South Jersey’s Board-Certified Breast Lift Authority

If you are unhappy with the positioning of your breasts due to aging, pregnancy, or weight gain, then you might benefit from a breast lift. South Jersey women looking to lift, enhance, or restore the look of their breasts turn to Dr. Franckle of Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. An award-winning surgeon, Dr. Franckle is experienced in mastopexy procedures.

Breast Lift Patient Before and After Photo - William Franckle, MD, FACSBreast Lift Patient Before and After Photo - William Franckle, MD, FACS

Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, raises sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to support and reshape the breast contour. This surgery can also reduce the size of the areola, which often becomes enlarged over time. It is crucial to realize that a breast lift surgery on its own won’t drastically change the size of your breasts. If the size of your breasts (whether too large or too small) is a concern for you, a breast augmentation or breast reduction can be done within the same procedure.

How Do I Know if I Need a Lift?

One of the easiest ways to see if a breast lift is needed utilizes a simple trick: Place a pencil under your breast and see if it stays or falls to the ground. If the pencil remains trapped between your breast and abdominal skin, a lift may be needed. Only a consultation with a board-certified surgeon, like Dr. Franckle, can tell you for sure, but this is a good at-home option. You may also be a good candidate if:

  • Your breasts are pendulous or have a flatter, elongated shape
  • Your areolas and nipples point downward
  • Your nipples fall below the breast crease when unsupported
  • You’re bothered by the feeling that your breasts have lost shape, volume, or are sagging
  • One breast appears lower than the other
  • You have enlarged areolas and stretched skin

Many women seek out this procedure due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, heredity concerns, or weight fluctuations. Although breast lifts are recommended for women who have finished their years of childbearing, anyone with fully matured breasts can undergo surgery. New mothers can also pursue this procedure without fear because breastfeeding is still possible after a breast lift.

Considerations

As previously mentioned, a breast lift will not dramatically change the size of your breasts or significantly round out the upper part. If you are interested in a change of that nature, you may consider a combined breast lift and breast augmentation or breast reduction procedure. These two surgeries can be done in conjunction or separately. Depending on the results you are desiring, Dr. Franckle can guide you to a procedure that will address your concerns.

Consultation and Preparation

The consultation before your breast lift is incredibly important, as it allows Dr. Franckle to answer all of your questions and explain the details of the procedure. This is also an opportunity to define the exact goals of your surgery and make sure your expectations are realistic. Arrive at your appointment prepared to discuss the following points:

  • Your medical history, including medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Any current medications you’re taking, including vitamins, herbal supplements, and whether or not you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs
  • Any previous surgeries
  • Any family history of breast cancer
  • The results of any previous biopsies or mammograms
  • Your surgical goals

One of the main discussions during your initial consultation is the appropriate technique for your particular surgery. The incision pattern that Dr. Franckle recommends for your breasts will be determined based on the following considerations:

  • Your breast shape and size
  • The position and size of your areolas
  • The degree of breast sagging
  • Skin elasticity and quality, as well as the amount of excess skin

During this appointment, Dr. Franckle will also evaluate your general health and assess any risk factors, as well as examine your breasts, take detailed measurements and photographs, and discuss your options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your consultation. As with any surgery, it’s normal to feel some anxiety. Dr. Franckle will reassure you by thoroughly explaining the procedure and addressing all of your questions and concerns.

The Procedure

A breast lift surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. After the incision is made, Dr. Franckle will begin to lift and reshape the underlying breast tissue to improve breast firmness and contour. The nipple and areola will also be repositioned to a more youthful, natural position. If necessary, Dr. Franckle can reduce enlarged areolas by excising skin at the perimeter. Excess breast skin will be removed to compensate for loss of elasticity and the remaining skin is pulled tight as the incisions are closed. Sutures will be layered deep within your breast tissue to support and create the newly shaped breasts. Your incisions may be closed with sutures, surgical tape, or skin adhesives. Generally speaking, a breast lift procedure lasts about 3 hours. You will be given an estimation of time during your initial consultation.

Recovery

After your surgery, you will be sent home wearing an elastic support bra and with light dressings over the incision sites. The special bra should be worn as a “dressing” for two to three weeks following surgery to help minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal.

You can expect to be uncomfortable for a few days after surgery. Dr. Franckle will prescribe pain medicine to help minimize your discomfort, as well as provide you with very specific instructions regarding how you should take care of yourself during recovery. It’s important to follow these instructions very closely to ensure that your recovery goes as quickly and as well as possible. He will also explain any specific concerns to look for at your surgical sites and when you should come in for your follow up. As you heal, make sure not to subject your incision sites to any excess pressure, force, or motion. Dr. Franckle will remove all of your stitches within two to three weeks of your surgery.

Breast Lift with Implant Patient Before and After Photo - William Franckle, MD, FACSBreast Lift with Implant Patient Before and After Photo - William Franckle, MD, FACS

Breast Lift Scars

It is understandable that most patients desire the smallest scar possible. It’s important to remember, however, that Dr. Franckle will recommend the incision that best suits your anatomy. You wouldn’t want to sabotage your surgery’s chance of success by demanding an incision that is not right for your body. Keeping this in mind, your incision lines are permanent, but they will continue to fade over time.

Breast Lift Results

A change in your breasts will be immediately visible. Of course, you will have to wait for post-surgical swelling to reduce and for scars to fade to see your final results. The results can be fairly long lasting, but it is important to remember that your breasts will change throughout your life due to aging and gravity. The best way to keep your new look for as long as possible is to maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle.

Breast Lift Before and After Pictures

Please visit our gallery of breast lift before and after pictures for examples of Dr. Franckle’s past patients.

About Dr. Franckle

Women of South Jersey trust Dr. Franckle for their breast lift procedures for many reasons. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Franckle is a member of many prestigious societies in his field, including

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Medical Society of New Jersey
  • Camden County Medical Society

He has also received many awards for his work in cosmetic surgery, including the Top Physicians of 2009 The Art of Medicine Award.

Here at William Franckle, MD, FACS, we are also proud to offer South Jersey area patients the use of advanced 3D imaging technology for breast surgery. Vectra 3D Imaging allows you the opportunity to see what your chest will look like after your procedure, helping you to create realistic expectations. This can all be done at the office during your consultation for no additional cost. We are proud to be the first in our area to offer this technology to our patients.

If you’re ready to make a change and get the body you deserve, call William Franckle, MD, FACS today to get started with your breast lift. South Jersey women trust Dr. Franckle to restore both their figures and their confidence.

Call us at 856-772-6500 or contact us online for your plastic surgery consultation.