As women age, their breasts may lose the high and full appearance of their youth. Sagging, or “ptosis,” can change their appearance, alter their center of gravity, and cause chronic back and shoulder pain. Many women in Appleton and Green Bay decide to have a breast lift to achieve a higher and younger appearance as well as to alleviate their daily discomfort. They rely on Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery for their care because of the natural-looking and beautiful results we provide and the support we offer at every stage of care.
Our surgeon, Dr. Sauerhammer, is a board-certified specialist with extensive experience in breast lift surgery. She is also one of the only female plastic surgeons in northern Wisconsin. Patients choose her to perform their procedure because of her expertise, her ability to understand their needs, and her personable, attentive approach.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
Breast lift surgery provides several aesthetic and quality-of-life improvements:
- The procedure can give the breasts a younger shape and restore them to their more youthful position on the chest.
- It increases the volume of the breasts superiorly. While your breasts won’t be bigger, surgery will add cleavage even without the use of an implant.
- If you have been experiencing back or shoulder pain because of the changing shape of your breasts, a breast lift may alter the way you carry your weight and reduce your discomfort.
Is a Breast Lift Right for You?
A breast lift may be your best option if you want to reshape and elevate your breasts. If you are focused on reducing sagging, the surgery can offer significant improvement. Some of the Appleton and Green Bay patients that Dr. Sauerhammer sees are not sure whether they should consider a breast lift or a breast augmentation. In general, if you want to have bigger breasts, then you should explore augmentation. You may also benefit from a combination of the two procedures if your breasts are sagging but smaller than you would prefer.
During your consultation, Dr. Sauerhammer will spend time getting to know you, discussing your goals, and providing you with a comprehensive examination. Together, you will review your options, which will be based in part on the amount of sagging that you are experiencing; what you want to accomplish with the procedure; and the surgical techniques that Dr. Sauerhammer recommends.
What Is the Recovery from a Breast Lift Like?
Dr. Sauerhammer performs breast lift surgery under general anesthesia. Appleton and Green Bay patients receive guidance well before their procedure so that they can have the most comfortable experience possible. They can expect to go home on the same day as their surgery.
In general, a woman who has a breast lift will need to avoid heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks afterward. Following your procedure, you can expect to wear a supportive bra for about two months. Incisional scars can take a year before taking on their final appearance.
Patients commonly ask about the placement, length, and prominence of incisions. The type of incisions used for breast lift depends on the extent of sagging. Dr. Sauerhammer will tailor her approach to your needs and goals, while giving you the most aesthetic result. In every checkup after your procedure, Dr. Sauerhammer and our staff will talk with you about scar care to help you get the best appearance possible.
Pricing for a Breast Lift in Appleton and Green Bay
Breast lift surgery averages $7,500 for both breasts. Factors that may affect the price of your procedure include:
- The amount of lift you require.
- Whether your procedure will combine a lift with an augmentation.
- Prior surgeries or other conditions that may affect the complexity of treatment.
Dr. Sauerhammer emphasizes transparency and education in consultations with patients. During your visit to our practice, we encourage you to ask questions, discuss your options, and choose treatment with confidence in your care.