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What is a Breast Lift? 

Your breasts change due to hormonal shifts, the aging process, pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. While these life experiences can be joyful, they may have left your breasts looking droopy, deflated, and saggy. A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that will redefine your feminine curves and restore your self-confidence in your look. 

A breast lift is a customized surgical procedure. Under his expert care, your breast tissues will be lifted and reshaped, restoring the pert, rounded look of youth, and raised on the chest wall. In many cases, the nipple structure is relocated to the center of the reshaped breast mound, or the areola size is reduced to create the most youthful, natural effect.

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Breast Lift with Implants

A Breast lift in Beverly Hills in Santa Monica will elevate and perk up breasts that are suffering from age-related ptosis, but the procedure cannot address the size or shape of the breasts. For this reason, it is often performed in tandem with breast augmentation using breast implants.

Breast implants can help improve the fullness of the chest and create a more feminine, attractive physique overall. Combining breast lift surgery with breast augmentation can help to save costs, as well as reduce downtime and recovery.

Who is a Candidate for a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)? 

Women who are less than satisfied with the shape, projection, or appearance of their breasts and are in overall good health are excellent candidates for a mastopexy in Beverly Hills. Since mastopexy does not noticeably alter the size of the breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift with augmentation. Good candidates for breast lift surgery are non-smokers or will quit smoking at least six to eight weeks before the surgery and fully understand the procedure, recovery, and what to expect in results.

What Should I Expect During my Breast Lift?

Each breast lift Dr. Shafa performs is geared to match your vision for your figure. Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and you will not experience any stress or pain while Dr. Shafa reshapes and sculpts your feminine curves. Once your procedure is complete, a compression garment is placed to reduce swelling and help your breasts settle into their new, lifted shape.

What are the Different Types of Breast Lift Incisions?

There are three common types of incisions for breast lift surgery. The first is an incision encircling the areola (the donut lift); the second encircles the areola and stretches downwards vertically to the breast crease (lollipop lift); and the third is an incision encircling the areola, stretching downwards vertically to the breast crease, and then stretching horizontally across the inframammary fold (anchor lift). 

The doctor will select the best type of incision for your surgery based on the degree of breast sagging, as well as your concerns about post-operative scarring. Another factor will be whether you are undergoing breast augmentation with implants at the same time as your breast lift procedure.

The Periareolar Technique

For most patients, the best possible breast lift or augmentation is one that produces the desired improvement in size, shape, and projection—and yet does so without any obvious evidence of incisions. That is where the periareolar breast lift technique works wonders. In patients who make good candidates for this approach, the only incision required is one that surrounds the areolas and is placed just at their outer edge, allowing it to seamlessly heal with little to no evidence of surgery ever having been done. Unfortunately, this technique doesn’t work for all patients but for those who it does, it is often the very best choice.

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Can I Combine Other Treatments with my Breast Lift?

On its own, the breast lift procedure will greatly improve the placement and position of the breasts in patients with age-related sagging. For a more comprehensive approach to beautifying one’s overall physique, a breast lift can be done in combination with other cosmetic surgeries. Procedures that work well with a breast lift include:

  • Breast Reduction: Breasts that are too large or cumbersome for one’s liking can be reduced in size and nicely elevated at the same time.
  • Mommy Makeover: Dr. Shafa’s approach to the mommy makeover is tailored to each patient’s own unique needs, concerns, and goals. Abdominal liposuction and/or a tummy tuck are often perfectly complementing procedures to the breast list.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift: A perkier derriere goes right along with lifted and accentuated breasts and the two procedures make a combination that is often doable in a single surgical session.

What are the Risks of Treatment?

During your private consultation, Dr. Shafa will explain both the benefits and risks of breast lift surgery in detail. It's important that you fully disclose your prior medical history as well as any current medications you might be taking to the doctor before embarking on treatment. Some potential risks of surgery include anesthesia risks, bleeding or hematoma, infection, poor wound healing, fluid accumulation, or the possibility of revision surgery should you be unhappy with your results.

What Can I Expect From Recovery?

