Breast Lift Overview
At Dr. James Fernau, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, PA, breast lifts are performed on a routine basis. This is a cosmetic surgery that raises, reshapes, and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. Breast lift surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to help lift a sagging breast and simultaneously add volume. Many women will seek to have breast lift surgery after experiencing situations that deflate the breasts or cause them to droop downward, such as pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss, aging and hereditary issues. A breast lift also corrects an areola that is misplaced to do the sagging. The surgery results in a shapelier, more youthful appearing breast.
Breast Lift Reviews
"After having two children and recently losing 25 pounds, my breasts were unsatisfying to me. The body I worked so hard for wasn’t perfect in my eyes. There had to be something I could do, and of course there was. My husband and I went on several consultations to well qualified surgeons and found that Dr. Fernau was perfect for the job. He and his staff are professional and well educated. He uses the latest techniques and methods. I was very impressed. He explained the procedure thoroughly, answered all my questions and made me feel very comfortable. I showed concern about the pain. He assured me I would be taken care of. I felt very prepared having all my medications before my surgery. I felt confident in Dr. Fernau and was excited about the surgery. My recovery was fast and easy. I am very very happy with the results. They are exactly what I wanted. I know have the confidence and the breasts to go with my body. I would go to Dr. Fernau for all my esthetic needs. He is a very competent surgeon. I have already referred him to friends and family."- L. / Office Visit / May 28, 2015
"Had Brazilian Butt Lift, Liposuction, Breast Lift. Perfect results after one year. Fabulous doctor. So knowledgeable and stays on top of all latest techniques. My butt has not lost any volume. Amazing results !!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 14, 2015
"Dr Fernau performed a BBL or Brazilian Butt Lift and body contour liposuction including a breast lift as part of a mommy makeover. Outstanding results. Perfect to me. It has been one year and my buttocks have retained almost all of their volume far beyond my expectations. My breasts are symmetric and he fat grafted them to increase size which is perfect. He used SAFELipo on my body and all of my contours are smooth. I could not be happier. His staff gave me their phone numbers including Dr Fernau and I felt comfortable from the first consult to my last visit. I rate him 100 out of 10 !"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 13, 2015
"63 Year Old Mother of 3 Needing Correction of a Sagging Butt and Breasts and Overhaul of Body. Pittsburgh, PA - Dr Fernau is kind, caring, professional and smart. You can tell his staff love him and so do the other patients in his office I met. I feel the same. I have sent girlfriends to his office and they experienced similar results as mine."- L. / RealSelf / Jun 14, 2015
"I HAD BOWED LEGS AND SEVERLY UNDER-DEVELOPED CALVES. DR FERNAU DID DOUBLE IMPLANTS ON EACH OF MY LEGS. I AM 100% SATISFIED WITH THE RESULTS OF THIS DIFFICULT OPERATION. THIS WAS THE FIRST SUMMER OF MY LIFE THAT I FELT CONFIDENT TO WEAR SHORTS AND DRESSES. DR FERNAU EXPLAINED THE SURGERY IN GREAT DETAIL, HE WAS KIND AND PROFESSIONAL AND I TRUSTED HIM COMPLETELY. I LIVE OUT OF TOWN SO I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE AFTER-CARE I WOULD RECEIVE. HIS NURSES AND STAFF WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY FOR ME. I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THEM. I WOULD RECOMMEND DR FERNAU WITH-OUT HESITATION. IN FACT I WILL BE RETURNING TO HIM FOR A BREAST LIFT AND MAYBE A LITTLE LIPO."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 14, 2013
Breast Lift Surgical Technique
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.
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Breast Lift During/After Surgery
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. Scars are part of the process, but with extra care the marks will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to a more beautiful breast appearance.
Breast Lift Expected Cost
Breast lifts can cost around $7,000 to $9,000 depending on how extensive the surgery is. Additional procedures such as placing breast implants will increase the total cost up to $7,500 to $9,000. 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, so it is best to confirm with the insurance coordinator if any cover is valid.
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- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 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.