About Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a cosmetic treatment that redefines the breasts by trimming away excess skin and surgically tightening the existing tissue to result in a firmer, younger appearance. This body reshaping surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who have breast drooping due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Outstanding advancements in breast lift surgery have made this cosmetic surgery so effective and successful that new stats by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Marcos Ikeda, a cosmetic surgeon in Houston, TX, offers this procedure at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa. By incorporating the latest methods, Dr. Marcos can decide on the appropriate technique based upon the level of sag present, keeping in mind the desired result.
You may visit Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa wanting breast augmentation; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is what you really need. The reason is due to the amount of sagging that is present. Breasts that have lost elasticity generally need a skin removal and tightening surgery to correct skin irregularities and bring the breasts to a perkier position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a surgical lift can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a good weight.
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Breast lift surgery usually takes 2 – 4 hours and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this treatment depends on the nature of breast size and sagging. The method used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories — these are based on the type of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the most used types. The incision is first completed, and any excess skin is excised along with breast tissue and fat that is not wanted. The skin is then pulled tight and the breasts are positioned higher and lifted so they look healthy and younger. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola is reconstructed and reduced to match the new placement and shape of the breast. At this point, an implant can be inserted in the breast if this was agreed upon with Dr. Marcos ahead of surgery. If a breast lift is the only procedure being performed and if size and shape are a concern, augmentation surgery with implants can be done at a later date.
What To Expect
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more lengthy than a surgery with implants only. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to help with swelling. A thin tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess fluid leakage that can sometimes occur after a breast lift. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within a few days. Dr. Marcos or a member of his team will provide in-depth, at-home incision care instructions to help with your healing process. Results following a breast lift surgery appear after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your bustline. The breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel beautiful and more youthful.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
In your initial consultation, Dr. Marcos will listen to your needs and goals before developing your unique treatment plan. After that, he can estimate your costs. When done well, a breast lift can significantly improve your physical appearance so it's important to focus on having an experienced surgeon with extensive training, like Dr. Marcos, over costs. To help make surgery easier to afford, Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa can help you find low-interest financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your specific goals. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Marcos will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Marcos can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so he can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you could begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors, like significant weight gain or loss, can alter your results so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Marcos recommends patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Marcos will assess the appearance and condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a lift can help you. During your lift surgery, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.
Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of countless Houston, TX individuals. If you suffer from hanging, sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a breast lift at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa may be the right surgery for you. During your first meeting, a thorough breast assessment will be given by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marcos Ikeda and your desired outcome will be discussed. We will create a tailored plan for treatment to help transform your breasts. We encourage you to contact Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa and learn more about how to schedule a consultation.