What is a breast lift?
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. Learn more about your breast lift options by contacting our state-of-the-art facility in Pittsburgh, PA, to schedule an initial consultation.
Who is a candidate for a breast lift?
You may come to Dr. James Fernau Plastic Surgery hoping to get breast augmentation; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that breast lift surgery is a better option. This is because of the amount of sag that is present. Candidates for a breast lift may:
- Have decreased breast elasticity
- Want to bring the breasts to a higher position
- Have nipples that drooped downward, making your breasts appear stretched
- Be in good health and at a healthy weight
Breast Lift Reviews
"I had a PAM (peri-areolar mastopexy) with 375 cc silicone implants. (I had my areola reduced, breast implants, and a breast lift.) I am 6 weeks post-op. Dr. Fernau and his staff made me feel very relaxed when I had my pre-op consults and at my post-op check-ups. I love the results so far and I am so happy I chose Dr. Fernau."- L.P. / Google / Apr 25, 2018
"I needed a mommy make over after having my last child. Dr. Fernau did the most amazing job!! He listened to all my concerns and eased all my fears and concerns. I loved how he was using all the new state of the art techniques and products. And most important, safety was his number one goal. As a new mom that was so important to me!!! I had a tummy tuck many years ago and I was amazed at how much faster my recovery was this time compared to my first one. I even had more procedures with my tummy tuck this time which included , liposuction of multiple places , breast implant exchange, and a breast lift. I was back to work in 2 weeks, I was shocked. His staff was so friendly and helpful throughout the surgical process. I cannot say enough about how wonderful my entire experience was from start to finish!"- L.R. / Google / Mar 02, 2021
"Phenomenal experience - From the first consultation, Dr. Fernau and his staff were beyond welcoming and helpful. He made me feel like I was his only patient. He seemed genuinely excited about my procedure and getting me the results that I wanted. He's a perfectionist and won't settle for less than perfect results. He travels around the world attending conferences related to his trade. He has his finger on the pulse of the latest technologies. I lost about 100 pounds 2 years ago and my breasts were loose bags of skin and tissue. He performed a breast lift and augmentation using the PAM technique. Its only been a month, but I can't believe how good they look. The scarring is so minimal right now and they look like full, natural breasts. I couldn't be happier with Dr. Fernau or my experience. I plan to go to him again for an abdominoplasty next year."- L. / RealSelf / Oct 09, 2018
"I needed a mommy make over after having my last child. Dr. Fernau did the most amazing job!! He listened to all my concerns and eased all my fears and concerns. I loved how he was using all the new state of the art techniques and products. And most important, safety was his number one goal. As a new mom that was so important to me!!! I had a tummy tuck many years ago and I was amazed at how much faster my recovery was this time compared to my first one. I even had more procedures with my tummy tuck this time which included , liposuction of multiple places , breast implant exchange, and a breast lift. I was back to work in 2 weeks, I was shocked. His staff was so friendly and helpful throughout the surgical process. I cannot say enough about how wonderful my entire experience was from start to finish!"- L.R. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
"Hey y’all! Just wanted to let y’all know how my experience was. I had the mastopexy producer done and lipo under my arms. My whole life Iv had big bulging fat under my arms and could never wear tank tops and such. Dr Fernau fixed my biggest insecurity and for that I’m forever thankful for.Dr Fernau and his team was absolutely amazing! I had the best experience ever. I went in nervous and scared that it would hurt or I would be botched lol but nope. The pain was very moderate and I was up and moving with no problems the next day. Dr fernau suggested that I take milk thistle to help with the hardness after lipo and boy was he right. I can’t brag even on dr fernau and all his staff! I will be going back 100%! Just listen to Dr fernau and his nurses on what they say and I promise you will love your outcome! Thanks again Dr fernau and all his team! Y’all truly are the best 😊"- A.C. / Google / Jul 14, 2022
How does a breast lift work?
During 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 depend 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 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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What can I expect During/After a breast lift?
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to two 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.
How much does a breast lift cost?
Breast lifts can cost around $7,000 – $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 – $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.
Breast Lift FAQ
Should I receive a breast lift or breast 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.
Will a breast lift reposition my nipples?
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.
Will I have bad scarring after a breast lift surgery?
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Experience Youthful, Lifted Breasts
Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of so many Pittsburgh, PA patients. If you are troubled by sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or stop you from sporting the clothes you want, a mastopexy at Dr. James Fernau Plastic Surgery may be the right surgery for you. When you have your first consult, a thorough examination will be performed, and your goals for surgery will be discussed. We will establish a tailored surgical plan to assist in transforming your breasts. We invite you to contact Dr. James Fernau Plastic Surgery and speak to a patient coordinator to schedule your first visit.
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