Breast Lift in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What is a Breast Lift?

Over time, our breasts experience changes in skin elasticity, causing drooping and loss of volume. These changes can result from an array of factors, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, gravity, and hereditary reasons. The dark skin around the nipples, also known as the areolas, can also increase in size with age. A breast lift in Minneapolis-St. Paul can help to restore the youthful lift of your breasts as well as reduce areola size.

Cost of a Breast Lift

Breast Lift surgery: $7,200.00

This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.

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  • Surgery: Surgery is done under general anesthetic at an outpatient facility or hospital. The surgery takes between 1 – 3 hours and is an outpatient surgery, meaning the patient does not need to stay overnight.
  • Discomfort: Mild to Moderate. Anticipate 2 – 7 days of pain medication.
  • Bruising: Improves in 7 – 10 days.
  • Swelling: Improves in 7 – 10 days.
  • Bandages: Removed the day after surgery.
  • Stitches: Internal stitches dissolve.
  • Work: You may return to work in 3 – 7 days.
  • Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks.
  • Final Result: Following scar maturation, about 6 months. Results last 7 – 10 years

Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

Patients who are healthy, non-smokers and are at a stable weight are often good candidates for breast lift surgery. Also, those who are bothered by sagging breasts and enlarged areolas can benefit from this procedure. It is important that patients understand that breast lift surgery is meant to lift the breasts, not increase the size of the breasts like breast augmentation.

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The Breast Lift Procedure

Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia and takes between one and three hours to complete. Incisions will be made on the breasts to allow for repositioning of the breast tissue to improve the breast contour. There are three main breast lift incision options, which include:

  • The Donut Lift- The donut lift requires an incision around the areola, and is often used for patients with a mild amount of ptosis (drooping).
  • The Lollipop Lift- This incision is made around the areola and down to the breast crease. Patients with moderate droop can benefit from this option.
  • The Anchor Lift- This option is used for patients with moderate to severe ptosis. An incision is made around the breast areola, down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease as well.

After the breast tissue is repositioned and excess skin is removed, incisions will be closed and bandages will be placed.

There are several types of breast lifts. The first illustration is the Donut Lift. This is for patients with a mild amount of droop and results in a scar around the areola.
The second lift is the Lollipop Lift. This is for patients with moderate droop and results in a scar around the areola and down to the infra-mammary crease.
The third illustration is the Anchor Lift for patients with moderate to severe droop and results in an anchor type scar. The best type of lift for you can be determined at your consultation and is based on your breast measurements.

Breast Lift Recovery

Following breast lift surgery, patients may experience bruising and swelling, pain medication can help to control any discomfort. Any bandages can be removed the day after surgery, and internal stitches will dissolve with time. Most patients can return to work in three to seven days, and exercise in two weeks. Final results can often be seen after six months, with effects lasting seven to 10 years. Minneapolis-St. Paul breast lift patients are typically very happy with their results, but sometimes they will combine their procedure with breast augmentation to enhance the fullness of their breasts. If you are interested in a breast lift surgery in Minneapolis-St. Paul, contact us today at 651-739-1100 to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Rocheford.

Breast Lift FAQ’s

What is a breast lift?

Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Are you ready to learn more about your options for breast lift surgery in Minneapolis-St. Paul? Request a consultation online or call 651-968-1294 to speak with someone from our team today. A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:nPregnancynBreastfeedingnWeight fluctuationsnAgingnGravitynHereditynAlso known as mastopexy, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is youthful and uplifted.

Will breast lift surgery change the size of my breasts?

Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller or smaller, you might want to consider either breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery.

What will happen during my consultation?

The success and safety of your Minneapolis-St. Paul breast lift procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.nBe prepared to discuss:nWhy you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomenMedical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatmentsnUse of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugsnPrevious surgeriesnA family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsiesnDr. Rocheford may also:nEvaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factorsnExamine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolasnTake photographs for your medical recordnDiscuss your options and recommend a course of treatmentnDiscuss likely outcomes of breast lift surgery and any risks or potential complicationsnDiscuss the use of anesthesia during your breast lift

How should I prepare for surgery?

