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Breast Lift In Scottsdale & Phoenix– Weinrach Plastic Surgery

Gravity, pregnancy, breast feeding, and genetics can all contribute to undesirable changes in the appearance of your breasts. Sagging breasts result after a loss of skin elasticity or volume. While all of these changes are common, it can be disappointing to lose your youthful breast shape and size.

If you are looking for professional and effective treatment to reshape your breasts to look more attractive, you can trust the expertise of Dr. Jonathan Weinrach for a breast lift in the Scottsdale and Pheonix, AZ area. This is a popular way for women to rejuvenate their breasts to a more youthful shape.

For a breast lift in the Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Mesa, AZ area, call Weinrach Plastic Surgery at (480) 634-6014. 

Is It The Right Time For A Breast Lift?

Many women are interested in changing their breasts after pregnancy or as they get older due to stretched skin and a loss in breast volume. Patients who are healthy and without significant medical problems, are nonsmokers, and who are realistic about the expectations of the procedure are often the best candidates. Women should also understand that while a breast lift does involve scars, they are in exchange for a much more beautiful breast shape and contour.

Women who are planning to become pregnant should consider postponing the procedure for a later time. Pregnancy can reverse the effects of the surgery as the breast tissue can stretch and change.

How A Breast Lift Works: Restoring Sagging Breasts To A More Youthful Shape

The procedure usually takes between two and three hours depending on the patient’s individual anatomy. Technique depends on the skin quality of the breasts, the quality and volume of the existing breast volume, and whether or not any breast surgery has been done in the past.  Breast lift is usually able to be done as an outpatient procedure with the use of general anesthesia. Occasionally, some minor lifts involving the lifting the nipple a short distance can be done with local anesthesia in an office setting. There are a variety of techniques a plastic surgeon can use, including:

A crescent lift is a minimally invasive procedure for patients who have very little breast sagging and need the nipple lifted a very short distance.   A crescent lift is not a common procedure but when indicated can be the perfect solution with minimal downtime.

Sometimes referred to as a “donut lift”, this is a common procedure for patients in need of a reduction of the size of the areola as well as a lift of the nipple for a short distance.  This is not a procedure for removing or repositioning significant sagging of excess breast tissue.

This technique is used for patients who are in need of greater amounts of lift of the nipple and areola, as well as who have signficant sagging of the lower breast tissue as well.   This is the technique that uses what is often referred to as the “lollipop” type of incision.   This does leave a scar around the areola as well as on the lower pole of the breast;  however this is in exchange for greatly improved breast contour.

An inverted T lift is reserved for patients with the most severe breast sagging who require large amounts of skin and tissue removed.  “Inverted T” refers to the shape of the incision and scar that is used – a horizontal incision in the crease where the breast meets the chest in addition to the vertical incision in the lower pole of the breast make it possible for the surgeon to remove the most amount of skin.

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Make your aesthetic goals a reality. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS and his team look forward to exceeding your expectations. Schedule a personalized consult with Dr. Weinrach by clicking below.

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Most breast lifts will include two to three incisions. One will circle the areola, while the second will start under the areola and run to the bottom of the breast. The third, if needed, is made in the crease where the breast meets the chest and varies in length depending on the amount of skin to be removed. When the third horizontal incision is not needed, this is what is oftentimes referred to as a “lollipop” incision.

Once all excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are moved upwards into a more appealing position. The incisions are then meticulously closed – a nice closure without too much tension maximizes the chance of obtaining the best scar with minimum visibility.

If breast implants are planned, they are usually placed under the chest wall muscle. The overall goal of a breast lift is to help a woman attain younger-looking breasts by reversing sagging, elevating the nipple into a more youthful position, and adding fullness to the upper part of the breast.  Safety is always Dr. Weinrach’s number one priority;  breast lift surgery is done only in fully accredited facilities using board-certified anesthesiologists.

The Results and Maintenance Of A Breast Lift

The vast majority of patients are highly satisfied after a breast lift.  After the procedure, your breasts will be covered with a light dressing and a surgical bra or elastic bandage.  Mild swelling and bruising after a breast lift may occur, and Dr. Weinrach will prescribe the proper medication to relieve any discomfort.

In the days following surgery, light activity is encouraged to get your body up and moving around. The vast majority of patients feel well enough to return to work and their normal daily routines in about one week. It is important to avoid any strenuous exercise for several weeks.

Dr. Weinrach will follow you closely after surgery to monitor the healing process.  In addition to postoperative office visits, patients are always encouraged to contact us in the days and weeks after their procedure to update us with their progress.  Feel free to call Dr. Weinrach at any time if you have any health concerns after a breast lift.

