Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery specializes in breast lifts for Northern Virginia, Maryland & Washington, D.C.

Northern Virginia Breast LiftAs we age, our breasts lose the lift and shape of our youth. Genetics, pregnancy, and gravity all take a toll on our body. For women who wish to increase the lift and perkiness of their breasts, Austin-Weston offers breast lift Surgery.

Often performed with breast augmentation surgery, breast lift surgery is a procedure that is designed to restore breasts to a more youthful place and shape. We offer different variations of this breast augmentation procedure and during your consultation your physician will review surgical options. Breast Lift surgery will remove excess skin and tissue as your bust line is tightened and lifted. Your areola will be re-positioned and your curves will be restored to a more youthful state.

Breast Lift surgery incisions vary depending on the gravity of your sagging. Typically, a breast lift incision is made around your areola and possibly down the front (often referred to as a lollipop incision). Some patients may require an anchor incision along the breast fold if they have excessive sagging. The physicians at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery will do their best to give you the best possible result using the least amount of incisions.

Are Breast Implants Necessary for Breast lift Surgery?

Breast Lift surgery can be done with or without breast implants. Some individuals may not want to increase the fullness of their breasts and may elect to only have breast lift surgery. Others may benefit from breast implants for added fullness, especially after nursing. Some patients may decided to first have breast augmentation surgery and then have breast lift surgery later. The physicians at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery will do their best to help you understand the pros and cons of using breast implants for your breast lift surgery.

Breast Implants

Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, styles and profiles and are filled with either saline or silicone gel. All breast implants that we currently offer to patients are FDA approved. Each offers a level of security and patients can choose the best for them. Based on your measurements, we will work with you to select the best profile to fit your body type and shape to achieve the most natural look. Ultimately, you make the decision and choose the breast implant best for you!

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are an excellent choice for patients who are ready to have breast augmentation along with their breast lift surgery, but unsure if they want gel breast implants. The breast implants are filled once they have been placed in the breast pocket. There are several choices for your breast augmentation incision site and the doctor may recommend one based on your body type. The incisions will gradually fade with time. Saline implants are filled with salt water. If the breast implant shell ruptures, the saline will be absorbed by your body. Breast implant failure rates vary from each manufacturer, but a yearly average rate is less than 1%.

If patients select a saline breast implant, they are invited to participate in a Breast Implant Follow-up Study. Patients will be reimbursed by the manufacturer a total of $100 over a 10-year period. Patients will also receive a yearly questionnaire and will receive a $10 check for completing it.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Silicone gel breast implants are now available to patients who are 22 years old or older. Gel breast implants offer a lot of benefits and may be recommended by your physician. This is a personal decision and the physicians at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery will work with you to help you select the best breast implant for you. Benefits of gel breast implants include:

  • Breast gel implants can look and feel more natural
  • Breast gel implants have a less chance of wrinkling over saline implants
  • Breast gel implants are an excellent choice for patients who are very thin or smaller in frame

Gel breast implants come pre-filled. The physicians at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery have more than 20 years of experience using gel breast implants. They were chosen to participate in studies leading to their FDA approval. Patients are very excited to have the option of gel implants!

If patients select a gel breast implant, they are invited to participate in a Breast Implant Follow-up Study. Patients will be reimbursed by the manufacturer a total of $400 over a 10-year period. There will be three office visits at 1-year, 4-year and 10-year. After the visit, the patient will eligible for a $100 coupon towards any aesthetic procedure at the Austin-Westin Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Patients will also receive a yearly questionnaire and will receive a $10 check for completing it. All coupons and checks come directly from the implant manufacturer.

Breast Implant Warranty

All breast implants come with warranties and breast implant manufacturers also offer extended warranties. Detailed information will be given to you during your consultation or pre-op visit.

Breast Implants: Over or Under the Muscle?

Breast implants can be placed over and under the muscle. Typically, our physicians prefer to place them under your muscle for the most natural look.

By placing the implants over the muscle, there is the possibility that you could see the outline of the implant. Patients who benefit placing the implants over the muscle include athletes who do a tremendous amount of chest exercises or women who simply want smaller implants. Regular exercise and weight-lifting is acceptable and should not cause any damage to your implant or pocket.

Breast Lift Incision Sites

Our physicians at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery provide the option of several incision sites for breast lift surgery. Incisions vary depending on the gravity of your sagging. Typically, an incision is made around your areola and possibly down the front (often referred to as a lollipop incision). Some patients may require an anchor incision along the breast fold if they have excessive sagging.

Breast Lift Surgery

All breast lift surgery is performed at our fully-accredited surgery center, located within our facility in Reston, Virginia. The surgery center is staffed with licensed specialists and work as a team to enhance your surgical experience.

The breast lift surgery itself usually takes about two hours or more and patients are able to recover in post-op before going home. Patients are cared for by our skilled staff and they will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable. After anesthesia is administered, the physician will give you a local anesthetic in your breast area to control bleeding and also help you in your initial recovery process. Pain pumps are an option to patients and the pumps will help you with your pain management for several days. The physicians at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery take great care to place the breast implants as symmetrically as possible to give you the best possible result.