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:nGet lab testing or a medical evaluationnTake certain medications or adjust your current medicationsnGet a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissuenStop smoking well in advance of surgerynAvoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleedingnSpecial instructions you receive will cover:nWhat to do on the day of surgerynPost-operative care and follow-upnYou’ll need helpnIf your breast lift is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

What are the procedure steps?

What happens during breast lift surgery? Your breast lift surgery can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on:nBreast size and shapenThe size and position of your areolasnThe degree of breast saggingnSkin quality and elasticity as well as the amount of extra skinnStep 1 – AnesthesianMedications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.nnStep 2 – The incisionnThere are three common incision patterns:nnAround the areolanAround the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast creasenAround the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast creasenStep 3 – Reshaping your breastsnAfter your doctor makes the incisions:nnThe underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness.nThe nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height.nIf necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter.nExcess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.nStep 4 – Closing the incisionsnAfter your breasts are reshaped and excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed. Some incision lines resulting from a breast lift are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.nnStep 5 – See the resultsnThe results of your breast lift surgery in Minneapolis-St. Paul is immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realize the fulfillment of your goal for breasts which have been restored to a more youthful and uplifted position.

What risks are associated with breast lift surgery?

The decision to have breast lift surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Dr. Rocheford and her staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.nThe risks include:nUnfavorable scarringnBleeding (hematoma)nInfectionnPoor healing of incisionsnChanges in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanentnAnesthesia risksnBreast contour and shape irregularitiesnSkin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruisingnDamage to deeper structures – such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs – can occur and may be temporary or permanentnAllergies to tape, suture materials, and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agentsnBreast asymmetrynFatty tissue deep in the skin could die (fat necrosis)nFluid accumulationnExcessive firmness of the breastnPotential partial or total loss of nipple and areolanDeep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complicationsnBlood clotsnPain, which may persistnA possibility of revision surgery

What are some important facts?

Breast lift surgery can interfere with diagnostic proceduresnBreast and nipple piercing can cause an infectionnBreast lift surgery does not normally interfere with pregnancy, but if you are planning to have a baby, your breast skin may stretch and offset the results of mastopexy and you may have more difficulty breastfeeding after this operation

When you go home?

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.nBe carefulnFollowing Dr. Rocheford’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.nnBe sure to ask questionsnIt’s very important to ask Dr. Rocheford questions about your breast lift procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with her.

How long do breast lift results last?

The final results of your breast lift will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent but will continue to fade over time. The results of your breast lift surgery will be long-lasting. Over time, your breasts can continue to change due to aging and gravity. But, you’ll be able to retain your new look longer if you:nMaintain your weightnKeep a healthy lifestylenSpecial note: While a breast lift does not usually affect breast function if you are planning to become pregnant, discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed.

Questions to ask Dr. Rocheford?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:nAre you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?nWere you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?nHow many years of plastic surgery training have you had?nDo you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?nIs the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?nAm I a good candidate for this procedure?nWhere and how will you perform my procedure?nWhat surgical technique is recommended for me?nHow long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?nWhat are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?nHow are complications handled?nHow will my ability to breastfeed be affected?nHow can I expect my lifted breasts to look over time? After pregnancy? After breastfeeding?nWhat are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my lifted breasts?nDo you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

Is a breast lift right for me?

Breast lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.nA breast lift is a good option for you if:n - You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weightn - You do not smoken - You have realistic expectationsn - You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag, have lost shape and volumen - Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulousn - When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast creasen - Your nipples and areolas point downwardn - You have stretched skin and enlarged areolasn - One breast is lower than the othern - You are happy with your breast size in a bra but unhappy with their appearance outside the bra

What is the recovery process like for a breast lift?

After your breast lift procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for your breasts following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with Dr. Rocheford.

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