A breast lift offers a potentially ideal solution for patients whose breasts have begun to droop from the effects of pregnancy, aging, or both. As skin loses its elasticity as part of the normal aging process, the breasts can begin to lose their shape and begin to sag. Pregnancy and breast feeding can cause even younger women to experience drooping breasts. A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure to correct a breast that sags and droops downward. It is a technique that removes and tightens excess skin on and around the breast to restore a youthful, perky breast appearance. New Orleans cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kamran Khoobehi, offers breast lift surgery to patients throughout NOLA and Metairie. Some patients may also desire to have breast implants placed during the same time. This increases the size of the breasts, leading to a fuller look.
During a breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease direction. How extensive the incision will be depends on how much skin must be removed. The excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining skin will be stretched up and closed with sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it can provide additional support in keeping the improved projection in place.
Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sagging is and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below.
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold.
Breast Lift Reviews
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"I could not have asked for better pre-operative and post-operative care than I received from Dr.Khoobehi and his entire team!! I had a breast lift with fat transfer, liposuction, face lift and the wrinkles removed from under my eyes. There was no stone left unturned to ensure that my plastic surgery journey was safe and that I achieved the desired results. The after care by his estheticians was stellar! Dr. Khoobehi and his entire staff have my highest recommendatio..."- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 26, 2019
"Perfection - I have had fabulous results with Dr Khoobehi . We removed my implants and he did fat transplant. His entire staff are extremely professional while being genuinely friendly.Dr Khoobehi also did a breast lift which is perfection."- G. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2020
"Surgical outcomes and care by staff all members exceeded all of my expectations!! - I could not have asked for better pre-operative and post-operative care than I received from Dr.Khoobehi and his entire team!! I had a breast lift with fat transfer, liposuction, face lift and the wrinkles removed from under my eyes. There was no stone left unturned to ensure that my plastic surgery journey was safe and that I achieved the desired results. The after care by his estheticians was stellar! Dr. Khoobehi and his entire staff have my highest recommendation! RB from Mississippi"- A. / Doctor.com / Feb 25, 2019
"Recovery wasn't so bad - 5 weeks post op and loving my results - I am just in love with my body thanks to Dr. Khoobehi and his magical hands and eye for perfection. I had a mini tummy tuck with Lipo to back, breast lift with new implants and fat transfer to face. The day of surgery, I felt calm and at ease thanks to the Dr. Khoobehi and his staff. Recovery wasn't so bad. I am 5 weeks post op and loving my results. Will refer Dr. Khoobehi to everyone that I know."- C. / RealSelf / Aug 16, 2022
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to 2 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6-8 weeks. There will be some scarring associated with this procedure, but with extra care they will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to a more beautiful breast shape.
Breast lifts cost around $9,000 to $12,000 depending on how extensive the surgery is. Additional procedures, such as placing breast implants, will increase the total to about $12,500 to $15,000. Insurance does not cover breast lift surgery as it is considered cosmetic in nature. There are few exceptions depending on the patient’s special circumstances.
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- Average Cost
- $9,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
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Breast Lift FAQs
Lift or Augmentation?
It depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. Before surgery, a thorough consultation and assessment will be provided, and the surgeon will recommend if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery.
It is common in a breast lift procedure that the nipple is repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away, a portion of an overly stretched areola (the colored skin around the nipple) is simultaneously trimmed away. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position.
How Bad Is Scarring?
When incisions are made to trim away the skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Plastic surgeons are experts when it comes to minimizing scarring with precise techniques when it comes to incisions and suturing. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing is healthy and quick.