they heal. Rest assured, you will receive personalized guidance from Dr. Ferrari at every step to promote a speedy recovery. While your breasts may look more lifted and youthful right away, it can take six months to a year to see your final results. During this time, the surgical scars will begin to fade and swelling will dissipate, allowing the breasts to relax and settle into their final shape and position. The surgical scars are permanent, but they should become less red over the next one to two years.
Breast lift surgery requires years of advanced training to yield great cosmetic outcomes. There may be a higher risk of revision when an inexperienced surgeon performs the surgery. Dr. Ferrari is a board-certified plastic surgeon with two decades of experience in breast, face, and bodywork. He has performed thousands of breast lifts in his career and is well-versed in all breast lift techniques. He aims to keep his surgeon fee fair and reasonable so that a breast lift is within reach for women of diverse economic backgrounds. Though most of his patients reside in Monroe, Waxhaw, Matthews, Charlotte, and Weddington, Dr. Ferrari has helped women throughout the United States and South America achieve perkier breasts with mastopexy.
To learn more about your options, get in touch with our Charlotte breast lift surgeon at Premier Plastic Surgery Center. You can reserve your consultation using our online appointment form or by calling (704)-844-8344.
Breast lifts are one of the most popular elective surgical procedures globally. Dr. Ferrari routinely performs the operation, which has allowed him to perfect his surgical techniques over the last 20 years.
The procedure is not designed to reduce or increase bust size. Patients with good elasticity that are mainly interested in altering their breast size might consider breast implants or a breast reduction instead. Combined procedures are also a possibility.
You will not experience any pain during the operation. Discomfort afterward is to be expected. Dr. Ferrari’s pain management protocol will ensure your recovery is as comfortable as possible.
Serious complications are rare, but agreeing to have surgery means you are accepting a certain amount of risk. Dr. Ferrari uses best-in-class techniques and safety measures designed to minimize complications such as infection, prolonged numbness, sensation changes, extensive bruising, hematoma, seroma, and scarring.
While the results are long-lasting, a breast lift won’t stop your breasts from aging, nor will it prevent recurrent sagging if you get pregnant, breastfeed, or lose weight in the future. Follow Dr. Ferrari’s aftercare instructions closely to maintain your results long-term.
The surgery leaves scars on the breasts. Most bras and swimsuit tops will conceal the scars. It can take a year or longer for breast lift scars to fade. While the scars will never fully disappear, they shouldn’t detract from your results.
Most women find sleeping on their back more comfortable than lying face-down or side sleeping for the first few weeks.
Dr. Ferrari may ask you to wear a surgical bra for several weeks after your operation to provide support to your breasts as they heal.
Most patients find sensation changes are temporary, although prolonged numbness and increased sensitivity have been reported.
A family member or friend will need to drive you home as your chest will be sore and you may feel mentally foggy after anesthesia.
Breast lifts combine well with other aesthetic procedures, including breast augmentation, fat transfer, liposuction, areola reduction, and tummy tucks.
A breast lift is a customized procedure, so there is no fixed price. The surgical technique and surgeon’s experience are the main factors that influence pricing. Experienced surgeons usually charge more than novice surgeons. Receive your personalized price quote by booking a consultation with Dr. Ferrari today.