Breast lift in Charlotte, NC

North Carolina Breast Lift Expert – Dr. Graper

Mastopexy is the medical term for breast lift. Many of our Charlotte breast lift patients are women who have had children or have gained and lost a great amount of weight and desire cosmetic treatment. Breasts droop because the skin stretches during breast enlargement from pregnancy, weight gain or just heredity. If the skin is not elastic, then the nipple and breast will sag onto the abdomen. Despite what you may have heard, there is no amount of exercise or any creams that will correct this problem. The solution to the problem is to lift the breast off the tummy and replace it on the chest where it is youthful and attractive. The nipple needs to be centered over the breast and the shape adjusted to patient preferences. All of this can be done, but requires a simple plastic surgery procedure.

General Types

There are three general types of breast lifts, depending on the severity of the breast droop. If the nipple is just slightly low and the rest of the breast is good, then a ‘periareolar lift’ can be done. This is where a crescent of skin is removed above the nipple to lift it to its new position. This leaves a very small incision over the upper half of the nipple and can be done under local anesthesia. The next more aggressive breast lift involves lifting the nipple and re-shaping the breasts. This breast lift involves an incision around the entire nipple and extends down to the fold under the breasts. With this breast lift procedure, the nipple is moved and the breast re-shaped. This breast lift procedure is for patients where the breast is still on the chest and does not need to be lifted off the abdomen.

The most common and comprehensive breast lift is one that uses the ‘anchor’ incision which extends around the nipple, from the nipple to the fold and then along the underside of the breast in the fold. This plastic surgery procedure re-shapes the breast and lifts both the nipple and the breast itself into the proper position.

These procedures are all done in our facility under IV sedation, where you do not feel or remember anything, but you are breathing on your own for an added measure of safety. We also use local anesthesia to decrease postoperative discomfort. Afterwards, the breasts are swollen and may be tender for several days. As the swelling resolves, so will the discomfort.

Potential Risks

All cosmetic surgery procedures can have potential complications such as bleeding or infection, but this is rare with mastopexies. We take very careful measurements to maximize the symmetry between the breasts. In the unusual event that significant asymmetry exists postoperatively, we will correct it. Nipple sensation should be normal post-op, but may be temporarily decreased due to swelling.

The main concern that patients have about mastopexy is the scars. We are very aware of this issue, and therefore spend a great amount of time reviewing breast lift photos so patients can know what to expect. What our patients have told us is that when their breasts are droopy and out of shape, then the dramatic improvement in the appearance of the breasts far outweighs the presence of the scars. If the breasts are basically good but just a little low, then the effect of the cosmetic surgery may not be as positive for that patient because they did not have as much to gain. Again, we can help you understand if the breast lift procedure would be an overall improvement for you. In any event, the scars require approximately one year to mature. At that point, they turn white and fade into the natural creases around the breasts and are difficult to see.

Mastopexy is a good operation for patients whose breasts show the effects of pregnancy or weight gain. The procedure will reproduce the youthful and attractive appearance that patients remember in a safe and predictable fashion. We know what you want.

 

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“Absolutely thrilled with both my results and the care that I received from both Dr. Graper and his entire staff. Dr. Graper gave me a full tummy tuck, breast lift, and breast enlargement. From consultation to surgery to follow up care, Dr. Graper was both professional and attentive. If I had to do it all over again I would, without a doubt, choose Dr. Graper again.”

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Breast Lift in Charlotte – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the procedure like? 

The most common and comprehensive breast lift is one that uses the anchor incision which extends around the nipple, from the nipple to the fold and then along the underside of the breast in the fold. This procedure re-shapes the breast and lifts both the nipple and the breast itself into the proper position. These procedures are all done in our facility under IV sedation, where you do not feel or remember anything, but you are breathing on your own for an added measure of safety. We also use local anesthesia to decrease postoperative discomfort.

Most of our Charlotte breast lift patients are discharged approximately 1 hour after surgery is completed, when they are alert and can take liquids well. They are sent home where most people sleep for several hours. We write prescriptions for pain medicine, antibiotics and nausea medicine for the occasional patient who doesn’t tolerate the anesthesia well. The doctor will call the evening of the procedure to check on you and to answer any questions.

Who are good candidates for Mastopexy (breast lift)?

Women who are physically and emotionally healthy, have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery, and understand the risks and benefits of the procedure are ideal candidates for mastopexy (breast lift). Cosmetic surgery patients who have had children or who have gained and lost a great deal of weight are the most common candidates for a breast lift.

What is the typical recovery time?

Recovery from mastopexy surgery may take two or three weeks. Most patients can return to light-duty work within 3-7 days postoperatively. Exercise can be resumed at three weeks postoperatively, and driving can be resumed as soon as the patient feels she can make evasive movements without hesitation and is off all pain medications.

What are the risks associated with the procedure?

Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, just like there are risks in everyday life. For instance, when one drives a car, the risk of a flat tire, a dead battery, or an accident is small compared to the huge benefit of rapid transportation. Similarly, mastopexy, the risks are small compared to the benefits of the procedure. Each patient, however, should be aware of the risks so that they may make their decision regarding proceeding with the operation. The risk of bleeding or infection postoperatively is small; perhaps 1 to 2%. Correction of these problems may require additional surgery. We do not charge to treat these problems but there is a facility charge for the cost of doing the procedure that patients are responsible for. So, there is both a small health risk as well as a financial risk in any surgical procedure. Some patients experience temporary increased or decreased nipple sensation changes after surgery, but it is rare to have a permanent change.

How much does mastopexy cost?

The cost of the procedure depends on many variables, so it is not possible to give a price without a personal consultation. Associated costs may include the price of the procedure, operating room costs and anesthesia fees. Please contact us for a personal consultation