If you decided to have breast implants along with your breast lift surgery, patients are then wrapped in a surgical bra, which helps to keep the breast implants in place. Patients are released to go home with their support person(s) when the staff feels they can safely do so.

Patients return to our office the following day after their breast lift surgery and checked to insure the recovery is going appropriately. They will return after a week and the sutures are taken out and the pain pumps are removed. Our staff will work with you to understand the recovery process, explain how breast implants settle and how the breast shape adjusts.

Anesthesia for Breast Lift Surgery

Our full-time anesthesia staff provides a range of options for anesthesia, including General and IV-Sedation for your breast lift surgery. All of your anesthesia options will be reviewed with you before your surgery and will be selected based on prior surgical experience and also based on your current health.

Pain Pump for Breast Lift Surgery

Pain pumps are an option with breast lift surgery and patients rave about them. The pumps automatically administer a numbing solution to your breast area, helping with the recovery process. The pump sits inside a small fanny pack, which you wear around your waist during the recovery process.

Recovery for Breast Lift Surgery

Recovery differs from patient to patient. Most patients do report pain during the first few days following surgery and feel much better by the end of the first week. Breast lift surgery patients are asked to take off a minimum of one week of work and most return to work after that. Most patients are back to normal before one month. Most patients report a tightness feeling in their chest area and some may also experience different tingling sensations as their nerves heal.

Exercise after Breast Lift Surgery

Exercise and strenuous activity is to be avoided for three weeks following breast lift surgery. Patients can gradually start to do simple exercises before that time. We do ask to refrain from chest work for a minimum of one month following surgery (for example, bench presses & push-ups). We encourage patients to listen to their body and not over do it. It is also important that patients understand that your heart rate and blood pressure can increase significantly during exercise, which can cause bleeding.

Breast Implants Settling after Surgery

Patients are typically swollen after their breast lift surgery and breast implants can sometimes appear higher in your chest area. The swelling will go down and we will work with you to help your breast implants settle faster. Our staff will show you simple massaging exercises which you will do to help keep the pocket open and your implants in place. On occasion, medications are prescribed.

Breast Lift Costs

The approximate cost of breast lift surgery is listed below. Because each surgery can be different, an accurate quote will be given to you at your consultation. There is a small additional fee for pain pumps. Anesthesia and OR fees are billed per hour.

Risks for Breast Lift Surgery

Though breast lift surgery is a relatively safe procedure, there are complications and risks associated with any surgical procedure. The list below is not comprehensive and the risks will be discussed fully at your consultation visit. Some of the risks include:

  • Infection can happen after any breast augmentation surgery and all patients receive a prescription for antibiotics.
  • Feeling in the breast and nipple can intensify or decrease after surgery but should return to normal.
  • If you have breast implants, capsular contracture is a complication that can occur. Scar tissue can form around the implant and then tighten and shrink down. This can cause the implant to feel hard. Capsular contracture can sometimes be corrected with medicine. But other times, surgery will be required to remove the capsule tissue and to possibly replace the implant.
  • Breast implant deflation is another possible complication of breast augmentation surgery. Saline-filled breast implants can deflate when the solution leaks through an unsealed or damaged valve or through a rupture in the breast implant itself. Gel breast implants can also rupture and the silicone gel will most likely remain within the shell, remaining undetected. It can also pool next to the implant. The only way to detect gel breast implant ruptures may be to have an MRI.

Mammogram after Breast Lift Surgery

Patients with breast implants are still able to get yearly mammograms after their surgery. The technician performing the mammograms will need to be told that you have breast implants. They will perform the mammogram using different views and they may take additional pictures. Some degree of breast tissue may be hidden by the breast implant. Some patients elect to get a mammogram prior to their surgery and this is advisable for some patients depending on age and family history.

Breast Implant Wrinkling

Saline breast implants have a higher chance of visible wrinkling under the skin that can be noticeable. Occasionally, the edge of the breast implant can be felt. Breast implants can be removed and replaced with gel breast implants, which have a less chance of wrinkling. Many patients are able to detect this wrinkling, but it does not bother them.

Breast Feeding After Breast Lift Surgery

Many patients with breast implants have nursed their babies successfully. However, any breast lift surgery can theoretically interfere with your ability to breastfeed.

Consultation for Breast Lift Surgery

Scheduling a consultation with one of our physicians at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery is your first step to enhancing breasts. During the consultation, your physician will spend time with you and will answer your questions regarding your goals. During your examination, your physician will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for this procedure. Based on your measurements, you will be able to understand how implants are sized and you will be able to choose the breast implant that best suits you. Your Patient Coordinator is your liaison and will work with you to make this a smooth process. She will spend time with you and explain the complete process. You will be able to try on the breast implants and get an idea of what is proportionate to you.

Insurance

Insurance coverage may be an option for some patients. Some insurance companies will provide coverage for certain procedures, however, many factors can influence your eligibility. Each insurance company will have different criteria for coverage. We are an out-of-network provider, but we will be happy to assist you in this process by handling all necessary paperwork to help you obtain any reimbursement that you are entitled to.

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