After your breast lift, your incisions will be dressed with bandages, and you will receive a compression garment in order to help minimize swelling and support the new breast shape as your body heals. Small, thin drainage tubes will be placed beneath the skin to help escort excess blood and fluids out of the body. 

Your doctor will provide you with ample pain medications to help ensure you are completely comfortable throughout your recovery. You may also be given anti-nausea medications and antibiotics to help ward off any infection. 

Our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions for bathing, showering, sleeping, exercising and returning to work. Most clients cake around one or two weeks off from work. It will typically take 6 to 12 weeks for your breasts to reach their final aesthetic appearance. Scarring is minimized thanks to Dr. Shafa’s conservative, strategic techniques.

7 Tips for Your Breast Lift Recovery

Dr. Shafa will do everything he can to ensure optimal healing and results, but there are some steps you can take to enhance the process. Here are seven tips for your breast lift recovery:

  • Have your prescriptions filled, meals prepped, and schedule cleared so you can immediately begin resting
  • Be gentle with your incisions by keeping them dry and clean
  • Use the provided compression garments as directed by Dr. Shafa
  • If you feel anything out of the ordinary, be sure to contact your surgeon immediately
  • Eat a healthy diet high in vitamins and minerals
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes because they compromise the body’s ability to heal, thin the blood and prevent coagulation, and increase the risk of bleeding.

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What Is The Cost Of A Breast Lift?

The cost of your breast lift will vary depending on the type of breast lift you have and the complexity of the procedure required to meet your needs. Another factor that may influence the price is whether you’re also having a breast augmentation with implants or fat transfer to enhance results. During your consultation, Dr. Shafa will examine your breasts and determine the extent of your cosmetic concerns and goals. He will then create a surgical plan that details your breast lift, including the cost. On average, breast lift costs range between $6,500-$12,000.

Why should I choose Dr. Shafa for my breast lift? 

Dr. Brian Shafa takes ultimate care in each of the procedures he performs and is known for creating beautiful, natural-looking results. His technical skill, combined with an artistic eye, gives him the ability to produce exceptional outcomes for his clientele. 

His warm, caring demeanor will be evident from your first meeting. Dr. Shafa is unique in that he becomes a partner in your aesthetic wellness, offering lifestyle guidance to prolong the beauty of your results.  For a breast lift that creates rounded, lifted, youthful breasts, you can trust in the dedication, artistry, and refined techniques of Dr. Shafa, a true professional in the art of plastic surgery.

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Will I lose sensation in my nipples after a breast lift?

Temporary changes in nipple sensitivity are normal after a breast lift procedure, including numbness or tingling. As the breasts heal, full feeling will return to the nipples. Dr. Shafa practices meticulous, precision-based techniques that preserve nipple sensation and functioning as much as possible.

Will I still be able to breastfeed after a breast lift?

If you were able to breastfeed before surgery, there is no reason to assume you will not be able to nurse after a breast lift. The doctor will incorporate your desire to breastfeed into his overall surgical plan by ensuring your incisions are made in the right location, and that the nipple ducts are protected and spared from excess scar tissue. As much of the natural breast mound as possible is kept intact to guarantee lactating at a future date.

The only reason to avoid breast lift surgery until after you are finished having children is because breastfeeding can contribute to breast ptosis, so this might counteract or reverse the effects of a previous cosmetic surgical procedure.

Does insurance cover breast lift surgery?

Breast lift surgery is typically considered a cosmetic procedure, so it’s unlikely that your insurance carrier will cover the treatment. A portion of breast reduction surgery may be covered however, if oversized breasts are causing medical problems. It’s worth checking with your insurance company to see their stance on the various types of breast surgeries.

How long will my breast lift last?

The longevity of each patient’s breast lift results will vary due to such factors as age, genetics, and general health, but a helpful estimate is that breast lift results usually last from 10 to 15 years. During your personal consultation, Dr. Shafa can help you better understand the variables and what to expect in your case, as well as what to do to prolong your results.

How long does a breast lift take to perform?

Breast lift surgery typically takes 2 ½ to 3 hours to complete as an out-patient procedure under local anesthesia with IV sedation. You should expect to be at the office for about 5 hours and to return home on the day of your procedure.

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