Breast Lift in Nashville, TN

Chad Robbins M.D., F.A.C.S., board-certified and Mayo Clinic-trained Nashville plastic surgeon, can help you regain confidence with a breast lift. Serving the Nashville and Franklin areas, Dr. Robbins offers the breast lift procedure to patients wanting to restore a more youthful appearance to their breasts. Dr. Robbins knowledgeable approach ensures positive results for patients wishing to improve their self-image through breast enhancement.

As women age, they may notice that their breasts sag due to loss of skin elasticity. Time, gravity, weight loss, pregnancy, or breast-feeding may negatively affect the position and shape of the breasts, leading many women to pursue breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy.

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is an alternative to breast implants for women who want improved shape and structure to the breast, but not a much larger breast. A breast lift uses the existing breast tissue and results in a more perky and firm appearance to the breasts. Many women choose to undergo a breast lift following pregnancy and/or nursing, dramatic weight change, or to help combat the aging process.

Benefits of Breast Lift

The benefits of a breast lift are simple: Improved body confidence and fuller, more youthful appearance to the breasts. The goal of the breast lift procedure is to refine the shape and appearance of a patient’s breast to their desired shape and placement.

Desired Results of Breast Lift Plastic Surgery

Many women in Nashville who seek a breast lift are satisfied with their breast size, but would like a perkier, more youthful breast contour. Others would like larger, lifted breasts. For these patients, Dr. Robbins performs breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants at the same time as a breast lift. Breast lift cosmetic surgery can enhance a woman’s confidence and comfort. With firmer, lifted breasts, bras are more comfortable, and many women are more satisfied with the way they look in and out of clothing.

Individual Goals

During an initial consultation visit, Dr. Robbins realistically discusses breast lift cosmetic surgery goals with the patient. Together, both doctor and the patient decide which procedures Dr. Robbins will perform to achieve the desired results. Once a date for surgery is set, Dr. Robbins and his staff provide instructions about how to prepare and schedule a pre-operative appointment to review the patient’s medical history, take pre-operative photographs, and (if she is also undergoing breast enlargement surgery) experiment with sizer implants.

Breast Lift Procedure Details

On the day of surgery, the patient has a final consultation with Dr. Robbins. During this time, the patient has an opportunity to ask any remaining questions and confirm the size of implants she will receive if she has chosen to have breast augmentation at the same time as the breast lift. The breast lift procedure is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Dr. Robbins offers several breast lift incision options, which usually heal well and present minimal scarring:

  • Crescent lift: the most minimal lift, it leaves a slight scar on the upper areola.
  • Circumareolar lift: also called a donut or Benelli lift, it creates an incision around the areola.
  • Lollipop incision: an incision running vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease underneath.
  • Anchor lift: also called a Wise pattern, it’s an incision around the nipple, vertically from the bottom edge of the areola, and then horizontally beneath the breast.

Dr. Robbins will determine and discuss the incision option that he feels will offer the best results to a patient and answer any questions about the surgical procedure during pre-operative consultations.

Women who undergo a breast lift procedure in Nashville may be sore for a few days after the operation, but most women are able to resume normal activities soon afterward. Patients can typically return to sedentary jobs within a week and begin light exercise not involving the chest in two to four weeks.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

If you’ve noticed a change in your breasts from pregnancy, weight change, or aging, you are a suitable candidate for breast lift surgery. The results of breast lift surgery can be dramatic in achieving young-looking, fuller breasts. However, if you are unhappy with your current cup size and are concerned about size more than shape and silhouette, a breast augmentation or reduction procedure may be more beneficial.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

Costs for breast lift procedures vary among patients. Typically, breast lift procedures are considered elective and are therefore uncovered by insurance. Dr. Robbins proudly offers financing options to provide accessibility to this wonderful procedure for his patients.

Breast Lift FAQs

Scarring from a breast lift can vary depending on the technique used. Common incision patterns include around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. Initially, scars may appear red and prominent but typically fade over time. Dr. Robbins will aim to make incisions in less visible areas and provide guidance on scar care and minimization.

Combining a breast lift with implants offers several benefits. This approach not only raises and firms sagging breasts but also adds volume and fullness. It can be particularly beneficial for those who have experienced volume loss due to aging, weight fluctuations, or breastfeeding. This combined procedure can lead to more significant and satisfying results, achieving both lift and enhanced shape.

Generally, a breast lift is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, if the procedure is part of a breast reconstruction following mastectomy or injury, insurance coverage might be possible. It's important to check with your insurance provider and discuss the specifics with Dr. Robbins if you think you are eligible for coverage.

The results of a breast lift are long-lasting but not permanent. Over time, factors like aging, gravity, and changes in weight can affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results. Typically, patients enjoy the benefits of a breast lift for many years.

Chad Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S., is board certified in plastic surgery and is skilled in advanced cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery procedures. In addition to breast lift surgery, he performs breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast reconstruction in and around Nashville and Franklin. Dr. Robbins is also proud to offer body lift surgery, which combines a number of aesthetic treatments such as liposuction , thigh lift and tummy tuck. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robbins.