Breast Lift Surgery

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada

 Pregnancy, weight loss, genetics and gravity can all make your breasts sag and lose their shape. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of drooping breasts, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller can restore the youthful position of your breasts and boost your self-confidence with breast lift surgery.

To learn if a breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is right for you, please call Stephen M. Miller M.D. today at 702-369-1001 to schedule a free initial consultation. We help women from Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin and nearby areas in Nevada.

On this page, we discuss the following topics:

What Is a Breast Lift?

Breast lifts are surgical breast procedures designed to address moderate to severe issues of breast sagging. Breast lifts can give you a perky, youthful figure and boost your self-esteem by:

  • Raising the breasts
  • Minimizing the size of the areola
  • Repositioning the nipples

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Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery

Breasts lifts are among the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the nation, and for good reason. Women choose to undergo the procedure to attain a wide range of benefits, which include:

  • Firmer, shapelier breasts: If you have noticed that your breasts, which were round and firm in your 20s, are now sagging and pendulous, mastopexy can restore their look and feel.
  • Improved breast position: If you’ve experienced the effects of aging and gravity or have successfully lost considerable weight, you may notice that your breasts rest in a lower position than they once did. Although a good bra may help, surgery may be necessary to remove sagging tissue and lift your breasts to a more attractive position.
  • Younger appearance: Unlike young adult women, older women’s breasts have typically succumbed to the forces of time and gravity, weight fluctuations and child bearing. A breast lift can help you regain your youthful shape.
  • Restored self-confidence: Drooping, pendulous breasts can adversely affect your self-image. Following your mastopexy, your breasts will be perky and attractive, helping you to feel more confident in your appearance.

Is Mastopexy Right For Me?

A breast lift may be beneficial if you would like to improve the contour, position and overall appearance of your breasts. Generally speaking, good breast lift candidates:

  • Want to create a more youthful breast appearance by correcting sagging issues
  • Are generally healthy
  • Are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit prior to the procedure and throughout recovery
  • Have realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish

The best way to know if mastopexy is right for you is to meet personally with Dr. Miller in a confidential, free initial consultation. During this pivotal step in the process, Dr. Miller will work to understand your goals and concerns, answer your questions and explain all of your treatment options. He will determine your candidacy and set realistic expectations for what the procedure can and cannot achieve.

The Breast Lift Procedure

A breast lift, like any cosmetic procedure, is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Your mastopexy will be fully customized, based on your unique body type and specific goals. Breast lifts are out-patient procedures and typically completed in less than two hours. During surgery, Dr. Miller will remove excess skin, tighten remaining skin, reshape the breast mound and reposition the nipple and areola.

Many women choose to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation to enhance the size of the breasts while lifting them to a more youthful position. Dr. Miller will discuss your customized treatment plan, including incision options, during your initial consultation.

What Are the Different Types of Breast Lifts?

There are four main different types of breast lifts. These types include the crescent lift, the peri-areolar or “donut” lift, the vertical or “lollipop” lift, and the inverted T or “anchor” lift. They are named after the incision techniques used during surgery and the shape of the scar they create.

Because each technique corrects different concerns and achieves different results, it is important to visit a provider who has experience with all three. If you have a very small amount of sagging, the crescent lift might be best. Meanwhile, the “donut” lift targets mild sagging and leaves a single scar. The “lollipop” lift is typically used to address moderate sagging and deliver more extensive reshaping. Lastly, the “anchor” lift provides the most dramatic reshaping and corrects significant drooping. Dr. Miller can determine which approach will work best for you.

Will a Breast Lift Without Implants Make Breasts Look Smaller or Larger?

Breast lift surgery will not make your breasts look smaller or larger. Instead, it will make them look perkier and more youthful. A breast lift alone does not significantly change the size of your breasts. If that is something you are interested in, consider pairing your procedure with breast augmentation. Placing implants during surgery will enhance the size and shape of your breast.

What Kind of Anesthesia Will Be Used During My Breast Lift?

A breast lift can be performed in an outpatient surgical facility or in a hospital setting. It’s most commonly done with general anesthesia. If you are given general anesthesia, you won’t be awake. You will likely be told not to eat or drink anything several hours before surgery. After your procedure, you will need to refrain from driving and doing similarly risky tasks for 24-48 hours. 

What Should I Expect After a Breast Lift?

It is normal to experience moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort after breast lift surgery. You may walk and climb stairs right away but should avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous physical activities. Most breast lift patients return to work within two weeks of the procedure.

Is It Possible To Breastfeed After Breast Lift Surgery?

Most women are able to breastfeed after they have healed from breast lift surgery. The procedure doesn’t typically disturb the mammary glands. If you already had the ability to breastfeed, having breast lift surgery shouldn't change that. However, it is a potential risk.

