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Breastlift: Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQ's are designed to help you with general information about a given procedure. They are not designed to give full detail, or take the place of informational consults with a Plastic Surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

What Does A Breastlift Do?

While both breast augmentation and breastlift (mastopexy) effect breast shape and contour, a lift is designed to reduce the sagging that develops with ageing and after childbirth, without increasing the size of the breast.

How Is It Done?

There has been an evolution in the way mastopexy is done. In the past, the only way was with an "Inverted-T" incision (an incision around the areola, down the center of the breast, and in the crease under the breast; making an upside down "T"). While some modification of this technique is still most commonly used for women who wish just a mastopexy, a technique has been developed for selected women, which dramatically decreases scaring.  This technique is called a "Binelli Mastopexy" after the surgeon who perfected it. In this type of lift the incision is limited to just around the areola. Often however, for best results, an augmentation needs to be performed.

What Are The Risks?

As with all surgery the risks should be discussed in detail with your surgeon. The main risk of mastopexy is visible scaring. All variations of mastopexy leave scars in areas which might show. Usually these scars are only fine lines, but there is the risk they might not be. There can be changes in nipple sensation, and ability to breast feed. There of course, can be differences between the two sides (asymmetries).

How Long Is The Recovery Time?

Mastopexy is not a very painful operation (although you will need some pain medication in the first few days). Many patients return to work after 3-5 days (longer if augmentation is also done). You need to limit strenuous activity for several weeks, but can return to routine activities as soon as you are comfortable (a few days).

What Does Mastopexy Cost?

I usually perform mastopexies as outpatient surgery at the hospital. The cost is $6500 (if an augmentation is done at the same time, a multiple procedure discount is applied). This includes everything (board certified anesthesiologist, operating room, supplies/equipment, and all visits). Prices are subject to change without notice.

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