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Breast Lift in Scottsdale, AZ

Breast lift Scottsdale plastic surgery removes excess skin and tissue to reshape and support a new breast contour. This surgery is perfect for women whose breasts have begun to droop – mostly as a result of pregnancy or aging. It’s normal for the skin to lose elasticity as part of the aging process. When this happens, the breasts lose their natural shape and begin to sag. Physical changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding may also cause drooping breasts. Dr. Jude LaBarbera helps women from the Scottsdale area restore a youthful, perky breast appearance.

Some women with drooping breasts also choose to have breast implants inserted to increase the size of their breasts. Dr. LaBarbera works closely with each one of his patients to help achieve that desired, shapely breast look.

What is a Breast Lift?

Medically known as mastopexy, a breast lift is a surgical process designed to lift and reshape breasts that have sagged. Over time, aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and gravity can cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness. This breast surgery involves removing excess skin and the tightening of surrounding tissues to elevate the breasts. The goal is to rejuvenate the breast profile by achieving a more youthful and uplifted appearance.

While both breast lift (mastopexy) and breast augmentation are procedures that enhance the appearance of the breasts, they have distinct goals. A breast lift Scottsdale focuses on lifting and reshaping sagging breasts to make them look perkier and more youthful without significantly changing their size. On the other hand, breast augmentation focuses on increasing the size and enhancing the fullness of the breasts, usually through the use of implants. It does not correct sagging; therefore, in cases where sagging is present, a breast lift might be necessary in addition to augmentation. Essentially, a breast lift is about enhancing the shape and position of the breasts without altering their size, whereas breast augmentation is primarily concerned with increasing their size.

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JUDE LABARBERA, MD Plastic surgery Scottsdale

Scottsdale board certified plastic surgeon Dr. M. Jude LaBarbera is devoted to providing the highest quality of surgical excellence and a superior level of care for each patient. With skill and expertise in the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery techniques, Jude LaBarbera MD, Plastic Surgery can help you achieve astounding results that can enhance your appearance as well as your confidence. As one of the highly trained board certified plastic surgeons Scottsdale accommodates – his knowledge, surgical talents, and patient-focused approach ensure you are guided by caring hands at each step along the way.

Ideal candidates for Breast Lift Scottsdale

Breast lifts are great for women whose breasts are sagging or drooping due to aging, pregnancy, weight loss, or heredity. You may be an ideal candidate for this cosmetic breast surgery procedure if you:

The Breast Lift Scottsdale Surgical Technique

The breast lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes three hours to complete. Dr. LaBarbera will determine the best incision technique to use for each patient based on the breast size and shape, size and positioning of the areolas, extent of drooping, and quality of the patient’s skin. The incision may be made around the areola, vertically down from the areola, horizontally along the breast crease, or a combination. Once the incision is made, Dr. LaBarbera will reshape and lift the underlying breast tissue to improve breast firmness and contouring. The nipple and areola may also be repositioned to achieve a natural and more appealing height. Excess breast skin will be removed to compensate for the loss of elasticity, and enlarged areolas may be reduced to match the new breast shape/appearance. Dr. LaBarbera will then tighten the remaining skin and close the incisions using layered sutures. Like with all surgeries, some scars may be visible after the surgery. He will pursue the best possible technique to achieve the desired results with minimal scarring. Results of breast lift surgery are immediately visible.
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Breast Lift Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery after breast lift plastic surgery varies from one patient to the other. Feeling tired and exhausted after breast lift surgery is perfectly normal. These feelings will fade away after a while. Dr. LaBarbera will encourage patients to move gently around 48 hours after the surgery. However, activities that may cause strain are strictly prohibited. That means you cannot lift any heavy items in the first few weeks after surgery. Exercise should also be avoided within 6-8 weeks after breast lift surgery.
While scars may be quite visible after surgery, these fade away with time – and will become less noticeable. Some patients tend to experience pain after the surgery, which can be relieved using a mild painkiller. Aspirin should be avoided, though, because it can cause bleeding. Any swelling and bruising will subside within a month.

Showering may be possible, but keeping the breast dressings intact and dry is very important. Dr. LaBarbera will provide instructions on dressing and showering in order to ensure an uninterrupted healing process.

Your Initial Consultation with Dr. LaBarbera

Getting correct information from a specialist is crucial before you choose to move forward with a breast lift or breast augmentation surgery. During an initial consultation with Dr. LaBarbera, your worries and reasons for wanting to undergo plastic surgery will be explored. Different women have different motivations for wanting to get breast surgery. That’s why you must convey your expectations to your breast surgeon. Dr. Jude LaBarbera will guide you through the process and answer all the questions you may have. He will also take you through the various breast procedure options available at his clinic and help you make the best pre-surgery choices.


Taking the time to plan for your procedure is essential to ensure that everything goes well during the recovery process. Breast lift cost varies by the surgeon’s experience, plus facility and anesthesia fees. Breast lift Scottsdale costs generally range from $4,000 to $10,000. If the patient needs to add breast implants, the cost of the procedure will significantly shoot up. Because breast lift procedures are not considered a medical necessity, insurance typically does not cover these costs. The average procedure time is 2-4 hours, and most of the recovery takes place within 4 weeks.
Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs breast lift surgery at his Scottsdale office, supported by a team of highly professional and licensed staff. Breast lift patients can expect optimal care during and following the procedure.

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Consultation at our Scottsdale, AZ Office

Our main office in Scottsdale, located at 10752 N 89th Place, Suite #A111 Scottsdale, AZ 85260, is fully equipped to provide comprehensive consultations. To schedule your consultation at our Scottsdale office, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at (480) 770-4455. Our dedication lies in assisting you to attain your desired outcomes with the highest care and professional expertise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether to have a lift or augmentation surgery is influenced by your aesthetic goals. A breast lift surgery helps correct sagging or drooping breasts. Many patients are happy with the new shape, size, and the higher chest wall position of their breasts. However, if the patient needs to increase the volume of their breasts, then an augmentation (breast implant procedure) will resolve this. Your consultation with Dr. Jude LaBarbera will help you determine what type of procedure you need – based on your expectations. In some cases, patients do need a combination of these two procedures (breast augmentation with lift).
Yes, it’s common to combine a breast lift with a breast reduction. This combined procedure allows for the reduction in breast size while also lifting and reshaping the breasts, offering both aesthetic and functional benefits.
Depending on the patient, it may be necessary to reposition the nipple and areola to be proportional to the new breast shape. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position on the ‘lifted’ breast.
Scarring is inevitable after any surgical procedure where incisions are made. This is where Dr. Jude LaBarbera’s immense experience comes in. He will make strategic incisions to achieve the best results while minimizing scarring at the same time. Dr. LaBarbera will make incisions along the breast’s natural contouring where possible. His post-surgery scar care is ideal to help patients’ scars heal faster.
Scheduled follow-up appointments are necessary after breast lift surgery. These provide an opportunity for Dr. LaBarbera and his team to monitor your recovery process. The number of appointments will vary from one patient to the other.