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Breast Lift FAQs

There are many reasons that women decide to have a mastopexy. No matter yours, here are some answers to your important questions about the breast lift procedure, including details about recovery time and potential side effects.

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What is a Mastopexy?

A mastopexy is a breast lift that raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift can reduce this as well. Breast lift surgery does not change the size of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller, or smaller, you may want to consider either breast augmentation or breast reduction.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Lift?

Breast lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure. Women choose breast lift surgery for a number of reasons but primarily due to the loss of skin elastic that can result from pregnancy, breast feeding, weight changes, aging, gravity and heredity. Healthy women over the age of 18 years old may be good candidates, we recommend a consultation with Dr. Garcia to discuss your goals and to review of your medical history to ensure surgery is right for you.

What Happens During Breast Lift Surgery?

Your breast lift surgery can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for you will be determine during your consultation in which Dr. Garcia will consider your current breast size and shape, the size and position of your areolas, the degree of breast sagging and the quality and elasticity of the skin as well as the amount of extra skin.

Can a Breast Lift be Achieved with Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation and a breast lift achieve very different results. Some patients find that they are happy with the amount of breast tissue they have and simply want their breasts lifted. Other patients are unhappy with both the volume of their breasts and the degree of sagging, these patients may want to consider having both surgeries done. A personal consultation with Dr. Garcia is recommended to discuss your desired goals and to learn about the surgical options available to you.

What Can I Expect After Surgery?

The majority of patients have swelling and bruising immediately after surgery and for several weeks. Dr. Garcia recommends a front closure sports bra worn continuously in the first few weeks to reduce swelling and discomfort. With the advances in surgical techniques, shorter recovery times are now more commonplace.

When Can I Return to Work After Surgery?

Depending on the type of work you do, some patients can return to work within a few days. Dr. Garcia recommends minimizing heavy lifting, running and jumping during the first 6 weeks after surgery.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Breast Lift Surgery?

The most commonly reported side effects include the development of a hematoma or seroma, changes in nipple and breast sensation, and delayed wound healing. More information can be provided during your consultation.

How Long Do The Results Last?

The results of your breast lift surgery are long-lasting. Over time your breasts can continue to change due to aging and gravity. Keeping a healthy lifestyle and maintaining your weight will allow you to retain your new look longer.

How Much Does Breast Lift Surgery Cost?

After your consultation with Dr. Garcia, a complete quote will be provided to you. This quote will not only include the cost of the implants and Dr. Garcia’s fee, but we will also provide you with the hospital and anesthesiologist’s fees.

Do You Provide Financing for Breast Lift Surgery?

Our practice now accepts the CareCredit health and beauty credit card. CareCredit provides Special Financing Options that can make it easier to fit a cosmetic procedure into your budget. More information can be provided to you at your consultation.