Breast Lift with Augmentation
As the body changes with age, the breasts are often the first area affected. Some women with dense breast tissue will maintain a youthful shape into their 50s while other young women will never develop an ideal breast shape. While aging is the most common factor, childbirth, or genetics may also cause drooping or sagging breasts. Dr. Mark Freeman performs breast lift surgery in Idaho Falls, Idaho to help women from Jackson Hole, Boise, Pocatello, and surrounding areas renew their breast shape as well as their confidence. Our practice also has a dedicated out-of-state following, with patients willing to travel from Salt Lake City, Utah, and other cities to benefit from Dr. Freeman’s skill and expertise.
It’s easy for women to learn more details about breast lift surgery at our Idaho Falls practice. Simply request an appointment online with Dr. Freeman, who is happy to help you explore your cosmetic options.
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How Much Does Breast Lift Surgery Cost in Idaho?
Breast lift surgery costs are based on the technique used, whether the procedure is being combined with a breast augmentation, and, if so, what kind of implants are desired. However, we use the national average (using annual data from The Aesthetic Society) to determine our pricing. We will give you a personalized quote following your consultation and will discuss our available financing options as well.
Why Do the Breasts Sag?
When the breasts become engorged with pregnancy, the Cooper’s ligaments that suspend the breast tissue stretch and often do not “snap back” following the delivery. This so-called “involution” is quite common in women with more than one child. The same type of deflation phenomenon occurs in women who have lost a significant amount of weight.
About Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
A mastopexy or breast lift is the procedure of choice to rejuvenate the shape of the drooping or flattened breast. This procedure uses a natural envelope of skin and breast tissue to lift the nipple and areola into a youthful position to create a more “perky” breast. While some patients need only minor skin adjustments, others need a total rearrangement of the breast tissue.
Why Choose Freeman Plastic Surgery?
I believe that the breast lift is one of the most unique procedures of its kind and requires a knowledgeable breast surgeon. Numerous details must be discussed including the desired size and shape of the breast, the elasticity of the skin and ligaments, as well as the size and location of the nipple and areola. As with all of my Idaho breast lift patients, each procedure is tailored to meet the needs and expectations of the individual. I spend a considerable amount of time in consultation to design each step and discuss the various options available to achieve the ideal shape.
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In a standard breast lift procedure, the actual breast tissue is usually not removed. However, it is possible to add or subtract breast volume at the time of surgery. Some patients who have lost a significant amount of volume in their breasts may wish to have a breast implant placed at the time of surgery to improve the breast size and shape. At many practices in Idaho, breast augmentation with breast lift is generally performed in two separate surgeries. However, I have published several research papers in the field of breast lift surgery and find that I am frequently able to combine these procedures with only one surgery. Conversely, women who have chosen breast implant removal sometimes opt for a breast lift to perfect their new post-implant shape.
With the VECTRA® 3-D imaging system, you can actually compare the results of getting a breast lift alone with how you might look having the lift combined with breast implants. Although photo galleries of actual patients remain a useful tool, the VECTRA system provides a unique vision of your procedure’s possibilities. Using advanced software, the VECTRA system combines your image with medical data to create a highly realistic 3-D simulation that can be viewed from different angles.
Visualize the results of your facial, body, or breast procedure before surgery. The VECTRA system combines your image with medical data to create a highly realistic 3-D simulation.
Combining Breast Lift Surgery With Other Procedures
As aging and childbirth usually have effects on the torso as well, I am often asked by my Wyoming and Idaho patients if breast lift surgery can be combined with liposuction or tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) near Pocatello, Idaho. These combined cases such as a “Mommy Makeover” or rejuvenation surgery following weight loss, are quite possible in most healthy patients and can completely revitalize the contour of a patient’s form. In performing these operations at Freeman Plastic Surgery, I am able to give Idaho Falls plastic surgery patients the figure they had all but forgotten about. Safety is my number one priority, therefore certain health criteria must be met before any combined or extensive surgery.
Most patients feel well enough to return to work after 1 to 2 weeks. Below, we provide an overview of what you can expect during the healing process:
- Pain and discomfort: Prescription pain medication and over-the-counter pain relievers can make you more comfortable in the early days of your recovery.
- Dressings and bandages: Your breasts will be wrapped in dressings and supported by a surgical bra that provides continuous compression to reduce swelling. This surgical bra will need to be worn continuously for at least 2 weeks and as often as possible for an additional 4 to 6 weeks.
- Limited movement: Avoid heavy lifting (more than 10 pounds), strenuous activities, and raising your arms above shoulder level for 2 to 4 weeks. Start taking slow, short walks as soon as you are able; this will increase blood flow and aid the healing process.
- Swelling and bruising: Bruising will fade over several days, while postoperative swelling can take months to fully dissipate (though it becomes much less noticeable after a month).
- Resume regular activities: You can usually resume most normal activities and exercises after 4 to 6 weeks, but listen to your body and avoid anything uncomfortable.
- Scars: Scars will continue to fade over time, but full maturation may take several months to a year.
- Sensation changes: It’s common to experience changes in breast sensation, which may improve over time but may not always fully return to normal.
- Final results: The final results of a breast lift may take several months to fully develop as swelling subsides and tissues heal.
Breast Lift FAQ
What’s the difference between breast augmentation and breast lift surgery?
Breast augmentation enhances breast size through the use of implants, while a breast lift eliminates loose, stretched skin and lifts and reshapes the breasts. In cases of mild sagging, implants may offer a slight lifting effect. Women desiring fuller, more aesthetically pleasing breasts typically benefit from a combined approach involving both procedures.
Can my breast lift procedure be combined with other procedures?
For a comprehensive breast enhancement, breast lift surgery can be combined with other procedures. A common combination is a breast lift with breast augmentation, which provides complete breast rejuvenation. Additionally, breast augmentation can be combined with body contouring procedures like liposuction or tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover.
Will my implants need to be replaced at some point in the future?
Please note – if you choose to have breast implants combined with your Breast Lift: Breast Augmentation with implants is a very common procedure performed here at Freeman Plastic Surgery. There are implants of all shapes and sizes that we use in surgery. Although all implants undergo rigorous testing to ensure safety, these implants need continued screening after implantation. Currently, the FDA recommends implant screening with MRI or ultrasound at five or six years after implantation and then every two to three years thereafter.
Implants don’t last forever and will probably need to be exchanged during your lifetime. We recommend following the screening guidelines set forth by the FDA and offer in-office ultrasound examinations of your implants. An ultrasound can help us visualize the outer shell of the implant to help determine if there are any defects or leakage of the implant material. Call us to set up a consultation so we can have a further discussion to jointly decide what options are right for you and your implants.Back to Top