A standard breast lift starts at $9,999, while the inclusion of an additional procedure, like breast implants, starts at $15,999. The exact cost depends on how extensive your procedure will be and other factors that your surgeon will discuss with you in advance.
Recovery time is approximately 1-3 weeks. After 7-10 days, you can resume non-strenuous activities. Recovery varies from patient to patient and depends on the extent and type of breast lift that was performed.
The average breast lift takes about 3 hours to perform. You will also spend some time in the recovery room – the length of which is determined by factors like whether you were given local or general anesthesia.
A breast lift (also called a Mastopexy) is a surgical procedure that seeks to correct breast sagging or drooping breast tissue, excess skin and to restore a more youthful appearance. It may be done in conjunction with breast augmentation or alone to restore the natural lift and tightness that is often lost with age, weight loss or gain, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. Through the removal of excess skin and the reshaping of breast tissue, your mastopexy surgeon can help you regain the shape you thought was lost – and boost your body image at the same time.
Sometimes, smaller breasts, that have deflated and gotten droopy, often get a good lift effect just from a breast augmentation alone.
For moderate breast drooping, a breast augmentation alone, without the scars of a traditional breast lift may be all you require. At SpaMedica, during your consultation, an imaging session with the Vectra 3D imaging system will be offered. The Vectra allows you to get a reasonably accurate view of what your breast augment might look like. With this Vectra 3D imaging, if you like the lift effect that you see with the selected breast implants, then you can undergo a breast augmentation and avoid the breast lift scars.
If you are bothered by sagging, droopy, or uneven breasts; nipples that point downward; or areolae that have stretched out of shape and proportion, a breast lift might be your ideal solution. While your SpaMedica breast lift surgeon, Dr. Peter Bray, can help determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, ask yourself the following:
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect your mastopexy results. Also, smaller breasts are more likely than large and heavy breasts to retain their beautiful new shape over time.
If you determine you’re not an ideal candidate for mastopexy, several nonsurgical options can give you the results you desire without surgery.
Recapture a More Youthful Appearance
Sagging, drooping breasts can add years to your appearance. A breast lift procedure can help you achieve a youthful and rejuvenated look.
Reduce Under-Breast Irritation
Large, heavy breasts can lead to sweating, discomfort, and irritation in the crease beneath the breast. A breast lift will take the weight off this skin and leave it less prone to chafing.
Improve the Way Your Clothes Fit
Firm, lifted breasts will change your silhouette, allowing for better fitting clothes.
Boost Your Body Image
Achieve a healthy self-image with an individualized approach to breast enhancement.
Like all surgeries, a breast lift comes with the risk of potential complications. Dr. Bell has been performing these procedures for many years and, as such, the risk of a significant complication is extremely low. Regardless, please note that all complications are managed and corrected as part of your surgical fee.
While Dr. Bell has not seen most of the risks listed below, these complications have been reported:
In some cases, a breast lift can result in swelling. However, complimentary post-surgery laser treatments will reduce the risk of visible scarring.
Adverse Effects of Anesthesia
Some patients may experience adverse effects to the anesthesia administered before the breast lift. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Bell will review your medical history to determine the best sedation for your condition.
Although infections are very rare with respect to breast lifts, Dr. Bell and his experienced team still take every precaution to ensure that the surgery is a smooth, seamless experience.
Following a breast lift, minor bleeding at the site of the surgery is possible.
SpaMedica is dedicated to providing a seamless and stress-free experience to our clients for all surgical or nonsurgical procedures. Our goals will align with yours to produce exceptional results that will leave you feeling your absolute best. Our team of doctors, aestheticians, and customer service personnel are all committed to providing a safe, friendly, relaxing atmosphere where you will feel at ease and well cared for every step of the way. If you’re considering a breast lift in Toronto, SpaMedica offers the professionalism and experience necessary for a successful procedure.
Dr. Bray is one of Canada’s leading breast lift surgeons. After 15 years at the Toronto General Hospital, Western Division performing complex breast reconstruction, breast reduction, body lifts and breast lifts following massive body weight loss, Dr. Bray moved to SpaMedica in 2016 to focus exclusively on cosmetic plastic surgery of the body and body contouring. Breast lift surgery is one of Dr. Bray’s focused interests in Aesthetic plastic surgery and one of the most common procedures he performs.
