Achieve a Natural, Lifted Look with Breast Lift Surgery
Dr. Angelchik was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 1996 and successfully completed a rigorous recertification process in 2006 and 2016. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program through the ABPS. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has also been named to Castle & Connolly’s Top Doctors in America every year since 1996.
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A breast lift procedure, also called mastopexy, involves a combination of tissue removal and skin tightening to lift a drooping or sagging breast to a more youthful, lifted position. In doing so, the nipple and areola are also repositioned to a more aesthetically-pleasing location on the breast. The procedure may or may not be combined with breast augmentation, depending upon the client’s aesthetic goals.
Breast lift specifically addresses a condition called ptosis, which is a sagging and lack of volume of the breast. Ptotic breasts sag when layers of the skin and certain ligaments become stretched and weakened. Ptosis may occur as a result of pregnancy, or it may simply be a consequence of aging. Regardless of the cause, a breast lift procedure can restore the breast to an elevated position. Patients experiencing this condition make excellent candidates for a breast lift, but candidates should also be healthy and have no future plans for pregnancy.
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The breast lift can be performed in the Phoenix, Gilbert, and Glendale, AZ area using a few different incisions that will be discussed during your consultation. These include:
This technique follows around the pigmentation of the areolae and can effectively reduce and reposition the nipple during the procedure. It allows the least visible scarring and reduction of skin and tissue.
This technique includes an extension of the periareolar incision, which extends down to the breast fold. This allows for additional reduction and lifting of the tissues.
This technique offers the most extensive rejuvenation of the breasts due to its additional incisions that follow along the breast crease. This incision can be most effective for ptopic breasts that are large and droopy, as well as those with significant areolar pigmentation and drooping of the nipples.
A breast lift is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. Most patients return home after the procedure, although Dr. Angelchik may determine an overnight stay may be best for you. During the breast lift procedure, Dr. Angelchik carefully makes predetermined incisions and removes tissue from key areas if necessary. Excess skin can also be removed and lifted, with repositioning of the nipple, if needed. If the breast lift is combined with augmentation, then the implants are also placed at this time. The surrounding skin is tightened and sutured closed in such a way as to minimize scarring. After the surgery is complete, you’ll be fitted with a surgical bra to support and compress the area.
Recovery from breast lift surgery is similar to other cosmetic surgical procedures. You’ll need to get plenty of rest for the first few days after your surgery and, for about a month, we’ll ask that you refrain from lifting anything heavier than 10 to 15 pounds. Upper body exercise needs to be minimized during the recovery period so that your breasts have ample opportunity to heal. Dr. Angelchik will prescribe pain medication and, if appropriate, muscle relaxants as well. After a period of about 2-3 weeks, any minor bruising should disappear.
A breast lift in the Phoenix, Gilbert, and Glendale, AZ area can be a great option for rejuvenating the breasts without implants. To see what a breast lift can do for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelchik, a top breast surgeon in the Glendale area.
Is a breast lift covered by insurance?
As an elective cosmetic surgery, breast lifts are rarely covered by health insurance.
Does a breast lift cost more than implants?
Breast lift surgery and breast augmentation are procedures that create different effects, although they tend to be similar in terms of cost. Breast lifts tend to be more expensive, but this is not guaranteed.
Does a breast lift leave scars?
Scars from a breast lift will be red and raised during the healing process. Over time, these will fade to a pink and then to white. The scar will also flatten so that it is not as noticeable. All of this happens over the course of a few months.
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
A breast lift can physically lift the breasts, whereas breast implants are designed to increase their size. If your concern is about drooping or tubular-shaped breasts, a breast lift is more suited to your needs.
Do you lose sensation with breast lift?
Some loss of feeling can be expected immediately following surgery in the breast or nipple, although this is almost always temporary.
Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?
Yes, in the long term any loss of sensitivity in the nipples should be temporary, and youll regain normal sensation within a few weeks following a breast lift.
How do you shower after a breast lift?
You are encouraged to shower beginning the day after a breast lift while keeping your incisions dry for about two weeks.
How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?
Scarring from breast lift incisions heal within 4 weeks, but the appearance of scars will continue to diminish for up to a year with proper care.
How long do breast lift results last?
The results of a breast lift by Dr. Angelchik often last many years, but the surgery does not stop the aging process, which includes losing skin elasticity and sagging tissue.
How much does breast lift cost?
A breast lift by a board-certified plastic surgeon in Phoenix often costs around $10,000, but each persons surgical plan varies which affects the overall cost.
How long does a breast lift take?
Breast lift surgery takes around three to four hours depending on the extent of your procedure.
How much is a mini breast lift?
A mini breast lift may cost less than a less extensive procedure, but cannot achieve the same results that a full breast lift can.
How painful is a breast lift?
The recovery after breast lift surgery is not too uncomfortable, and any pain can be managed with medications prescribed by Dr. Angelchik.
What is a partial breast lift?
There are different incision patterns used for various breast lift surgeries including a partial breast lift. The shorter, less extensive incisions are less noticeable but are not as capable of delivering comprehensive results.
How soon after breast lift can I exercise?
Dr. Angelchik instructs patients not to exercise or lift objects over 10 pounds for at least a month.
Is getting a breast lift safe?
Breast lift surgery, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Angelchik, is a safe and effective way to lift and tighten the breasts.
What types of breast lifts are there?
There are three common incision types, one around the areola, around the areola and down toward the breast crease, and a third incision added in the breast fold.
Will a breast lift reduce cup size?
Breast lifts are not as extensive as breast reduction in terms of removing tissue, but they can help reduce cup size slightly in some cases.
Will a breast lift remove stretch marks?
If there are stretch marks within the area of skin that will be removed, the stretch marks can be removed. However, it is not a primary goal of breast lift enhancement surgery.
Will breast lift affect breastfeeding?
No, breast lifts do not affect the function of breastfeeding.
How long does a breast lift last?
The length of results from a breast lift changes for each patient. It is highly dependent on age, health, genetics, and dietary habits. With Dr. Angelchik’s surgical techniques and proper care during recovery, you can expect long-lasting results.