Breast Lift Overview
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
"I never thought it would be possible to actually like my body. Following a 200-pound weight loss, I began to seek out a surgeon. Working in health care, I have the privilege to know many doctors. After interviewing several surgeons, I knew Dr. White was the one for me. Dr. White wants what is best for his patients and takes the time to explain everything in detail. I'll never forget how Dr. White called me on the weekend just to check on me following my surgery. His skill, expertise, and reputation as a surgeon were proven to me. Dr. White has gone above and beyond all my expectations for a cosmetic surgeon. I really cannot even believe the results. When I look at myself now, I actually like what I see. I love the results and feel truly beautiful for the very first time in my life! Thank you Dr. White!"- T. B. / Office Visit / May 08, 2008
"Best Plastic Surgeon! – 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 with my body. I started the search for a plastic surgeon in the Dallas area and once I had my consultation with Dr. White I knew he was the one to do the surgery. He is very personable, warm, caring, trustworthy, honest, precise, and most importantly extremely good at what he does. When he entered the room for the consult, I felt an intuitive knowledge of his capability to make me happy. I booked the surgery that day. The surgery took 8 1/2 hours! He took his time making sure I wouldn't have a big scar. The day after the surgery he removed the bandage and I was in awe!!!! He did an amazing job! I finally felt like my entire body looked my age, and not my top half looking like I was 50. I am 6 weeks post op and I couldn't be happier with the results. For the first time in my life I am not ashamed to wear a bathing suit, or a strapless dress! It is obvious that he took his time to do everything right because I had ABSOLUTELY NO BRUISING AT ALL, and I was able to lift my 6 month old daughter 2 weeks after surgery and was back at work (training dogs) a week after. At 6 weeks post-op, my scar is incredibly small as well. I feel so fortunate to have met Dr. White and am so happy with the way he transformed my body to what I have always wanted. -Meg"- B. / Citysearch / Sep 27, 2011
"I appreciate your good work and dedication in giving me a great appearance. I now look in the mirror and love what I see! My breast lift surgery clearly shows your talent and devotion. You are very personable and I definitely recommend you to anyone seeking a new cosmetic look."- D. K. / Office Visit / Mar 13, 2011
"Thank you so much, Dr. White, for your patience and kindness after surgery. I truly am so happy with what you have done and am so glad that you are my surgeon. Thank you!"- K.D. / Office Visit / Feb 20, 2017
"Just wanted you to know how pleased I am (my husband too!) with the outcome of my surgery. I appreciate your listening, your professionalism and your caring nature. Thank you for making this entire experience such a positive one for me. May the Lord continue to bless you and your practice!"- A. D. / Office Visit / Dec 31, 2013
What to Expect with Breast Lift
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
Breast Lift After Surgery
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.
Breast Lift Expected Cost
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.