Breast Lift | Breast Lift with Implants

Breast Lift | Breast Lift With Implants | Northern Virginia | Dr. Erica Anderson

Over a lifetime, you will experience significant changes in your breasts due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and weight loss.

A breast lift with or without implants can restore your breasts to a youthful shape, firmness, and position, improving your confidence and self-image. While her association with McLean Plastic Surgery is new, Dr. Erica Anderson is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in breast rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Anderson has helped many women transform their breasts and achieve their aesthetic goals. As her practice evolves, Dr. Anderson has created a welcoming setting where she can continue helping patients grow into their best selves by offering unsurpassed results with outstanding care.

Are you interested in learning what a breast lift or breast lift with implants can do for you? Contact us at (703) 893-1111 or complete our online form to schedule your breast lift or breast lift with implants consultation today! We are in McLean, VA, and proudly serve patients from Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure to address breast sagging. The procedure enhances your breasts’ appearance and position on the chest wall by reducing the skin envelope and reshaping tissue. A breast lift aims to improve your breasts’ shape. It does not affect volume unless desired. 

Breast lift with implants, or augmentation mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure to reshape breast tissue and restore lost volume. While a stand-alone breast lift focuses on elevating the breasts’ position, adding implants can make flattened or elongated breasts look rounder and fuller.

During a breast lift procedure, Dr. Anderson removes excess skin and fat and then reshapes the remaining tissue into a more youthful contour. She will also reposition your breasts on your chest wall for a youthful and natural projection and address your nipple position and areola size if necessary. Breast lifts create natural-looking results by:

  • Restoring breast shape and position
  • Addressing downward-facing nipples
  • Reducing large areolas
  • Correcting breast asymmetry
  • Alleviating discomfort
  • Improving overall body proportions

Breast Lift Options in McLean, VA

Dr. Anderson offers many techniques, implant materials, and GalaFLEX® Surgical Scaffold to tailor your results to your unique anatomy and preferences. During your consultation, she will help you choose one of four incision patterns.

Crescent lift: addresses moderate sagging

Peri-areolar or “doughnut” lift: addresses mild to moderate sagging

Lollipop lift: addresses moderate sagging

Inverted T or anchor lift: addresses severe sagging

Choosing Dr. Anderson as Your Northern Virginia Breast Lift Provider

Dr. Anderson is an experienced, board-certified female plastic surgeon who specializes in breast and body surgeries. Over the last 20 years, she’s worked in academic and private settings, providing outstanding results and exemplary care for her many satisfied patients. By opening her office at McLean Plastic Surgery, Dr. Anderson wants to use her knowledge and experience in a more personalized, welcoming setting. 

Dr. Anderson enjoys getting to know her patients, listening to their concerns and desires, and providing results they will love for years. With an exclusive surgical focus on body procedures, Dr. Anderson’s unique specialization makes her one of the best breast lift surgeons in Northern Virginia.

Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. She and her spouse, a cardiac surgeon, have four children and a Vizsla. She enjoys staying active with CrossFit.

Meet McLean's Breast and Body Specialist

Explore your transformative cosmetic surgery options available from board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Erica Anderson. As a breast and body contouring specialist, Dr. Anderson combines extensive knowledge of anatomy with her unparalleled passion for patient care. Schedule your consultation with one of the best plastic surgeons in Northern Virginia today.

Your Washington DC Breast Lift Consultation With Dr. Anderson

As one of the few female plastic surgeons in Northern Virginia, Dr. Anderson offers many breast lift options to help you achieve your long-term aesthetic goals. In a small, intimate office setting, Dr. Anderson will ask questions to tailor your breast lift, including recommending the appropriate technique for your anatomy and lifestyle. 

Dr. Anderson will discuss your health history and current medications, perform a physical examination, and review your surgical and implant options. Throughout the process, she welcomes questions and empowers her patients to make informed choices.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Breast Lift or Breast Lift With Implants?

Women who have had children, breastfed, or experienced significant weight fluctuations and want to restore their breasts’ youthful appearance are typically good candidates for breast lifts.

If you are interested in a breast lift, you should: 

  • Have sufficient breast volume or be comfortable with the option of breast implants
  • Be at a healthy, stable body weight with no plans of future breastfeeding
  • Be in good overall physical and mental health
  • Be a non-smoker or be willing to quit at least six weeks before and after surgery
  • Not have any medical conditions that impair healing
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Understand the surgical risks and benefits

Understand the surgical risks and benefits Preparing for a Breast Lift Procedure

It’s essential to be in good overall health before a breast lift procedure. Here’s general information to help you prepare.

