If you have sagging breasts from pregnancy, natural aging or weight loss, talk to Indianapolis Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata about your options for a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a breast lift with augmentation.
Why Get a Breast Lift?
As a result of pregnancy, weight loss and the natural aging process, the breast loses volume and you will see a change in breast size and breast shape. Breast volume loss is most obvious in the upper breast.
The result of breast volume loss is a loss of the attractive slope and fullness of the upper breast; also the nipple drops and may point downward. The combination of loose skin and breast volume loss reduces the support of the remaining breast, which collapses like a deflated balloon.
Breast Lift Technique in Indianapolis, Indiana
During your consultation with Dr. Fata at his Indianapolis, Indiana office, he will take a series of measurements and ask you if you want to increase your breast size as well as improve your breast shape. Your personal goals and your breast exam will allow Dr. Fata to recommend the right breast lift procedure for you.
If your breast sagging is mild and you want to add breast volume, a breast augmentation may be all you need. A breast augmentation provides some lift effect for the nipple and breast, and it restores the fullness of the upper breast.
If your breast sagging is advanced, you will need a breast lift. Don’t be tempted to choose a breast augmentation without a breast lift because the weight of a breast implant in a breast with stretched-out skin will make a bad situation worse.
Dr. Fata uses the "doughnut" (peri-areolar) lift as well as the “vertical breast lift” technique, and was one of the first plastic surgeons in Indianapolis, Indiana to offer the vertical lift procedure. He may recommend the "doughnut" (peri-areolar) technique if your sagging is fairly mild and you have good quality breast skin. Otherwise, he will recommend the vertical lift. Dr. Fata never uses the "anchor" breast lift technique because it results in much longer scars and has a high rate of "bottoming out".
In the “vertical breast lift”, the nipple is lifted and the remaining breast is reshaped into a more youthful appearance This technique can be used with or without a breast implant. The only scars are around the nipple and a short vertical scar. In a “doughnut (peri-areolar) breast lift”, a doughnut-shaped rim of breast skin is removed around the nipple, and the only scar is a circular scar around the boarder of the nipple. This technique lifts the nipple and the breast tissue beneath it, and will remove excess breast skin. It is most effective when combined with a breast augmentation.
Combining Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation
If you want to have a breast lift and increase breast size, a breast lift with augmentation using a breast implant is ideal. In a breast lift with augmentation, standard breast lift techniques are used and a breast implant is placed under the muscle.
Breast Lift Recovery
You will leave the surgery center in Carmel, Indiana wearing a surgical bra, and you should replace it within 24 hours with a comfortable sports bra to be worn “24/7” for four weeks to keep the breasts in their proper position.
Dr. Fata has designed a "Breast Augmentation 24 Hour Recovery Program", and you can apply these guidelines to your breast lift recovery. Your follow-up visits with Dr. Fata in Indianapolis, Indiana will also be the same.
To assist you with your breast lift, Dr. Fata has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions based on his extensive experience with breast lift procedures in Indianapolis.
Breast Lift Costs
The approximate cost of a breast lift, including the surgeon's, anesthesiologist's, and surgery center’s fees for a three hour procedure, is $6,469. In a combined breast lift/augmentation, the cost is higher to allow for increased surgery time and the cost of the implant. If Dr. Fata determines that the procedure time will be shorter than is customary, the costs will be reduced accordingly.
Schedule Your Appointment
Dr. Joseph Fata performs breast lift surgery on his patients in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana. Schedule your consultation with our online tool or by calling 317-565-1009.