Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) – Portland, OR*

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About Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery is a cosmetic treatment that lifts and tightens the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the healthy tissue to create a firmer, younger appearance. This cosmetic breast surgery is reserved for women who have lost breast shape and volume, and who have breast sag due to aging and gravity, as well as weight loss or pregnancy. Huge advancements in breast lift surgery have made this aesthetic surgery so successful that new stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bensimon offers this surgery at The Bensimon Center in Portland, OR. By using the most state-of-the-art methods, Dr. Bensimon can decide on the correct technique according to the level of sag present, as well as the desired outcome.

Ideal Candidates

You may visit The Bensimon Center believing you are a candidate for implants only; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is better. This is dependent on the level of sag that is present. Breasts that point downward typically need a lift to correct skin irregularities and lift the breasts to a higher position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts appear stretched, a mastopexy (breast lift) can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.

Surgical Technique

Breast lift surgery takes approximately 2 – 4 hours and is performed with the patient under minimally invasive anesthesia. The timeframe of this procedure depends on the complexity of breast ptosis. The method used for cosmetic breast lift surgery generally falls under two categories — these are based on the size, location, and nature of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the most commonly used types. After making the incision, any loose, unhealthy skin is removed along with breast tissue and fat that is not needed. The remaining skin is then pulled tight and the breasts are lifted so they look healthy. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are decreased to match the new breast. At this time, an implant can be inserted within the breast if this was agreed upon with Dr. Bensimon prior to surgery. If a breast lift is the only surgery being performed and if breast size is a concern, silicone or saline implants can be done at a later date.

What To Expect

The recovery for a breast lift surgery is more lengthy than a breast augmentation. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to diminish swelling. A small tube will also be placed near the incision site to assist with excess draining that can sometimes occur after mastopexy treatment. The post-surgical swelling will diminish within about a week. Dr. Bensimon or a member of his team will provide detailed, at-home incision care instructions to help your healing process. Results following a surgical breast lift are noticeable after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your chest wall. The breasts will look and feel natural, offering a perkier and sexier contour.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a breast lift cost?
In your initial consultation, Dr. Bensimon will listen to your needs and aesthetic goals before developing your unique treatment plan. After that, he can better estimate your costs. When done well, a breast lift can significantly improve your appearance so it's important to focus on having an experienced surgeon with extensive training, like Dr. Bensimon, over costs. To help make cosmetic surgery easier to afford, The Bensimon Center can help you find low-interest medical financing.

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, augmentation with implants, or both, will depend on your unique concerns and goals. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Bensimon will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.

Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Bensimon can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so he can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.

How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you may begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors, like significant weight gain or loss, can alter your results so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Bensimon recommends patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.

Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Bensimon will assess the physical condition and appearance of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a breast lift can help you. During your surgery, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for better symmetry.

Healthier-Looking Breasts

Mastopexy has changed the lives of many Portland, OR patients. If you are faced with sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or prohibit you from buying certain clothing, a breast lift at The Bensimon Center may be the right surgery for you. During your first visit, a thorough examination will be given by Dr. Bensimon and your aesthetic concerns will be discussed. We will determine a tailored treatment plan to help transform your breasts. Please contact The Bensimon Center and learn more about how to begin your cosmetic surgery journey.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.