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 had a breast lift October of 2022. Dr. White came through a recommendation of a client. I shopped around and had visits with other surgeons. Dr. White and his staff are hands down the best all around from bed side manner to prevention and after care. I will definitely be going back for more work and would not even consider another surgeon other than Dr. White. I highly recommend Dr White without any doubt. His quality of work is unmatched. Renee Moseley"- R.M. / Google / Feb 17, 2023
"After my second baby I knew I wanted to have a breast lift. I breast fed for fifteen months and my breast had lost their shape. They become saggy and uneven. Looking at myself in the mirror I knew it was going to take a lot for them to be back to their place.Trying on new outfits was no fun for me, specially strapless. I did not know where to begin. My husband suggested I should look for someone local and pay attention to reviews and pictures. I had a couple of consultations before meeting Dr. White but was not 100% confident with their procedures besides they did not take the take to explain to me the steps to the surgery. On the very fist visit I felt very confident with his team, procedures and his job overall. His videos explain every detail of the procedure. I am three months post surgery and can say I he did a true miracle with my breast. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! He would answer all your questions. He is honest. Plus having the surgery in a real hospital was a winner for me."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 06, 2023
"I went to Dr. White at USA Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Texas to get a breast lift. Before my initial consultation with Dr White, I was terrified to have any elective surgery. I was stressed over nothing. Dr. White immediately put me at ease and was fantastic in stepping me through every single part of the surgery and recovery prior to making my decision. He is the most caring doctor that I have met. His bedside manners are superb, and he made me feel at ease from the moment I met with him all the way to the end. His office staff were also fantastic and guided me through every step in this process. I am now 12 weeks post surgery, and as far as the results, they are incredible! Dr. White did a fantastic job in minimizing my scars and providing me with the exact look I was hoping for. I would absolutely recommend Dr. White to anyone looking into a cosmetic procedure, because of his expertise and the way he cares about his patients. He will give you an honest assessment of your potential results, and he has the skills to make them happen."- S.H. / Google / Aug 15, 2023
"I wanted a lift that would look great, and also natural. - I had my breast lift six months ago in Dallas with Dr. White. After years of nursing my kids, I wanted a lift that would look great, and also natural. My husband and I both came across Dr. White after reading reviews and looking at doctors' surgical history. After meeting with him, we both decided he was who he wanted - he is meticulous and listens to any and all of your concerns and wishes. I am so happy with my results and would recommend him to anyone! His staff is wonderful and were so helpful with anything we needed."- K. / RealSelf / Aug 11, 2023
"I got a lift and slight reduction with Dr. White. I'm so glad I picked him. As a nurse, I've heard and seen the horror stories of surgeries gone wrong, and I felt safe knowing that my surgeon was highly skilled and experienced. Seriously his before and after pics speak for themselves. (And I keep trying to convince him to update them because they are a huge selling point!!!)I was conflicted about spending so much money, but it's been amazing waking up and being able to look at myself in the mirror without feeling so uncomfortable in my own skin. My clothes fit way better. One of the best things I've spent my money on. I was happy that his office was relatively close to my home in case anything happened. I thought about medical tourism, but I'm the anxious type who likes all their bases covered. One thing I'll say is that the post op bras suck. They should be seamless for optimal healing. Other than that 5 stars!"- D. / Healthgrades / Sep 13, 2023
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.