Breast lift surgery—also called mastopexy—can help restore a more youthful shape, position, and contour to breasts affected by sagging (a condition known as breast ptosis). Dr. Cassidy Hinojosa is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Corpus Christi, and she brings both surgical expertise and a woman’s perspective to every case. Contact us today to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Hinojosa and learn more about how a breast lift could help rejuvenate your figure and elevate your confidence.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to firm and tighten sagging breasts for a more youthful aesthetic. This is accomplished by removing excess, inelastic skin and elevating the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. The nipple-areolar complex can also be reshaped and/or repositioned during a mastopexy, if needed. Breast sag (ptosis) can be caused by a variety of factors, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and age-related changes in skin elasticity. Dr. Hinojosa often performs breasts lifts as standalone procedures, but they are also frequently incorporated into mommy makeover and post-bariatric body contouring treatment plans.
It is important to note that a breast lift is primarily designed to address excess skin and sagging tissues. If patients are interested in adding or restoring volume to their breasts, a breast augmentation or a combination breast lift with implants procedure may be recommended instead.
What Are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?
A breast lift can yield a variety of potential benefits, including:
- Firmer, more youthful-looking breasts with improved cleavage contours
- A “perkier” aesthetic, as the breasts are elevated to a higher position on the chest wall
- Enhanced breast symmetry
- A reduction in excess skin and sagging (breast ptosis)
- A rejuvenated nipple-areolar complex that better complements your breast proportions, as desired
How Is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?
The breast lift treatment process begins with a consultation with Dr. Hinojosa, during which she will assess your aesthetic goals and the degree of breast ptosis you are experiencing. From there, a custom treatment plan can be developed to help you achieve the rejuvenated breast aesthetic you desire.
The mastopexy procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During surgery, Dr. Hinojosa removes excess skin, tightens and sculpts the remaining breast tissues, and reshapes and/or repositions the areolar complex, as needed.
Depending on your unique needs and cosmetic goals, Dr. Hinojosa may employ one of several mastopexy techniques:
- The crescent lift can correct mild sagging using a small incision around the top half of the areola
- The peri-areolar or “donut” lift can correct mild sagging and decrease your areola size using a circular incision around the entire areola.
- The vertical or “lollipop” lift can help correct more moderate sagging while also allowing for a greater degree of breast reshaping. This method requires an incision surrounding the areola and a vertical incision leading from the bottom of the areola into the inframammary fold.
- The inverted T or “anchor” lift technique allows for the most extreme level of lifting and reshaping. It uses the same incision pattern as the lollipop lift, with the addition of a third incision along the inframammary crease.
The type of lift you receive will be determined by you and Dr. Hinojosa ahead of time based on your specific needs and goals.
What Can I Expect During Breast Lift Recovery?
Every patient is unique, and different people heal at different rates. In general, most patients choose to take at least a week off from work to focus on their recovery. Swelling, bruising, and soreness are fairly common during the first week after surgery, but patients typically report that any postoperative discomfort can be well-managed with pain medication and adequate rest. Dr. Hinojosa will provide detailed aftercare instructions during the consultation process and after surgery. Careful adherence to these guidelines can help promote a more efficient healing process. During routine follow-up appointments, Dr. Hinojosa can assess recovery progress and provide guidance as to when more strenuous activities—such as exercise or heavy lifting—can be resumed.
Will I Have Breast Lift Scars?
As is the case with any surgical procedure, some degree of scarring is inevitable. The precise nature of breast lift scars is dependent on the technique used during the procedure. Crescent and peri-areolar lifts typically leave minimal scarring that blends inconspicuously into the pigmented edges of the areolas, whereas the vertical and anchor techniques result in somewhat more visible scarring. That said, Dr. Hinojosa is a highly experienced plastic surgeon, and she takes the necessary time and care to place your incisions as discreetly as possible, blending them into the natural contours of the breasts and around the areolas. There are also a number of postoperative skin treatment options that can be employed to help further minimize the appearance of scars. Ultimately, most patients report that the myriad aesthetic benefits of a breast lift tend to outweigh any concerns over scarring.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?
At Coastal Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center, the cost of a breast lift generally starts at $6,460. That said, the total price of the procedure can vary based on the specific details of your customized treatment plan, including the technique used to perform your mastopexy.
After your consultation with Dr. Hinojosa, our team can provide you with a personalized price quote. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our payment and financing options. We also work with trusted third-party healthcare lenders PatientFi® and CareCredit®, which offer programs that can help qualifying patients pay for their procedure in low- or no-interest installments.
For more information about mastopexy or the other cosmetic breast surgery options Dr. Hinojosa offers, please contact us today!