Breast Lift Surgery in Denver, CO

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What is a Breast Lift?

A surgical breast lift is a cosmetic treatment that lifts and reshapes the breasts by reducing loose skin and tightening the remaining tissue to produce a firmer, younger appearance. This cosmetic breast surgery is offered for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who are experiencing breast sagging due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Dr. Eric Barker, a cosmetic plastic surgeon in Denver, CO, performs this surgery at Peak Plastic Surgery Center. By using the most advanced methods, Dr. Barker can choose the appropriate technique according to the degree of sag present, keeping in mind the desired aesthetic goal. Learn more about a breast lift by contacting our facility in Denver to schedule your initial consultation.

Who is a candidate for a breast lift?

A breast lift addresses the natural descent of the breast along with loss of volume. Each patient will meet with Dr. Barker to discuss the variety of surgical lift techniques and incision types to achieve their desired outcome. If the patient desires an increase in size and volume, it may be discussed pursuing a possible breast augmentation/lift combination or a possible internal bra technique. In most cases, breasts that have lost elasticity need skin removal and tightening surgery to reduce skin looseness and bring the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If your nipples point downward and your breasts look elongated, a breast lift can dramatically help their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.

How Does a Breast Lift Work?

A breast lift takes approximately 2 – 4 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. The duration of this surgery is dependent on the complexity of breast size and sagging. The method used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories, and these are based on the type of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the preferred types. Once the incision is made, any excess skin is carefully trimmed away along with breast tissue and fat that is not needed. The remaining skin is then pulled tight, and the breasts are lifted so they appear younger and healthier. In most situations, the size of the areola is reconstructed and reduced to match the new breast. It is during this time an implant or a fat transfer can be placed inside the breast if this was agreed upon before surgery. If a breast lift is the only surgery being performed and if breast size is a concern, augmentation surgery with implants can be implemented at a different date.

Breast Lift Surgical Timeline

  • Surgery
  • Day 3 to 5: Discomfort improving; able to return to work
  • Day 7: First post-operative visit; dressing removal; weaned off pain medications
  • 2 weeks: Second post-operative visit
  • 3 weeks: Begin scar therapy if indicated
  • 4 weeks: Third post-operative visit; begin slow increase of physical activity
  • 6 weeks: Return to normal bra usage

What Can I Expect After a Breast Lift?

Following a breast lift, the incision will be closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with a small sterile surgical dressing. The dressing will remain in place until the first post-operative visit (within one week of surgery). Typically, patients will feel slight discomfort in their breasts for the first 3 – 5 days following surgery. The discomfort will continue to improve daily, and most patients are able to return to work within 3 – 5 days after surgery. During the operation, Dr. Barker will inject an anesthetic to help control immediate post-operative pain. After the surgery, typically, patients will only need over-the-counter medications (acetaminophen and ibuprofen) to assist with pain control. Patients will be allowed to shower within 24 hours after surgery, and they will be placed in a no-wire surgical bra, which will be recommended for the first six weeks of recovery. Patients will continue to avoid strenuous activity for the first 4 – 6 weeks following surgery. Patients are usually cleared for full activity without restrictions after 2 – 3 months. Swelling is expected during the first 2 – 3 months after surgery and typically resolves by six months.

Breast Lift FAQ

How much does a breast lift cost?
In your initial appointment, Dr. Barker will pay attention to your needs and aesthetic goals before creating your unique treatment plan. Following that, he can estimate your price. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your physical appearance, so it's important to concentrate on having an experienced surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Barker, over costs. To help make cosmetic surgery easier to afford, Peak Plastic Surgery Center will help you find low-interest financing.

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your special concerns and goals. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of your breasts without implants. Dr. Barker will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you should get a lift, implants, or an augmentation plus a lift.

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

How long will my results last?
With good care after surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, so you could start to see loose and sagging skin over time. Factors such as significant weight gain or loss can alter your results, so it is best to stay at a steady weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Barker recommends patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.

Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Barker will evaluate the appearance and condition of your breasts during your consultation and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help you. During your lift surgery, he will adjust the tissue — so your breasts are equal in position and size for better symmetry.

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Perkier-looking Breasts

Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of so many of our patients. If you feel upset about hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prevent you from wearing comfortable clothing, a mastopexy at Peak Plastic Surgery Center can help address these issues. During your private consultation with Dr. Barker, he will complete a comprehensive breast assessment and develop a tailored treatment plan. To learn more, please contact Peak Plastic Surgery Center in Denver, CO, and schedule a consultation.

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