What is a breast lift?
Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a cosmetic treatment that lifts and tightens the breasts by trimming away excess skin and surgically tightening the healthy tissue to result in a firmer, younger appearance. This cosmetic breast surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who have breast drooping due to aging and gravity, as well as weight loss or pregnancy. Outstanding advancements in breast lift surgery have made this aesthetic surgery so effective and successful that new stats by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. William Vinyard, our board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon in Port Saint Lucie, FL, offers this procedure at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS). By using the latest methods, Dr. Vinyard can decide on the appropriate technique based on the level of sag present, keeping in mind the desired result.
Breast lifts are outpatient surgical procedures that Dr. Vinyard performs to helps raise and reshape sagging breasts for a more youthful and feminine appearance. The procedure can also be used to correct breast asymmetries. The goal of a mastopexy is to correct the ptosis (drooping) of the breast that occurs over time. As the shape changes, your breasts appear longer, wider, lower, and less projecting. A breast lift is designed to reshape the breast into a more youthful form by creating more breast projection, narrowing of the breast, and elevating the breast on the chest wall. Depending on your goals, Dr. Vinyard may suggest using a breast implant in addition to the breast lift to provide greater breast volume and fullness in the upper portions of the breast (mastopexy augmentation). Not everyone who desires this breast appearance is a candidate for the procedure. The technique of the incision is dependent upon which approach that Dr. Vinyard selects. Quite frequently the incision for a breast lift (mastopexy) is made in a lollipop fashion around the nipple with a vertical incision below the nipple. If you would like to learn more, please schedule a consultation today.
Who Is A Candidate?
You may walk into our office at VIPS thinking you want to just have breast implants to fill in the lost volume. However, after a physical exam with Dr. Vinyard, you may realize that a cosmetic breast lift surgery could provide a better outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Vinyard will determine your candidacy for this procedure and will discuss the reasoning in detail. He will also use imaging to help you visualize your options in real time on high definition monitors in our private consultation room.
If your breasts have lost a significant amount of elasticity, then you typically need a skin removal and tightening surgery to correct skin irregularities to bring the breasts to a perkier position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts sag significantly below the breast fold, a mastopexy (breast lift) can improve your appearance. Candidates considering a breast lift ideally will be physically healthy and at a stable weight. While additional volume with implants may be wanted, a surgical lift may be all that is needed to add fullness and shape that is desired. Please allow 1 – 1.5 hours for your breast lift consultation with Dr. Vinyard. This is a vital part of your journey and it can be considered as time that you are dedicating to yourself. Dr. Vinyard appreciates your time spent in consultation with each patient and the conversation that occurs during your visit here.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Committed to a Phenomenal Outcome Tailored Specifically to Me! - I thoroughly research plastic surgeons, best practices, trends, outcomes, etc. Above and beyond the fact that Dr. Vinyard is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and operates in an accredited operating facility is the trust I have with him. He spent so much time with me during not only my consultation, but again during my pre-op appointment and the morning before surgery. He is meticulously devoted to intricate details designed to achieve a good outcome. I trust him to give me safe recommendations tailored specifically to me and to fully explain everything. He is kind, professional and caring. I never feel rushed and he listens to me. He is so focused; so detail oriented and so honest. His staff is extraordinary! Mary Louise knew I was nervous and she held my hand and looked right into my eyes as I fell asleep. I trust them and felt comfortable telling them my fears. I knew they would take care of me. In addition to my tummy tuck, I had a breast lift, replaced my saline implants with silicone and had liposuction and bodytite of the mons pubis. The results look amazing!"- P. / RealSelf / Jan 05, 2022
"I’m 53 and recently had a Tummy Tuck, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction and Implant Removal surgeries done by Dr William Vinyard. I am over the moon to say the least! It’s been such a wonderful experience since the first time I walked into his beautiful office. Dr Vinyard is board-certified, extremely experienced, has a wonderful bedside manner, will talk to you about the positives and the negatives of any surgeries you are interested in, does anything in his power to make you comfortable and happy, is conservative and won’t tell you that you need five surgeries done at once and he’s all around a delightful person. When we are willing to spend thousands of dollars on surgeries for ourselves we always wonder if we’re picking the right doctor. All I can tell you is the complete experience at the Vinyard Institute of plastic surgery and Bluewater surgery Center has been off the charts in my opinion! Do not hesitate to have a consultation with Dr Vinyard!"- M.G. / Facebook / Jan 01, 2022
