Why a Breast Lift?
Sometimes, it can happen in life where certain events take a toll on our bodies, causing them to change and age faster than we would like. A breast lift can revive the appearance of your breasts, and return them to a perky, more attractive condition. With a breast lift you can obtain breasts that look more youthful, restore the natural contours of the breasts, or even bring back one’s cleavage. Dr. Andres provides Scottsdale & Phoenix breast lift procedures so that patients may have the chance to again feel beautiful and refreshed.
What is a Breast Lift procedure?
Dr. Andres has the precision and practice to deliver some of the best breast lifts Scottsdale has to show for. Typically, a breast lift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using IV sedation or general anesthesia. This is administered under the care of a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Based on his professional opinion, as well as the patient’s personal preference, Dr. Andres will elect to employ one of the following breast lift techniques:
- Donut incision – This type of incision encircles the areola
- Short scar incision – This incision is made around the areola and then runs straight down the center of the breast to the crease. This technique is also called a “lollipop incision”
- Anchor incision – This is similar to a short scar incision, but has an additional, horizontal incision along the bottom crease of the breast
A Scottsdale & Phoenix breast lift surgery takes about 2 hours. However, if being combined with coordinating breast procedures, such as breast augmentation surgery, it can be longer. Depending on your needs, Dr. Andres may suggest that you pair your breast lift with breast augmentation or breast reduction, to achieve a more comprehensive result.
What are the benefits of a Breast Lift?
- Natural shape of breasts restored
- The breasts repositioned so that they fall higher on the chest and appear perkier
- Revived natural cleavage
- Stretched areolas restored to previous size
Once you’re out of surgery, you will be able to return home. Your breasts will be carefully bandaged, so as to facilitate proper healing. You may experience some bruising and swelling for the first week or two. This is completely normal. Any pain or discomfort may be managed with medication, if you like. Generally, most patients are able to return to their daily activities, as well as work, in a week’s time. That being said, you should avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for the first 4 to 5 weeks, after your surgery.
Why Choose Dr. Andres?
Dr. Lewis Albert Andres is a board certified plastic surgeon in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas of Arizona. He has received advanced training in the fields of reconstructive and aesthetic procedures. He has been honored by Top Doc for the past several years, and his experience and exceptional results are evidence of the fact that he is one of the best plastic surgeons in your area. Click here to read more about Dr. Andres.
Is a breast lift right for me?
There are several ways to address problems concerning breast volume, position and size. Most of the solutions to these problems will require a breast lift in addition to other procedures in order to achieve balance and aesthetic harmony to that part of the feminine silhouette.
Dr. Andres has treated countless women who want breast rejuvenation but don’t know how to achieve their goals. He is a firm believer in educating his patients on all of their options so they can make a fully informed decision on the course of action they want to take. In this way Dr. Andres’ Phoenix breast lift patients are not disappointed in the final result because they understand the differences between procedures and how each will affect their appearance.
Types of Breast Lifts:
Standalone breast lift
A breast lift alone is a good option for women who have adequate volume in the breasts but who are unhappy with sagging and the position of their breasts on their torso. In this case tightening the underlying muscles, repositioning the nipple structure and removing excess skin will reposition the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest. If the areolas have become enlarged, this can be corrected during the procedure.
Another reason for a standalone breast lift is in the case of breasts that are uneven with one being much higher than the other. In these cases, one or both breasts can be repositioned to achieve symmetry and harmony.
Many women choose to undergo breast lift surgery to resolve the changes that occur due to weight loss, pregnancy as well as signs of aging. Dr. Andres will collaborate with you to create a tailored surgical plan that will reach your goals for physical enhancement.
Breast lift with augmentation
In almost all cases a breast lift alone will not produce the full lifted breasts that are sported by celebrities and models. Make no mistake, many of these ladies have had children or have had to deal with the process of aging. A breast lift with an implant is the preferred choice in cases where breast volume has been lost due to pregnancy or large weight loss as well as age related sagging.
