Over time, and due to numerous factors, breast skin can become lax, and breast volume can be lost, causing breasts to lose their firm tone and youthful position. For women in Seattle, breast lift surgery (mastopexy) with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov, can address these issues and restore a more youthful appearance. Good candidates for breast lift surgery are women who wish to address issues of drooping caused by breast-feeding, weight loss or age. During this procedure, excess skin is removed and the breast is repositioned to a higher position. In most cases, the nipple is also repositioned so that it maintains a natural look.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Dr. Jonov was referred to me from a friend and since then I have referred him to many others. Plastic surgery is a very personal procedure and Dr. Jonov will make you feel comfortable with each visit. I have been his patient for breast implants, injections and a breast lift. There has never been hidden fees nor surprises when dealing with him and his staff and my quote was handed to me in writing weeks before my procedure. Also, when my husband needed help with after procedure questions - Dr. Jonov called us personally to help us. Also, the staff has re-arranged a schedule to allow me to come in after hours as well. He is fantastic and you can't go wrong in working with Dr. Jonov and his staff. Sincerely, another one of his returning patients. "- Google User / Google / Jun 06, 2010
"Surgery Review - Lynnwood, WA - This will be a bit of a long read but I hope it's enough information to help someone looking for a surgeon. All surgeries are intense but something about plastic surgery, in knowing we are choosing to do something to ourselves that is not (always) medically necessary, that is invasive and expensive is frankly pretty scary and having the right surgeon makes a world of difference.A little over two years ago I seriously began considering a "Mommy Make-Over" and made an appointment with a doctor in MLT. I googled plastic surgeons near me and called the first one I saw and when I met him I liked him. The office manager was also very nice, looking back I think I may have actually liked her a little more than the doctor himself, I left their office happy, sure I'd end up going with them. I had a TON of questions and ended up with two follow-ups, the second with a new doctor. She was VERY nice and had I met her first I may have stayed with that office but having a stranger walk into the room left me feeling like I'd been passed on to someone else - like the fact that I'd had more questions was annoying and I wasn't worth the initial doctor's time any more. Flash forward a year later and I googled plastic surgeons near me again and this time came across Dr. Jonov. The office was able to schedule my consultation pretty quickly and the first visit was very comfortable considering how uncomfortable this type of visit can be! The thing I liked the most was that Dr. Jonov was able to "draw" on my pictures (using his computer) which gave me a visual of his intent, of what the surgery could/would do for me. This may sound like a small thing but when you're researching, trying to decide what you'll look like it's hard when you don't see a "before" that looks like you.I did not schedule surgery that day, I needed to be sure I was "worth" the amount of money I was going to spend, but he had answered all of my questions and in a manner I appreciated, straightforward and direct. I did leave with injections though, nothing was overdone and he left some of the life on my face. Meaning I'm 47 years old and 47 year olds have wrinkles -- I didn't want them gone just softened which he did wonderfully. About 6(ish) months later I did end up going back for a second injection under my eye area ( I do not remember the name!) to plump the hollows a little bit more, Dr. Jonov explained my options, the differences in the amount of fillers he could use and what each would do. I admired and appreciated the fact that when I asked him about a couple alternatives to the procedures I'd initially asked about as well as a possible second injection/filler around my mouth he straight out said he would not do either simply because it would not benefit ME. He could have very easily pulled in more money by giving me additional fillers I did not need and perhaps even the other procedures but that was not what was important to him.I left the office that day with my surgery scheduled - breast lift, tummy tuck with abdominal muscle repair and flank lipo. Everyone in his office has been beyond amazing as well - Belinda and Nicole, Laura and Jessica - small things from walking into the office and them knowing my name without my needing to identify myself to offering me something to drink and asking how I am to the 'bigger' things such as answering my many (MANY) questions pre and post surgery. Pre surgery: During my pre-op visit Laura answered my many pre-op questions with kindness and patience, she went into detail my post-op care, making sure I understood everything. From that visit, she's responded to every email I've sent without making me feel like I'm being a pain by asking "too many" questions. Everyone in the office has treated me to the same kindness and patience and believe me, I've asked a LOT of questions!! The anesthesiologist calling the night before was a very pleasant surprise (I don't remember her name!) and yet another warm and inviting person.Surgery: The day of surgery, the small talk while being marked up by Dr. Jonov still makes me smile. Is there anything more uncomfortable than standing naked in front of a man and having your body marked up with everything to be removed? Not much but it was only momentary and that small talk helped put me at ease.I don't remember a lot after that other than walking into the surgery area, saying hello to the anesthesiologist, laying down and then waking up. But I remember kindness, caring and concern. My recovery/healing was easy - with the exception of if I pulled on the drain or coughed (that hurt!) I did not feel pain throughout my recovery, not like I'd read/seen others had experienced. Getting in and out of my binder was uncomfortable and if I wasn't careful it "hurt" but was not painful. At each post-op visit Jessica and Laura have been supportive and very encouraging. I love the fact that Jessica picked up on the fact that I can be inpatient and has been very straightforward in keeping me grounded, reminding