PLASTIC SURGERY IN SAN ANTONIO
Defy gravity and keep your natural beauty with a breast lift
COSMETIC SURGERY: BREAST LIFT
Did you know that breast lifts are currently outpacing breast implants 2-to-1?
The number of national breast lift surgeries has increased 70% since the year 2000.
The technical terminology for breast lift surgery is mastopexy, which is a mammoplasty procedure wherein a surgeon raises sagging breasts by changing their size, contour and elevation. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and the existing breast tissue is tightened and reshaped to form fit the desired new contour.
Why are breast lifts becoming more popular so quickly?
Breast implants, although allowing for fuller breast volume, do not compensate for the loss of skin elasticity caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, gravity, heredity, and time! Further, all of the exercise in the world cannot undo stretched breast skin and reduced breast volume caused by the natural aging process. Thus, as surgical advancements have improved outcomes and made "lifts" more affordable, patients have begun to flock to surgeons who specialize in this complex surgery to return their youthful breast appearance.
Why do women get a breast lift?
There are many valid reasons women consider mastopexy surgery. The most common reasons women consider breast lift cosmetic surgery include:
Is breast lift surgery harder to heal from than breast augmentation surgery?
Yes, breast lift surgery is harder to heal from than breast augmentation surgery because, simply put, it is harder on your body. Although the surgeries sound similar, they are very different operations. Breast lift surgery is infinitely more complex and invasive than the insertion of a breast implant. It involves multiple incisions, the movement of tissue, and careful reshaping of the breast to create a balanced, beautiful and natural look. Surgical risks, healing time, aesthetic imperfections, and the risk of unbalanced breasts are much higher with breast lift surgery, and increasingly so with surgeons who are not well-versed in performing the procedure.
What makes breast implant surgery so different than a breast lift?
During an implant surgery, the plastic surgeon makes one small incision and simply creates a pocket in which to slide in the implant. During this procedure, it's pretty easy to hide the scar either just under the breast or within the woman's armpit. A lift surgery requires much more careful planning. More incisions are required as well as more shifting of tissue within the breast. Minimizing incision size and hiding scars immediately becomes a bigger challenge. For optimal shape and healing, precise knowledge of incision patterns and techniques is essential. Lift surgeries, although technically cosmetic, are much more similar to reconstructive surgeries because the surgeon starts out with a very different breast with each surgery. Knowing where and how to lift the breast, skin, and tissue, and where to remove any excess tissue, is not only an art but a true science requiring a heightened knowledge of skin and tissue biomechanics. Balancing breasts are also more of a challenge with lift surgeries because the breasts are often very different in size before surgery. Thus, the surgeon has to be comfortable with advanced pre-planning techniques that ensure each breast has a unique surgical plan, but that the plan allows it to ultimately have the same shape, appearance, and scar placement of it's matching breast.
Do most women get implants with their breast lift?
Yes, most women (about 77%) who choose to pursue breast lift surgery undergo breast augmentation surgery with implants at the same time. This percentage is so high because few women choosing the procedure have sufficient breast tissue to create and support the fullness and density she desires. This makes sense because the average age of a woman undergoing breast lift surgery is 47, when breast density has naturally declined in many women.
How much does a breast lift cost?
The average cost of a breast lift in the United States is $4,207, according to the most recent data available from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This typically excludes the cost of anesthesia and operating room fees.
Most of our patients find that they spend less than the national average for breast lift surgery with Dr. Bindewald. Why is this? There are three main factors that add cost to your surgery: the complexity of your specific surgery, geographic location, and operating room facility fees.
Cost Determinants of Breast Lift Surgery
What's more expensive? A breast lift or breast implants?
Breast lift surgery is more costly than breast augmentation surgery because it requires significantly more time and surgical skill than implant placement. During a mastopexy "lift" procedure, the surgeon makes multiple incisions and has to perform advanced and careful dissection within the breast cavity. Further, there is extensive surgical closure involved, an essential piece of the surgical puzzle to ensure minimal scarring, faster healing, and exceptional outcomes.
In contrast, breast augmentation surgery is a relatively quick procedure, requiring only a small incision followed by precise creation of an implant "pocket", insertion, and closure. Many of our breast lift patients specifically seek out Dr. Bindewald over a traditional "implant" plastic surgeon because of his advanced reconstructive surgery experience.
Contact Us Today
Are you considering breast lift cosmetic surgery, or a combined breast lift and augmentation procedure? Dr. Matt Bindewald has extensive experience with complex reconstructive surgery procedures, and is known for his attention to detail when planning the techniques and tools he will use during surgery to achieve the perfect aesthetic outcome for each patient given their unique breast density, size, shape, and skin suppleness.
Dr. Bindewald's exacting techniques and artistry, combined with our transparency in pricing, has resulted in patients who are overwhelmingly pleased with their final outcome as well as their pocketbook.
We accept and welcome patient questions both online and in person; Dr. Bindewald responds to all patient inquiries directly. Our HIPAA-compliant website and email ensures your utmost discretion and privacy when sending communication to our surgical team.
Contact us online or schedule an appointment in our San Antonio office today. Many out-of-town patients consult with us online first before scheduling their in-person consultation. You can reach us at the phone number or email address listed below, through this web form, or schedule your own appointment via our online request form, which can be accessed here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BREAST LIFTS
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