Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) in Novato, CA

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About Breast Lift Surgery

A surgical breast lift is a cosmetic treatment that lifts and reshapes the breasts by reducing excess skin and pulling tight the surrounding tissue to produce a firmer, younger appearance. This body contouring surgery is offered for women who have lost breast fullness and shape and who have breast sagging due to breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or gravity. Medical breakthroughs in breast lift surgery have made this surgical procedure so effective that new stats released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show around a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Dr. Heather Furnas are excited to offer this cosmetic breast surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates of Novato in Novato, CA. By integrating the most advanced methods, our plastic surgeons can decide on the proper technique, depending on the level of sag present in addition to the desired aesthetic goal.

Ideal Candidates

You may visit Plastic Surgery Associates of Novato hoping to get fuller breasts with breast implants; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is a better choice. This is because of the severity of breast sagging that is present. Breasts and nipples that point down, in most cases, need a breast lift to correct skin irregularities to raise the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If your nipples point downward and your breasts look elongated, a cosmetic lift can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.

Surgical Technique

Breast lift surgery takes about 2 – 4 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. The timeframe of this surgery depends on the severity of breast sag. The method used for mastopexy surgery generally falls within two categories — these are based on the size and location needed for the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the preferred types. Once the incision is made, any wrinkly and loose skin is carefully trimmed away along with breast tissue and fat that is not desired. The skin left behind is then pulled tight and the breasts are brought up and lifted so they look younger and healthy. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola is reduced to match the new shape of the breast. It is during this time an implant can be inserted inside the breast if this was agreed upon with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas before surgery. If a breast lift is the only technique being performed and if breast fullness and shape are a concern, breast implants can be done at a later date.

What To Expect

The overall recovery period for a mastopexy is more lengthy than breast augmentation surgery. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to minimize swelling. A tiny tube will also be placed near the surgical area to assist with excess drainage that can sometimes occur after a surgery of this nature. The post-surgical swelling will decrease within 3 – 5 days. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will provide specific, at-home incision care instructions to assist your healing process. Results following a breast lift treatment are most noticeable after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your chest. The breasts will appear natural, and you will feel younger, prettier, and in sync with your frame.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of a breast lift?
Each breast lift is individualized to address each patient’s anatomy, tissue tone, and personal goals. The cost varies according to the complexity of the operation, typically ranging between $9,000 and $14,000 Plastic Surgery Associates. This price includes the surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist’s fees, the cost of the surgical center, and all follow-up appointments. Not covered in that price are out-of-office charges, such as prescription medications. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales aim to make your surgical experience as stress-free as possible. During your consultation appointment, the patient coordinator will go over all of your payment options, including healthcare financing through CareCredit. You will be given prescriptions ahead of time, and you will have plenty of time to review an information packet and ask questions before the day of surgery. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales aim to make your surgical experience as stress-free as possible.

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your special concerns. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.

Will my nipples be moved?
Typically, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, we can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so we can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.

How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you might begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors, like significant weight gain or loss, can alter your results so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas recommend patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.

Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will assess the appearance and physical condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a lift can help you. During your lift, they will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.

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Recovery Time  
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Healthier-Looking Breasts

Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of numerous Novato, CA women. If you are troubled by drooping breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or prevent you from wearing the clothes you want, a breast lift at Plastic Surgery Associates of Novato may be the right surgery for you. During your first private one-on-one consultation, a thorough physical exam will be given by Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, and your goals for surgery will be discussed. We will provide a tailored surgical plan to help transform your breasts. We invite you to contact Plastic Surgery Associates of Novato and learn more about how to schedule your first visit.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.