The FDA has recently asked Allergan to recall textured breast implants since they feel that there may be a link between these types of implants and a very rare form of cancer called BIA-ALCL, a type of lymphoma that may develop in the scar tissue around the implant. Over 12 million women around the world have Allergan textured implants, and we here at AesthetiCare have used these implants almost exclusively during the past 25 years and thus have a tremendous amount of experience with this product. While warnings of this nature should be taken very seriously, it is essential to know that the risk of developing BIA-ALCL is very low. Please visit us for a free consultation to discuss your options with our experienced Allergan breast implant surgeons to learn more about this issue. We welcome all new and existing patients to come in for a complimentary consultation about your options and resources. Please note that Allergan is offering no charge smooth saline and silicone replacement implants for those patients wishing to exchange their textured Allergan breast implants for smooth implants.
Breast lift surgery provides women the opportunity to enhance their figure without changing the size of their breasts. Many women do not wish to undergo breast augmentation surgery but still feel they need to do something about breasts that are not as perky as they once were. If your breasts are sagging and you are feeling self-conscious about their appearance, then a breast lift can be an effective way to restore the contours of your upper body. Contact AesthetiCare in Orange County, San Diego, or Riverside to schedule your first consultation.
Who Can Benefit From a Breast Lift?
Breast Procedures Tailored to You!
The specifics of a breast lift procedure vary, depending on your individual needs and treatment goals. These options will be discussed and decided in your consultation with one of our aesthetic surgeons before your procedure.
There are four main techniques for a breast lift procedure. While the specific technique used will depend on your breast size and degree of ptosis, there are multiple options:
For small breasts and/or minor ptosis:
- Periareolar technique: A crescent-shaped incision is made around the top of the areola. It is minimally invasive and provides a small degree of lift to the breast.
- Circumareolar technique: An incision is made around the areola. It also provides a small degree of lift.
For larger breasts and moderate-to-severe ptosis:
- Vertical technique: A V-shaped incision is made from the top of the areola down the midline of the breast. This is a more invasive procedure but provides a larger degree of lift than periareolar or circumareolar.
- Anchor technique: One of the most common breast lift techniques, this involves an anchor-shaped incision that is made around the edge of the areola, down the breast, and laterally across the lower breast. This is the most invasive of the procedure options, but it provides the greatest amount of lift.
Breast Lift With Implant
Though many women wish just to have their breasts lifted, some women may also wish to augment their breast size by including implants to their breast lift procedure.
In doing so, your implants will be better positioned, as your surgeon will position the breast tissue first and then insert the implants. You may also be able to have smaller implants since the breasts will have been lifted higher.
An additional benefit of including implants into the lift procedure is the reduced cost. By undergoing one surgery, surgical costs can be combined. Additionally, your recovery time will be greatly reduced, as you do not have to recover from multiple surgeries.
Customizable Mommy Makeover
Bodies after babies can be vastly different than they were pre-baby. For women considering a breast lift after pregnancy and nursing, it makes sense to combine procedures for Mommy Makeover surgery.
Mommy Makeover surgery is a fully customizable option for women looking to restore their pre-baby bodies. Typically, procedures include breast lift or augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, and buttock lift. By combining multiple procedures, you can restore a more contoured body in one surgery.
You can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the first few days of your recovery. You should take it easy and not expect to return to work for a couple of weeks. You will likely be able to return to your daily activities after about one to two weeks, though more rigorous exercise should be halted for a few weeks longer. All strenuous activities should be avoided until cleared by your surgeon.
Immediately following your procedure, your surgeon will provide a compression garment for you to wear to minimize swelling and aid in healing. It will also provide support for your breasts and help them maintain their new contour. This should be worn for a few weeks at least.
You will notice a difference in the appearance of your breasts immediately following the procedure. However, as the swelling subsides, they may still change slightly. It can take six months to one year for your permanent results to become apparent.
