Common natural causes such weight loss, pregnancy, breast-feeding, and aging can manipulate and cause stress to the breasts over time. A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, elevates and firms the breasts by removing sagging skin and reshaping the surrounding tissue to support a more preferred breast contour. Often times, the use of implants alone will not sufficiently lift the breasts, thus a breast lift is additionally recommended to improve position. Dallas, Texas plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, offers several breast lift techniques to refresh and create firmer, shapelier breasts that can ultimately restore confidence and comfort to one’s body.
Good candidates for breast lifts are women who demonstrate:
- Breasts that have lost volume and shape
- Breasts that are flat or elongated
- Breasts that have enlarged or stretched areolas
- Breasts that have nipples that point downward and/or below the crease of your breasts
- Non-smokers and those who are in overall good health
A breast lift requires incisions to shape and firm the breasts. The most common incision patterns used during a breast lift procedure are:
- Incision around the areola
- Incisions around the areola and then vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease
- Incisions around the areola and then vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease and finally extending horizontally in the breast crease
The size and shape of the breasts, size of the areolas, and extent of sagging are factors that will help our surgeon determine the best technique to use. Occasionally, it may be determined that a small breast implant may be necessary or desired to enhance the fullness of the upper portion of the breast. This can be done at the same time as the lift or at a later date.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Dr. White is an amazingly gifted surgeon. His precise results and extreme passion for perfection will leave you with the best possible outcome for whatever surgery you choose. His entire staff is top notch, a very warm and truly caring group. His anesthesiologist is the best I have even encountered, I woke up with no nausea the first time ever for me after having anesthesia. The results for me were truly life changing and my results are AMAZING!! I waited 20 years to have my breast lift due to fear of anesthesia and that nagging fear that something can always go wrong during surgery so why risk it? The moment I met Dr. White I was immediately at ease and comfortable with the risk and knew that the results he would personally produce would be well worth the risk and boy was I ever right I LOVE the way my breasts look! My only regret is that I didn?t meet Dr. White 20 years ago so I wouldn?t have gone so long not likening what I saw in the mirror every day. I recommend Dr. White with the highest accolades possible for his total package approach and individualized personalization that he provides to each of his patients. THANK YOU DR. WHITE - you are truly THE BEST."- L.L. / Google / Jan 30, 2014
" My experience with Dr. White and his fabulous staff at USA Plastic Surgery couldn't have gone any better. I have always read D Magazine and see Dr. White's awards and description. I have had friends who recommended other doctors in the DFW which I considered prior to my consultation with Dr. White. I scheduled my consultation in early March to discuss having a breast augmentation. Jasmine took some of my information and mentioned because of the weight gain and loss I experienced during back to back pregnancies(my sons are 16 months apart), a breast lift might also be discussed. My bra size also went from a 34C to a 40F when nursing both my boys (9 months with each). Dr. White and his staff are so welcoming and considerate of all my questions. We discussed both augmentation and a lift. Dr. White asked me what result I was looking for, which solidified my decision to have a breast lift (mastopexy). It has been 7 weeks since my surgery and I couldn't be any happier with my results. I am able to go without a bra with confidence. I feel sexier and have the body I had in college. This would have NEVER happened without Dr. White. I was completely off pain medication 36 hours after surgery and returned to work Tuesday after my Friday surgery. I was concerned I would be bedridden for an extended amount of time and be unable to care for my young children. I quickly realized that Dr. White's dedication and precision during my surgery would allow me to still be a mom and all that entails immediately after my surgery. Dr. White is truly a genius in his field. I will forever be grateful to him and his staff for walking me through this process and exceeding my expectations. "- B.S. / Google / Jun 30, 2014
"The WOW Factor! After childbirth and nursing two children, my weight and body shape fluctuated for 15 years. At the age of 45, I finally lost and maintained a 60 pound loss. However, when I looked in the mirror, I did not like what I saw; flabby tummy, stretch marks, loose skin, and flat breasts that I poured into a bra. No amount of excercise could get rid of my mommy muffin top and my saggy breasts. I was in constant pain from the pressure of loose skin in my mid section, back pain, sores and indentions from under-wire bras. I was tired of wearing spanx and yummy tummy tanks to get rid of the bulges. I was over-due for a mommy makeover! Initially, I only wanted a breast lift. I have God-given, beautiful breasts, and felt I had enough breast mass to not need implants. But to get the best results for the breast enhancement, I needed an extensive tummy tuck. I have NEVER had surgery, and I was intimidated by the whole idea of elective procedures and my pain threshold. I interviewed several highly recommended DFW surgeons, but was turned off by those doctors that encourage an unnecessary augmentation, performed both surgeries, in one day, in their office instead of a hospital. The minute I walked into Dr. White's office, I felt at ease. His office staff were gentle, encouraging and respectful. Dr. White went about explaining his recommendations and techniques with great attention to details. He addressed my concerns with the breast size and shape, contouring my tummy and abdominal muscles to make the breasts look bigger. He understood I wanted the most natural results that were appropriate for my body size and age. He insisted doing the procedures separately, to achieve the best recovery and results, both performed in a hospital setting. He was genuinely excited about how he could help me. And I made the right decision! He did the tummy tuck first, and I was AMAZED at the results; no dog ears on the sides, LOW incision, tight abs, beautifully hooded belly button, and no more stretch marks on my tummy. Because of his perfecting