Introduction to Breast Lift Surgery
If you’re satisfied with the size of your breasts, but dissatisfied with the position or shape of your nipples, a breast lift (or mastopexy) may be the right procedure for you.At our esteemed practice in Ottawa, a breast lift is one of our most popular procedures. pregnancy, aging, and several other factors can alter a woman’s breasts. Our breast lift technique is a leading solution to help achieve firm, natural, and perky breasts. The surgery is performed by award-winning Ottawa plastic surgeons – Dr. Howard Silverman and Dr. Kirsty Boyd. Below, we’ve included more information about the surgery.
Our Breast Lift Expertise in Ottawa
- Dr. Silverman and Dr. Boyd are breast lift experts, having performed over 10,000 aesthetic surgeries
- Ottawa Plastic Surgery is an award-winning clinic. Dr. Silverman is included as one of the 3 best plastic surgeons in Ottawa.
- Dr. Silverman and Dr. Boyd are both fully certified by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
- Dr. Silverman is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- Dr. Silverman has been hand-selected as a Top Doc.
- Ottawa Plastic Surgery is the first and only clinic in Ottawa that has a sole focus on aesthetic surgery
Breast Lift at First Glance
- Surgery Time: 2 hours
- Price: $12,000
- Recovery: Most patients return home on the day of surgery
- Results: Immediately! *Final results will take a few months as the swelling goes down.
What is a Breast Lift?
The actual name for a Breast Lift surgery is Mastopexy. Over time, some women will see their breasts sag, change and lose perkiness. This is a medical condition, referred to as ptosis, and it can occur because of weight fluctuation, pregnancy, natural aging, and/or inherited factors. A breast lift elevates and tightens the breasts and nipples and also restores a youthful, more youthful shape and aesthetic contour.
Surgical procedures such as mastopexy will move up the areola when required, but only completely remove it in extreme circumstances. The nipples are connected by an artery and vein called a “pedicle”, which allows blood and oxygen supply to reach the nipple and areola.
During your surgery, the nipple and areola will be moved upward with the breast tissue and soft tissue surrounding it, elevating the entire mound.
Who are the Best Candidates for a Breast Lift?
Having founded the practice in 1999, we’ve had the joy of treating thousands of patients. If you meet the following criteria, you might be a good candidate for our Ottawa breast lift surgery:
- Are in good overall health. This includes physical, mental, and emotional
- Has lost volume in their breasts due to aging, weight loss, pregnancy, or weight changes
- Maintain realistic expectations of what the surgery can and cannot do
- Possess sagging skin in the breast area
- The best candidates have good skin quality and are at a stable weight
- The best candidates desire their breasts to be in a higher position
- Candidates typically lost shape in their breasts due to aging and genetics
What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?
Our Ottawa patients have discovered the following benefits from their Breast Lift surgery:
- Better mobility for a more active lifestyle
- Firmer, more youthful appearance
- Improved nipple projection
- Increased confidence
- Long-lasting results
- More attractive breast shape
- Reduced discomfort
- Reduced irritation under the breasts
What’s the First Step?
The first step to getting a breast lift in Ottawa is education. We firmly believe that all patients should fully understand the details of the surgery before electing to go through with the procedure. By giving us a phone call or filling out a contact form, our scheduling department will set up a time for you to come and meet one-on-one with either Dr. Boyd or Dr. Silverman.
During your consultation, you’ll be able to ask questions, learn more about the breast lift procedure, meet your surgeon, and have a comprehensive breast evaluation. You will also be asked questions about your medical history, so you must be open and honest with your surgeon to avoid any unnecessary risks.If you and your surgeon both feel that a breast lift is the best solution for your aesthetic needs, we’ll book surgery and provide you with pre and postoperative instructions. The surgeons will also have very specific questions about current medications and past surgeries. Please be very honest with your responses as well as your aesthetic goals. Good communication often leads to great results.
What to Expect from Breast Lift Surgery
During this cosmetic procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from the breast. The nipple and areola are moved to a more youthful, natural position, and the skin that was located above the nipple is moved down and reshaped to improve the contour, shape, and firmness of the breast. Excess skin is then removed and, if necessary, the areola is resized. This surgery typically takes 2 hours to complete.
There are three different incision options and these vary based on the amount of incision and lift needed. During your consultation, your surgeon will determine the incision that will provide the best results. The more common incisions include:
Lollipop: around the nipple that descends vertically down the breast.
Anchor: around the nipple, descending vertically down the breast, and horizontally lining the breast crease. Typically used when more intensive lifting is required.
