Breast Lift


Breast Lift

A breast lift – also referred to as mastopexy – is a surgical procedure that aims to recounter sagging breasts to achieve a more youthful and healthier look. Plastic surgeons achieve this by reducing excess loose skin and tightening the remaining tissue. Depending on the needs of the patient, the nipples may also be repositioned to the desired position. If you are looking to achieve address sagging and restore breast fullness and shape that may have been lost as a result of aging, nursing, or significant weight loss, a breast lift is the best procedure choice.

Breast Lift is one of the most popular cosemetic surgery procedures. In 2018, for than 109,000 American women recieved this procedure, a 4% increase from the previous year. Studies by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons also shows that this procedure has one of the highest satisfaction rates among patients. More than 96% of women who underwent a mastopexy said they would choose this procedure again if need be.

LA Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans improve their self-confidence and quality of life with breast lift surgery. Dr. Ruston Sanchez works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment plan that will procedure the desired outcome.

Reasons to Undergo a Breast Lift

Many women find that having youthful, perky and attractive breasts helps improve their self-image and confidence. The following unavoidable circumstances can result in breast aesthetics that are less desirable and that negatively impact on your confidence.

  • Significant weight loss – Naturally, weight gain causes the skin in the breast area to stretch to accommodate the increase in volume. Once this weight is lost, the skin may be unable to shrink back to its initial size because it has been stretched too much for too long. This may leave the breasts sagging with loose, wrinkled skin.
  • Aging – The natural process of aging causes the skin to lose collagen and elastin – structural proteins that are responsible for keeping the skin tight and firm. Due to this gradual deterioration, the skin tends to stretch more easily and may be unable to return to its initial form. This may lead to loose skin that cannot adequately support the breast tissue, resulting in a sagging appearance.
  • Pregnancy and nursing – Just like weight gain, pregnancy causes the skin to stretch to accommodate the increase in size. The breasts will return to their normal size after pregnancy and nursing, but loose skin may give them a drooping appearance.

Who Is A Good Candidate For This Procedure

Because mastopexy is a highly individualized procedure, you should only choose to move forward with it to suit your own goals and desires, not to please someone else’s wishes. Typically, ideal candidates for a cosmetic breast lift are women who:

  • Are in good physical and emotional health
  • Have a stable weight or are close to their weight goals
  • Want fuller and shapelier breasts
  • Wish to address a dropping, sagging, or flat breast appearance
  • Wish to reshape or reposition their nipples
  • Have one breast that is lower than the other
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic about the outcome of this procedure

During your initial consultation with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, he will learn about your concerns, ask questions, and assess your breasts to let you know whether this procedure is for you. Surgeons typically require that you quit smoking at least 2 months before the date of the surgery.  Dr. Ruston Sanchez understands that the needs of each patient are unique and works to craft an individualized treatment plan to achieve your goals and desires.

Surgical Technique

Mastopexy is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours to complete. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will place an incision around the areola, as well as one that often extends to the bottom of the breast. The length of the incision will vary from one patient to the other. Dr. Ruston Sanchez makes sure to create a minimal incision that hides well undergarments and swimsuits. The surgeon will then remove excess tissue and skin In many cases, the size of the areola is also reduced to be symmetrical to the new breast size. The surgeon may also use fat transfer to increase breast fullness along with the lift. Dr. Ruston Sanchez employs his extensive experience and advanced surgical techniques to deliver optimal results while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

After Surgery

Following your breast lift procedure in Baton Rouge, Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s team will observe you for a while before you are discharged. In some cases, the surgeon may require that you stay overnight for further monitoring. You will be encouraged to move as soon as you can following the procedure in order to promote blood flow. Most patients experience pain and discomfort over the next few days following surgery. The surgeon may prescribe pain killers to improve your comfort level. Scarring from the incision sites may take up to 18 months to completely resolve. Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s team will provide comprehensive post-op instructions that you should adhere to for a speedy recovery.


Plan Your Breast Lift in Baton Rouge

The cost of mastopexy can vary greatly from one patient to the other depending on the extensiveness of the procedure. Many of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $10,000. This figure can go up significantly if you need breast implants along with the lift. During your initial consultation visit, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate to help you plan ahead. Breast lift takes about 2-4 hours to complete and patients can expect to recover and get back to work within 2 weeks.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs breast lift in his in-office operating room, supported by a full-time anesthesiologist and highly qualified support staff.

Meet Your Surgeon

Dr. Ruston takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your implant removal procedure.

Average Cost

$6,000 – $10,000

Average Recovery Time

2 weeks

Average Procedure Time

2 – 4 hours


What is the cost of breast lift in Baton Rouge?

During your initial appointment, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will pay attention to your needs and create a personalized treatment plan. The surgeon’s team will provide a price estimate to help you get ready for the procedure. Keep in mind that the cost of the treatment can vary greatly from one patient to the other depending on the extensiveness of the procedure. Other factors such as the surgeon’s skills, facility fees, and medical fees.

Will my nipples be repositioned?

In most cases, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will move the nipple-areola complex to achieve the desired aesthetic look. Make sure to discuss your goals with regards to this. The surgeon will discuss the treatment plan in detail and let you know what to expect concerning the surgery and subsequent recovery.

How long will results last?

Following breast lift surgery, patients should expect their breasts to age normally. This essentially means that there may be sagging and dropping with time. Keep in mind though that maintaining steady weight can help make sure that your results last as long as possible (which can be a number of years). If you are planning to carry a pregnancy or breastfeed, make sure to let Dr. Ruston Sanchez know before you move forward with your LA lift in Baton Rouge.

Will my mastopexy fix breast asymmetry?

Breast lift surgery can help address differences in size, firmness, and level of sagging between the two breasts. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will evaluate the physical appearance of your breasts and create an individualized treatment plan to suit your specific needs.

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