Breast lift is an effective long-term solution to give your breasts a more youthful appearance. Breast lift has a very high satisfaction rate and is a popular cosmetic choice for people to achieve the look they desire.  It is important to remember that scars from a lift are permanent.  However, scars gradually fade over time and are a welcome trade-off for beautifully lifted and rejuvenated breasts.  

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Breast Lift In Scottsdale & Phoenix – Contact Weinrach Plastic Surgery!

The easiest way to decide if a breast lift fits in line with the look you want to achieve is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinrach and his experienced team.  During a consultation,  Dr. Weinrach will review your medical history, measure your breasts, and discuss your goals in order to determine an ideal treatment plan that meets your expectations.  Our beautiful and friendly office and staff will make you feel right at home once you step inside.

Get an initial consultation to see if a breast lift is right for you by calling our plastic surgery team today in Scottsdale at (480) 634-6014, or easily book an appointment online through our contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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Some women are blessed with very good genetics and maintain breast tissue that remains relatively youthful in appearance without sagging.  Other women, whether due to genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, or other reasons can develop weakness of the breast tissues with sagging and loss of volume.  This can result in an abnormally low position of the nipple on the breast, excess breast skin, loss of volume, and a deflated appearance to the breast.  Breast lift can address and correct these issues.

Having a breast implants placed in combination with a breast lift can be done as a combination procedure, but not always.  There is some controversy to this topic.  A breast implant can be safely placed at the time of breast lift when a relatively smaller volume implant is placed, in healthy non smoking patients.  Women who desire a lift who already have breast implants but desire a smaller implant are great candidates to have the implant and lift done together.  Women who desire very large breast implants who require a significant lift of the nipple should have a staged procedure in Dr. Weinrach’s opinion.   The pressure of a large implant behind the nipple in addition to the significant tissue rearrangement with a significant lift of the nipple can unsafely affect the blood supply to the nipple.  The tension on the closure of the incisions needed for a breast lift from a large implant can cause healing complications as well.   It is best to do the breast lift and breast implant in two separate operations in these types of situations.

Women with an abnormally low position of the nipple on the breast, who have excess breast skin with sagging and loss of upper pole breast volume are good candidates for a breast lift with implants.

As with breast augmentation, a big determination of the cost of a breast lift with implants is the breast implant that is chosen.  Saline breast implants cost much less than silicone gel filled breast implants;  there are many different styles of silicone gel breast implants available as well, each with different costs.  The other big determination is how long the surgery will take.   The reality is that the operating room staff, anesthesiologist, nurses, and surgical technicians are all paid hourly – the longer a case takes, the more it costs.  It takes much less time to correct a small degree of sagging in a woman who already has a breast implant that wishes to have an exchange to the same size or smaller implant, compared to the much greater amount of time needed to correct a large degree of sagging in a woman who has never had an implant which will also require the creation of a breast implant pocket. 

The best way to determine cost is with a consultation with Dr. Weinrach to discuss and sort out all of these issues.  Only then can the amount of time necessary for the surgery, implant style, and therefore cost be determined.

Breast lift does involve placing incisions on the breast, which does result in scars.  However the tradeoff is greatly improved breast contour.  Some women simply can not tolerate having scars on their breasts; those women are not candidates for breast lift.  On the other hand, other women can not tolerate sagging, deflated breasts, and the scars are a worthwhile tradeoff for the greatly improved and more youthful appearance their breasts have after breast lift.

No plastic surgery is permanent.  Gravity obviously starts exerting its force on the breasts from the moment you become upright after surgery.   Fluctuations in weight, whether they are losses or gains, can affect breast shape.  Pregnancy and breast feeding can also greatly affect breast shape.  The best way to achieve a long lasting result is to have breast lift surgery after all pregnancies are completed, maintain a stable, healthy weight, refrain from smoking, and wearing a supportive bra as often as possible.  With these measures a nice result can be maintained for many years.

While there are countless types of insurance plans, to the best of our knowledge the great majority if not all of them will not cover the costs of breast lift surgery. We are not a contracted provider of any private health insurance plan; we are not able to send insurance companies any requests for coverage or letters of medical necessity in order to obtain insurance authorization.

Breast lift surgery can affect the ability to breast feed.  You may or may not be able to breast feed after breast lift surgery.

Breast lift does involve placement of incisions on the breast which result in permanent scars.  Smaller degree of lifting involve less incisions and thus less scars; larger degrees of breast lift involve more incisions and thus more scars.  Scars take time to mature and improve in appearance.  It takes a year or even more for scars to mature.  For the great majority of women, scars from breast lift surgery heal remarkably well and are certainly a small price to pay in exchange for the greatly improved and youthful contour a breast lift accomplishes.