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Breast Lift

Women’s breasts change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. The causes include pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, gravity and heredity. Fox Valley Plastic Surgery in Wisconsin can rejuvenate your slumping busts with breast lift surgery. You will love your profile after!

Dr. David Janssen and Dr. William Doubek are experts in breast lifts. The Wisconsin plastic surgeons are helping women and men from places such as Green Bay, Appleton, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan and beyond perfect their personal Renaissance.

Request your consultation using our online form or contact us at (920) 233-1540 to discuss your breast lift options with one of our experienced surgeons. Consultations are available in both our Oshkosh and Appleton locations. There is a $100 consultation fee.

What Is a Breast Lift?

Breast lift graphicA breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. This reshapes and supports the new breast contour. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola, which may have enlarged over time. In some cases, patient combine a breast lift with augmentation to restore fullness and volume. A breast lift gives a profile that is renewed, youthful and enlivened.

Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation

Breast implants come in many different types, shapes, sizes and brands. The best thing you can do is come in and judge for yourself by seeing and feeling them. Moreover, you can even test them out on yourself using our Vectra 3D Imaging System. Working together, you and your surgeon will decide which implants will be the best to achieve your cosmetic goals. Learn more about implants in the Breast Augmentation section of our website.

Our surgeons also perform repositioning, implant removal and replacement. We determine pricing by the type of implant, the condition of the implant, and the original surgeon. The pricing and specifics are unique to your case, so please call 920-233-1540 to arrange a consultation.

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A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure; therefore, insurance does not cover this surgery. In general, a full breast lift costs approximately $8000, while moderate breast lifts cost approximately $7000.  FVPS also offers a “Mini Breast Lift” option. However, only patients seeking very minimal lift will qualify for this procedure. The pricing is subject to change by the selection of the surgery center, the type of implants, and any other unique circumstances surrounding the surgery, etc.

Cost Breakdown

FVPS offers the option to use Exparel®, which can be added to the surgical site to alleviate post-operative pain, and costs $800.

Emsella Just Say NoAdditionally, the surgeons perform many breast lifts with the addition of breast implants to accomplish the desired aesthetic. Bundling a breast augmentation with a breast lift provides almost 30% savings. Comparatively, a one-stage breast augmentation with a moderate breast lift with silicone implants and Exparel® costs approximately $13,500.  A similar procedure with a full breast lift costs $14,500.  Finally, a planned revision for the breast augmentation/breast lift combination costs $400.

Newsletter Sign UpFox Valley Plastic Surgery highly recommends the use of Strataderm® immediately after wound closure and for several weeks afterwards for optimal healing, and it is included in the above pricing.  Strataderm is the first film-forming silicone gel-based wound dressing approved for the use on open wounds and compromised skin.

Additionally, we offer discounts for multiple cosmetic procedures: 15% off the surgeon’s fee for the 2nd cosmetic procedure, and 30% off the surgeon’s fee for the 3rd procedure. The surgery center discounts the operating room fee is discounted 50% for the 2nd+ procedure, while the anesthesiologists base their fees on time. Although there are zero interest financing options available through Care Credit and Alphaeon Credit, payment by cash gives an additional 5% discount. (Additional varied discounts may be offered that are not mentioned here).

Best Candidates

Candidates for breast lift surgery:

  • Are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Are bothered by the feeling that their breasts sag or have lost shape and volume.
  • Have breasts which have a flat, elongated shape or are pendulous.
  • Feel they have unsupported nipples which fall below the breast crease.
  • Have nipples and areolas pointing downward.
  • Experience stretched skin and enlarged areolas.
  • Have one breast lower than the other.

Front Comparison Side by SidePatient should only consider breast surgery after childbearing. Changes to the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the breast lift. To be noted: significant weight loss after breast surgery can negatively impact breast lift results.

Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of the breasts or round out the upper part of the breast. For example, if the goal is fuller breasts, consider breast augmentation along with breast lift surgery. Similarly, if your goal is smaller breasts, consider combining breast lift and breast reduction surgery.

Procedure for Breast Lift

Drs. Janssen and Doubek perform breast lifts with a variety of incision patterns and techniques. There are many factors that determine the best technique for the patient, including breast size and shape, size and position of areolas, degree of skin sagging, skin quality and elasticity, and the amount of extra skin.

Patient going under anesthesiaThe anesthesiologist administers anesthesia during the surgical procedure for the patient’s comfort. Anesthesia options include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, and the anesthesiologist will select the best option.

Incision Patterns

There are three common incision patterns that best suit the patient’s anatomy: around the areola, around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.