nature, he gave me an added bonus, taking the incision around the hip, lifting the buttock and hip. I now can rock a pair of low rise, skinny jeans! But the breast lift/reduction was the WOW factor. When he unwrapped me in his office, Dr. White did a little Snoopy dance! The results were stunning. The breasts were full, high and symmetrical. He magically removed the loose skin in the axilla area and moved my nipple up 5 inches. The surgery was virtually PAINLESS, with no sensitivity loss. After weight loss and surgeries, I went from a size 18 to size 6/8. My body looks like it did in my college days! Thank you, Dr. White, for holding my hubby's hand during this process. I am grateful you made me quit smoking, adding years to my life. You checked on me morning and night during my hospital stays. And I appreciate your excitement for what you do, and your obsession over the details. Hats off to your highly trained staff and nurses, who encouraged and answered my silly and personal questions! I look forward to the final touches with liposuction. Sic 'em BEARS!"- Google User / Google / Jun 06, 2012
" I honestly can not say enough about Dr. White.... 6 weeks ago I had a breast lift. For YEARS I had been so unhappy with my breasts and would honestly let ruin my day! Being 26 years old, I felt it was very unfair to be so unhappy?"- B. / Citysearch / Sep 27, 2011
"I?m four weeks post-op from a tummy tuck and the feeling I get when I look into the mirror can?t adequately be described with words?but I?ll try. Eight years ago, I lost my husband in an accident while seven months pregnant. After I had my son, I dealt with my grief by overeating, and before I knew it, I was 100 pounds overweight. Once I was able to regain my focus and commitment to bettering myself; I lost the weight, found love again, married, and had another child. Fast-forward to the present, and the weight loss coupled with the effects of two pregnancies left a notable impression on my mid-section. With lots of extra skin and a tummy? that wasn?t going away on its own, I started researching tummy tucks. I met with several doctors and felt they could do a good job, but something still didn?t feel 'right'. Once I met Dr. White, not only did it feel 'right' to have him perform my surgery, it felt as if he had been placed in my life for a reason. At my initial consultation, he spent over an hour with me answering questions, squelching concerns and describing at great length exactly what I could expect with the operation. He never over-promised, but I knew after our conversation that he was the right doctor for me and I felt very confident that I would get fantastic results. This isn?t the same procedure you get with other doctors. He took painstaking, meticulous steps to ensure the outcome was as flawless as humanly possible. Dr. White has a gift; he weaves artistry and technical precision to create results that I could never have dreamed possible. Dr. White transformed my body in a miraculous way. Now the rolls of skin and fat that I?d tried to hide for years have been replaced with a flat, taut, sculpted stomach. And the results carried through to my hips, upper thighs and butt. I can already wear jeans two sizes smaller than before the surgery and the swelling hasn?t completely subsided. He?s an artist. And I trust him implicitly. As a matter of fact, I?ve scheduled my second procedure with him a breast lift! With Dr. White?s help, I feel like I?m in the process of taking the last steps in resurrecting a life that was in shambles not too terribly long ago. The package doesn?t dictate what?s inside, but the image I now project to the world is much more in line with the way I feel on the inside. And I have Dr. White to thank for this. I?d recommend Dr. White to anyone! As a matter of fact, I?ve already recommended him to several colleagues!"- Google User / Google / Jan 30, 2012
What to Expect
We will evaluate the overall health of the patient, as well as assess the current breast size and shape and take measurements of the breast to help determine the amount of sagging that is present. Additionally, the skin laxity, symmetry, and the underlying bone anatomy of the chest will also be assessed. This evaluation will help our team to develop an individual breast lift plan. Most patients are nervous about scarring that may occur after a breast lift procedure. During surgery, we take excellent care during the incision process to minimize scars. In addition, our practice will provide a thorough scar care treatment protocol to help with the healing.
Things to Consider
Augmentation VS. Lift
Patients desiring breast augmentation may discover that they need a lift first if there is a certain degree of sag. If the patient wishes to add more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. However, implants are not always needed depending on how much native breast tissue exists prior to the lift. Before surgery, we will provide a thorough assessment as to whether or not an augmentation is necessary to attain the aesthetic results the patient desires. It’s important to note that if an implant is placed within a sagging breast, the outcome most likely will be very unsatisfactory.
In some breast lift cases, the nipple may need to be repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away during surgery, a portion of an overly stretched areola is trimmed away at the same time. The goal during surgery is to reduce the size of the areola and create an even, natural appearance.
With the majority of breast lift procedures, there is some scarring associated with the surgery. This is because when incisions are made to trim away the loose skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. During surgery, the latest breast lift techniques are incorporated to minimize scarring. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing can be healthy and quick.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
After breast lift surgery, patients are placed in a surgical dressing that may include a support bra. Swelling is expected and patients should take it easy for a few days. The swelling will start to resolve within 1-2 weeks after surgery and most patients are able to resume modest activities within about 2-3 weeks. A breast lift typically takes about 6-8 weeks for a full recovery.
If the surgery is combined with breast augmentation where implants are used, the cost will increase. In most cases, a breast lift is considered cosmetic by nature, thus is typically is not covered by medical insurance.
Achieve the Look You Want!
We invite you to call our plastic surgery office and schedule your consultation with our doctor today. If you are bothered by sagging, droopy breasts and are considering a breast lift, this surgery can restore the look and feel of your breasts and create a gorgeous, youthful outcome.