  • Avoid weight fluctuations by sticking to a consistent exercise regimen and well-rounded diet. Eat nutritious, protein-rich meals for an optimal recovery.
  • Remain well-hydrated before and after surgery.
  • Ensure you’re medically fit for surgery by seeing your primary physician for a full examination and appropriate testing, such as a mammogram, bloodwork, or an EKG.
  • Avoid medications, supplements, or vitamins that increase bleeding or bruising risks for at least two weeks before and after surgery.
  • Arrange for assistance with household management or child care.
  • If you currently smoke, vape, or use nicotine products, you should quit. Smoking is detrimental to your recovery, so Dr. Anderson requires patients to stop smoking at least six weeks before and after surgery.
  • Prepare for recovery. Take ample time off work, purchase necessary supplies, fill pain medication prescriptions, freeze meals for easy preparation, and create a clean, comfortable place to rest.
  • Ask a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure.

Breast Lift Procedure Overview

On the day of your breast lift procedure, you’ll arrive at a fully accredited surgery center approximately an hour before your scheduled treatment. You will meet Dr. Anderson and your anesthesia provider to review your surgery details and ask any final questions you may have.

According to your procedural plan, Dr. Anderson will begin your breast lift by creating a pocket for the implant. Then, she will make the appropriate incision, as determined during your consultation, to remove excess fatty tissue and skin to tighten and reshape your breasts. Finally, she will reposition your nipples and areolas to a more natural-looking placement. Depending on the extent of your breast lift, the procedure may last for one to two hours.

Northern Virginia Breast Lift Recovery

Breast lifts are typically outpatient procedures. You can go home the same day with a responsible adult to drive you. Following your procedure, you will have bandages covering your incisions, and Dr. Anderson will fit you with a supportive surgical bra to minimize swelling and support your new breast contours. You will need to wear a bra for several weeks to ensure proper healing.

Expect swelling, bruising, tenderness, or numbness for several days following your procedure. These effects should resolve within one to two weeks. Dr. Anderson will prescribe pain medication to alleviate your discomfort throughout your recovery.

On average, patients need to take a week to 10 days off work to rest and heal. Dr. Anderson recommends getting plenty of rest and avoiding strenuous activities, such as exercise or heavy lifting, for at least three to four weeks. You can resume light exercises like walking within a week, gradually building back up to more intense workouts. During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Anderson will guide you through resuming your usual daily activities, including wearing a regular bra.

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How Soon Will I See My Mclean, VA Breast Lift With/Without Implants Results?

Following a breast lift, many patients experience immediate enhancements to their overall silhouette. You should expect initial swelling and bruising to temporarily obscure your results. Residual swelling should resolve in three to four months, revealing your full results. Scarring will be most pronounced in the first few months. Dr. Anderson will recommend scar management to improve their appearance. However, scars may take a year or more to mature.

Thoroughly following all post-operative instructions and maintaining your healthy diet and exercise routine will help you experience long-lasting breast lift results.

How Much Does a Breast Lift or Breast Lift With Implants Cost?

Surgical costs vary by patient, depending on your personalized surgical plan, implant material and placement, and your anatomical needs and aesthetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Anderson will determine the scope of your procedure and estimate your breast lift cost.  While health insurance companies do not cover elective surgeries like breast lifts, Dr. Anderson will gladly discuss your financing options during your consultation.

Transform Your Silhouette With a Breast Lift

As a breast rejuvenation specialist, female plastic surgeon Dr. Anderson aims to help you restore your breasts, enhancing your appearance and body positivity. Learn more about breast lift or breast lift with implants in Northern Virginia by calling (703) 893-1111 or completing our online form to schedule your consultation today!

Breast Lift FAQs in McLean, VA

Yes. Breasts will sag after a breast lift. It is not a definitive procedure. But they will likely not sag to the same degree. So they will always be better than they would have been.

Healing for a breast lift alone is quite quick. Typically, the incisions are closed at the first post-op appointment when the dressing is removed. Additionally, healing occurs in the next 2-3 weeks.

I recommend sleeping on your back for the first few days after breast surgery if tolerated. But truthfully, it is more important to get rest than your actual position.

Yes, but pregnancy can affect your results. A revision may be recommended after your baby’s delivery.

Absolutely. A breast lift addresses the shape of the breast and restores it to a more aesthetic appearance. If you want to address volume as well, implants can be placed at the same time as the lift. The recovery is slightly longer.

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