Areolar: encircles the nipple and areola alone, and elevates the nipple, avoiding scars outside of this area. Typically used when only a small amount of lifting is needed, or when combined with breast augmentation.
Your surgeon will decide which incision technique will provide optimal results. This reconfiguration of the breast shape can leave some scarring on the breast. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the various options and approaches with you, based on your build and wishes.
Typically, our breast lift patients enjoy their enhanced breast shape and contour for many years afterward. However, your breasts will continue to change due to the natural aging process, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations.
If you have lost a considerable amount of volume in your breasts, you may want to consider combining breast implants with your breast lift procedure.
Breast Lift Recovery
Since this surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, you’ll be able to go home shortly after your surgery. Similar to our breast augmentation post-op, we recommend you take it slow for a few days and arrange time off work to allow for healing.
As you are initially recovering, you should wear a support bra or compression garment to not only provide support but also reduce swelling.
You will need to avoid strenuous activity for the first week, and then slowly be able to resume light walking after the second week post-surgery. After about six weeks, you will be able to gradually resume your normal workout routine with your doctor’s approval.
Why Choose Us?
Ottawa Plastic Surgery is an award-winning clinic that has over two decades of experience helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals. There is no plastic surgery office in the area that is more qualified or experienced than OPS.
Not only do we have the expertise, but we also pride ourselves on offering an optimal patient experience, based on safety, honesty, and exceeding expectations
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in Ottawa?
The cost of a breast lift in Ottawa will vary on a number of factors. No two surgeries are the same, so you’ll need to schedule a consultation with the surgeons. During your appointment, you’ll be able to express your aesthetic goals and ask questions.
Dr. Silverman or Dr. Boyd will provide their expert breast lift surgery recommendations and go over pricing in detail. Payment options are available to help manage the payment for our patients.
Schedule Your Consultation
Our Ottawa breast lift Surgery patients find that the procedure greatly benefits their lives and breast appearance, and provides more self-confidence. If you’d like to book a consultation with one of our award-winning plastic surgeons, please contact us today. We look forward to beginning this journey with you!
Breast Lift FAQ’s
- Is a Mastopexy procedure painful?
As an outpatient procedure, your surgery is performed under general anesthesia so you should be completely pain-free during the procedure. As you recover, you can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but most patients consider their initial healing period to be much less painful than expected.
Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you some temporary pain medication to alleviate your pain, but you can also use ice packs to minimize discomfort. You also may feel like your chest is a little tight, but this is completely normal and will get better over the next few days.
- How many appointments will I need?
You will be asked to return about a week after surgery to see how you are healing and remove any sutures or bandages. After this first follow-up appointment, you can expect to return at least a few more times so either Dr. Boyd or Dr. Silverman can make sure you are happy with your results and evaluate your full recovery process.
You will always be informed of if and when you should return for additional check-ups.
- How long until I see results?
Most swelling should resolve itself within a few weeks of surgery, but residual swelling may continue for several weeks or a little bit longer. On average, patients can expect between 6 – 12 weeks for their breasts to settle into their final position, and between six months and a year to see their final results.
- Can I combine a Breast Augmentation with my Breast Lift procedures?
Dr. Silverman or Dr. Boyd often perform a Breast Lift procedure in combination with Breast Augmentation for incredible results, but many of our patients choose other body contouring procedures like a Tummy Tuck or liposuction.
If you would like to find out all of your options or hear some of Dr. Silverman’s best recommendations, please feel free to bring up your goals during your initial consultation.
- What are the risks associated with Breast Lift Surgery?
Every procedure comes with a certain amount of risk; our team is here to discuss this in detail. Both Dr. Silverman and Dr. Boyd will combine decades of experience, direction, and technique to minimize as many risks associated with your procedures.
Overall, Breast Lift surgery is incredibly safe with minimal risks, but since your health and safety are our highest priority, we feel it’s important to share potential risks or side effects:
- Temporary numbness
These reactions are very normal and should heal on their own within a week or so, but if you experience any long-lasting or concerning reactions, call our office so that we may help.
- Is the patient’s breast tissue used during the surgical procedure?
During a mastopexy, the patient’s breast tissue is lifted during the surgery. Any extra skin or breast tissue remaining will be removed during surgery. During your consultation, the doctor will go over a detailed surgical plan that will result in the breasts at a higher position.
- Does a mastopexy look natural?
The goal of this surgical procedure is to showcase the natural breast contours. During the procedure, the areola will also be lifted and the skin tightened.
- Does a breast lift procedure tighten the skin?
Yes, the procedure will tighten the skin. During your consultation, the doctor will go over a detailed treatment plan.
Pre- & post-surgery
The info you need to plan your breast lift surgery.