Breast Lift in St. Louis, MO
We are proud to offer breast lifts to patients across the St. Louis region, including St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, Creve Coeur, and surrounding areas. Please schedule an evaluation with us today and experience the expertise and compassion that have made Parkcrest Plastic Surgery a top choice for breast lifts throughout the St. Louis area.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, rejuvenates breasts that have lost their shape and firmness because of pregnancy, nursing, or reduced elasticity. Many women choose a breast lift to slow the effects of aging and gravity. By lifting and reshaping their sagging breasts, patients are able to reclaim their youthful silhouettes.
Breast lifts are commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation (implants) to increase firmness and size. This may appeal to women who have lost breast volume after pregnancy. Pregnancy and nursing often result in stretched skin and decreased volume. If you are planning a future pregnancy, it may be advisable to postpone your breast lift since pregnancies will likely cause further stretching.
Although breast lift patients typically focus on the entire breast, this procedure can also be used to reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Whatever your reason for considering the operation, the physicians and staff at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery encourage you to gather as much information as possible, including potential risks and typical breast lift costs.
During your initial consultation with Parkcrest Plastic Surgery, we will discuss your health and concerns to make sure a breast lift is right for you. We will also share our breast lift before and after photos so you can get an idea of the results that are possible with the procedure. As with all plastic surgery, realistic expectations and emotional stability are important. Though breasts of any size can be lifted, women with smaller breasts enjoy longer-lasting results.
What Is a Breast Lift Procedure?
Though not a simple operation, mastopexy is normally safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Breast lifts occasionally take place in a hospital, but more often they are performed in an outpatient facility under general anesthesia. Local anesthesia may be used with a sedative if the incision is small; you will be awake but relaxed and will feel minimal discomfort.
The surgery may take between one to four hours. A common approach involves an incision along the natural lower contour of the breast where excess skin will be removed. The nipple and areola are then repositioned. The skin surrounding the areola is brought together to reshape the breast, with stitches around the areola and the lower breast area. Drain tubes may be used. Because milk ducts are left intact, mastopexy may not affect your ability to breastfeed.
The board-certified doctors at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery will discuss your procedure in detail, welcoming any questions you may have. Detailed pre- and post-op instructions will be provided for you both during your breast lift consultation and after surgery.
What Does Breast Lift Recovery Entail?
After you have had a breast lift, you will be given a support bra to wear for one to two weeks. Your breasts will be sore, swollen, and firm for a few weeks after surgery, and you may feel a burning sensation in your nipples, but these sensations will subside. Most patients return to work within two weeks.
Healing times vary depending on the patient and the procedure, but you can trust that the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery staff will keep an eye on you every step of the way.
At the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office, Dr. David A. Caplin, Dr. Melvin Maclin, Dr. Patricia McGuire, and Dr. Charles Nathan offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Eastern Missouri including St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, and Creve Coeur. Contact the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office today to schedule your breast lift consultation!