"A Breast Lift & Reduction is something I’d contemplated since I was 16 years…..Fast forward 23 years later when I finally felt it was time! Time to find the right surgeon! I debated traveling to Miami, but in my search I came across Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery. I was Immediately impressed with the “before and after’s” on their site, and decided to request a consult. One phone call with Blair and I was even more excited to have schedule a consult and see if I had found the right surgeon! Blair was just the beginning, at my initial consult I met Mary Louise (So awesome!), who made me feel super relaxed and at ease. She talked me through what to expect, made sure my questions were answered and let me know I could reach out at any time if something ever came up, no matter how small; before or after the procedure. Dr. Vineyard is truly the icing on the cake! His whole demeanor is what sealed the deal for me; His approach is very calming and reassuring. He never made me feel rushed and answered all my questions thoroughly, even the ones I’m sure I asked more than once. He is so professional, yet very comforting! Dr. Vineyard and his entire team truly understand how to make you feel like a true VIP! The process was extremely smooth and one I’ll never regret. Surgery, the follow up appointments and most importantly the after-hours support was truly AMAZING! I LOVE MY RESULTS! & so I can guarantee Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery will definitely be my one only choice for any future procedures! Thank you Dr. Vineyard & your AMAZING TEAM!"- V.C. / Google / Jan 19, 2022
"Age 53, tummy tuck, breast reduction, lift & implant removal en bloc - MOMMY MAKEOVER ALERT I AM OVER THE MOON!! I’m 53 & I had a TUMMY TUCK, BREAST REDUCTION, BREAST LIFT & IMPLANT REMOVAL ENBLOC. I am 6 mpo with the TT and 3 mpo with the breast surgeries! Thank you to Dr William Vinyard in Port St Lucie FL!! He is a miracle worker, has incredible bedside manner, is board-certified, is honest, & experienced! His support staff is just as impressive and so darn friendly! ?I highly recommend the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery!! ??"- M. / RealSelf / Apr 11, 2022
"Age 58, 3 weeks post-op arm lift & breast lift (mastopexy) - Age 58. Petite in size and shapely. After breastfeeding 3 boys and the unwanted gift of aging Gravity my boobs hung down closer to my navel then chest. By heredity by arms have fat/dangling skin, which I got from my mom. Over the years I watched my beautiful & elegant mothers arms get bigger and bigger and out-proportioned her body. I knew I did not want this to be me! So I began my 1 year investigation. I am currently 3 weeks post op and although still in pain and discomfort, my only regret is that I didn't do this earlier!! I consulted with 3 dr's from Miami, palm beach, Port St Lucie. Although the mot expensive of the Drs I interviewed, I chose Dr Vinyard in Port St Lucie. His reviews, office, and informative consultation was my deciding factor. My surgery was May 26, 2022. Outpatient procedure 7 hours. The dr and staff were wonderful and I felt at ease. Was rolled into surgical room with upbeat country music playing and all the surgical staff singing. They gently held my hand and were assuring as I drifted off to sleep thanks to that amazing anesthesia. The arms were the worst. OmG pain!! More than I expected. Pain meds didn't ease enough but managed through it. My big take away and recommendation, definitely add stool softeners or meds to prevent constipation. This added to my pain and discomfort, which could of been avoided if Drs office had pre-warned. 6 days later, finally had BM!! Ouch! 25 days since surgery and arms seem to be healing well, but nerve endings and tightness are still an issue. Unlike some, I definitely cannot do much activity and When I do go out or do minimal house work, I get very tired. You will need lots of front button down blouses/dresses/nighties. Can't lift arms too far behind nor above head. Difficult to blow dry my long hair. Oh well!! The biggest concern has been my breast. The first 2 weeks I had no issues nor pain in them. For the past 8 days I started ozzing at T-spot incision. Dr says this is normal but it is now uncomfortable and has a slight aroma. I will keep you posted on this. Personally I feel it's a set-back, as I have red where others are back to much of there activities after week 2. This is not my case. Maybe my age is a huge factor and living in South florida where it's so hot that your skins melts if u go outside for any given time (incisions don't do well with sweat!). Either way, with the breast ozzing, I'm currently not happy with this stage and feel like Drs office didn't prep me for this. More to come on my progress.Updated on 24 Jun 2022:Bottom of Breast still oozing with some bleeding. I’m still concerned yet Dr Vinyard’s medical nurse says it’s all good. Breast are still extremely sore. Not back to all of my regular activities, which is taking longer than I personally expected. Although I have read other peoples story, whom say they are back to work and doing good, I’m not up to that speed. Again, maybe my age. Full transparency as to recovery, taking longer than expected. Arms are feeling much better and I have improved mobility yet cont to be cautious so that I don’t disrupt their healing. More pictures to come as I note my healing. Personally I do feel like dr office should of seen me again. Would of put me a bit tease. It will be 3 1/2 weeks between Dr follow up appts. Oh well. Updated on 29 Jun 2022:Feeling much better. Back to doing 75% of activities with caution. Breast & arms look beautiful. Saw the wonderful dr Vinyard today whom compassionately explained the medical healing that was taking place with the wounds under breast , T-junction. I feel relieved and at peace after hearing this and receiving his care. I have another few weeks of this, but hopefully will continue on a more positive journey of complete healing. More to come as I chronicle my personal journey and final review Updated on 29 Jun 2022:"- R. / RealSelf / Jun 20, 2022
What's the technique?
