For women whose breasts have lost firmness and elasticity, a breast lift, or mastopexy, is an effective procedure that results in a lifted, more youthful contour.
This surgical procedure raises and reshapes sagging (ptosis) breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple, areola and breast higher on the chest.
A Mastopexy or breast lift is a surgery which is done for women who desire to have fuller, perky breasts. After pregnancy, breast feeding, a major weight loss, or the gravity affects of normal aging the breast loses its youthful fullness and the nipples fall to the lower portion of the breast. To reclaim an uplifted appearance, an increasing number of women are choosing to have a breast lift. During your initial consultation, Dr. Secretan will take the time to understand your goals and discuss realistic expectations. With his skill and surgical expertise, Dr. Secretan has helped many women achieve the look they desire.
About Breast Lift Surgery in Lethbridge
Welcome to LPSA, a full-service plastic surgery and medical aesthetics office located in southern Alberta, offering breast lift surgery (mastopexy) and other non-surgical interventions.
Our highly experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Secretan, will guide you through every step of the process during your consultation. He will discuss your goals and treatment options to help you make an informed decision.
We are honored that patients travel from all over Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the United States to receive care from us. Our team of experts in the latest and most effective techniques ensures that you receive the best possible care.
Please view our aesthetic services for a full list of our non-surgical interventions. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals!
The best candidates for a breast lift are women hoping to correct droopiness in their breasts.
Sagging, or ptosis, is often a symptom of aging and gravity, but can also affect women as a result of weight fluctuations or large breast volume. Breasts can also take on a droopy appearance after pregnancy or nursing.
Women with some sagging in their breasts, a lack of firmness or fullness, or downward-pointing nipples may be good candidates for this procedure.
Candidates should be in good overall physical and mental health, at a stable weight, non-smokers and have realistic expectations about their results.
A breast lift will raise and reshape the breasts, but keep in mind that additional pregnancies and/or weight fluctuation can compromise your results.
A breast lift may also interfere with your ability to nurse or lactate or breastfeed.
If you plan to have more children, you may want to hold off on your breast lift surgery until your family is complete.
What Procedures can be Combined with a Breast Lift?
Breast lifts, while frequently performed on their own, are often combined with other breast enhancement procedures to achieve optimal results.
Women who desire both rejuvenation of their breast placement and a size increase, may choose to have a combination of a breast lift and augmentation (breast implants) procedure.
Women who also have lost tone and definition in their abdomen, may opt to combine their breast lift with a tummy tuck or/and liposuction – a combination surgery frequently referred to as a mommy makeover.
Dr. Secretan, an experienced plastic surgeon, will evaluate each patients’ individual needs and recommend the appropriate course of treatment to help them achieve the results they desire!
Our plastic surgeon employs cutting-edge techniques to modify breast tissue and positioning, giving clients a more youthful appearance. Dr. Secretan can also address the nipple if you are concerned that it is overly large or poorly positioned. Our plastic surgeon will make every effort to keep scarring to a minimum.
Some if not all of the scars will be concealed in the natural fold beneath the breast, or by undergarments, swimwear, and other clothes.
Our breast lift procedure is the perfect choice if you are unhappy that your breasts are sagging as a result of:
Our priority is the provision of personalized care, to guarantee optimal results for our patients.
Why Choose Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics?
Dr. Secretan is a highly experienced plastic surgeon with a strong reputation in performing various breast surgery procedures.
He values innovative surgical treatments, and as a result, is proud to offer VASER liposuction in Alberta. As the first plastic surgeon in Alberta to offer this technique, Dr. Secretan prioritizes the gentleness it provides on surrounding tissues compared to traditional suction-assisted liposuction. The VASER approach offers superior results and minimizes swelling, bruising, pain, and downtime.
By choosing Dr. Secretan as your plastic surgeon, you can expect nothing less than exceptional results using the best available techniques.
Breasts will be tightened and reshaped so that they assume a rounder and more lifted appearance. Breast lifts can be performed using a few different procedures. Which technique Dr. Secretan uses will depend on the size and shape of your breasts, and how much lift you need. This procedure is a day procedure and it is performed under general anesthesia. Before surgery you’ll be marked by Dr. Secretan in the standing position to determine the new lifted position of the nipple on your breast. Dr. Secretan will make an incision (cut) around the areola. The cut will usually extend down the front of your breast, from the bottom of the areola to the crease. It may also extend along the sides of the areola. He will lift and reshape your breasts and will move your areolas to the correct position on the new breast shape and may also reduce their size. Finally, incisions are closed with stitches, sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. Dr. Secretan usually tries to place the incisions in parts of the breast where they will be less visible.
