Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Baltimore, Columbia, Owings Mills, Towson, Nearby Maryland & Lower Pennsylvania

beautiful woman in lingerieRejuvenate the shape, position and overall appearance of your breasts with a breast lift. A breast lift may also be incorporated into breast enlargement or a procedure to correct breast asymmetry. The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to consult board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Adam Basner in Baltimore. To arrange a consultation, please call our staff at 410-616-3000.

Please learn more about this breast rejuvenation procedure:

What Is a Breast Lift?

Breast lift surgery removes excess breast skin and tightens the remaining tissue to form a firmer, rejuvenated breast contour. The result is that sagging or elongated breasts are raised. You may also hear a breast lift referred to as "mastopexy."

Breast lifts are generally recommended for women who are happy with the size of their breasts, but unhappy with sagginess and elongation. This procedure does not increase the size of your breasts or round out the top of your breasts. If you would like more volume in addition to a lift, you may want to ask Dr. Basner about breast augmentation combined with a breast lift. Some women feel the opposite way: that they would like to reduce the overall size of their breasts while also lifting their position. In such cases, Dr. Basner may recommend combining breast reduction with a breast lift.

Candidates for Mastopexy

The issues most commonly addressed with a breast lift are:

  • Sagging, elongated breasts
  • Deflated breasts that have lost firmness
  • Nipples that point downward
  • Nipples that fall below the breast crease
  • Stretched, enlarged areolas

Whether these characteristics have always been present or developed over the years, a breast lift may be the right way to restore your confidence and positive feelings about your body. For many women, these breast changes occur as a result of:

  • Pregnancy
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Aging
  • Heredity

As is the case for any aesthetic surgery, you should be in generally good health to undergo a breast lift. Dr. Basner will review your health history with you and make sure you are a good candidate for a breast lift.

Dr. Basner has been serving the Baltimore area for years. He is proud to offer advanced, state-of-the-art care to his patients every day. To arrange your consultation, please call our practice at 410-616-3000.

Infographic: Everything You Should Know About Breast Lifts

Infographic: Everything You Should Know About Breast Lifts

Breast Lift Cost

The average cost of breast lift surgery at Dr. Basner's practice is $7,000. The actual and final cost of your procedure may be above or below $7,000, which our staff can determine after your initial consultation with Dr. Basner.  Our staff will also discuss your financing and payment options.

The Surgical Procedure

Anesthesia is administered so that you will be deeply sedated during the procedure. Once you are asleep, Dr. Basner completes the surgical steps of the breast lift. First an incision is made. There are a few different incision types that may be chosen for your procedure, based upon the current size, shape and condition of your breasts and on what is being accomplished during the procedure.

Using the incision, Dr. Basner lifts and reshapes the breast tissue. In most cases, the nipple and areola is also lifted. The areolas may be reduced if you and Dr. Basner have discussed that they are enlarged and will benefit from rejuvenation. The excess skin is then removed. The end result is firmer, rejuvenated breasts.

Recovery from Mastopexy

woman running on beachYou will need to take some time to rest and recover following the procedure. Don't make any plans other than rest and relaxation! Our team will make sure you know exactly what to expect and what to do during this period of downtime. Generally, most women return to work after about a week or so. But if your job requires heavy lifting or is otherwise strenuous, you may need to stay home longer. Most strenuous exercise can be safely resumed after six weeks. Dr. Basner will make sure you have a timeline for returning to various activities.

How Long Do Results Last?

Breast lift results are long-lasting. You can protect the results by maintaining a stable weight and generally leading a healthy lifestyle. Weight gain and smoking are two factors that can be controlled in order to extend your breast lift results: These things can cause your breasts to sag again. Other things like pregnancy, aging and the unavoidable effects of gravity may also affect the appearance of your results at some point down the road. But generally speaking, you'll continue to enjoy the results of your breast lift for a long time to come.

When Should I Get a Breast Lift?

woman with arms folded over her breastsSome women want to make sure they time their breast lifts correctly, to be in harmony with their current lifestyles and future physical changes. Some of these women are mainly concerned with if and how a breast lift will affect any future pregnancies.

A breast lift should not affect your ability to breastfeed or any other aspect of pregnancy and childbirth. But any future pregnancies may ultimately change the results you achieved from a breast lift, because of weight fluctuations and other physical changes. Many women are fine with this possibility and choose to undergo the lift, while others decide to wait until they are no longer planning for more children. Dr. Basner and our team will discuss all of these factors with you so you can make an informed decision.

Do Breast Lifts Leave Scars?

When an incision heals, it leaves a scar. Over time, these scars will fade and flatten. It's impossible to say what your scars will look like without first having a consultation with Dr. Basner. There are several options for incision location. Incisions made around the areola are well hidden in the color and texture change of that skin. Dr. Basner makes every effort to conceal your incisions and to minimize their final appearance.

Breast Lift Glossary

Mastopexy: The surgical term for a breast lift.

Breast implants: Medical-grade devices placed within the breasts to enlarge their size. Breast implants are filled with saline fluid or silicone gel. Breast implants are sometimes combined with a breast lift for lifting and enlargement results.

Incision: A cut made surgically in the skin.

Excision: Surgical removal of the skin with a scalpel or other surgical method.

Areola: The skin surrounding your nipple.

Elongation: The stretched, lengthened appearance of breasts that have become saggy and deflated.

Sedation: Medications administered either orally or intravenously to create relaxation.

Your Breast Lift Consultation in Baltimore

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Adam Basner is personally committed to patient education and ensuring you feel confident about your aesthetic surgery decisions. To arrange your consultation to discuss breast lift surgery in Baltimore, please call our experienced staff at 410-616-3000.

Dr. Basner is proud to serve women and men from across Baltimore and the nearby areas, including Towson, Columbia and Owings Mills.

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