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The “Need to Knows” About Breast Lifts

Posted June 22, 2010 in Breast Lift, FAQ

FAQs – About Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)

One of the most common effects of aging that occurs in women is a loosening of proteins and cells in the skin that make it less taught and more prone to the effects of gravity. Because the breasts protrude off the body, it is not uncommon for them to begin to sag a great deal due to gravity affecting them more than other parts of the body. That is why many women look to breast lifts as a way to counter the effects of gravity and help restore their bust line to its original size. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about breast lifts.

Q: Who gets breast lifts?

A: Breast lifts are most common among women over the age of 35 that have started to experience sagging in the bust line due to aging.

Q: How does a breast lift work?

A: A qualified surgeon cuts into the skin of the breast and uses their skills to adjust and the size and shape by increasing skin tension, reducing fat, and possibly shrinking the size of the areola to give it a more youthful look.

Q: What types of breast lifts are there?

A: There are two main types of breast lifts, though procedure may differ slightly between types. These are the modified breast lift and the full breast lift. Full breast lifts are more effective for very sagging breasts but are prone to more scarring, whereas modified breast lifts are less likely to produce dramatic results but are useful for minor changes and when the surgery is combined with breast implant surgery.

Q: Are breast lifts safe?

A: Breast lifts are one of the safer forms of plastic surgery because there are very few alterations. Scarring, infection, and bleeding are always risks, as are altered sensations and breastfeeding problems. Talk to your surgeon about potential complications.

Q: How much do breast lifts cost?

A: Breast lifts are still somewhat pricy despite involving less work than other surgical procedures. They generally cost between $4,000 and $6,000 depending on the amount of work required. Costs increase if other procedures are being performed at the same time, such as with breast augmentation.

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