There are four different types of breast lifts offered by Dr. Bray to solve the diverse presentations for droopy breasts and they range from least to most invasive.
This procedure elevates the nipple position by removing a crescent-shaped section of skin above it. It is the least invasive of the 4 types.
Requiring fewer incisions than a traditional breast lift, the donut lift involves one incision around the areola.
Often used for women with sagging breasts and downward-pointing nipples, the lollipop lift involves a vertical incision from the crease of the breast, over the nipple.
This is the most invasive of the four breast lift types and is often chosen for patients with extreme sagging. An anchor lift requires an incision similar to the lollipop lift and also along the breast crease.
There are some non-surgical, minimally invasive options to a formal breast lift. A BreastTite, BodyTite RFAL radiofrequency treatment can result in some lift effect as can a suture suspension of the breast tissue.
Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general or local anaesthesia, depending on the recommendations of Dr. Bell, and the SpaMedica team. Different types of breast lifts involve incisions made around the areola, from the crease of the breast over the nipple, and/or horizontally along the breast crease.
Dr. Bell, who was named one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Canada by Toronto Life, Fashion, and Flare magazine, has performed thousands of procedures, including breast lifts.
Once you’ve had a thorough consultation with Dr. Bell, and the team of experts at SpaMedica, you’ll come away with a complete understanding of the type of breast lift procedure that will work best for you. During the surgery, breast tissue is reshaped, excess skin is removed, and nipples are repositioned to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing results.
In your initial consultation with Dr. Bray, your breast lift surgeon, you’ll want to discuss your expectations. Make sure to ask any questions and clarify anything that you’re unsure of. Your doctor will want to know about any medications you’re taking, your medical history, and your lifestyle. If you smoke, stop before surgery. Smoking can prevent efficient healing because it slows blood flow in the skin.
Strive to reach and maintain a healthy weight before surgery. Not only is it good for your overall health and wellness, but it also improves your chances of retaining the results from your breast lift over a longer period.
Make sure to arrange for help post-surgery. You’ll need someone to drive you home and help you with day-to-day tasks and household duties during your recovery period.
Immediately following your procedure, you will receive top-quality post-op care from an experienced recovery room nurse. You will need someone to drive you home. For the 2-3 weeks of recovery time, you will need to wear a surgical support bra, and you may experience differing degrees of swelling and bruising. Discomfort around the incision sites is common and can be controlled with pain medication as recommended by your doctor. If drainage tubes were placed, they will be removed several days after surgery. Sutures will be removed between 2 and 3 weeks post-op.
Day 1-5: You may experience discomfort around your incision sites. Take medication per your surgeon’s recommendations. Avoid bending, lifting, or any strain.
Day 10: You may resume light activities but err on the side of caution. If in doubt, ask your doctor.
Week 2-3: The sutures will be removed, and you can stop wearing your support bra. Ask your doctor when it’s suitable to resume more strenuous activities. The usual recommendation for returning to high impact activities is 6 weeks.
Week 6: The usual recommendation for returning to high impact activities.
As your breast lift procedure is skin, fat and gland only and does not involve muscle, the initial discomfort following your breast lift can usually be easily controlled with pain or NSAID’s medication. You may want to sleep on your back or side to keep from putting excessive pressure on your breasts and continue to wear a soft support bra for at least a couple of weeks.
The long-term results of a breast lift vary depending on several factors. Those with small breasts will likely have better long-term results because their breasts are light-weight and less susceptible to the effects of gravity and ageing. You will also sustain better results over time if you maintain a healthy weight – avoiding significant fluctuations that can cause breasts to sag.
While a breast lift is probably not the ideal solution for someone who is planning to get pregnant and/or breastfeed, it is possible to breastfeed following mastopexy. Some women report having trouble producing enough milk, but this, like all other effects, depends on the individual.
Although there is some risk for permanent breast numbness, including the nipple, after breast lift surgery, it is more common that some or all of the sensation returns.