The surgeon will make an incision to begin the surgery. After the incision is made, the surgeon will lift and reshape the underlying breast tissue to improve breast contour and firmness. Next, the surgeon will reposition the nipple and areola to a natural, more youthful height. If necessary, the surgeon will excise skin at the perimeter to reduce enlarged areolas. To compensate for a loss of elasticity, the surgeon will remove excess breast skin. Finally, the surgeon will close the incisions as they tighten the remaining skin.

breast reduction graphicSome incision lines resulting from breast lift are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.

To create and support the newly shapes breasts, your Fox Valley Plastic Surgeon will layer sutures deep within the breast tissue. The surgeon will close the skin using sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape.

Interested in a Breast Lift?

Allow our experienced, highly skilled and caring surgeons to discuss your breast lift options with you! Call us today at (920) 233-1540 to schedule a consultation.

Real Patient Story

Real Patient: MandyRead about Mandy’s experience with her breast augmentation and other real patient stories in the Real Patient Stories section of our website.  Although she was an employee of ours, we treated her like we would any other patient.  She got her breast augmentation for all the right reasons and is thrilled with the results.

Procedure for Breast Lift with Implants

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The degree of breast sagging and the degree of enlargement desired by the patient will help the surgeon determine the technique best used to achieve the breast lift and augmentation. In general, most women want large implants with their breast lifts. However, this is challenging for the surgeon. For example, comparing breasts to an envelope, combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift is similar to wanting to overstuff the envelope while also decreasing the size of the envelope. Hence, it is difficult for the surgeon to complete both procedures in one operation.

However, our surgeons have devised several techniques combine a breast lift with implants. A lot of combinations are possible between muscle, gland and skin, but the basic principles are the same.

One Stage Approach

The most common problem encountered in a breast lift with implants done in one stage is the effect of the implant on the tissue. Patients can expect an optimal result when the tissues are very good and a small implant is used. In cases where the muscle is thin, the sheer pressure of the implant will further stretch, thin, and deform the skin.

However, it is difficult to know definitively the condition of the tissues before the surgery. Surgeons cannot predict how the tissues will tolerate and support the implant. The bigger the implant, the more difficult the procedure becomes. In a one stage breast augmentation/breast lift approach, the rate of touch-up or secondary procedure an be as high as 30%.

This patient had a bilateral breast augmentation with a circumvertical mastopexy.

This patient had a bilateral breast augmentation with a circumvertical mastopexy.

Two Stage Approach

For the reasons outlined above, the two stage approach is the most reliable method. However, women can be hesitant about the idea of a two stage procedure. It is two surgeries, two recovery periods and costs significantly more. Even so, there is a big upside: much higher chance of good results, less scarring, a minimization of tissue damage and complications. Additionally, the surgeon can make any adjustment to fine-tune the shape, size, level, and symmetry between the two breasts at the time of the second surgery.

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In the first stage, the surgeon will place the implants under the muscle (the breast augmentation). Two months later, the surgeon performs the second stage (the breast lift). The surgeon can perform a more predictable and stable breast lift because the  scar tissue has formed around the implant. Most of the reshaping of the breast is achieved intraoperatively. The surgeon will use a submuscular pocket to minimize the dissection and the risk of complications.

One Stage Approach with Planned Revision

Watch Dr. Janssen’s video regarding the complexity of performing a good, tight breast lift with breast augmentation in one surgery. It is extremely difficult to both increase the content of the pocket while decreasing the size of the pocket, the envelope concept discussed above. To combat this challenge, Fox Valley Plastic Surgery has devised a unique method in which the surgeon performs the breast augmentation and breast lift in one procedure, but with a planned minor revision in 4-6 months. The position and size of the implant are the most important considerations for this method.

The surgeons are conservative on the excision of the skin and the lower pole of the breast. The method that Dr. Janssen has developed, leaves the skin loose in the lower pole of the breast and allows it to heal for 4-6 months, making it a very safe method of tackling the difficult procedure. The revision is an office-based visit under local anesthesia. The surgeon will tighten the skin to give the patient a wonderful long-term result without risk to the implants. Not only does this method present less risk of complications than trying to do the procedure in one stage, but it also saves the patient thousands of dollars over the two stage method.

For more information regarding breast augmentation with a breast lift, please watch Dr. Janssen’s video “Surgical Challenge of a Breast Lift with Implants.”

