Is a breast lift covered by insurance?

A breast lift is generally not covered by insurance as it is considered cosmetic surgery. A breast reduction may be covered by insurance if performed for medical reasons (e.g. back and shoulder pain).

Do I need a breast lift or just implants?

Whether you need a breast lift or just implants depends on your goals and appearance. If you are concerned about sagging following pregnancies, breastfeeding, or weight loss, a breast lift will likely be required. If you are happy with your breast position and just wish to make them larger, breast implants alone might be an option. Sometimes a combination surgery of breast lift with implants may be performed to achieve both goals.

Do you lose sensation with breast lift?

In the majority of cases, you do not lose sensation with breast lift surgery. There is a low risk of developing sensitivity or numbness of the nipple after breast lift, however most cases return to normal feeling within a few months.

Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?

In most cases, you should still have feeling in your nipples after a breast lift. If any change in sensation is noticed, it generally improves within three months.

How do you shower after a breast lift?

You may resume showering the day after a breast lift. You may allow soapy water to run over your chest, gently pat dry afterwards, and then change back into your surgical bra.

How long do breast lift results last?

Breast lift results should be long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable body weight and wear a supportive bra. If planning further pregnancies, you should also wait to undergo breast lift surgery so that results will be maintained.

How long does a breast lift last?

A breast lift should lead to long-lasting results if you maintain a stable and healthy body weight. Wearing a supportive bra may also lower the risk of further sagging in the future.

How long does a breast lift take?

A breast lift generally takes 2-3 hours to perform.

How painful is a breast lift?

A breast lift is often painful for a few days after surgery. You should be able to stop taking prescription pain medication within 48-72 hours.

How soon after breast lift can I exercise?

You may generally resume exercise one month after breast lift.

Is getting a breast lift safe?

Although every surgery has risks, breast lift is generally a safe procedure when performed on a healthy non-smoker by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited facility.

What is a crescent breast lift?

A crescent breast lift is a surgery that removes skin from the upper part of the breast in a moon-shaped pattern. It results in a subtle breast lift while minimizing scarring to the upper half of the areola.

What types of breast lifts are there?

There are four main types of breast lift surgery: crescent, peri-areolar (donut), vertical (lollipop), and anchor (Wise pattern) lifts.

Will a breast lift reduce cup size?

A breast lift generally does not affect cup size unless performed in combination with breast reduction. Breast lift surgery removes excess skin and repositions breast tissue, thereby tightening the skin envelope and lifting the breasts. It does not remove breast tissue.

Will a breast lift remove stretch marks?

A breast lift will remove some but likely not all stretch marks on the breasts.

Will breast lift affect breastfeeding?

A breast lift generally does not affect breastfeeding.

Does a breast lift cost more than implants?

A breast lift usually costs less than breast augmentation given that there is no implant cost. A surgical quote will be given to you after consultation, which may vary depending on the extent of surgery.

Does a breast lift leave scars?

A breast lift leaves scars as expected with any surgery. Depending on the degree of lift required, scars range from the upper half of the areola (crescent lift) to a full anchor pattern, which involves a lollipop scar plus a horizontal extension along the breast fold.

Does a breast lift make your nipples less sensitive?

A breast lift may increase or decrease your nipple sensation, but most cases return to normal feeling within three months.

Does insurance pay for breast lift?

Public insurance typically does not pay for breast lift surgery.

How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?

It takes one year for breast lift scars to fully heal and reach final appearance.

How much does breast lift cost?

A breast lift costs $6-8000 on average and depends on the extent of surgery. You will receive a detailed surgical quote after consultation.

How much is a mini breast lift?

The average cost for a mini breast lift is $6000. A surgical quote will be provided after your consultation.

What is a partial breast lift?

A partial breast lift is another name for a crescent lift. It results in a subtle lift effect while minimizing scarring to the upper half of the areola.

Can I go without a bra after a breast lift?

It is recommended to wear a supportive bra full-time, even when sleeping, over the first 4-6 weeks after a breast lift. After that time period, a bra is not required while sleeping, but should be worn the majority of the time to lower risk of recurrent ptosis (sagginess).

What are the risks of a breast lift?

Risks of breast lift surgery include bleeding, hematoma, infection, and delayed healing or compromised blood supply of the skin flaps or nipple. There are additional risks of asymmetry, nipple sensation changes, and dissatisfaction with aesthetic outcome. Potential risks relating to the general anesthetic will also be discussed in depth as part of the informed consent process. Risks are low for healthy non-smoking patients at healthy body mass index.

Can A Breast Lift Reduce Large Areolae?

A breast lift will reduce large areolae. Stretched or enlarged areolae often result from breastfeeding and pregnancy. During a breast lift procedure, areolas may be reduced in size and lifted while also repositioning breast tissue to reduce tension on the wound closure. Areolar reduction if performed alone carries a high risk of recurrence given greater skin tension. Permanent stitches may be placed to lower the risk of recurrent stretching. If you are considering breast lift or areolar reduction surgery, it is generally recommended to defer surgery until you have completed pregnancies and breastfeeding to lower risk of recurrence. Each patient is unique and should be assessed by a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the best timing and approach.

Is there a breast lift without scars?

Since a surgical breast lift can produce the most transformative results, scars will be an inevitable part of the process. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the appearance of scars including scar massage and silicone gel or sheet treatments during your recovery. Scarring ranges from a circular scar around the areola for small lifts to an anchor pattern for more extensive surgery. Scar maturation progresses over one year post-operatively.

How do you sleep after a breast lift?

For the first few weeks after a breast lift it is recommended to sleep on your back with your upper body elevated on 2-3 pillows. This protects your chest and avoids direct pressure on your incisions. Elevation also helps to reduce swelling. Lying on your side during early healing after a breast lift may result in greater swelling on the dependent side. It is also important to wear your surgical bra while sleeping over the first 4-6 weeks as recommended by your surgeon.

Can breast implants last 30 years?

Breast implants are not designed to be lifelong medical devices. While they may last 30 years, replacement or removal may be required should concerns arise at any time, potentially relating to implant rupture or concerns based on imaging or aesthetic changes. It is a myth however, that breast implants should be replaced every 10 years.

How do I know if I need a breast lift?

Generally, if your breasts sag when you take your bra off and your nipples sit below the crease of your breast, you may need a breast lift.

Is a breast lift cheaper than augmentation?

Generally, a breast lift is less expensive than breast augmentation because implants are not included in your costs. However, each procedure is unique and you’ll receive a full estimate of your costs during your consultation with Dr. Power.

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