The consultation, which typically lasts 45 minutes, will be your time to spend with Dr. Secretan, as well as the staff. We will discuss your goals and expectations and review with you the various options that exist in performing the procedure. Ample opportunity will be provided to ensure your personal comfort level with both the procedure and with us. Once you have decided to proceed with a breast reduction, we will do our best to schedule your surgery as conveniently for you as possible.
Because the nipples and areolas remain attached to the breast tissue during surgery, sensation in this area is usually preserved. Problems after breast reduction surgery are rare, hoawever some of the possible complications include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
- Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
- Damage to deeper structures—such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles and lungs—can occur and may be temporary or permanent
- Breast asymmetry
- Fluid accumulation
- Excessive firmness of the breast
- Potential inability to breastfeed
- Potential loss of skin/tissue of breast where incisions meet each other
- Potential, partial or total loss of nipple and areola
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Pain, which may persist
- Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injectable agents
- Possibility of revisional surgery
During your consultation you will receive a quote for your surgery from Dr. Secretan which will include all associated costs of your surgery.
Breast reduction surgery may be covered by Alberta Health Care, if the patient meets AHC qualifications. Otherwise, payment is the responsibility of the patient.
If you are considering having multiple cosmetic procedures done, speak with Dr. Secretan about the possibility of having them all done at once.
For patients whose insurance will not cover cosmetic procedures, there are financing options available. Often patients will use a credit card or a personal line of credit, however our clinic offers financing through companies like Medicard that specialize in financing for cosmetic procedures.
Your quote will include the following fees:
These fees cover the cost of the anesthetist, whose presence is required during and immediately after your surgery, and the anesthesia administered.
Hospital/Private Surgical Suite Fees
These fees cover the cost of where your surgery is scheduled to take place.
The Surgeon’s Fees
In addition to your actual surgery, these fees also cover all pre-operative and post-operative follow-up appointments with your surgeon. Miscellaneous costs include the compression garment and any supplies you’ll need while you recover (such as sterile bandages).
To determine the exact cost of your personal surgery, book a consultation with Dr. Secretan.
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, although overnight facilities are available if you are from out-of-town or coming from a distance.
Do not eat after midnight the night prior to surgery. You may drink clear fluids only, up to 6 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. Dr. Secretan will see you prior to your surgery. He will usually do a few measurements and make several standardized markings on your breasts while you are still sitting up. Breast reduction surgery is carried out under general anesthesia. Our highly skilled anesthesia and nursing staff are there with you at all times to provide you with a safe experience in as caring and compassionate manner as possible.
The surgery will take between 1-1 1/2 hours. At the conclusion of the surgery, a very light bandage will be applied over the incision areas. The anesthetist will have given you pain medication prior to the end of the surgery to minimize postoperative discomfort. From the operating room, you will be taken to our recovery area where you will stay until you are ready to go home. A recovery room nurse will be attending to you at all times to monitor your recovery and to ensure that you are comfortable.
Once you are ready to be discharged home, we will see you to review your postoperative instructions. You will be given a number to contact Dr. Secretan in the case of an emergency. You may also contact one of our staff should you need any advice after leaving the clinic. Because you will have been under an anesthetic, your judgement and coordination may be affected for up to 24 hours. It is important to have a responsible adult pick you up from the clinic and stay with you the first night following surgery.
Following your surgery, there are several things that you should be aware of. Most important, if there is anything at all that you are uncertain about, please make sure to contact our office at 403-381-0083 or email our help line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Dr. Secretan if you experience any of the following:
• your breasts are red and feel warm to the touch
• you are running a fever over 101°F
• blood or other fluid keeps seeping through your incision
• you have chest pain or trouble breathing
This is normal after surgery and will subside gradually over a few weeks. You can minimize swelling by wearing a supportive sports bra, limiting your physical activity and applying ice packs to the breasts during the first few days. If one breast noticeably swells more than the other, please notify Dr. Secretan.
Most patients experience some pain and discomfort following surgery. This usually subsides after several days. You will have been given a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics which should adequately control any discomfort. Please take it as prescribed on the bottle. If you experience increasing pain not responding to medication, please notify our office.
The body temperature may rise slightly over 38°C after surgery. If fever persists after 24 hours, despite drinking liberal amounts of fluid, notify Dr. Secretan’s office.
Dr. Secretan uses dissolvable stitches only, so there are no stitches to be removed. Once the initial bandage has been removed it is fine to wash normally over the incision with soap and water. You can then apply a thin coat of Vitamin E oil or Dermatix to the incision once or twice daily.
You will need to wear a surgical bra or a non-wire bra day and night for the first month after surgery. This will help to provide you with support during the early healing period. Underwire and push-up bras can be worn after the first month.
It is fine to start gentle physical activity in the second week after surgery. This includes walking and stretching. Heavier activities such as jogging, aerobics classes, contact sports and upper body weights should be avoided for one month.