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What is a breast lift?

This surgery involves reshaping the breast tissue, removing excess stretched skin, and creating a fresh, youthful, lifted breast contour. If desired, it may include reducing the size of the areola. A breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation in San Antonio to add volume.

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What is the cost of a breast lift? 

Mastopexy, or a breast lift, begins at $5,600, but the final cost is subject to several factors. Combining a breast lift with breast augmentation using silicone implants starts at $10,000. You will receive a precise price for your customized procedure during your consultation.

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What are the benefits of breast lift surgery?

A custom breast lift can:

  • Reduce breast sag
  • Enhance the breast shape
  • Firm & tighten the breasts
  • Resize/reposition the areola

If you have breasts that droop, have lost shape, have become flat and elongated, if the nipples and areola point downward, or have breast asymmetry, you could be a good candidate for a breast lift in San Antonio

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How is a breast lift (mastopexy) performed? 

Below are the different techniques that can be used when performing a breast lift: 

  • Periareolar (aka donut mastopexy): An incision is made around the areola and can be done with or without reshaping the breast tissue. Risks are nipple areolar complex (NAC) widening and pleating the tissues. This is used for patients with mild sagging who need a less extensive lift.

  • Vertical scar (also called a “lollipop mastopexy”): This incision pattern and technique is appropriate in many cases of sagging breasts. A vertical incision is made on the breast and around the areola, shaped like a lollipop.

  • Inverted T scar: This uses the traditional wise (anchor) pattern for breast reductions. This is good for severe ptosis and for patients with poor skin quality.

  • Inferior wedge excision: This technique is for patients with the proper placement of the nipple structure with extra breast tissue in the lower breast region. This incision is hidden so no visible scars are left on the breast mound itself.

  • Auto-augmentation procedure: if a patient has had significant weight loss, there may be severe drooping of the breast with most of the breast tissue at the bottom. This results in what some people call a “rock in a sock” look. To create a fresh, youthful look, our surgeon will reshape the breasts, move them higher on the chest wall, and re-drape the skin over the breast to create a dramatically rejuvenated look without placing implants.

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What is the breast lift recovery like?

  • Expect approximately two weeks of downtime with pain, swelling, bruising, and tightness in your breasts.
  • Medication may be prescribed if necessary.
  • Rest and stay hydrated during this period.
  • Avoid exertion and lifting over five pounds.
    • Wear a compression garment for breast healing.
    • The swelling will begin to subside after about a week.
    • After two weeks, incisions will be healed, and bruising and swelling will decrease.
    • Numbness in nipples and breast skin will gradually fade.
    • Wait for a month before resuming exercise.
    • Your breasts will appear lifted and perky, but be cautious with chest stress.
    • Full, strenuous exercise should await surgeon clearance.
    • After three months, underwire bras can be worn, and nipple and breast sensations typically return.
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    How to choose the appropriate breast lift technique for me?

    We will evaluate the breasts to determine which technique is best for the patient. We look at many factors, such as the degree of breast droop (ptosis), breast volume, anatomy, and medical history. We will start by discussing your surgical goals to determine if a breast lift in San Antonio is the right procedure for you. Once we identify your concerns and surgical goals, we will discuss the surgical techniques that will achieve your aesthetic vision. 

    We will also discuss your desired breast size and long-term expectations. It is very important to have current information to ensure your breasts are healthy. If you have a strong history of breast cancer in your family or are over 40, it is recommended that you get a mammogram before any breast surgery. We will thoroughly review your medical history, surgical history, medications, allergies, family medical history, and other important details.

    What are the limitations, risks, and complications of a breast lift in San Antonio?

    The limitations of a mastopexy are that it will lift the breast, but it will not fill out the breast's superior pole (upper). If a fuller look is desired, augmentation with an implant can be done simultaneously with the mastopexy. 

    The risks of breast lift surgery are bleeding, infection, changes in nipple or breast sensation, poor scarring of the skin, asymmetry, and the need for revisions.

    Suppose you have an implant augmentation performed at the same time. In that case, risks include implant leakage or rupture, wrong position of the implant, formation of tight scar tissue around the implant, fluid around the implant, discomfort near or around the breast implant, and wrinkling or rippling of the skin over the implant.

    If any of these complications occur, you may need surgery to fix them. Revisions may range from simple skin adjustments in the clinic to full revision under anesthesia. 

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    Breast lift FAQs

    How long will my results last?

    Can I get an augmentation after a breast lift?

    Will insurance cover my breast lift?

    What other procedures can be done to enhance a breast lift?

    How long will my results last?

    Your result longevity depends on multiple factors such as the skin quality, the breast tissue quality, if an augmentation is performed, and the surgical technique used. This will be discussed with you at your consultation.

    Can I get an augmentation after a breast lift?

    Yes! In cases where there is a significant amount of work to do to lift the breast (such as a revision case), we may do the procedure in two parts where the mastopexy is done first and the augmentation is done later.

    Will insurance cover my breast lift?

    Breast lift is not covered by insurance unless it is part of a breast reconstruction or reconstruction matching procedure.

    What other procedures can be done to enhance a breast lift?

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    Why choose Hill Country Plastic Surgery for a breast lift?

    At Hill Country Plastic Surgery, our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Farber and Dr. Shah, understand how body changes affect self-image. With individualized care and attention, they will guide you through the plastic surgery decision, process, care, and changes. We walk beside you to help restore your breasts to the desired shape and feel with a breast lift in San Antonio & Boerne, TX. Transforming feelings of frustration into confidence, we celebrate the joy in your restored, youthful breasts!

    Our patient portal: Transparency, honesty, and patient-focused care.

    After your consultation, you will receive access to your notes on the patient portal in addition to information about your specific surgery. If you have not activated your patient portal, this can be done at your appointment by asking any of our staff to assist you. If you have questions after your appointment, you can contact our office or message us through the patient portal. Some patients will require medical clearance from their primary care physician or a specialist or additional tests before undergoing surgery.

    Once you have determined that you would like to have surgery and have completed any clearances and tests that were requested, contact our office at (210) 658-3555 to schedule a pre-operative appointment with one of our surgeons.

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