Should I Wait Until After Pregnancy To Get a Breast Lift?

It is generally safe to get pregnant after having a breast lift. However, doing so will impact your cosmetic results. You may find yourself dealing with breast sagging and low nipple position once more. For that reason, getting a breast lift after your family is complete is a usually better option.

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Breast Lift Incision Options

Dr. Miller creates strategic incisions to lift and re-shape your breast tissue. The incisions are designed to be as discreet as possible, and are chosen based on a variety of considerations, such as the degree of sagging you are currently experiencing that must be corrected.

Based on the specific details of your unique situation, Dr. Miller will recommend one of the following incision types:

  • Donut lift: This procedure involves an incision made around the nipple. It is the least invasive and most discreet incision option, and best suited for women with smaller breasts and only mild sagging issues.
  • Lollipop lift: Also known as a vertical lift, the lollipop lift is performed by making one circular incision around the areola and one vertical incision from the areola to the inframammary fold (breast crease).
  • Anchor lift: Sometimes called an inverted T lift, anchor lifts involve one incision around the outer edge of the areola, one vertical incision from the areola’s lower edge to the breast crease and one along the inframammary fold.
  • Crescent lift: Using this technique, Dr. Miller will make a small incision that extends partially around the edge of the upper half of the areola, in a crescent shape.

The incision type that is best for your procedure will be determined by the shape of your breasts and the degree of your ptosis. Dr. Miller will discuss his recommended approach and all of your options during your initial consultation.

Combining a Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation

Mastopexy is performed to create a tighter and improved overall shape and appearance of the breasts. However, a breast lift alone cannot enhance the volume or size of your breasts. Depending on your unique physical attributes and aesthetic goals, you may choose to combine a breast augmentation with your breast lift.

With breast augmentation, Dr. Miller can help you attain larger, fuller breasts with improved cleavage and symmetry. If you are considering a breast lift and want to know if the procedure is right for you, you’ll need to discuss your goals with Dr. Miller in a free, no-obligation consultation. During this important discussion and evaluation, you will collaborate with Dr. Miller to develop a tailored treatment plan that may include multiple procedures in order to attain the final results you desire.

As with all procedures performed by Dr. Miller, your voice is paramount. You will never be pressured into any procedure nor rushed into making any decisions. This is your life and your transformation. We are here to help you.

Breast Lift Recovery

Following the completion of your mastopexy, Dr. Miller will wrap your breasts in a surgical dressing, which will be taken off during your follow-up appointment. You will need to use a supportive bra for a few more weeks after the procedure. Five to ten days after your surgery, Dr. Miller will remove your sutures.

Some patients experience discoloration and mild swelling after a breast lift. This is completely natural, and will gradually subside during the healing process. Some patients report diminished sensitivity in the nipples, but this effect is usually only temporary.

To ensure optimal healing, you should not lift anything heavy or engage in other strenuous activities for a few weeks after surgery. Depending on the physical demands of their jobs, most patients resume their occupational duties in about a week.

Dr. Miller will thoroughly explain what to expect before and after your breast lift, and provide you with detailed pre and postoperative instructions. Additionally, you are welcome to contact Dr. Miller at any point during the process with questions or concerns. He will schedule recurring follow-up visits with you to ensure your recovery and results are progressing well and as expected.

Why Choose Stephen M. Miller M.D. as Your Breast Lift Surgeon?

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller is committed to impeccable service and world-class results. With over 20 years of proven excellence, he strives to help you look your very best and he won’t settle for anything less.

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Your customized breast lift procedure begins with an extensive personal consultation at our Las Vegas office. During this free consult, you will discuss the issues you would like to correct and work with Dr. Miller to develop an individualized treatment plan to help you achieve a youthful and natural-looking appearance.

Dr. Miller will guide you through each step of the process with honesty and integrity. We know what an important and personal decision plastic surgery is, and we are honored that you entrusted us with your care.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

The cost of breast lift surgery can vary from patient to patient and depends on several key factors, such as:

  • The degree of your ptosis
  • The size and shape of your breasts
  • The position and size of your nipples
  • The amount of excess skin in your breast area
  • Other procedures performed in conjunction with your mastopexy

During your initial consultation, Dr. Miller will discuss these factors with you and help determine the treatment plan that is right for you. You will be provided with a cost estimate and have the opportunity to discuss our payment and financing options with our friendly staff.

Schedule Your Free Breast Lift Consultation In Las Vegas!

To learn more about breast lifts and your candidacy for the procedure, please call 702-369-1001 today to schedule a free consultation with Stephen M. Miller M.D. You can also click here to send us an email contact form, and our staff will help you set up your one-on-one appointment with Dr. Miller. We proudly serve Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin and nearby areas in Nevada.

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