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Breast lift a.k.a. mastopexy by female Seattle plastic surgeon

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Breast Lift a.k.a. Mastopexy

Congratulations! You have landed on this female plastic surgeon’s very favorite procedure! I love doing breast lifts because this procedure provides a lot of improvment with little down time and not too much discomfort. My breast lift patients are some of my happiest patient and happy patients = happy surgeon.

Quick facts about full breast lift (mastopexy)

  • Costs:  $7000- $7500 depending on the extent and length of surgery.
  • Post-operative pain:  mild to moderate.
  • Time off work or school: 1 week.
  • Time off driving:  3 – 5 days or once you are off narcotic pain meds.
  • Time off the gym:  3 weeks.
  • Time off the slopes:  4 weeks.
  • Time off the kite board: 6 weeks.
  • How long does a breast lift last:  20 years or until you have another baby.
  • Patient satisfaction:  very, very high.

Now for the fine print:

I do most breast lifts with a vertical technique. This technique minimizes scarring with the scarring limited to the scar around the areola and a vertical scar that runs from the edge of the areola to the fold under the breast. Usually there is no scar that runs under the breast from the cleavage area to the underarm area. (This allows for that skimpy halter-top on a rare warm, sunny day in Seattle.) In addition to minimizing scarring, a vertical breast lift can result in a nicer shape of breast with more fullness in the upper pole of the breast and less chance of “bottoming out” over time.

From time to time, I will have a patient present to my Seattle plastic surgery office who is debating breast lift (mastopexy) vs. small breast implant. I will almost always encourage that patient towards a breast lift. The lift makes the breast look a little fuller and the vertical breast lift often gives the upper part of the breast more fullness without the need for an implant. Implants are great for patients with small breasts but if a lady is looking for just a little more fullness and a really nice shape, breast lift is often the way to go.

If a patient is seeking a female, woman or lady plastic surgeon in Seattle, I certainly qualify. I understand “breast issues” and know how challenging navigating the lingerie department can be! I think my part time job after retirement will be the nice older “bra lady” at Nordstrom!

Breast lifts are done in my AAAASF certified Seattle office operating room or at Seattle Surgery Center which is located next to my office building. Patient’s go home the day of surgery. I prefer to have the patient under general anesthesia but sometimes the procedure can be done with intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.

Most patients take a week off of a desk job following surgery. I ask patients to wear a sports bra day and night for three weeks after surgery.

Breast lift usually does not interfere with breast feeding, mammograms or nipple sensation. The results usually hold up a decade or more unless the patient becomes pregnant or has a significant change in her weight. Patients can usually wear the same bras they wore preoperatively because the breast size does not change. Most patients, however, can’t wait to buy some pretty new bras to go with their shapelier breasts. Seattle has some really awesome lingerie shops.

Periareolar breast lift a.k.a. donut breast lift

Occasionally a patient is a good candidate for a periareolar breast lift where the incision and scar is limited to the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple). This procedure is done when the patient desires a change in the diameter of the areola or a slight lifting of the areolar.   Also, the nipples of the tubular breast are often treated with this procedure. I do this procedure quite often at the same time as breast augmentation when lifting or reducing the areola is indicated.

Quick facts about periareolar (donut) breast lift.

  • Costs:  $3000 – 3500 depending on the extent and length of surgery.
  • Post-operative pain:  mild.
  • Time off work or school: 1-2 days.
  • Time off driving:  1-2 days or once you are off narcotic pain meds.
  • Time off the gym:  1 week.
  • Time off the slopes:  2 weeks.
  • Time off the kite board: 3 weeks.
  • How long does a breast lift last:  20 years or until you have another baby.
  • Patient satisfaction:   high.

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