Breast Lift Surgery

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

What are the procedures of a breast lift?

How should I prepare for a breast lift?

How long does it take to recover from a breast lift?

Can I breastfeed after a breast lift?

Can I do an implant at the same time as a breast lift?

How much does a breast lift cost?

A breast lift, commonly referred to as a mastopexy, is a procedure that raises the breasts and the nipples by removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding tissue and reshaping the breast creating better support and new contours.

Because a woman’s breasts change over time, they tend to lose their youthful shape. They lose their firmness as the skin loses its elasticity. Additionally, the areola can become enlarged over time, which can be corrected with a breast lift.

A breast lift can rejuvenate your look by enhancing your figure. There are many factors that can lead to breasts losing their shape:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Aging
  • Gravity

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

If you’re a good candidate for a breast lift, you can likely say “yes” to any of the following criteria:

  • Do your breasts sag?
  • Have your breasts lost volume and shape?
  • Have your breasts become flat, elongated or pendulous (having taken on a hanging shape)?
  • Has skin around your breasts and/or areolas become stretched?
  • Do your nipples or areolas point downward?
  • Have your nipples or areolas migrated to the centre breast crease where there is no support?
  • Is one of your breasts lower than the other?

Besides the above criteria, in order to be considered an ideal breast lift candidate you must:

  • Maintain a stable body weight
  • Maintain general good health
  • Maintain a smoke-free lifestyle

What are the procedures of a breast lift?

There are various methods that can be used to perform a breast lift. This will be determined on:

  • The shape and size of your breasts
  • The position and size of your areolas
  • The degree to which your breasts sag
  • The quality and elasticity of your skin
  • The amount of extra skin in and around the breast

The steps taken in a breast lift procedure are:

1. Anesthesia

  • Medications will be administered to make you as comfortable as possible during your surgery
  • Anesthesia can be administered generally or through intravenous. We will discuss the best anesthesia option for you

2. Incision:

  • There are three common incision patterns:
    • Around the areola (circular pattern)
    • Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease (commonly known as a ‘lollipop incision’)
    • Around the areola and vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease (commonly known as an ‘anchor incision’)

We will discuss beforehand which one is right for you. Although the incisions can look large at first, their location makes them ideal for fast healing, and with proper care will likely fade to a scar so faint they’ll be invisible to most eyes.

1. Reshaping:

  • After the incisions are made:
    • The underlying breast tissues is lifted and reshaped
      • This is done to improve contour and firmness
    • The nipple and areola are relocated to natural height
      • This is done to make the breasts appear more youthful
    • Enlarged areolae are reduced to a normal size
      • This may not be necessary for all patients
    • Any excess skin is excised
      • This will make up for any loss of elasticity in the breast

2. Closing the incisions:

  • Once reshaping is done and all excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed with absorbable and non-absorbable sutures

How should I prepare for a breast lift?

In order to prepare for a breast lift you should:

  • Quit smoking
    • This is very important and should be done at least two weeks prior to your surgery
    • It is also very important to stop smoking for two weeks after your procedure is done
    • Smoking can slow down the healing process
  • If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, you may be asked to get a baseline mammogram before your surgery
  • Since you will be under anesthesia during the surgery, arrange for a friend or relative to drive you to and from the procedure
  •  Wear a button up shirt instead of a pullover on the day of your surgery
    •  You will have an easier time putting on your shirt after the procedure as you will be advised not to lift your arms above your head
  • Do not eat or drink after 12:00AM on the day prior to your surgery
  • Avoid applying lotions, creams, deodorant and makeup to any area in or around the breast

How long does it take to recover from a breast lift?

Some people recover quickly from a breast lift while others require more rest. Generally, it takes 1 – 2 weeks to recover after a mastopexy.
Here are some important things to know about recovery:

  • You will have to wear a surgical bra for one month after the procedure. This bra should also be worn at night
    • The surgical bra (or sports bra, in some cases) is very comfortable and will help your breasts stay in place, allowing for faster healing
    • Do not wear an underwire or push up bra during this time because you could irritate your incisions and delay your recovery time
  • You may experience a temporary loss of sensation in the areola and nipple areas
  • Your breasts may take time to accustom themselves to their new positions, but rest assured, they will within a few weeks
  • Your breasts will remain tender for a few days after the surgery. In some patients this tenderness lasts up to a month
    • This is normal and you should only be alarmed if you experience dizziness, shortness of breath or any other sensations that are more severe than general breast tenderness
  • Only take the medications we prescribe
    • Experimenting with pain medication or mixing at-home remedies could make you very sick and hinder your recovery
  • Your incisions may appear pink or reddish in colour
    • This is normal, as they too need time to heal
    • In some cases, we will give you scar therapy lotion to help reduce the redness

Can I breastfeed after a breast lift?

  • Yes.

Can I do an Implant with a Breast Lift?

  • Yes.  At times, when there is sagging of the breasts, but insufficient volume, both procedures can be done at once
  • The type of implant used is the same as with a breast augmentation
  • It would be discussed at consultation whether they should be done separately or together

How much does a breast lift cost?

  • There will be a facility fee and an anesthetic fee
  • The total cost will be $7000 + HST
  • If an implant (augmentation) is done at the same time, the fee will be increased by $2000 - $3000 depending on the type of implant used


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