Breast Lift and Augmentation
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery offers breast lifts and augmentation to patients in Jackson, Cape Girardeau, and the surrounding communities in Missouri.
What is a breast lift and breast augmentation?
Breast lifts are often done in combination with breast augmentations to achieve the most desirable effect and rejuvenate the whole bust area. It can correct size discrepancies in breasts and issues such as sagging to give patients a tighter, more appealing figure.
During the breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, excess skin is removed from around the areola and occasionally from the bottom of the breast. The skin is then rearranged to tighten the skin envelope. The nipple and areola are elevated to a more natural position.
Breast lifts can correct sagging or stretching that occurs from natural events like age and pregnancy or from a large weight gain or loss. It is a straightforward procedure done under general anesthesia, and usually takes only 1-2 hours to perform.
After the breasts have been raised, breast augmentation (breast implants) can be added to the procedure with relative ease. A saline-filled or silicone implant is placed underneath the breast tissue or the chest muscle with incisions in the fold along the lower part of the breast, along the lower half of the skin around the areola or even in the armpit. The implant is adjusted to the right size and proportion before closing the incision. Breast augmentation is done under general anesthesia, and recovery time varies according to the placement of the implants and the amount of breast tissue present before the procedure. Usually recovery involves only moderate discomfort for a matter of days.
- What is breast augmentation using Vectra 3D?
- Can I see before and after pictures of people in the Cape Girardeau area?
- What is the average cost of a breast augmentation and breast lift at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri? Is there a charge for a consultation?
- Is financing available? And will insurance cover any of my fees?
- Do I have to stop smoking before a breast lift and breast augmentation procedure?
- Will it cost more if the breast augmentation is submuscular or by incision site?
- Is there a better time of year to have a breast augmentation and breast lift performed?
- Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for surgery?
- How do I know which type of breast lift is better for me, and whether I need an implant at the same time as my breast lift?
- What do I do next to find out more?
- Additional Breast Enhancement Procedures
What is breast augmentation using Vectra 3D?
The Vectra 3D camera allows you to see what your body would look like with different sizes and types of implants. You can also get a feel for what a breast lift would look like in conjunction with the augmentation. Vectra software allows patients to see the exact size and position of each breast, and since asymmetry is very common, your surgeon can plan to compensate if necessary.
Can I see before and after pictures of people in the Cape Girardeau area?
Schedule an affordable and friendly consult with our surgeons to see before and after pictures of patients who have undergone breast lifts in conjunction with breast augmentations. See for yourself the positive difference these procedures have made.
What is the average cost of a breast augmentation and breast lift at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri? Is there a charge for a consultation?
The cost of the procedure will vary based upon the extent of surgery necessary for the lift as well as the type of implant you decide for your ideal look. There is an $85 charge for consultation, which comes out of the total price of the procedure if you schedule within six months. After six months, a new consult may be needed to go over any changes in your medical history.
Is financing available? And will insurance cover any of my fees?
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts several types of payments including cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with an outside agency. Breast lifts and breast augmentations are not covered by commercial insurance and must be paid in full before surgery. Please make sure to have all financing arrangements completed in advance with a finance company of your choice.
Do I have to stop smoking before a breast lift and breast augmentation procedure?
Our medical staff recommends that the patient quit smoking at least one month before smoking and one month after, due to cigarettes’ adverse effect on healing. Nicotine decreases blood supply to the skin, and this is crucial during the healing process. At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, we highly recommend that patients decrease their exposure to secondhand smoke as well.
Will it cost more if the breast augmentation is submuscular or by incision site?
There is no increase in fee to insert breast implants in a submuscular position as that is how most of our augmentations are performed. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss which position is best for you and your unique body type. Likewise, the selection of the incision site will be determined after examination of your breasts and after taking into account your concerns regarding scarring.
Is there a better time of year to have a breast augmentation and breast lift performed?
You should choose a date where you will have the optimal amount of time to heal. After breast augmentation surgery, you will have a 10-15 pound lifting restriction (including children) for at least 10 days following the procedure. You also need to make adjustments to your work or home life due to standard recovery factors like swelling and being on pain medication. In some cases, patients can have the procedure done over a long weekend, but in other cases patients may need to take a couple weeks off.
Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for surgery?
You must cease taking any blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before surgery to reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma. You may need medical clearance from your doctor and instructions on how to stop these medications if you are on prescription blood thinners. We also need all herbal medications or diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before and one week following surgery. Overall, the patient must be in good health to have an elective cosmetic procedure performed. If there are any questions regarding your health, it may require medical clearance from your primary care doctor.
How do I know which type of breast lift is better for me, and whether I need an implant at the same time as my breast lift?
There are four main types of incisions used for a breast lift. These include: crescent lift, periareolar, periareolar with a vertical component (lollipop), and full breast lift (anchor incision). Our expert surgeons will do a series of measurements to determine the degree of drooping, or ptosis, of the breast and select the right incision for your surgery. The goal is always to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result with the least amount of scarring. Likewise, the surgeons will listen to all of your concerns and goals during your consultation to determine whether implants are best to achieve your desired results.
What do I do next to find out more?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. They offer plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Your next step is to contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (573) 837-1610 to schedule your initial breast lift and breast augmentation consultation. We suggest that you bring a list of questions to your initial visit so your surgeon can best advise you in every aspect. Make the call today and improve your self-image now!
Additional Breast Enhancement Procedures
David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Cape Girardeau County, Bollinger County, Perryville, and Dexter. Contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (573) 837-1610 to schedule your breast lift and augmentation consultation!