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Preparing for Surgery

  • Patients must stop smoking one month prior to surgery.
  • Patients must stop all aspirin and blood thinners 10 days prior.
  • We require a baseline mammogram within the 1 year prior to surgery.
  • Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery, and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Preparing for surgery with a clear, complex-carb rich beverage will keep you strong and enhance your recovery. Drinking ClearFast PreOp prior to your medical procedure is a safe way to speed up recovery time, nourish your body, and reduce post-operative nausea and vomiting. It is available at Hometown Pharmacy on N. Sawyer Street, Oshkosh at $8 a bottle. The recommended dosage is one bottle the night before your surgery once you are in the fasting window, and a second bottle two hours before surgery. However, please get final clearance from your anesthetist before taking the beverage at all.

Smoking Warning

Smokers are always at high risk for health troubles.Smokers are always at high risk for health troubles, but particularly so during and after surgery. Smokers face longer healing times, blood clots, wounds that break open, and greater risk of infection. For these reasons, FVPS requires that smoking cease one month before and one month after breast lift surgeries. Nicotine decreases blood flow which has an adverse effect on healing. Read our comprehensive explanation of how smoking impacts healing.

FVPS will notify patients if they are affected by this policy. At the pre-operative appointment, normally two days before surgery, patients must take a cotinine test which detects the presence of nicotine. Test results are immediately available and, if positive, we will cancel the surgery and charge the patient a cancellation fee in accordance with our Financial Policy included in patient paperwork. Please do not schedule surgery if you are unable to quit smoking!


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Your surgery team will apply dressings or bandages to the incisions during the breast lift recovery. To minimize the swelling and support the breasts as they heal, patients will need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra. The surgeon may temporarily place a small, thin tube under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

While it is important to rest frequently during the first week, patients must walk 15-20 minutes four times a day to help to prevent blood clots from forming. Two days after surgery, daily showering may commence. Patients may remove the gauze dressings, but the adhesive strips should remain in place for about two weeks. Clean the incisions with soap and water, and pat dry.

Overview of Healing

Questions? Request a Consultation.The incisions may have a puckered or skin pleated appearance, which disappears in a few weeks. Bruising is common in the lower part of the breast, which fades in approximately ten days. There may be an alteration in nipple areola sensibility, either increased or decreased. It may take months for this to disappear.

Do not subject the surgical incisions to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. The final results of the breast lift will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent but will continue to fade over time. The results are long lasting but, over time, the breasts continue to change due to aging and gravity.

Returning to Work

Person workingBreast lift patients typically take off 1-3 days before returning to a desk job, however this depends on the individual’s healing abilities, pain tolerance and motivation. While you can return to your desk job the day after surgery if highly motivated, you should know you will feel uncomfortable. We absolutely forbid lifting for the first 5-7 days, so we do not suggest an early return to work for patients with jobs involving such activities. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for the first two weeks. Also, patients should avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds the first 6 weeks.

At your personal consultation, an experienced board certified plastic surgeon will answer all your questions about breast lifts. Contact Fox Valley Plastic Surgery today at (920) 233-1540 to schedule a consultation.

Breast lift before & after

Potential Risks

Patients will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that they fully understand the procedure and any breast lift risks and potential complications. Breast lift risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding or hematoma formation
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Possibility of revision

Meet Our Surgeons

Dr. David Janssen and Dr. William Doubek combine experience, refined surgical techniques, and artistry to produce beautiful results for their plastic and reconstructive surgery patients.


You can now have a VIRTUAL CONSULTATION via with Dr. Janssen. This encrypted telemedicine system is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to schedule a HIPAA compliant video call with no download required. Please call the office at 920-233-1540 or email us at [email protected] for instructions on how to proceed.

Like an in-office visit, we will usually need your 1) demographics, 2) insurance information (if applicable), 3) area(s) of concern, 4) photos of the area(s) of concern, and 5) complete health history. We’re here for you more than ever before.

There is a $100 non-refundable cosmetic consultation fee. However, this fee can be applied towards the cost of the procedure.  During a breast lift consultation, be prepared to discuss:

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  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous surgeries
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer
  • The results of any mammograms or previous biopsies

The surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, and placement of your nipples and areolas
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of breast lift surgery and any risks or potential complications

Reclaim your youthful profile with a breast lift. Those from Milwaukee, Appleton, Madison, Neenah and beyond are perfecting their personal Renaissance with the help of our board certified Wisconsin plastic surgeons. Contact Dr. David Janssen or Dr. William Doubek at (920) 233-1540 or request your consultation online.

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  • Oshkosh, WI 54904
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Wisconsin plastic surgeons Drs. David Janssen and William Doubek perform breast augmentation, breast lift, laser hair removal, vein treatment, face lift, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction. They serve Wisconsin communities including Oshkosh, Appleton, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Fond du Lac and Neenah.

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