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'm a 51 year old male that would never take off my shirt, my own kids never seen me with out a shirt on. So my wife had Dr. White to do a breast lift for her a few months before. She was very pleased with the results. I asked him to look to see if he could help remove my love handles and man boobs. It was hard for me to take my shirt off for him. So in Sept. 2012 I had Dr. White to do liposuction on my upper torso, he removed 18 lbs from around my waist and chest area. To get to the point I always had good muscle underneath the fat. I worked out for years and never could get rid of the love handle. It took one day for Dr. White to remove all the excess fat around my belly and around my chest area. My pant size went from a 36 to a 31. I got my V shape back. I looked at my self in a 180 degree mirror. I was amazing. People ask if I was a body builder, I had a six pack for the first time in 30 yrs. So this past summer on a vacation in Destin Fla. all my kids seen dad for the first time with out a shirt. It felt so good and comfortable not having to suck my stomach in all the time, because it was flat being just relaxed. I know that I looked ok before the surgery & my wife and kids love me no matter what. But when your 50 years old and have a body build of a 20 yr. old. just from liposuction you feel so much better about yourself. Now my wife and kids & I can take beach vacations & not have to wear a shirt. Thanks to Dr. White for being a perfectionist and going to the extreme to do the best that can be done. So I highly recommend this procedure. "- R.M. / Google / Jan 30, 2014
"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
"Extended Breast Reduction and Breast Lift - Happy Client! - I had a breast reduction and breast lift done on 12/5/19. Dr. Steven J. White performed my extended tummy tuck on 9/26/19 and it went amazingly well that I wanted him to do my breast surgery. I was worried since I did not know what to expect. I have struggled with weight fluctuations in the past 15 years and most of my weight centered around the sides of my breast. It made wearing tight fitting shirts not an option. Dr. Steven J. White was able to provide me with an extended breast reduction as well as the breast lift. I am now 6 months from surgery and they look AMAZING! The recovery time was faster than I had expected. I travel often for my line of work so I was worried that I had an important trip planned 10 days after surgery. Once I had the surgery, I opted to spend two days in the hospital and my recovery at home was a breeze. Of course he made sure I came in the first couple of weeks a few times during the week to check on my progress. Besides the expected soreness, I was up and moving around with in 5-7 days fairly easily. I recommend following his orders of resting and not doing anything over the top. My travel went well and I made sure to keep in contact with his office staff while I was gone. The scaring looks great as well and I am now wearing 2 shirts sizes smaller then I normally would wear. I can now wear a bikini top and everything stays in place. I would recommend anyone who is skeptical of having surgery to please see him for a consultation first. His team from his office assistance to the surgery center staff are professional at all times. Never did I feel uncomfortable or my concerns were not being addressed. He is hands down the best Cosmetic Surgeon around!"- M. / RealSelf / Jun 22, 2020
"As a registered nurse/nurse anesthetist, I was somewhat apprehensive about having surgery since I’m typically on the healthcare provider side of things and not the patient side. Dr. White and his team of lovely gals at USA Plastic Surgery provided me with the ideal individualized blend of an educated provider/patient experience. I chose Dr. White as my surgeon due to his excellent reputation, cordialness, thoroughness and attention to detail, each of which were demonstrated repeatedly throughout my consultation appointment, preop/intraop/immediate postop time, and several follow up visits. He always takes the time and effort to answer questions and explain each aspect of the procedure and recovery to your satisfaction. I had a breast lift and reduction (mastopexy) by Dr. White to help alleviate the back pain I had been experiencing for the past few years and I feel that it has helped tremendously thus far. Dr. White and his team worked all day long on my day of surgery to provide me with the best results possible. One additional concern prior to surgery was the recovery time and process, but Dr. White and his associates provided me with a detailed book of what to expect before, during and after surgery several weeks prior to the day which helped relieve much of the anxiety I was experiencing. The recovery process has felt just like following along the pages in the book as it is very well-outlined on exactly what patients can expect and usually experience in the post-operative time frame. I would absolutely choose Dr. White as my surgeon again and again! One additional note for anyone who is apprehensive about the anesthesia portion: as an anesthesia provider myself, I couldn’t have imagined a better anesthesia experience than the one I received from the anesthesiologist that Dr. White works with. I woke up nausea-free and with well-controlled pain and had zero complications or complaints throughout my overnight stay at the surgery hospital."- C.L. / Google / Jun 30, 2020
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.