Breast Lift

In Washington D.C. &. Baltimore

A Breast Lift is a transformative procedure designed to address sagging or drooping breasts, restoring their natural position and contour. Dr. Landford specializes in Breast Lift procedures in Washington D.C. & Baltimore.

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What is a Breast Lift?

A Breast Lift, or Mastopexy, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure aimed at raising and reshaping breasts that have lost firmness and natural shape due to factors like aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, or genetics.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

At Landford Plastic Surgery, we feel that ideal Breast Lift surgery candidates have lost their natural shape and firmness but have adequate breast tissue for tissue redraping. Additional characteristics include:

  • Are in good overall health
  • At a stable and healthy weight
  • Have good skin laxity
  • Maintain a positive attitude and realistic expectations for the procedure results
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How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in Washington DC & Baltimore?

The cost of a Breast Lift procedure at Landford Plastic Surgery in Washington DC & Baltimore varies on several factors. Since no two surgeries will be the same, the best way to learn the price of your Breast Lift is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Landford. Once your surgical plan is created, our Patient Coordinator will be able to give you a breakdown of the total cost.

What Should I Expect During a Consultation for Breast Lift Surgery?

The first step in getting a Breast Lift in Washington DC or Baltimore at Landford Plastic Surgery is scheduling your consultation. When you come into our practice nearest you, you’ll be able to meet with Dr. Wilmina Landford and ask any questions, learn more about the Breast Lift procedure, discuss your options, and have a comprehensive breast evaluation. She will ask you questions about your medical history, so please be open and honest with Dr. Landford to avoid any unnecessary risks.

Once you and Dr. Landford feel that a Breast Lift surgery is the best solution for your aesthetic needs, she will make your surgical plan. Our Patient Coordinator will book your surgery and provide you with pre and postoperative instructions.

How Do I Prepare for Breast Lift Surgery?

Below, we have included some of the more common tips that we provide our patients with before their Breast Lift surgery:

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements (they can increase bleeding)
  • Fill any prescriptions before your breast surgery
  • Get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Prep your recovery area and meals so you can relax as you heal
  • Quit smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?

Our Washington DC and Baltimore patients have discovered the following benefits from their Breast Lift procedure:

  • Better mobility for a more active lifestyle
  • Improves sagging breasts
  • Increased confidence
  • Long-lasting results
  • More attractive breast shape
  • Natural nipple projection
  • Youthful breast appearance
  • Reduced discomfort
  • Reduced irritation under the breasts

What are the Steps of a Breast Lift Procedure?

On the day of your Breast Lift procedure, you will first meet with Dr. Landford who will go over the details of your surgery. Once you feel comfortable and ready to continue, you will be administered anesthesia to make your surgical experience more comfortable. Depending on what is discussed during your consultation, this could be through intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

Next, Dr. Landford will use one or more incision patterns to achieve your Breast Lift. The most common Breast Lift options include an Anchor Breast Lift, a Crescent lift, a Donut lift, and a Lollipop Lift, all of which we discuss below.

After the incisions are made, Dr. Landford will reshape your breasts by lifting the underlying natural breast tissue to improve your breast contour and firmness, then repositioning the nipple and areola into a natural and more youthful position. If necessary, your areola can be reduced in size by removing excess skin around the perimeter. Any excess breast skin is removed to compensate for the loss of elasticity.

Once Dr. Landford is finished reshaping your breasts, she will tighten the remaining skin by closing up the incisions using layered sutures deep within your breast tissue – this helps create and support your newly shaped breasts. She will also use sutures, skin adhesives, and/or surgical tape to close the exterior skin. You will be provided with a surgical bra to add additional support and protection for your breasts and you will be taken to our recovery room as you awaken from sedation.

Surgical Techniques for Breast Lifts

Dr. Landford can use a variety of surgical techniques when performing Breast Lift procedures, and after your Breast Lift consultation, she will discuss which Breast Lift is best for you.

Anchor Lift

During an Anchor lift, the incision will encircle the areola, make a vertical line down the lower breast crease, and horizontally across your natural breast crease. This is typically used when more intensive lifting is required.

Crescent Incision

A Crescent Lift uses an arching incision that is made along the upper half of the areola. Next, Dr. Landford will remove excess skin, and if you are receiving breast augmentation, will insert the implants. Otherwise, she will reshape your breast mound and close the incisions.

Donut Incision

Also called a Peri-Areolar Lift, a Donut Lift involves making a circular incision around the entire areola. It is also often used to reduce the size of the areola. A Donut Lift is a more extensive lift that is best for breasts that are mildly sagging, however, Dr. Landford’s training and knowledge allow her to perform this surgery on women with significant sagging as well.

Lollipop Incision

A Lollipop Lift only requires two incisions to reshape your breast. Dr. Landford will make a vertical incision along your chest wall, then around the areola, giving this incision its playful name. It corrects moderate sagging and is a good option for women needing a slight lift.

Breast Lift with Breast Implants

Sometimes, a patient not only wants to improve their breasts’ perkiness but also increase their breast size; in this instance, Breast Augmentation is required. When performed, Dr. Landford will usually make an incision at the breast fold and place the implant in a pocket directly under the tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall. If this is something that you are interested in, please discuss it with Dr. Landford during your initial consultation.

For more information on what breast augmentation entails, please take a look at our page dedicated to it.

Where are the Incisions and Scars for A Breast Lift?

Your incision placement is dependent on which technique Dr. Landford chooses to use. Some of the incision lines will be concealed in the natural breast contours, but unfortunately, there will be some visible lines on the breast surface. While these Breast Lift scars are permanent, they should fade and improve over time.

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Breast Lift Recovery

Since a Mastopexy is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, you will be able to return home once Dr. Landford releases you from our recovery room. We recommend having a friend or relative available to provide you with a ride home.

It can take up to 24 hours to completely recover from the effects of the anesthesia, so it’s also recommended to have a qualified adult available to assist you around the house for the first week. Patients are typically advised to wear the support bra 24/7 for several weeks to help heal.

After the procedure, you can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising around your breasts; Dr. Landford can prescribe some temporary pain medication to help alleviate any pain during your initial recovery. You may feel tingling or numbness around the incisions, especially around the areola because there are a lot of nerve endings in that area. Over time, your incisions will heal and the swelling will gradually subside, as well as any visible scarring.

The recovery time varies based on several factors, such as the type of surgery and incisions. You must avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activity, or any activity that causes pain or discomfort. We will provide you with instructions on how to stay comfortable during recovery and how to achieve optimal results.

While you will see some improvements immediately, most patients will require six weeks or more to see the most dramatic improvement in their Breast Lift results. It is important to remember that this procedure may impact your ability to breastfeed.

Why Choose Us?

With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by women, Wilmina Landford, MD has become a beacon of inspiration, empowering patients to make informed decisions about their bodies, embracing their individuality, and unique beauty. She is widely considered to be a favorite among her Breast Lift patients due to her charisma, as well as her knowledge and friendly bedside manner.

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Don’t let moderate to severe sagging affect your self-confidence anymore, a Breast Lift surgery with Wilmina Landford, M.D. can provide your breast’s with a more youthful appearance.

If you are considering a Breast Lift in either Washington DC or Baltimore, look no further than Dr. Wilmina Landford. To schedule your consultation, please contact our office or use our website to request your appointment, and one of our friendly team members will be in touch with you.

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