Breast Lift

An overview of breast lifts

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: March 04, 2011

Breast Lift

A breast lift is a common breast surgery procedure among women wanting to shed a few years off their figure. Breast lifts allow women to correct for saggy or droopy breasts that result from age, pregnancy, natural genetics, or gravity.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that physically lifts the breasts higher up on the chest. Breast lifts correct for saggy or droopy breasts that often result from age. 

A Good Candidate for a Breast Lift

Breast tend to become saggy with age. Good candidates for breast lifts are those with droopy or sagging breasts who want to enhance the appearance of their chest. 

Breast Lift Surgery

Doctors performing mastopexy, or a breast lift, remove excess skin and relocate the areola and nipple to higher place on the chest. The size, shape and level of sag all influence how the surgery is carried out. 

Preparing for a Breast Lift

In preparing for your breast lift, it is important to know about all the details involved in the procedure, which your doctor will advise you on during your consultations. You will also need to prepare for your recovery period in advance, to ensure you can rest and recover properly.

Modified Breast Lift

There are several different modified breast lifts that patients can discuss with their plastic surgeon. Different modified breast lifts are better for certain candidates. Find a technique that is best for your body. 

Risks and Side Effects of a Breast Lift

Risks and side effects of a breast lift include necrosis, blood clots, hematoma and dissatisfaction with results, among many more. Being aware of the risks and side effects of breast lift surgery is a crucial part of the overall procedure.

Cost of Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)

The cost of breast lift surgery depends on the extent of the procedure, the location of your doctor and his individual doctor’s fee. These costs range across a broad spectrum of usually several thousands of dollars. 

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