How Do You Know If You Need a Breast Lift?

Pink-shirted patient showcasing the transformation in breast appearance from before to after lift surgery

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss, and the natural aging process are all factors that can cause undesired changes to a woman’s breasts during her lifetime. Some of these noticeable changes are sagging, deflating, and less perkiness in shape. For some women, this can affect confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where their breasts are more noticeable in clothing, such as a bathing suit or spandex workout attire.

Although these changes might seem more apparent in women with larger breasts, they can occur to any woman, no matter her breast size.
Some women decide to have a breast lift to remedy these changes and restore more youthful-looking breasts. First, let’s understand what a breast lift is and how you can tell if you might benefit from one.

What Is a Breast Lift and What Does It Cost?

A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises the breasts. It removes excess skin, tightens the surrounding tissue, and elevates breast tissue to a higher position on the chest wall. A breast lift also repositions the nipples and areolas, with the option of reducing areola size if desired. The result of a breast lift is newly uplifted, firmer, and rounder breasts.

Note that a breast lift is not the same procedure as a breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a surgery that uses implants or fat tissue to increase the size of the breasts. Although most commonly associated with a desire for larger breasts or wanting to correct asymmetrical breasts, breast augmentation is also helpful for women who have lost breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss.

Although it’s oversimplifying it a bit, breast augmentation is about size, while a breast lift is about shape and position.

People sometimes ask if they can have both procedures at once. Yes, they can. In fact, many women choose to have both simultaneously.
You should schedule a consultation with a Board Certified plastic surgeon to decide the best procedure(s) for you. Your doctor will go over three principal considerations to help you make the right decision:

  • Breast size. One of the chief considerations is whether you’re happy with the size of your breasts or if you’d like them to be larger (or smaller).
  • Breast volume. This refers to how full and round the breasts appear. Sometimes an implant is an answer for sagging or deflated breasts, and sometimes a breast lift is.
  • Nipple position. Sagging tissue or loss of volume can cause nipples to position lower than they used to be, in which case the breasts may benefit from a breast lift.

Now, to answer the question about cost: a breast lift in the Atlanta area typically costs $6,000 – $11,000, depending on the individual needs. Since a breast lift is a cosmetic procedure, insurance does not cover the cost but many plastic surgeons work with outside companies like Care Credit and Alphaeon to finance these procedures.

How To Tell If You Need a Breast Lift

Above are some of the things your plastic surgeon will discuss with you to determine what’s best for your circumstances. But how do you tell on your own whether it’s time to schedule a consultation on a breast lift? The following are some tips:

  • Your breasts sag or no longer have the shape of their youth or appear flattened, elongated, or pendulous.
  • One breast is positioned lower than the other one.
  • The nipples are below the crease of the breast and point downward.
  • The skin has stretched, and/or the areolas have grown in size.

Contact Perimeter Plastic Surgery for the Best Atlanta Plastic Surgery

Do you think you might be a candidate for a breast lift in Atlanta, GA? If you do, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Deutsch, Medical Director of Perimeter Plastic Surgery. Dr. Deutsch is one of the top plastic surgeons in Atlanta and brings more than 25 years of experience to his practice. As a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he’s helped thousands of patients look and feel better about themselves. Dr. Deutsch will meet with you and help determine what procedures will be best for you.

No matter what you might read or hear, there is no such thing as the perfect breast, and the ideal breast is the one that makes you happy.
Call us today at (404) 255-0886 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Deutsch.