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Breast Lift


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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 2-3 hours depending on the degree of “lifting” required. The breast lift procedure is well tolerated with only minor discomfort, and recovery time is brief.

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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.


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“I’m 49 and decided to get a breast lift and implants. Best decision I’ve ever made. A drastic improvement. Thanks, Dr. Humphrey❤️.”

“I cannot thank Dr. Humphrey and staff enough for the outstanding service. My results are better than I ever imagined. 10/10 recommend him for any and all cosmetic needs! ❤️”

“Wonderful experience, my breast lift, and reduction were quick and easy. Dr. Humphrey left my breasts looking very nice and natural. Everyone at the office is very nice and helpful as well. I will be returning for a few tattoo removals.”


What is the average cost of a breast lift at Heartland Plastic & 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. At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, the starting cost for a breast lift is $8,050.00.


How do I determine if a breast lift is needed?

Many women come into my practice desiring youthful breast contour procedures but are unclear whether they need a breast lift or not. In an oversimplified way, breast lift surgery is needed when a woman desires a more lifted or perkier appearance of…

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I am planning a vacation and would like my procedure done before my vacation. How do I decide the correct time?

Frequently, the idea of a nice vacation is a catalyst for seeking consultation regarding cosmetic surgical or non-surgical procedures. Every patient is different. Deciding the correct timing prior to or after a vacation is best may in a one-on-one consultation…

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Should You Go for a Breast Lift or Not?

As women age, experience pregnancy, or weight changes, their breasts may begin to sag. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, you may consider a breast lift. But is this the right decision for you? Here are…

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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?

Yes, Dr. Humphrey requires the patient to stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes, vapes, and other tobacco products decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important to the healing process. We also require patients to eliminate secondhand exposure to all tobacco and marijuana products for the same duration.

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 two weeks 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, 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 surgeon at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery 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.

What do I do next?

At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, J. Stewart Humphrey, MD is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He offers plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Heartland Plastic Surgery is located 4 miles from Downtown Cape Girardeau and 72 miles from Paducah, KY. Your next step is to contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (888) 515-2847 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 today!


Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Dr. J. Stewart Humphrey is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the gold standard for plastic surgery certification in the United States. Dr. Humphrey…

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