A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a tightening technique to raise breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. Boise plastic surgeon, Dr. Dean Sorensen, performs this surgery to improve patients’ breasts to create a more youthful appearance. In some procedures, silicone or saline implants may be used to improve the size and shape of the breast. Women choose to have a breast lift following pregnancy, nursing or weight loss. Dr. Sorensen works with patients from the Boise area to achieve an optimal outcome, one that includes a tighter, younger appearance with lasting results.
"Dr. Sorensen is a unique combination of an extremely talented surgeon and an easy-to-talk-to doctor that takes an interest in his patients and their needs. He loves what he does and he likes people. It shows in the quality of his work and the way he interacts with his patients."- T. / Vitals / Feb 05, 2013
"I had been contemplating a breast augmentation for the last couple of years. I can honestly say, it was the best decision I have ever made to go through with it. I have three kids and breastfed each of them. I was already small to begin with, so as I?m sure you can imagine they were non-existent after them. If you?re thinking about doing it all I can say is, DO IT! I promise you won?t regret it! Dr Sorenson, Val and Harmony were all so wonderful in making me feel comfortable and welcome. Dr Sorenson took the time to explain everything and he really listened to what I wanted. Val and Harmony were so patient and kind, they let me come back multiple times to try on different sizes with different shirts to make sure I was making the right choice. In the end I wish I wouldn?t have waited so long. I will continue to go back to Dr Sorenson for anything else I may want done. I will continue to refer anyone and everyone I know that may be interested in having any plastic surgery procedure done. "- B.H. / Google+ / Nov 19, 2015
"35 Years Old, 3 Kids and a Much Need Breast Augmentation! - Boise, ID - Dr Sorenson, Val and Harmony were all so wonderful in making me feel comfortable and welcome. Dr Sorenson took the time to explain everything and he really listened to what I wanted. Val and Harmony were so patient and kind, they let me come back multiple times to try on different sizes with different shirts to make sure I was making the right choice. In the end I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long. I will continue to go back to Dr Sorenson for anything else I may want done. I will continue to refer anyone and everyone I know that may be interested in having any plastic surgery procedure done. - - I had been contemplating a breast augmentation for the last couple of years. I can honestly say, it was the best decision I have ever made to go through with it. I have three kids and breastfed each of them. I was already small to begin with, so as I’m sure you can imagine they were non-existent after them. If you’re thinking about doing it all I can say is, DO IT! I promise you won’t regret it!"- B. / RealSelf / Nov 19, 2015
"Doctor Sorenson was amazing and so caring about my well being and how I was healing . He saw me every day until he knew I was going to be okay .. Val Rad was such a pleasure to deal with and now I consider her a friend !! Amazingly professional , caring and accommodating .. I would go back in a heartbeat!!"- S.S. / Vitals / Oct 24, 2015
"Dr.Sorenson and his staff are friendly and professional. They listened to me and answered all of my questions. I am very happy with the procedures that I had and the time and care I recieved. "- D.E. / Google+ / Oct 16, 2015
The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. If implants are a part of the procedure, whether silicone or saline, they are placed under the pectoralis muscle. This method provides additional support and helps to keep the breasts in a higher position for a longer period of time. In situations where a larger implant is desired, a supportive tissue matrix may be used as a sling to hold the implants in place.
The degree of lift will determine how many incisions are needed. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are repositioned for a natural placement. The sutures during this procedure are placed deep in the breast wall to secure and hold the breast up firmly. There are several incision placements to consider:
- Around the curvature of the areola (the tissue immediately surrounding the nipple)
- Vertically on the bottom of the areola, down to the crease under the breast
- Horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. Operative time in most cases is between 1-2 hours. Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with another body contouring procedure. Most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process. Most women are able to resume their normal routines within 6-8 weeks. This includes running and weight training.
The average cost for a breast lift is about $8,800. These costs will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. If breast implants are placed during the lift procedure, the total cost will increaseIf breast implants are placed during the lift procedure, the total cost will increase $750 for saline implants and $1,750 for silicone implants.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Total Cost
- $8,800 - $10,550
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Lift or Implants?@headingTag>
Breast augmentation surgery with implants will help with size, but it will not help women if their breasts sag or droop downward past a certain point. Some doctors may use implants to help with sagging. With this approach, the immediate results may look better, but the additional weight causes the breasts to sag further. Some women find a breast lift is the only procedure they need to obtain the fullness they desire and determine implants aren’t necessary. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both will attain the best results.
During a breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola will be placed in a location on the breast that is natural and proportionate. The goal during this surgery is to reduce the size of the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) so it looks balanced with the new breast size and shape.
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There is no way to avoid making the necessary incisions to complete a breast lift procedure. Therefore, some scarring will result from this procedure. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. Most women feel that the physical results following a breast lift procedure are worth the scars left behind. During the consultation, we will provide detailed post-operative scar care instructions.
Breast reduction surgery may also be combined with a breast lift to help a patient achieve the size and shape she desires. The breast reduction surgery procedure is very similar to a lift, but with the added step of removing more breast tissue in conjunction with excess skin. More information on this procedure can be found on the breast reduction page.