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Breast Lift Surgery at a Glance

Tired of trying to find a bra that will give you the shape you want? A breast lift can help sagging breasts become beautiful breasts by doing away with excess, stretched skin, lifting the breasts into a higher position, and reshaping a firmer, naturally youthful shape. Even the best bra can't do that!

Quick facts about breast lifts:

  • Dr. Ditesheim uses scar-minimizing techniques to create a shapelier breast with two thin, easily hidden incisions
  • Breast implants can be placed at the same time for fuller, lifted breasts
  • A breast lift can increase your clothing options, improve breast symmetry and enhance your overall proportions
  • Breast lift prices in Charlotte typically range from $7,000 to $11,000

Breast Lift Surgery Overview

A breast lift procedure restores a natural round breast shape by repositioning the nipple higher on the breast, reducing overstretched skin and removing breast tissue falling below the breast crease. In a traditional breast lift, the excess skin is removed from the lower part of the breast in order to conceal the scars as much as possible.

A breast lift can add roundness to the top of your breasts, improve their shape, and reduce sagging to help bras fit more comfortably and clothing fit more attractively.

Will I need breast implants too?

This is really up to you. Are you happy with your current breast size and shape? If you are happy with your appearance when you are wearing a non-padded bra, a breast lift can improve the breast shape and make wearing that bra more comfortable.

If your breasts appear deflated or have lost significant breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss, then breast augmentation alone or a breast lift with augmentation may help you achieve the best results. Additionally, a breast lift with implants can be the best solution to correct noticeable asymmetry if you would like both breasts to be closer in size to your larger breasts.

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Breast Lift vs. Breast Reduction

If you want smaller, lifted breasts, we can help you too. This type of mastopexy is essentially a breast reduction, except that the emphasis is more on skin

tightening rather than on size reduction. This combination provides for a more proportionate appearance.

Good candidates for breast lift surgery

If you’re unhappy with the way your breasts look due to sagging or lost volume, you’re on the right track by considering a breast lift.

This procedure may be a great option if any of the following describe you:

  • Your breasts have a flat shape
  • Your nipples fall below the crease when you are not wearing a bra
  • Your breasts are different sizes causing one to sag more than the other
  • You are at a maintained, stable body weight
  • You are a non-smoker or plan to quit smoking well in advance of the scheduled procedure

Once you have discussed your expectations with Dr. Ditesheim, then he will evaluate the options that meet your goals. Based on your breast size, weight, skin elasticity and level of sagging, Dr. Ditesheim will suggest the surgical technique that will provide the highest level of success.

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Breast Lift Surgery Details

Dr. Ditesheim specializes in the breast lift short scar technique, which incorporates two incisions: one around the areola and one vertically from the areola down to the breast crease. During the procedure, a “lollipop incision” is traced around the nipple and partially down the breast.

.The nipples are repositioned to give them a more youthful appearance consistent with the adjusted shape. Finally, excess breast skin is removed to make up for lost elasticity. Some of the incision scars will be concealed while others may be more visible. However, the lines do fade significantly over time.

Breast lift surgery usually lasts 2 to 4 hours, under general anesthesia administered by a physician anesthesiologist to minimize discomfort during the procedure.

The procedure is done in the comfort of our private, AAAASF accredited surgical suite. Following your procedure, you will be able to go home to continue your recovery.

Dr. Ditesheim and his experienced staff will provide you with pre-surgical information that includes guidelines about drinking, smoking and avoiding certain vitamins and medications.

Additionally, you may be required to have a mammogram exam before the procedure depending upon your age and medical history. Dr. Ditesheim’s veteran staff has a wealth of experience in preparing patients and families for the recovery process.

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Breast Lift Surgery Recovery

Recovery from breast lift surgery is surprisingly quick for most of our patients. You may have some initial discomfort along the incision line, but the pain is usually mild. You’ll be encouraged to move your arms right away, and patients typically return to work within 1-3 days, depending on the extent of surgery. Dr. Ditesheim usually requests a breast lift patient to wait a few weeks before returning to more vigorous activities.

We want to make sure that your surgical experience and recovery is as pleasant as possible. Our experienced staff will provide you with postoperative guidelines and instructions for the most comfortable and successful healing. Our staff is here to ensure that your recovery is a success story waiting to be told.

Breast Lift Surgery Costs

The price for a breast lift in Charlotte depends on many factors.

There are three critical factors that effect cost:

  • How much breast shaping will be needed?
  • Are you getting breast implants too?
  • Is there significant breast asymmetry?

Your total cost includes professional anesthesia, operating room and recovery costs at our accredited surgical facility, and surgeon’s fees (all professional care). Financing is available through CareCredit®. At your personal consultation, we’ll help you understand your different payment options.

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If you're considering getting a breast lift at our Charlotte practice, you may have lots of questions regarding the details of your procedure.

At Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey A. Ditesheim makes sure to take all the time needed to address your concerns so you can feel comfortable making your final decision about moving forward with surgery.

Am I a candidate?

The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who are in good overall physical and mental health and have concerns about the degree of sagging in their breasts. Sagging or ptosis, is common among women as they age, undergo weight fluctuations or have gone through pregnancy.

Women with moderate to large breasts are especially prone to sagging, although women with small breasts can also benefit from a breast lift. The best breast lift results are seen in women with downward pointing nipples, excess breast skin or a deflated breast appearance.

Can a breast lift change the location of my nipples?

Yes. Because a breast lift involves lifting and reshaping breast tissue before tightening the breast skin, the procedure usually also requires relocating the nipples to a naturally central placement.

For many women, this is an added benefit of the procedure, because sagging can cause the breast skin to stretch out, often resulting in nipples that are off-center or lower than they should be. In addition, your areolas can be resized if they have become larger than you would like as a result of sagging.

Will a breast lift make my breasts look larger?

Keep in mind that a breast lift focuses on breast shape rather than breast size. While a breast lift won’t make your breasts any larger, most women feel that their new shape after a breast life gives them a more youthful figure with a perkier bust line.

Depending on your goals, a breast lift might be enough to enhance your breasts. For others, ideal results can be created through a combination of a breast lift and implants.

Where are the scars located after a breast lift?

The common approach to take for breast lift surgery is to place the incisions around the areola, extending downward to the inframammary fold, the natural crease below the breasts. This is often called a ‘keyhole’ incision, and allows Dr. Ditesheim to reshape the breast tissue and tighten the skin for the best breast lift results.

While some breast lift patients worry about the appearance of scars prior to their surgery, after their breast lift, most patients are so happy with their results that the scars seem well worth it. In addition, the scars from breast lift surgery tend to fade quite a bit within the first couple of years after surgery, and for many, eventually heal to a point that they are hardly noticeable.

Can a breast lift help correct asymmetrical breasts?

Depending on your exact needs, it’s quite possible that a breast lift can help you achieve greater breast symmetry. If you have one breast that is larger than the other, the smaller breast can be augmented or the larger breast reduced.

These procedures can be combined with a lift on one or both breasts to create the most natural appearance. The best way to determine your options for asymmetrical breasts is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ditesheim.

When will I see my results?

You should be able to notice some difference in your breast shape and position immediately after surgery. Initially, your end results will be obscured by swelling or bruising as your body heals from surgery.

While most breast lift patients can return to work after only a few days of downtime, your final results will slowly develop over the next several weeks and months as the swelling dissipates and your breasts settle into their new position. At about 6 months following surgery, you should have a good idea of the end results of your breast lift

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