About Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts by removing loose skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to create a more youthful and healthier look. This body contouring surgery is reserved for women who have lost breast shape and volume and who are experiencing breast sag due to breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or gravity. Huge advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this surgical procedure so successful that new statistics from the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. George Kouris, a board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon in Hinsdale, IL, performs this surgery at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. By integrating the most state-of-the-art methods, Dr. Kouris can choose the correct technique according to the degree of sag present, as well as the desired outcome.
You may come to Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery believing you are a candidate for fuller breasts with breast implants, but after a private assessment, you may discover that breast lift surgery is a better choice. This is dependent on the level of sag that is shown. Breasts that point downward, in most cases, need a lift to reduce skin looseness and lift the breasts to a higher position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts appear stretched, a cosmetic lift can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health and at a healthy weight.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Wonderful Experience! - Last year, I had a breast lift done by Dr. Kouris and couldn't be happier! My scars are very minimal and have already faded significantly. My confidence has increased, and I feel very comfortable in my body. Dr. Kouris and his staff take the time to get to know you and your needs. Prior to the procedure, he explained in detail what would be done before, during, and after the operation. I..."- A. / RealSelf / May 17, 2018
"Surgical expertise and Aesthetics Artistry - Before I selected Dr. Kouris to do my breast lift/removal of breast implants, I had a consultation with three separate surgeons that were all well known in this field. After leaving each consultation and seeing their work (they were each recommended by a friend), I still did not feel comfortable or confident in their ability to do what was needed. I was so frustrated that I decided to postpone..."- J. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2018
A breast lift takes approximately two hours or more and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of this procedure is dependent on the complexity of breast ptosis. The surgical technique used for cosmetic breast lift surgery typically falls under two categories — the technique is defined by the size and location needed for the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the most commonly used methods. After making the incision, any wrinkly and loose skin is removed along with fat and tissue that is not needed. The remaining skin is then tightened and the breasts are lifted so they appear healthy. In most situations, the size of the areola is decreased to be symmetric with the new breast. At this time, an implant or a fat transfer can be placed within the breast if this was discussed with Dr. Kouris prior to surgery. If the lift is the only surgery being performed and if breast size is a worry, silicone or saline implants can be implemented at a different date.
What To Expect
The recovery for breast lift surgery is more extensive than a breast augmentation. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to minimize swelling. A small tube is also inserted near the incision site to help with excess draining that can often occur after a surgery of this nature. After surgery, the swelling will diminish within 3 – 5 days. Dr. Kouris or a member of his team will provide detailed, at-home treatment care instructions to help your healing process. Aesthetic results after a surgical breast lift are most noticeable after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your chest wall. Your breasts will look and feel natural, and you will feel younger, prettier, and in sync with your frame.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Kouris will pay attention to your wants and aesthetic goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Following that, he can better estimate your price. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your appearance so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Kouris, rather than prices. To help make cosmetic surgery affordable, Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery will help you find low-interest medical financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, an augmentation with implants or both depends on your unique concerns and goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Kouris will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Kouris can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you may start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors, such as significant weight loss or gain, can change your results; therefore, it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Kouris suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Kouris will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help. In your surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for better symmetry.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 – 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mastopexy has changed the lives of numerous Hinsdale, IL patients. If you are troubled by sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prohibit you from buying certain clothing, a mastopexy at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial private one-on-one consultation, a thorough examination will be performed by Dr. Kouris and your aesthetic concerns will be discussed. We will provide a tailored treatment plan to assist in transforming your breasts. Please contact Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and speak to a patient coordinator to begin your cosmetic surgery journey.