A woman’s breasts can be impacted by age as well as fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, breast-feeding and gravity. These events can lead to a loss of skin elasticity, which can cause the areola to become enlarged, and the breasts to take on a sagging appearance. Once these changes have occurred they will be permanent and a breast lift can help to improve these changes. Breast lift surgery is one of the most complex and challenging plastic surgery procedures to perform. Dr. Lapuerta is a triple Board Certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. He is well known for his work in the Southeast Texas area and has helped women throughout Houston, Pearland and Katy to improve the changes in their breasts through breast lift surgery.
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy or a boob lift, is a surgical procedure that is designed to improve and correct the effects of aging, including sagging, drooping breasts, and the loss of breast tissue and skin elasticity. The goal of the surgery is to restore the breast to a natural, youthful position and restore a fuller, firmer, more youthful appearance. Each patient’s personal goals, specific problems and their anatomy all contribute to making breast lift surgery a highly personalized procedure. Many techniques and options are available for determining the best plan of action and may include the placement of implants, reduction of the nipple/areola complex and placement of an internal bra in addition to the breast lift itself.
In many cases, the ideal breast lift candidates are individuals whose breasts have suffered from a large fluctuation in weight, pregnancy, breast-feeding, or are experiencing the effects of age in their breast tissue or skin elasticity. Weight changes, having a child, and the pull of gravity can lead to loss of breast tissue and skin elasticity resulting in sagging breast tissue, and the ideal candidate wants to restore these changes by “lifting” their drooping breasts. Candidates may also have nipples and or areolas that are facing downward, are descending, or that are disproportionate in size when compared to the rest of the breast.
Candidates for mastopexy should also have no significant health concerns, be a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations of what can and cannot be achieved given their specific goals, personal history and anatomy. Dr. Lapuerta works to partner with breast lift candidates to ensure a clear understanding of their goals and to communicate clearly what can be realistically achieved through a breast lift. This helps patients better understand what to expect regarding the appearance of their breasts after a breast lift surgery.
The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift needed and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. Implants are typically considered when patients have experienced a loss of breast tissue or when patients desire to increase the size of their breasts in addition to lifting the breasts. 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 achieve the desired breast position and lift. In situations where a patient has lost a significant degree of skin elasticity and or breast tissue, where the patient’s natural tissue has poor elasticity, patients who have experienced significant changes in weight or desire a larger implant, a supportive tissue matrix, known as an internal bra may be used as a sling to support the implants and reduce the tension placed on the surrounding tissue and skin.
The degree of lift, amount of breast tissue, skin elasticity and whether or not an implant will be placed will determine the number and placement of the incisions. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are repositioned for a natural placement. The sutures during this procedure are placed deep in the breast wall to secure and hold the breast up firmly. There are several incision placements to consider:
– An incision around the outer border of the areola, which is the tissue immediately surrounding the nipple.
– An incision that cuts vertically from the bottom of the areola, moving down to the crease under the breast.
– An incision horizontally beneath the breast, following the natural crease or breast fold.
During a consultation, Dr. Lapuerta will determine which incision type best suits the needs of the patient. Dr. Lapuerta is a breast lift expert who will explain to the patient in a relatable, down to earth way exactly what the surgery will consist of, making sure the patient knows exactly what to expect.
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. All of Dr. Lapuerta’s surgeries are performed at fully accredited operating centers including area hospitals. Most patients choose to have surgery at Dr. Lapuerta’s on-site, AAAASF accredited outpatient surgery facility. Surgery length can vary between 3 to 5 hours depending on the extent of the work to be done. Patient’s typically spend an hour in recovery before going home.
Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with other body contouring procedures. Most patients can expect their breasts to be tender, accompanied by some swelling and bruising. At their pre-operative appointment with Dr. Lapuerta’s nurse, patients will be prescribed all appropriate post-operative medications including pain medications. Many patients find they only need to take the prescribed pain medications for the first 24-48 hours after which many patients can control their pain with over-the-counter Tylenol or Acetaminophen. Discomfort, bruising and swelling will improve day by day and is typically mild to moderate in nature and depends on the extent and nature of each individual patient’s procedure and health history.
The day after the surgery, patients should be able to move freely, and most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process, as most women are able to resume their normal routines within 6-8 weeks. This includes running and weight training, as vigorous physical activity can disrupt the recovery process.
It is very difficult to provide an accurate estimate for breast lift cost, as the procedure can be quite different for each individual patient. Breast lift surgery is one of the most difficult and complex of all plastic surgery procedures and is highly individualized. Therefore it tends to be one of the most expensive procedures and has the greatest range in price. Dr. Lapuerta is frequently consulted by patients who have had prior breast lift surgery that failed to achieve the possible outcome that was desired. The cause of failed primary breast lift surgery is usually due to one of two factors. Most commonly, the prior surgeon lacked the extensive experience required for the complexity of the procedure. Second, many practices will quote a less expensive option initially in order to satisfy a patient’s budget. The practice then recommends additional surgical options after the initial surgery fails to achieve the desired outcome. This approach results in patients having to experience the costs, risks and recovery of two surgeries instead of one. Dr. Lapuerta will always be honest about his recommendations upfront, from the initial consultation. He will also provide you options and alternatives addressing both the potential risks and benefits involved with each path. Our practice is committed to patient’s desired outcomes and sensitive to their budgets. Therefore, when possible, we will offer patient’s more than one surgical option and quote to consider to meet their needs.
The average breast lift cost ranges from $8800 to $16,000 and these costs will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. Factors determining cost include the extent of lift required and whether or not implants or an internal bra is needed. Our practice works with several medical financing options and includes plans that offer 0% financing when paid off in one year. Depending on your personal credit history and plan selected, payments can be as low as $223 per month. To learn more about payment options, contact one of our Patient Coordinators today at 832-481-4428
The best way to find out the cost of a breast lift procedure is to request a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta. During a consultation, Dr. Lapuerta will thoughtfully and thoroughly evaluate the patient, request their medical history, and discuss their treatment goals. After gathering all of the needed information, Dr. Lapuerta can devise a treatment plan or plans, as well as an accurate quote for the expected breast lift cost. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Lapuerta today.