me "you're only at xx weeks". I've had a ton of questions, concerns and things that have scared me so her support in general has been great!!At my 5 week check-up I'd teased Dr. Jonov about something he'd said, telling him that I hadn't posted my review yet and that it could still go either way -- he laughed at that, another thing I appreciated about him, his sense of humor, I already knew I was going to give a good review of course, that was never in question, not for me but it was fun to tease him just the same.I am now just shy of 8 weeks, my scars are healing beautifully, the ones on my breasts have faded quite a bit more than I would have expected at this point and the one on my stomach is low and straight. This may sound like a "what'd you expect" comment but I've seen many, MANY, videos and pictures with scars that are almost a U or zig-zag in shape so Dr. Jonov's skill is again GREATLY appreciated. Read reviews yes, of course, but take everything you read with a grain of salt, mine included, I did -- After my first meeting with Dr. Jonov I did some research on him and while most of the reviews I read were positive there were a few not-so-much-so. The "negative" comments I read seemed to have more to do with personality differences. I appreciate Dr. Jonov's sense of humor, the straight shooter way he'd answer my questions. I never doubted that he was there for me simply because he'd stop and turn back to me if I had one more question even when he already had one foot out the door. I chose Dr. Jonov for that reason as much as anything else. I can say without a doubt that I am 100% happy with my choice and have recommended Dr. Jonov to more than one person."- J. / RealSelf / Oct 17, 2016
"I received my breast implants removed and a lift from the Dr. and could not be happier. It was everything I expected and more, from start to finish."- M. / Vitals / Nov 19, 2015
"I am a single mother in her early 30's. Giving birth to two wonderful children was beautiful and life changing. Unfortunately, it also changed my body in ways that I could not repair on my own. No amount of time in the gym could get rid of the extra skin and stretch marks on my stomach or my sagging breasts. I have always had a lot of confidence, but became very unhappy with my post pregnancy body. My husband found the "Mommy Makeover" procedures and encouraged me to do something for myself that I could feel good about. I chose Dr. Jonov because of his expertise, candor, and from recommendations from past clients. The tummy tuck and breast lift that I received are fairly invasive procedures and not to be taken lightly. My goal was not to improve on what God gave me, but to get my body back. I am currently only six weeks post surgery and am extremely happy with my results. For the first time in six years, I will be comfortable wearing a bikini again this coming summer. I feel good about myself when I look in the mirror and have confidence about my body when I am out in public. It is a wonderful feeling! Thank you, Dr. Jonov."- J.E. / Google / Nov 02, 2014
The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. If implants are a part of the procedure, whether silicone or saline, they are placed under the pectoralis muscle. This method provides additional support and helps to keep the breasts in a higher position for a longer period of time. In situations where a larger implant is desired, a supportive tissue matrix may be used as a sling to hold the implants in place.
The degree of lift will determine how many incisions are needed. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are repositioned for a natural placement. The sutures during this procedure are placed deep in the breast wall to secure and hold the breast up firmly. There are several incision placements to consider:
- Around the curvature of the areola (the tissue immediately surrounding the nipple)
- Vertically on the bottom of the areola, down to the crease under the breast
- Horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. Operative time in most cases is between 1-2 hours. Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with another body contouring procedure. Most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process. Most women are able to resume their normal routines within 6-8 weeks. This includes running and weight training.
The average cost for a breast lift is about $4,500-$6,000. These costs will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. If breast implants are placed during the lift procedure, the total cost will increase and could run anywhere from $6,500-$9,200. However, because of this combination approach, the overall cost will be less per procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,400 - $10,820
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Lift FAQ's@headingTag>
Breast Lift or Implants?@headingTag>
Breast augmentation surgery with implants will help with size, but it will not help women if their breasts sag or droop downward past a certain point. Some doctors may use implants to help with sagging. With this approach, the immediate results may look better, but the additional weight causes the breasts to sag further. Some women find a breast lift is the only procedure they need to obtain the fullness they desire and determine implants aren’t necessary. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both will attain the best results.
During a breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola will be placed in a location on the breast that is natural and proportionate. The goal during this surgery is to reduce the size of the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) so it looks balanced with the new breast size and shape.
What About Scarring?@headingTag>
There is no way to avoid making the necessary incisions to complete a breast lift procedure. Therefore, some scarring will result from this procedure. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. Most women feel that the physical results following a breast lift procedure are worth the scars left behind. During the consultation, we will provide detailed post-operative scar care instructions.
Breast reduction surgery may also be combined with a breast lift to help a patient achieve the size and shape she desires. The breast reduction surgery procedure is very similar to a lift, but with the added step of removing more breast tissue in conjunction with excess skin. More information on this procedure can be found on the breast reduction page.