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After significant weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding, many individuals lose breast volume and wish to have this replaced. With a breast lift performed by Dr. Young, you can address excess skin, sagging, enlarged areolas, and asymmetrical breasts. Learn more about the breast lift procedure performed at Levi J. Young, MD, Advanced Cosmetic Surgery. 

What is a Breast Lift? 

A breast lift or “mastopexy” procedure is performed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple). Suppose you are interested in having the size of your breasts enlarged while having them lifted and reshaped. In that case, we recommend that you consider combining your breast lift with a breast augmentation, both of which can be accomplished with a single procedure. 

Candidates for Breast Lifts 

Candidates for breast lift surgery include individuals who are in generally good health, do not smoke, are unhappy with the loss of shape volume or perkiness, have flat or elongated breasts, experience nipples that fall below the breast crease, have downward pointing nipples and areolas, stretched skin and enlarged areolas, and have breasts that sit at different areas on the chest. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a breast lift is through an in-depth consultation with Dr. Young at Levi J. Young, MD, Advanced Cosmetic Surgery. 

Breast Lift Procedure 

The surgery is performed under a general anesthetic and usually takes two to three hours. Incision options include around the areola (round block), around the areola and a vertical incision (known as the lollipop), and the last is around the areola with a vertical incision and an incision in the fold of the breast (known as the anchor). Your doctor will discuss these options at the time of your consultation. After making the incisions, your doctor will lift and reshape the breast tissue, reposition the areola, reduce the size of the areola, and remove excess breast skin. After the surgery, you will recover for one to two hours before you go home. 

Breast Lift Recovery and Results

  • Low activity
  • 6 weeks

Day of Surgery 

You will spend one to two hours in the Recovery Room. Bring a pillow to place between you and the seat belt. Wear a shirt that buttons or zips up the front for more effortless dressing. A family member or friend will need to drive you home. Sleep with your head and shoulders elevated to reduce swelling. 

Day One After Surgery 

It is not uncommon to notice drainage from your incision. You may resume light activity. You may notice more pain and swelling on one side. Asymmetry during the healing process is normal. 

Days Two to Seven After Surgery 

Shower today, but do not remove the incision tape. You may wear a front-closure sports bra while laundering the surgical bra. Tapering off the pain medication usually begins by day four or five. A one-week post-op appointment should be made. 

After A Week 

Pain and swelling improve. You may return to work and light activities. Steri strips will begin to come off the second week after surgery. Cardio exercise may start in the second week, but avoid arm exercises. 

After A Month 

After this visit, you will have no restrictions after six weeks. Swelling will continue to decrease, and you can notice the results of your breast lift surgery. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any risks to the procedure?

    Breast lifts are involved surgical procedures. There are the usual risks involved with any surgery: poor wound healing, infection, excessive bleeding, reaction to general anesthesia, and the like. For the breast lift, there is a risk of loss of nipple and/or breast sensation, as the nipples usually are moved. This usually passes as the nerves adjust over time. If you’ve opted to have augmentation, this doesn’t add any additional risk to the surgery.

    This is because the incisions are already made, and Dr. Young can insert the implants through those incisions. There are the later risks of augmentation that include capsular contracture, implant rupture, and rippling, but those are long-term risks and are not related to the surgery.

  • What do I need to do to prepare for a Breast Lift?

    Breast lift surgery with Dr. Young is major surgery, so you’ll need to prepare as you would with any surgery. We will have you stop taking any blood-thinning medications, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and most herbal supplements one week prior to your surgery. These can all cause increased bleeding, which also leads to increased bruising and swelling. If you’re a smoker, you’ll need to stop for two weeks prior to and following your surgery, as smoking constricts the blood vessels, and this impedes healing. We advise our breast lift patients to plan for their recovery when thinking about necessary preparations.

  • What kind of scarring should I expect from a Breast Lift?

    Scarring will be a part of these procedures, as the incisions are somewhat lengthy. But you’ll be surprised at how they fade with time. The anchor incision will create the most scarring, as you would assume. The best advice for managing or attempting to minimize the appearance of your scars is to leave the silicone wound dressings in place until Dr. Young removes them at your follow-up. Also, always wearing your surgical bra and then your support bra during the first 4-6 weeks is critical. This eliminates any pressure on your incisions, which keeps the scars as narrow as possible.

    It also helps eliminate some of the redness. Topical scar-minimizing treatments keep the area moisturized and help to minimize the appearance of the scars. SkinMedica makes one such product called Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline. Lightly massaging your scars can help them heal more smoothly. But you cannot do this too early and put stress on your incisions. Ask Dr. Young when massage could be appropriate, along with the proper technique.

  • Will my Breasts have any sagging after the procedure?

    No. Breast reduction downsizes and firms up overly large natural breasts. A breast reduction is a similar procedure to a breast lift, but a reduction removes breast tissue in addition to loose sagging skin. You can think of a breast reduction as achieving the same results as a breast lift while also downsizing the breasts.

  • How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

    The cost of a breast lift varies according to a patient’s needs and desired end results. Additional costs, such as anesthesia and hospital fees, will also influence the final price. Dr. Young takes pride in offering affordable surgery to all of his patients, and he will be happy to provide you with a total cost of a breast left after your consultation.

  • How Long Will the Results From a Breast Lift Last?

    On average, the results from a breast lift can last between 10 and 15 years. However, lifestyle choices and genetics play a role in the longevity of your results. Weight fluctuations and pregnancy can affect the results, so it is important to both maintain a healthy weight and complete your family planning prior to having a breast lift. Rapid weight gain and loss may result in premature sagging, even after a lift.

  • How Can I Lift My Breasts Without Surgery?

    While it is possible to tighten the muscles underneath your chest, it is not possible to lift your breasts non-surgically. You can, however, do things to ward off sagging, which include maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly.

    There are also many supportive bras that can give an elevated appearance to your breasts; to restore a natural lift and shape of your breasts, plastic surgery is necessary.

  • What Do I Do if My Breasts Start To Sag Again?

    If your breasts start to sag, it is impossible to have a revision breast lift. Dr. Young will assess your breasts and discuss all of your options to help lift your breasts.

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are interested in a breast lift in Overland Park, Olathe, Lawrence, Blue Springs, and other surrounding areas, do not hesitate to contact us at Levi J. Young, MD, Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, through our online contact form or by phone at 913-341-2188.

Dr. Levi Young, MD

“I am an artist. My artistic ability is an asset in the operating room, enabling me to visualize and create the best aesthetic results.”

With years of expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Young prioritizes patients’ well-being and satisfaction. Whether you are considering a subtle enhancement or a transformative procedure, you can trust Advanced Cosmetic Surgery to deliver exceptional care and results tailored to your personal needs and cosmetic goals.


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