Breast Lift Surgery
Several factors can cause unwanted breast ptosis, or sagging of the breasts. Pregnancy, significant weight loss, and aging can contribute to skin and tissue laxity of the breasts, creating a bustline that may be unsatisfying. The most effective approach to correct drooping breasts is mastopexy (breast lift surgery), which dramatically improves breast shape, proportion, and placement. Women who opt for breast lift surgery can enjoy perky, more youthful breasts and a boost in their confidence.
- Desire firmer, perkier breasts?
- Have pendulous or swaying breasts?
- Notice your breasts are sagging or drooping?
- Feel dissatisfied with your downward-facing nipples?
Breast Lift Technique
Circumareolar, or "Doughnut," Lift
- Scar only around the areola
- Reduces the areola size
- Improves areola symmetry
- Indicated for a one to four cm lift
Circumvertical, or "Lollipop," Lift
- Scar around the areola and vertically down the lower breast
- Indicated for any lift when the distance between the areola and inframammary fold is short
Weiss, or "Anchor," Lift
- The most common breast lift technique
- One incision is placed around the areola, a second runs vertically from the areola to the breast crease, and a third runs horizontally along the natural breast crease
Breast Lift Process
Dr. Frank Agullo is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Agullo will evaluate the size and shape of your breasts, the elasticity of your skin, and your nipple and areola placement to arrive at the best surgical plan. Patients will also be provided with detailed preparatory and post-op instructions specific to their surgical procedure.
Dr. Agullo usually performs breast lift surgeries using general anesthesia. The procedure takes between one and three hours depending on the extent of correction required.
After excess breast skin has been removed, the areolas are repositioned and reduced in size, if necessary.
Breast lift patients need plenty of rest after surgery. However, it is essential to walk around for a few minutes multiple times throughout the day to boost circulation and prevent blood clots. Discomfort can be alleviated with medication prescribed by Dr. Agullo.
A surgical bra will be provided to wear day and night, as underwire or padded bras must be avoided for a few months following the procedure. It is recommended that breast lift patients take at least one week off work. Heavy lifting and vigorous exercise should also be avoided for at least four to six weeks.
Patients will be scheduled to come in for a follow-up appointment within the first few days of recovery. Any drains that were placed will be removed, and dressings will be changed.
A second follow-up appointment will be scheduled between five and seven days after the procedure to remove any sutures around the areolas.
The Internal Push-Up Bra: GALATEA® GalaFORMTM 3D Surgical Scaffold for Breast Lift
When a patient experiences significant breast tissue laxity, it can be more difficult to recover properly after breast lift surgery due to a lack of support. Dr. Agullo overcomes this challenge by using the GALATEA® GalaFORMTM 3D surgical scaffold. The GalaFORMTM 3D is a non-animal mesh scaffold composed of hydroxybutyrate (P4HB), which is a naturally occurring biopolymer. The scaffold is used as an internal push-up bra, keeping the breast weight off of the skin that would otherwise naturally stretch. After a patient is fully recovered, the scaffold is slowly converted into strong connective tissue as it is absorbed by the body over a two-year period. No further surgery or corrective procedures are needed as long as the patient is satisfied with the initial breast lift results. The GalaFORMTM 3D surgical scaffold is FDA approved and promotes tissue regeneration after breast lift surgery, offering higher-quality results and higher overall patient satisfaction.
Preparing for Your Surgery
- Line up a family member or friend to drive you home after your procedure.
- Ensure you have your paperwork and your ID.
- Don’t eat or drink after midnight the day of your scheduled procedure.
- Don’t use lotions, creams, or makeup on your skin the day of your procedure.
- Wear a loose-fitting shirt that buttons up because it may be difficult to slip one over your head after the procedure.
- Stop smoking for at least two weeks prior to your surgery and for two weeks after to lower your risk of blood clots and other complications.
- Don’t take medication that will thin your blood for two weeks before your procedure.
Breast Lift FAQs
Yes. You can combine breast lift surgery with breast augmentation to increase the volume and projection of your breasts in addition to correcting ptosis. Keep in mind that a breast lift will usually decrease the breast size by ½ to 1 cup.
You may also include breast lift surgery in a Mommy Makeover, which provides comprehensive enhancement using any combination of the following procedures:
Severe complications from breast lift surgery are uncommon. However, any operation comes with potential risks, which may include:
- Abnormal reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma
Pricing varies depending on the extent of the treatment or surgery. You can see a list of the approximate prices of each procedure on our current fee schedule. Dr. Agullo charges a consultation fee of $100, which is applied to the cost of your treatment. Generally speaking, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective” and is not covered by most insurance plans. The prices listed on our fee schedule represent the minimum cost of the procedures, including anesthesia and surgical facility fees, medical tests, garments, and recovery products. The cost of prescription medications, however, is not included. The exact price of each procedure can only be determined after a thorough consultation. All fees must be paid in full prior to the scheduled treatment.
Undergoing breast lift surgery does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer. Dr. Agullo may ask you to get a baseline mammogram before your procedure if you have breast cancer in your family history. This preliminary mammogram helps Dr. Agullo detect any changes in the breast tissue during your future visits.