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BREAST LIFT

Breast Lift Surgery – Mastopexy – Baltimore, MD

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Overview

Dr. Woodyard is an experienced breast lift surgeon creating a youthful, natural appearance for breasts that have lost shape and position over time. Breast lift surgery can help improve these changes, which are often the result of childbirth, breastfeeding, aging or weight loss. This surgery restores breast shape and firmness, and returns them to their natural, youthful position. At times women may opt for a combined breast lift and augmentation procedure in order to increase the overall cup size. During the consultation, Dr. Woodyard will determine which approach will garner the most desired outcome.

Surgical Technique

The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. If implants are a part of the procedure, whether silicone or saline, they are placed under the pectoralis muscle. This method provides additional support and helps to keep the breasts in a higher position for a longer period of time. In situations where a larger implant is desired, a supportive tissue matrix may be used as a sling to hold the implants in place.

Incision Types

The degree of lift will determine how many incisions are needed. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are repositioned for a natural placement. There are several different incision patterns used depending on the amount of lifting required for an optimal result:

  • Around the edge of the areola (donut mastopexy for minor amount of lifting)
  • The addition of a vertical incision from the lower edge of the areola to the inframammary crease (lollipop pattern)
  • The addition of a horizontal incision beneath the breast in the natural crease(inverted" "T  or "anchor" incision

During/After Surgery

Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. Operative time in most cases is between 1-3 hours. Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with another body contouring procedure. Most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process. Most women are able to resume all of their normal activities and exercise about 4-5 weeks after surgery in a well-fitted bra for support.

Expected Cost

The total cost for a breast lift is about $4,800-$8,000. These costs will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. If breast implants are placed during the lift procedure, the total cost will increase.  However, because of this combination approach, the overall cost will be less per procedure.  

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Total Cost  
$4,800 - $8,000
Recovery Time  
4 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1-3 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Breast Lift FAQs

Breast Lift or Implants?

Breast augmentation surgery with implants will help with size, but it will not help women if their breasts sag or droop downward past a certain point. Some doctors may use implants to help with sagging. With this approach, the immediate results may look better, but the additional weight causes the breasts to sag further. Some women find a breast lift is the only procedure they need to obtain the fullness they desire and determine implants aren’t necessary. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both will attain the best results.

Nipple/Areola Placement?

During a breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola will be placed in a location on the breast that is natural and proportionate. The goal during this surgery is to reduce the size of the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) so it looks balanced with the new breast size and shape.

What About Scarring?

There is no way to avoid making the necessary incisions to complete a breast lift procedure. Therefore, some scarring will result from this procedure. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. Most women feel that the physical results following a breast lift procedure are worth the scars left behind. During the consultation, we will provide detailed post-operative scar care instructions.

Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery may also be combined with a breast lift to help a patient achieve the size and shape she desires. The breast reduction surgery procedure is very similar to a lift, but with the added step of removing more breast tissue in conjunction with excess skin. More information on this procedure can be found on the breast reduction page.

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