Rediscover Firmer, Perkier, More Youthful Breasts with a Breast Lift at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery
We all like to believe that our breasts are going to remain firm, perky, and sexy forever. Unfortunately, time, all-too-often, tells a different story. Sagging, drooping breasts are an unfortunate but often inescapable side effect of the natural aging process, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, weight gain and loss, and simple hereditary. Luckily, breast ptosis, the medical term for sagging and drooping breasts, can be corrected through a surgical procedure known as a mastopexy, or breast lift. The goal of a mastopexy is to lift the breasts into a more youthful, perkier position by removing excess skin and tightening the natural tissue to create a more lifted profile. The benefits of a breast lift include:*
- Create a lifted, perky chest profile*
- Correct breast asymmetry*
- Enhance the appearance of enlarged or asymmetrical areolas*
- Reposition nipples that point down instead of out*
On its own, mastopexy does not add volume or increase the size of breasts that are naturally small or have lost volume due to aging or childbirth and breastfeeding. For women who are interested in augmenting the size of their breasts, as well as correcting ptosis, a mastopexy can involve the use of breast implants as well.*
If you are concerned about the appearance of ptosis and believe you may be a candidate for a breast lift (with or without implants), we encourage you to contact Dr. Burton Sundin or Dr. Reps Sundin for an individual consultation today. Highly experienced and skilled Board Certified plastic surgeons, Drs. Sundin ensure that all surgical procedures offered at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, located in Vienna and Richmond, Virginia are custom-tailored to meet the aesthetic goals of each patient.*
*Free consultations do not apply to PRP, Scar Revision, Earlobe Repair, Revision Surgery, or Insurance related procedures or conditions.
Your Personalized Breast Lift Experience
*At your initial consultation, Dr. Sundin will perform a thorough medical evaluation to determine the severity of breast ptosis you are experiencing and discuss with you your aesthetic goals for the surgery. He will then develop a customized surgical plan designed to achieve those goals. The four major types of lift include:
- Mild Ptosis—Crescent Lift (Nipple lift): removes a crescent-shaped piece of tissue from just above the areola, elevating the areola to an aesthetically pleasing position*
- Mild to Moderate Ptosis—Benelli Breast Lift (Donut mastopexy): removes of donut-shaped piece of tissue from around the areola, then re-attaches the breast tissue to the areola*
- Moderate Ptosis—Vertical Breast Lift (Lollipop breast lift): similar to the Benelli lift, but creates an additional incision vertically from beneath the areola down to the breast crease to create lift*
- Severe Ptosis—Full Breast Lift (Anchor lift” or “Inverted-T lift): the most common type of lift, this procedure utilizes an anchor-shaped incision from the base of the areola to the bottom of the breast in order to remove a crescent-shaped piece of skin where the breast meets the rib cage. The nipple is then re-positioned to a more aesthetically appropriate location.*
Breast Lift with Implants: Unfortunately, a breast lift alone cannot increase breast volume or size. Therefore, women who are concerned about the size of their breasts in addition to ptosis may be interested in including implants in their procedure. The implants are inserted into a pocket created within the natural tissues either above or under the pectoral muscles. Breast augmentation (or enlargement) with the use of implants is a highly customizable procedure, enabling you to achieve exactly the size, shape, and feel that you want but can, at the same time, be a daunting process. During your consultation, Dr. Sundin will review all the implant options with you—saline v. silicone, implant size and shape, and implant placement—help you understand the benefits of all these options, and work with you to select the implant option best suited to achieve your unique goals.*
Breast Lift Procedure and Recovery
A breast lift (with or without implants) usually takes between 1.5 and 3.5 hours under general anesthesia. The exact time will depend on the scope of the surgery; generally speaking, a lift involving implants will require a lengthier surgery. After surgery, we will require you to wear a support bra to minimize post-operative swelling and facilitate optimal healing. We will encourage you to restrict your normal activities, especially intense exercise and heavy lifting, for at least several weeks after your surgery. Your results will be immediately visible and will gradually improve over the next 2-3 weeks, as the post-operative swelling and bruising subsides. A breast lift does involve permanent scaring; however, most patients will notice that the scars gradually fade over time until barely noticeable.*
Contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery
At the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, with offices conveniently located in Richmond and Tyson’s Corner, our ultimate goal is to ensure you achieve naturally-gorgeous results that reflect your inner beauty and vitality, while providing you with excellent medical care that maintains and supports your health and well-being. Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are both Board Certified in plastic surgery with extensive specialized training and decades of experience, enabling them to stay abreast of the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation procedures. Their dedication to the powerful combination of cutting-edge techniques, open and honest communication, and a patient-centric philosophy is sure to maximize your safety and comfort.*
If you are interested in breast lift (with or without implants), or would more information on any of our surgical or non-surgical procedures, we encourage you to contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!
*DISCLAIMER: Individual results may vary. Results are neither guaranteed nor permanent. All patients must have realistic expectations of what plastic surgery and/or non-surgical procedures can achieve.