The other side of the decision process is for women who have excessively large pendulous breasts that lack form. In these women a visit to Dr. Andres’ office will help them decide if a breast reduction with lift is their best option. The burden of large breasts is hard to bear, particularly in Phoenix where the high temperatures can cause rashes and uncomfortable itching beneath the breasts.
Breast reduction can not only improve the look of the breasts but can more importantly relieve health related conditions that mar the enjoyment of daily activities. In some cases breast reduction is covered by insurance due to the health implications associated with large breasts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Still Breastfeed After a Breast Lift?
It is still possible to breastfeed after a breast lift as the breast lift procedure primarily involves the removal of sagging skin and reshaping the breast tissue. The nipple structure may need to be relocated in your surgery. Always discuss your plans for future breastfeeding with Dr. Andres so your surgery can be planned correctly to protect the nipples and milk ducts as much as possible.
Am I a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Any woman that is unhappy with the shape of their breasts, if they are sagging, flat, different sizes or have lost their youthful appearance is a likely candidate for a breast lift. The shape and position of the nipples and areola can also be reconstructed if the areola has been stretched or the nipples are pointing downward. The breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation or reduction to help you obtain beautiful and natural-looking results.
Are the Scars From a Breast Lift Visible?
Any scars that result from a breast lift are carefully placed so they will not be visible, even when wearing revealing clothing. Various incisions could be used, including the “crescent lift”, which runs across the top edge of the areola. A “donut lift” is an incision around the entire areola, appropriate for moderately sagging breasts. The “lollipop lift” is an incision around the areola with a vertical incision down the lower portion of the breast. For those who have more extreme sagging, an “anchor lift” is similar to the lollipop lift, with an added incision at the breast crease.
How Much does a Breast Lift Cost?
A breast lift costs on average between $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the amount surgical work required to restore your breasts to a plump, round appearance. The best way to obtain a more accurate estimate is to meet Dr. Andres, the premier breast surgeon in Scottsdale, for a personal consultation.
Does a Breast Lift Add Volume?
A breast lift does not add volume to your breasts. A breast lift involves the removal and reshaping of existing tissue to create a more youthful shape to your breasts. A breast augmentation performed in conjunction with a breast lift can provide volume if this is your preference. These procedures are best performed in the same surgical appointment, an option to discuss with Dr. Andres in your initial consultation.
What Cosmetic Problems will a Breast Lift Resolve?
A breast lift is the appropriate surgical procedure to resolve any of the following conditions:
- Saggy breasts
- Droopy breasts
- Overlarge, stretched nipples
- Nipples that point downward
- Nipples low on breast
- Deflated-looking breasts
Why Choose Dr. Andres for a Breast Lift?
Dr. Andres is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has cultivated the knowledge and experience to produce outstanding surgical outcomes. His care and compassion for his patients, along with his experience and detail-oriented technical skills have led to his reputation as an accomplished, talented breast lift surgeon.
What is the Result of a Breast Lift?
A breast lift restores the breasts to a higher position on the chest, reshapes the breast tissue so it looks firm and rounded, and relocates the nipple structure, or alters nipple size if necessary. Your breasts will look firmer, rounded, and youthful after a breast lift. Either breast reduction or breast augmentation can be an added procedure.
During your consultation
During your consultation with Dr. Andres, he will want to discuss your particular aspirations for physical enhancement through a breast lift. In doing so, Dr. Andres will have a better grasp on what it is you’re looking to gain, and from there, construct a surgical plan that best suits you. It is encouraged that during your consultation, you bring up any questions or concerns, regarding your procedure. It is important that you feel confident and secure in your choice, so that come your surgery day you can relax.
If you would like to explore your options for a breast lift in Phoenix, you can request a consultation online. Or if you’d rather, you may contact the office directly and one of our staff members will help you schedule an appointment.