Breast lift surgery takes usually 2 – 4 hours and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this treatment depends on the nature of breast size and sagging. The method used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories — these are based on the size, location, and nature of the incision. The vertical incisions (lollipop approach) is Dr. Vinyard's preferred technique. Quite frequently the incision for a breast lift is made in a lollipop fashion around the nipple with a vertical incision below the nipple. Patients are typically concerned about having scars on their breasts, but once you are able to view "before and after" images, you will discover that they usually fade to a thin white line that is not noticed unless closely observed and the new improved shape of the breasts become the focus of your attention. Depending on your desires, Dr. Vinyard may suggest using a breast implant in addition to the breast lift to provide greater breast volume and fullness in the upper portions of the breast.
Once the loose, aged skin is excised along with breast tissue and fat that is not wanted. The skin will then be pulled tight and the nipple/areola complex is positioned higher and lifted to look healthier and younger. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reconstructed and reduced to match the new placement and shape of the breast. At this point, an implant can be inserted into the breast if this was agreed upon with Dr. Vinyard ahead of surgery. If a breast lift is the only procedure being performed and if size and shape are a concern, augmentation surgery with implants can be done at a later date. After the last suture is closed, you will be transported to our recovery room until discharge. You will return to the comfort of your own home the night of surgery unless you combine your breast lift with an abdominoplasty to have a mommy makeover. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to diminish swelling. A thin tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess fluid leakage that can sometimes occur after mastopexy treatment.
What Can I Expect?
Most patients are ready to return to sedentary work in one week following surgery. You will need to continue to avoid repetitive motions and heavy lifting for three weeks after surgery as this can cause unwanted complications. You will be able to resume all regular activities within six weeks after your procedure.
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more lengthy than a surgery with implants only. Six weeks following your mastopexy or mastopexy augmentation, you will be very close to your end result. However, the breast will continue to change over the span of three months postoperatively in which you will notice that the lower part of the breast softens and rounds to reveal a beautiful, youthful breast. Dr. Vinyard employs the superior pedicle approach to a mastopexy and mastopexy augmentation. This creates more fullness in the upper portion of the breast. Gravity is always present and hard at work to try and return your breasts into the pre-surgical "droopy" position. These unwanted changes can be minimized by continuing to wear a supporting brassiere. Dr. Vinyard's approach to breast lifts takes this into consideration and provides you with a longer-lasting lifted appearance to the breast.
The majority of the swelling following your surgery should resolve in six weeks. We will take your first official "after" photos at your three months post-op follow-up appointment. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within about a week. Dr. Vinyard or a member of his team will provide in-depth, at-home incision care instructions to help with your healing process. Results following a breast lift surgery are noticeable after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position. Your breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel perkier and healthy overall.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
In your initial consultation, Dr. Vinyard will listen to your needs and goals before developing your unique treatment plan. After that, he can estimate your costs. When done well, a breast lift can significantly improve your physical appearance, so it's important to focus on having an experienced surgeon with extensive training, like Dr. Vinyard, over costs. To help make surgery easier to afford, VIPS can help you find low-interest financing through CareCredit. The cost for your mastopexy or mastopexy augmentation will include Dr. Vinyard's professional fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, surgical brassiere, initial consultation with Dr. Vinyard, and all pre and post-operative visits. You will meet with the patient care coordinator who will explain your breast lift fees to you. This quote is designed based on the plan that you and Dr. Vinyard have decided upon together
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your specific goals. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Vinyard will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple/areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Vinyard can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so he can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally, so you could begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors like significant weight gain or loss can alter your results, so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Vinyard recommends patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or varying degrees of sagging. Dr. Vinyard will assess the physical condition and appearance of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a breast lift can help you. During your surgery, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.
Can I combine a breast lift with other procedures?
Yes. A mastopexy is commonly combined with a breast augmentation in which breast implants are utilized to provide a fuller more rounded appearance to the breast. This may be performed during the same procedure or as separate or "staged" procedures. In addition, a breast lift (with or without the addition of implants) can be combined with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or liposuction to have a mommy makeover.
Uplift Your Breasts and Esteem
Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of many Port Saint Lucie, FL women, just like you. If you are faced with hanging, sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a breast lift at VIPS may be the right surgery for you. During your first visit, a thorough breast assessment will be given by Dr. Vinyard and your aspired outcome will be discussed. We will determine a tailored plan for treatment to help transform your breasts. We encourage you to contact VIPS and schedule a consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
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