Over time, breasts can lose their perkiness and suppleness because of gravity, weight fluctuations, or changes associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, and age. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Olson can give drooping breasts a fuller, more youthful shape and help you restore your femininity and confidence with mastopexy, often called a breast lift, at his locations in Scottsdale and Gilbert, AZ.
Allow Dr. Olson to make your goal of more youthful and attractive breasts a reality with a breast lift. Call our office in Scottsdale at (480) 423-1973 or in Gilbert at (480) 466-7355, or request a consultation online. Women visit him for breast enhancement procedures from Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, and throughout the East Valley.
Breast Lift Before & After Photos
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This 24 year-old female from Mesa, AZ presented to my Gilbert office near Scottsdale, AZ for consultation regarding breast lift (Mastopexy) surgery. She was hoping for a better shape but also is hoping for more children later on and was trying to decide if breast implants were necessary.I met with h...View Case
This 39 year-old woman from Chandler, AZ presented to our office for a consultation for a mommy makeover. She met with Dr. Olson who went over the surgical procedure and go over his recommendations. Dr. Olson recommended a full tummy tuck with muscle plication and a breast augmentation with a b...View Case
This 22 year-old patient from Ohio came to see Dr. Olson for consultation for a breast augmentation. She had a 80 pound weight loss and was unhappy with the loss of breast shape and volume. She wore an A-cup bra and was hoping for a C-cup.Dr. Olson recommended a breast lift along with a breast augme...View Case
Reasons for Breast Lift
Sagging of the breasts, or ptosis, occurs when the nipple and breast shift downward below the line where the breast meets the chest, called the inframammary fold. Women who have gone through pregnancy and breastfeeding sometimes experience this sag, and they often develop enlarged nipples, as well. Women choose this procedure for one or more of the following reasons:
- Removing excess skin responsible for sagging breasts
- Restoring nipples and breasts to a more youthful position
- Improving breast shape
- Reducing the size of the areola
- Enhancing femininity and self-image
A breast lift is also often a key component of a mommy makeover, a procedure that combines breast and body contouring options to restore a woman's pre-pregnancy figure.
Complete the Look
Enhancing a single aspect of your appearance can inspire you to address other areas you wish to improve. Ask Dr. Olson about combining your treatment for a more complete and stunning transformation.
During your consultation, you will discuss several important considerations, such as your goals, expectations, and surgical options. Many women also have a breast augmentation at the same time to increase breast size. Dr. Olson uses several techniques to lift sagging breasts.
Full Mastopexy (Inverted T or Anchor Lift)
A typical full breast lift involves 3 incisions that create an upside-down "T" or anchor shape. In this style of procedure, the incisions are made:
- Around the areola
- Down from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold (IMF)
- Horizontally along the IMF
This method provides the most dramatic improvement for excessively saggy breasts.
Circumvertical Mastopexy (Lollipop Lift)
This technique is often appropriate for women with moderate to more severe breast ptosis. It uses 2 incisions that result in a lollipop shape:
- Around the areola
- Down from the bottom of the areola to the IMF
Circumareolar Mastopexy (Benelli, Concentric, or Doughnut Lift)
In this method, a doughnut-shaped segment of tissue is removed from around the areola. The remaining tissue is drawn in, tightening and lifting the breast. To avoid flattening the breast, Dr. Olson uses this method only if he is also performing a breast augmentation.
Periareolar Mastopexy (Crescent Lift)
This is the least invasive method. It involves the removal of a crescent-shaped portion of tissue above the areola. The nipple is moved to a higher position, which elevates the entire breast.
Both the circumareolar and periareolar lifts are better suited for women with mild ptosis.
Cost of a Breast Lift
The price of breast lift surgery varies, based in part on the extent of the procedure and the surgical techniques used. If you're comparing prices between different plastic surgery practices, it's important to remember that other factors — including the training and experience of the surgeon, the location of the practice, and whether certain fees are included in the quoted price — will affect the final cost.
Dr. Olson's breast lift patients typically pay between $5,500 and $7,000. If a patient wants breast implants inserted during the lift, the price increases. Keep in mind that cost shouldn't be the primary reason to choose a surgeon; experience matters much more. Many patients searching Scottsdale for a specialist end up choosing to travel to Gilbert to have Dr. Olson perform their breast lifts after consulting with him.
Recovery & Results
Mastopexy is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia; someone will need to drive you home. Most patients may return to work after about a week. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks. Pain medication can help with discomfort during recovery. Bruising and swelling will subside over the following weeks.
Final results will appear after several months, and scars will fade over time. Your breasts will look more uplifted and feel firmer, and your nipples will have better size and position.