It is important to follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions to get the best results possible.
The location and length of scars are dependent on the specific surgical technique used for your breast lift. While your surgeon makes every effort to ensure that your incisions can be concealed, there are no guarantees. Healing and fading of scars depend on a variety of factors, including how your skin heals. However, it is likely that your scars will fade over time and be almost completely unnoticeable.
The cost of breast lift surgery varies, depending on multiple factors, but it can range from $4,600 to $9,800. The final cost can also be affected by additional procedures that you may wish to add, such as breast augmentation or Mommy Makeover surgery. You will receive an estimate for your procedure during your consultation appointment. You will also review your options available for financing your procedure.
Breast lift surgery is performed under anesthesia, resulting in a pain-free procedure. However, you are likely to experience some discomfort following your surgery. This discomfort can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
Additionally, you may experience numbness in your nipples and on the surface of your breasts, but this will subside as your recovery progresses. If you have any concerns about the pain or discomfort you are feeling, consult your surgeon.
Frequently Asked Questions
A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure that seeks to raise and shape sagging breasts so that your breasts look more youthful, attractive, and perky. It can also remove excess skin from the breast area to make the breasts tighter or more symmetrical.
If you are unhappy with your saggy breasts and want to restore them to a more youthful position, consider a breast lift.
Breast lift surgery takes about two hours; however, this largely depends on the techniques used.
Breast lift is a straightforward procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. You will be under general anesthesia, but you can go home the same day. You will need to avoid heavy lifting for about four weeks.
You are required to have someone to drive you once the doctor permits you to go home. Your breasts may feel tight or heavy, but this is normal. Compression garments will help you feel more comfortable.
Your surgeon will schedule a follow-up appointment in a week or so. Depending on your recovery, he might suggest another meeting after two weeks or a month. You will also be advised on when to resume work and other light activities.
You might have to wait for a few months before engaging in rigorous chest activity/exercise.
Patients are advised to avoid deodorant or antiperspirant under the breasts for one week after the breast lift. You may take a shower and use soap around the areas that have been treated as long as it is not in direct contact with the incision area.
Avoid exposing your chest to extreme elements such as extreme heat or cold for the first few weeks. You will also be required to avoid heavy lifting and exercising for at least four to six weeks following your procedure.
Wear a sports bra that minimizes friction on your chest when exercising so you do not damage the incision site by creating additional friction.
You can wear a regular bra when not exercising (we advise you to avoid underwire bras while healing). Still, you will be required to check the breast area each day for any redness or swelling that could indicate infection and report these signs to your doctor as soon as possible. You will begin to see better improvements over the following weeks (six to eight weeks) as the swelling diminishes. Ultimately, make sure you follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions for the best results.
The results of your breast lift are long lasting; however, extreme shifts in weight or additional pregnancies can cause your breasts to change.
It’s important to make sure that you feel comfortable with the surgeon performing your surgery. Having a consultation appointment allows you to meet your surgeon, discuss your desired procedure, and decide whether or not you want to pursue the surgery. This is also the time for the surgeon to discuss the options available and determine if you are a good candidate for your desired surgery. Your consultation appointment is also where you will learn about the cost of your procedure and your options for payment or financing. It’s vital to understand your options before booking a surgery, and the only way to do this is to meet with us.
You will meet with the anesthesiology staff to review your medical history and any medications you are on. You will be informed of the type of anesthesia that will be used as well as how it may affect you during and after the procedure.
Your surgeon will again review the details of your surgery and answer any last minute questions you may have, and preoperative markings will be made on your body. Your surgeon will be assisted in surgery by the anesthesiology staff, a registered nurse, and a surgical technician.
Once the procedure is completed, you will be moved to the recovery room. You will be supervised by a member of the anesthesiology staff and your surgeon. Your surgeon will review your results and provide you with aftercare instructions to follow. At this point, you will be discharged to go home or to an aftercare facility.