About Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is a cosmetic treatment that lifts and tightens the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the healthy skin to create a firmer, younger appearance. This cosmetic breast surgery is reserved for women who have lost breast shape and volume and who have breast sag due to aging and gravity, as well as weight loss or pregnancy. Huge advancements in breast lift surgery have made this aesthetic surgery so successful that new stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons refer to approximately 70% increase in demand for this surgery since 2000. Dr. S. Benjamin Albright, our Houston, TX plastic surgeon, offers this surgery at Albright Plastic Surgery using the most state-of-the-art methods and carefully choosing the correct technique according to the level of sag present, as well as the desired outcome.
Some women visit our center believing they are candidates for implants only; however, after a physical exam it may be realized that a breast lift is needed and will provide a better outcome. This is due to the significance of sag that is present. Women whose breasts point downward typically need a lift to correct the skin irregularity and lift the breasts to a higher position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts appear stretched, a mastopexy (breast lift) can improve their appearance. Patients considering a breast lift should be physically healthy and at a healthy weight. While breast implants may be wanted, in so many cases a lift is all that is needed to add the fullness and shape that is desired.
Plan Your Procedure
what to expect
Breast lift surgery takes approximately 2 – 4 hours and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The timing for this procedure depends on the complexity of breast ptsosis present. The method used for cosmetic breast lift surgery generally falls under two categories — this is based on the size, location, and nature of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the most commonly used incision types. After making the incision any loose, unhealthy skin is removed along with breast tissue and fat that is not needed. After this process, the remaining skin is pulled tight and the breasts are lifted so they look healthy. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola is decreased to match the new breast. At this time, a breast implant can be inserted within the breast if this was agreed upon prior to surgery. If a breast lift is the only surgery being performed and if breast size is a concern, silicone or saline implants can be done at a later date.
The recovery for a breast lift surgery is more lengthy than a breast augmentation. After surgery, patients are placed with a support bra to diminish swelling. In addition, a small draining tube will be placed near the incision site to assist with excess draining that can sometimes occur after mastopexy treatment. The post-surgical swelling will diminish within about a week. Our staff provide detailed, at-home incision care instructions to help healing process. Results following a surgical breast lift are noticeable after several months as the newly shaped breasts take their new position on the chest wall. The breasts will look and feel natural, and you will feel perkier and healthy overall.
Mastopexy has changed the lives of many patients. If you are faced with sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or prohibit you from buying certain clothing, a breast lift may be the right surgery for you. At the time of your first visit, a thorough examination will be given and your aesthetic concerns discussed. We will determine a tailored treatment plan to help transform your breasts. Please call our practice and learn more about how to begin your cosmetic surgery journey.