Mastopexy (Breast Lift) in Cape Girardeau, MO
Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery specializes in breast lifts for patients from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston and surrounding areas
What is a breast lift?
Also known as breast mastopexy, a breast lift repositions or “lifts” breasts that sag or have become stretched. This sagging usually results from pregnancy or a large weight gain or loss.
Incisions for this breast surgery procedure are placed around the areola and, at times, underneath each breast. During the breast lift surgery, 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 are often done in combination with breast augmentation to achieve the most desirable effect.
A breast lift is usually performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery and normally takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on the degree of “lifting” required. The breast lift procedure is well tolerated with only minor discomfort, and recovery time is brief.
Breast Lift using Vectra 3D
The Vectra 3D camera captures a three dimensional photograph of you, which is then processed by software to display the virtual model on a computer monitor. It can be rotated on the screen and viewed from almost any angle. The software then allows your doctor to apply simulation tools that change the size, shape and position of your breasts to achieve the desired appearance. Once you are satisfied with the result, your doctor will develop a surgical plan based on the changes you have made.
During your consultation visit, your surgeon will show you before and after pictures of patients who have undergone a breast lift procedure. You will be able to see firsthand the difference the procedure made for these people.
What is the average cost of a breast lift at Heartland Cosmetic & Hand Surgery? Is there a charge for the consultation?
The costs associated with a breast lift will vary depending on the extent of surgery necessary, and whether or not it is done in conjunction with an augmentation or reduction. There is an $85 charge for the consultation, which is taken off the price of the procedure if you decide to schedule your breast lift within six months. After six months, a new consultation may be scheduled at the Cape Girardeau location to review any changes in your medical history.
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts several types of payment. They are cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with an outside agency. Cosmetic breast lift surgery is not covered by commercial insurance and must be paid in full before surgery. Make sure financing arrangements are made in advance with a financing company of your choice.
Do I have to stop smoking before a breast lift procedure?
We would like for the patient to stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important to the healing process. We hope Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau patients can decrease their exposure not only to firsthand but also to secondhand smoke.
Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for surgery?
To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, you must stop taking blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and after surgery. If you are on prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance from your family doctor as well as instructions on how to stop these medications. We also want all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before surgery and one week following surgery.
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, cosmetic surgeries are elective procedures. We require our patients to be in overall good health before the surgery can be performed. If there are questions regarding your health, medical clearance from your family doctor may be required.
What are the types of breast lifts and how do I determine what is best for me?
There are four types of incisions for a breast lift: crescent lift, periareolar, periareolar with vertical component (lollipop), and full breast lift (anchor incision). We will do a series of measurements to determine the degree of ptosis (drooping) of the breast and select the best incision for your surgery. Our goal is to have an aesthetically pleasing result with the least amount of scarring.
How do I know if I need an implant at the same time as my breast lift?
This can best be determined during your consultation. The caring breast surgeons at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau will listen to your concerns and goals. Together you will determine if implants are needed to achieve your desired result.
Is there a better time of year to have the breast lift performed?
You should choose a time during which you can allow yourself enough time to heal. After a breast lift, you will have a 10-15 pound lifting restriction (that will include lifting children) for at least 10 days following surgery. You also have to make adjustments at work due to swelling and being on pain medication. If you have a desk job, you might be able to take off one long weekend to a week to have the procedure done.
Additional Breast Enhancement Procedures
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift and Augmentation
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction
What do I do next?
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 in Cape Girardeau today at (573) 837-1610 to schedule your initial breast lift consultation. To make sure your surgeon answers all of your questions, please make a list of them and bring them to the initial visit. Make this important step and call us now!
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 consultation!