Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Charlotte, NC
Are you struggling with sagging, drooping breasts? Whether you’ve experienced changes from aging or pregnancy, a breast lift (mastopexy) from board-certified Dr. Klein and board-eligible Dr. Andrew Kochuba will lift your breasts to give them a perkier appearance. HKB Renaissance Plastic Surgery is a leading breast lift (mastopexy) plastic surgery practice serving women in Charlotte, Salisbury, Harrisburg, Concord and surrounding areas of North Carolina.
What is a Breast Lift?
There are several reasons why your breasts may hang down rather than have a perky appearance. Aging causes you to lose fat in your breasts while pregnancy stretches the skin. Some women have breasts that naturally have less volume in the upper portion, so they hang downward. Whatever the reason that your breasts have a sagging appearance, a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, will lift your breasts, so they sit higher on your chest.
Benefits of Mastopexy
A breast lift will not change the shape or size of your breasts like a breast augmentation. Instead, the surgery removes excess skin to lift the breasts. Your breasts may look fuller after the surgery, but this is not the primary intent of the procedure. After your breast lift, you will feel more confident about your appearance, and you may also find that bras and clothing fit better. Some women also experience less stress on their shoulders because the breasts are not hanging low on the chest and being held up by a bra.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Women who are ideal candidates for mastopexy surgery have breasts that hang low on the chest. In most cases, the nipples point downward. If you can place a pen under your breast and it stays in place, you are probably a good candidate for a breast lift.
What Do I Need to Do Before Mastopexy?
We recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba to learn more about mastopexy. They can help provide realistic expectations for the procedure while developing a treatment recommendation based on their patient-centered approach.
How Long Does It Take to Perform a Breast Lift?
Mastopexy takes one to three hours depending on the technique used by Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba. They will use an incision pattern of concentric circles around the areola, which is typically recommended for less severe cases of sagging breasts, or an anchor-shaped incision for moderate to severe sagging. The length of the surgery also depends on the other anatomical changes that need to be made during the surgery.
What to Expect After Mastopexy
We perform breast lifts in our surgical suite, so you will not need to stay overnight in the hospital. Your breasts will be wrapped with a compression bandage to help with healing. Your breasts will be sore for the first three days, and non-prescription pain medication can be used for the discomfort. After 48 to 72 hours, you will need to return to our office to have the bandages removed. Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba will evaluate your progress and assess your symptoms. After 14 days, the sutures are removed.
Expect your breasts to be tender and bruised. You may also notice that your nipples and breasts are numb. This is normal and may take up to six weeks to resolve. Plan on taking two weeks off from work to rest at home. You will need to avoid exercise and strenuous activities until you are released by Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba. Do not use bras with underwires as this can impede the healing process.
Will I Have Scars After Getting a Breast Lift?
You will have scars that will be pinkish at first and then fade to tan or light brown over the following months. The scars are located around the areola (the dark area around the nipple) and possibly from the areola to the breast crease under the breast. People will not notice the scars except on close examination.
When Will I See the Results?
You may see some initial results right after the surgery, depending on the extent of surgery performed. Due to the lengthy healing process, however, you should be patient with your body and wait for several weeks before assessing the results.
How Long Will the Results of Mastopexy Last?
Mastopexy is a cosmetic surgery for sagging breasts. The procedure, though, will not stop the aging process or effects of pregnancy on your breasts. We recommend that you wait until you have had your last child before having a breast lift to minimize the chance of needing the surgery again in the future.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in Charlotte?
Your medical insurance will not help with the cost of a breast lift, so you will need to pay out-of-pocket. Once we have determined your treatment plan during your consultation appointment, we will give you an accurate cost of the surgery. Payment can be made by cash, check and major credit card. Financing is available through CareCredit®.
A breast lift will make significant improvements to the breasts that have lost volume or begun to sag due to pregnancy and aging. Plastic surgeons Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba of HKB Renaissance Plastic Surgery specialize in mastopexy (breast lift surgery) for women in Charlotte, Salisbury, Harrisburg, Concord and surrounding areas of North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.