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. / / Feb 05, 2013
"Dr. Sorensen is a very skilled surgeon. Did a great job on my procedure. Would definitely recommend him!"- 0. / / Jul 08, 2015
"Dr. Sorensen saw me for a consult for blepharoplasty. There were factors which Dr Sorensen thought an occuloplastic surgeon would need to address so he referred me to one, rather than than trying 2 do surgery just 2 get another pt. He took pics of my eyes & allowed me to keep and/ or give the next surgeon. He & his asst also filled me in on other techniques meant 2 improve my appearance. Dr. S. was kind & patient and explained things well. He sent me off - with no charge???? Staff was also friendly."- D.J. / / Jun 16, 2015
"Dr. Dean Sorensen is a gifted surgeon! He spent a great deal of time with my mother and I discussing the options for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy and was very patient with our questions. He was kind and warm yet very professional during a very difficult discussion. My mother is very pleased the surgical reconstruction and was delighted with the final result. I would highly recommend him to anyone. His nurse Val and medical aesthetician Harmony are just as friendly and patient, everyone was so wonderful to work with during an emotional experience."- A.F. / / Feb 11, 2014
"I absolutely LOVE Dr. Sorenson and his staff. Dr. Sorenson repaired a botched Rhynoplasty that another Boise doctor had performed on me. I was so scared going in a second time for this procedure because of the horrible experience I had with Dr. Griffiths in Boise for the first one. Dr. Griffiths had NOT fixed my deviated septum, he had NOT gotten rid of the bump in my nose, and he had NOT reduced the wideness of the tip of my nose, as requested, but he made my nose longer and wider. At my follow up appointment with Dr, Griffith I cried, but he said he had done all he could with what he had to work with. Well, then, over a year later I met Dr. Sorenson. I now have the nose I always wanted and I can breathe!! He made all the changes I had asked for. He is amazing! My hero :-) "- E.B. / / Apr 14, 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.