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Breast Lift Surgery

Several variables can take a toll on a woman’s body and especially breasts, causing them to hang or sag and lose their youthful fullness, shape and firmness. These variables could be a result due to pregnancy, nursing, heredity, excessive weight loss, aging and our worst friend--gravity.

Due to the adverse effects from these factors, this could cause a woman to feel self-conscious and unhappy with her breasts appearance. Many women turn to plastic surgery for improvement to fix these concerns.

At Cultura, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons can perform breast lift surgery or a “mastopexy procedure” to correct the problem of sagging or hanging breast tissue. Through surgical breast lift techniques, this very popular cosmetic surgery in the Washington DC metro area can successfully restore breasts to their natural shape and size with this procedure.

Mastopexy or breast lift surgery is a highly customized procedure and designed to address each patient’s particular needs--no two breast lift procedures are the same. During your first consultation, you will have the opportunity to share your goals and concerns with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons and learn if this breast lift enhancement procedure is great for you.

Ideal Candidates for a Breast Lift Procedure Include:

You may qualify as an ideal candidate for breast lift surgery if you are physically and psychologically of optimal healthy, have realistic goals and expectations, and qualify with one or more of the following:

  • Breasts that noticeably hang or sag unnaturally
  • Breasts that are proportionally in size (Large, heavy breasts can be lifted, but longer-lasting results for smaller breasts.)
  • Breasts that lack in substance or firmness
  • Nipples and areolas that point downward (particularly if they are positioned below the crease of the breast)

Breast Lift Techniques at Cultura

There are multiple breast lift trends in Washington DC that can be used to lift and reshape the breasts. The particular methods and techniques used for each procedure will be based on several factors, including the extent or degree of the patient’s sagging (“ptosis”) and cosmetic needs or goals.

Lollipop Lift

Similar to the Bennelli Lift below, the lollipop lift is best suited for clients with mild ptosis, those who have too much sagging breast tissue for the Bennelli Lift, and not enough for a full mastopexy. This method involves two incisions; one is made around the areola and the other runs straight down, from under the areola to the crease of the breast.

Benelli Lift

Also known as an “periareolar lift” or “donut mastopexy,” the Benelli Lift involves an incision that is made circumferentially around the areola.

A donut-shaped piece of tissue is then removed through the incision. With this technique, on occasion, a tiny more tissue is removed above the areola to help provide an effective lifting aesthetic, as comparable to the crescent lift.

Crescent Lift

The “crescent lift” technique, also known as “partial or half mastopexy,” is the most popular surgical procedure chosen. This in demand surgical method is for patients who have mild ptosis and desire a subtle breast lift. It includes the removal of a crescent-shaped piece of breast tissue above the areola and then reconstructing the tissue to a higher position.

Mastopexy Lift

Also known as a “formal mastopexy” or “wise-pattern lift,” full mastopexy involves an anchor-shaped incision that is made just below the level of the lower breast. This method removes excess skin to the highest degree, offering the greatest amount of lifting.

Potential Risks and Complications

Every plastic surgery procedure has its own set of potential risks. However, when performed in the care of a qualified specialist, such as with a board-certified plastic surgeon, complications are very seldom and considered rare. Some of the potential complications that may develop after breast lift surgery could include: infection, asymmetry, or permanent loss of sensation in the nipples.

Washington DC Breast Lift Cost

The overall cost of breast lift surgery varies with each patient, and is based on several factors. The fees involved with this procedure are the:

  • Operating room fees
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Medical tests
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Post-surgical garments

*If breast lift surgery is combined with a breast augmentation, the cost of saline or silicone gel implants will contribute to the overall fee*

Breast Lift Recovery DC

Compression dressings or bandages will be applied to your breasts after the procedure is completed. These will be worn for a few days and you will need to wear elastic garments or compression bra to help reduce swelling and provide any well needed support.

Sometimes, it is also common for patients to feel only minimal sensation in or around the nipple and areola regions of the breast. This may take a few weeks to a year before sensation returns to normal. Incisions will appear a red or pinkish color initially, and will take a few days or weeks to resolve.

Be sure to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions regarding when to return to work and resume normal activities. In many cases, patients can go back to work within about a week after surgery, and mild to normal exercises may be resumed after several weeks. It is normal to experience discomfort during the recovery period. You may be given prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any pain.

The Results of Breast Lift Surgery

Mastopexy or breast lift outcomes are forever. As time passes, however, your breasts may change with aging and again our friend gravity takes its toll on breasts. In order to retain your original results and enjoy having along-lasting youthful and natural appearance, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and active lifestyle.

This procedure does not typically affect breast functions, but if you are planning to become pregnant, specifically after a breast lift, please note that the changes that develop in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement this procedure results.

Please contact Cultura if you would like to schedule a consultation regarding your breast lift options. You can get started by calling 240-753-6598.


Please call our office or fill out the contact form to request your complimentary consultation with Dr. Kelly Bolden at Cultura.