Breast Lift in Scottsdale
A breast lift in Scottsdale, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape a woman’s breast that has become saggy or droopy with time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and aging can create breasts that appear deflated or saggy, a condition called breast ptosis. In a breast lift, the breast is surgically elevated and excess skin is removed, restoring the breast to a more youthful, perky position.
Many women may consider a breast lift at the same time of a breast augmentation with implants or breast auto-augmentation with fat grafting. Other times a breast lift is done without implants. Sometimes a breast lift can be included as part of the popular Mommy Makeover procedure, depending on the needs of the patient.
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, comes from the words mastos which means breast, and pexia which means affix. A breast lift is a surgical lift or elevation of the breasts to a more desirable, youthful position. The need for a breast lift is caused by breast ptosis, or breast drooping, which occurs with age, or after childbirth, breastfeeding, or weight loss.
As one of Arizona’s top female plastic surgeons, Dr. Ashley Howarth specializes in cosmetic breast surgery. She is sought after for her surgical expertise and beautiful results performing the mastopexy or breast lift.
Choosing Your Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
Why select Dr. Howarth for your Breast Lift in Scottsdale?
Dr. Ashley Howarth has established herself as one of Scottsdale’s top plastic surgeons for mastopexy or breast lift surgery. Having trained at the Mayo Clinic, she has an obsession with detail and technical expertise that sets her apart. As a mother herself, she understands the changes that occur to women’s breasts and the frustration women can feel with their bodies.
During her consultation with you, Dr. Howarth will examine your breasts and body, and discuss your goals and concerns. Depending on your desired goals, Dr. Howarth may make additional cosmetic recommendations to leave your breasts looking their best. Additional options at the time of a breast lift include breast augmentation with implants or auto-augmentation with fat grafting. Additionally, a breast lift may be a part of the Mommy Makeover procedure for which Dr. Howarth is most well known.
Do I need both a breast augmentation and a breast lift?
While some patients choose both a breast lift and a breast augmentation with implants, both procedures are not always required. The determination is based on the amount of skin and volume of existing breast tissue, the surgeon’s recommendation after a thorough consultation, and most importantly, a patient’s preference.
Saggy breasts, or breast ptosis, occur due to excess skin around the breast and not enough breast volume. Breast ptosis is categorized by the level of the nipple in relationship to the breast. Depending on the degree of sagging and desired goal appearance, Dr. Howarth will recommend a breast lift alone or in combination with either implant augmentation or a fat graft auto-augmentation.
Types of Breast Lift techniques
There are various surgical techniques to achieve the ideal mastopexy result based on the condition of the breasts, areola, and desired amount of lift. The crescent lift, peri-areolar lift, lollipop lift, and anchor lift are the most common surgical techniques, but Dr. Howarth will make the determination which surgical procedure is best for your needs during a thorough consultation and exam appointment.
A crescent lift technique is ideal for patients with minimal amount of breast sag and is generally combined with a breast augmentation procedure. A crescent lift gets its name from the semilunar shaped incision above the areola. The crescent lift requires the smallest incision and has minimal scarring.
A peri-areolar breast lift, sometimes known as a donut lift, due to the incision around the areola. A peri-areolar lift is combined with a breast augmentation and may be indicated to improve cases of mild breast sagging. A peri-areolar lift has circumferential scarring camouflaged around the areola.
A lollipop breast lift, also known as a vertical lift, is indicated in cases of moderate sagging requiring more extensive reshaping and lifting of the breasts. A lollipop lift gets its name from the two incisions forming a lollipop shape. A circumferential incision around the areola combined with a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the base of the breast.
An anchor lift, also known as an inverted T lift, is indicated in cases of with the most amount of breast sag, requiring the greatest degree of lift and reshaping. An anchor lift gets its name from the characteristic anchor shaped incisions around the areola, from the bottom of the area to the bottom of the breast, and continuing along the bottom of the breast crease.
What to Expect with Dr. Howarth at your
Breast Lift Consultation
What is the process for your breast lift consultation in Scottsdale?
To set up your consultation for a breast lift or breast augmentation with a breast lift, simply request an appointment. At your consultation, you will meet Dr. Ashley Howarth who specializes in cosmetic breast procedures, and is one of Arizona’s top female plastic surgeons. Dr. Howarth will discuss with you desired appearance, review your medical history, examine your breasts, and make recommendations to help restore your breasts to meet your goals.
How much does a breast lift cost in Scottsdale?
At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will create a personalized surgical plan for you and answer any clinical questions you may have about the mastopexy procedure. Since each breast lift varies, and sometimes is combined with the placement or replacement of breast implants, each surgical is different. A fee estimate is provided by our financial coordinator who will tell you how much a breast lift costs. Without a consultation appointment, we do not provide estimates for how much a breast lift costs in Scottsdale.
Breast Lift Process
Am I a candidate for a breast lift?
Your personal consultation with Dr. Howarth is a chance to determine if you are a good candidate for a breast lift. A candidate for a mastopexy should have breast sagging or ptosis that cannot be correct by augmentation alone. Candidates that will most benefit from a breast lift are categorized by the degree of breast sag.
Grade 1 ptosis is mild sagging, alleging the nipple at the crease of the breast. Grade 2 ptosis is moderate sagging, aligning the nipple below the breast crease but above the lower contour of the breast. Grade 3 ptosis is severe sagging where the nipple is aligned below the lower contour of the breast.
Candidates for a breast lift should be in good overall health, at a stable weight, and have a desire to rejuvenate the appearance and position of their breasts.
What should I expect during my breast lift surgery?
Your breast lift surgery is generally a single-day outpatient procedure that will take place under general anesthesia. We perform our surgeries a the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center, which is conveniently located adjacent to our office. In cases where additional procedures are planned in conjunction with the breast lift surgery, an overnight stay may be recommended at our on-site recovery suite.
The extent of the procedure depends on the surgical plan that is developed at your consultation. In many instances, a breast lift is combined with a breast augmentation procedure with implants or an auto-augmentation with fat grafting.
Dr. Howarth makes every effort to minimize and camouflage scarring. With time, scars become less visible when care instructions are closely followed by patients.
What is recovery like after my breast lift procedure?
Following your breast lift procedure, your breasts will covered in a surgical support bra. You will continue to wear a surgical bra or a sports bra the weeks following surgery to provide proper support while you heal.
To make the recovery process as comfortable as possible, Dr. Howarth provides a pain management protocol for her patients. Pain and soreness is most noticeable in the first days following the breast lift surgery. Additionally, an incision management protocol is provided to minimize scarring on the breasts. The degree of pain, soreness, and swelling following breast lift depends on the extent of your procedure.
Strenuous exercise and lifting, should be avoided for several weeks following your surgery.