Women who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts but want to correct sagging, often choose to have a breast lift. At Houston Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, our surgeons perform breast lift surgery to elevate and reshape the breasts, resulting in more youthful appearance. Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts.
Women from Pearland, TX and other cities near Houston and Webster visit our plastic surgeons for breast lift surgery and many other breast enhancement procedures. To get started, request a consultation online or call our office at (281) 282-9555 and a member of our staff can help schedule an appointment.
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breastfeeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breastfeed.
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have one or more of the following:
Sometimes, these conditions may be inherited traits. In certain cases, breasts develop differently so that one breast is firm and well positioned while the other is not. There may be differences in the size of your breasts as well as their shape. Women who have had children may combine a breast lift with implants along with body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck and liposuction, as part of a mommy makeover.
|Technique Names||Incision Placement||Degree of Correction||Benefits|
|Doughnut, or concentric||Around the areola||Minimal||
|Circumvertical, vertical, or lollipop||Around the areola and straight down to breast crease||Moderate||
|Anchor, or inverted T||Around the areola, straight down to breast crease, and along the breast crease||Maximum||
Around the areola
Around the areola and straight down to breast crease
Around the areola, straight down to breast crease, and along the breast crease
Breast lift surgery can be performed using intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic. Either way, it is an outpatient procedure in most cases. After your consultation, your surgeon creates a surgical plan based on the degree of sagging and the cosmetic goals you want to achieve. Our surgeons draw from various techniques, as outlined in the table.
The procedure begins with your surgeon making the necessary incisions. He/she then reshapes the breasts by lifting the tissue and improving the breast's contour and firmness. Repositioning the nipple and areola so they sit in a more natural and youthful position is next, which may also include reducing the size of the areola. Finally, the surgeon removes excess breast skin and closes the incisions. The nipple is never removed from the breast and virtually all patients should retain nipple sensation.
There are 3 common incision patterns used for breast lift surgery:
The doughnut incision is made around the areola.
The lollipop pattern adds an incision on the lower portion of the breast to the crease.
The anchor pattern adds a third horizontal incision along the crease of the breast.
This patient chose to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation, using traditional and doughnut incisions. For more before-and-after photos of actual breast lift patients, visit our photo gallery.
It is very common for patients to combine a breast lift with other procedures during the same surgery. This is especially true for women who are getting a breast lift to remedy the changes brought on by pregnancy. Many women who have had children not only see their breasts sag, but also lose volume, especially after breastfeeding. In those cases, combining breast augmentation with a breast lift or fat transfer to the breast can enhance both the size and shape of the breasts.
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Additionally, while women with large and heavy breasts may benefit from a breast lift, the results may not be as long-lasting as in a patient with smaller breasts. Some women may instead opt for a breast reduction at the time of their breast lift.
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Your surgeon examines your breasts, taking measurements and perhaps photographs for your medical records. The size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of the nipples and areolas are carefully evaluated. To get the best results, it's important your surgeon knows your desired breast shape and size. We'll discuss how your nipples and areolas will be repositioned. You should mention anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have undergone previous surgeries including breast biopsies, and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
You should tell us if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight, particularly if you have noticed that your breasts sag or become smaller with weight loss. Dr. Moliver may recommend that you stabilize your weight before having surgery.
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Your surgeon applies dressings and bandages to the incision sites at the end of breast lift surgery. We will provide a support bra to minimize swelling and help keep your breasts lifted during the recovery. A small tube may be placed under the skin to help drain any excess fluid. Most breast lifts do not require a drain.
Each patient recovers at a unique pace, but following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon will help enhance the healing process and minimize your discomfort. Your sutures and surgical drain are removed at a follow-up appointment, about a week after the procedure.
The recovery from a breast lift is often quicker than other procedures because it involves little or no trauma to the chest muscle. Patients can typically return to work within a week of the procedure and begin light exercise focused on the lower body in about 2 weeks. You can get back to more strenuous workouts that include the upper body gradually, beginning about 4 weeks after your surgery.
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