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Breast Lift Houston Texas | Mastopexy | Breast Lift Surgery


Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour.

Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with a lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.

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What Are the Benefits of a breast lift?

  • Improved breast shape and appearance
  • Elevated and youthful position of the nipples
  • Correction of sagging and drooping breasts
  • Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved clothing fit and appearance
  • Restored youthful appearance
  • Better proportion between the breasts and body
  • Correction of asymmetry in breast shape or size
  • Improved self-image and body satisfaction
  • Long-lasting results with proper post-operative care.

Who are Candidates for Mastopexy?

  • Breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
  • Breasts that lack substance or firmness
  • Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease

Each surgical technique requires meticulous thought. Healthy, emotionally secure people with achievable goals make the best candidates for mastopexies. Any size breast can benefit from a lift treatment, but if the recipient’s weight changes frequently and excessively, the effects might not last as long. To get the best outcomes, women with huge, pendulous breasts might need to have their breasts reduced.

Nursing women and new mothers who are recovering from pregnancy are additional possibilities for mastopexy. A breast lift can increase volume and treat strained skin. A patient who intends to have more kids, however, might choose to put off having her surgery. Pregnant women are not particularly at danger from lifts, but their breasts are likely to enlarge during pregnancy. It could be a good idea to postpone getting a mastopexy until after you are done having kids because this will negate the effects of the treatment.

In certain cases, the breasts may have developed 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. Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long-lasting as when the procedure is done on smaller breasts.

A breast lift can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed; however, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeons.

How Does Pregnancy Affect The Breast?

During pregnancy, breast enlargement occurs and stretches the skin envelope of the breast. When pregnancy and nursing are over, the tissue within the breast shrinks, usually to a size smaller than it was originally. The skin, however, remains slightly stretched, and the smaller fill tissue falls to the bottom of the stretched skin envelope. The result is usually a breast with somewhat loose skin, with the breast tissue in the lower part of the breast, and an empty upper breast.

How will my plastic surgeon evaluate me for breast lift surgery?

Your mastopexy plastic surgeon will examine your breasts, taking measurements and perhaps photographs for your medical record. The size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of the nipples and areolas will be carefully evaluated.

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 received, previous surgeries including breast biopsies, and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information. You should tell your plastic surgeon 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. Your surgeon may recommend that you stabilize your weight before having surgery.

There are also limits to how the breast shape can be changed with surgery. For example, Dr. Smith can narrow the distance between the breasts and produce more fullness or cleavage, however if the breasts are widely separated, they may tend to separate after surgery especially when you lie down.

Is it the right choice?

At your consultation, Dr. Smith will discuss your preferences regarding breast size, incision location, and most importantly exactly how you’d like your breast to look. After examining you, he may recommend a range of options for implant type and size, and incision location that will be best for your breast and balance with the rest of your figure. He will always honor your choices of alternatives if he can achieve an esthetic appearance using your choices. For breast Lift surgery in Houston contact plastic surgeon Dr Smith today.

There are four different types of breast lift incisions available. Dr. Smith will advise you to choose the course of action that, in his opinion, best achieves your particular objectives. Options for an incision could be:

  • Crescent – small incision along the upper half of the areola
  • Peri-areolar – the areola is surrounded by a circle-shaped incision.
  • Lollipop – areola incision and a second vertical incision that extends towards the breast crease
  • Anchor – an extra horizontal incision along the breast crease, a vertical incision down the breast crease, and a circular incision around the areola (this options provides the potentially greatest amount of skin removal and tightening)

Breast lift procedure typically involves the following steps:

Breast lift – mastopexy procedure typically involves the following steps:

  • Anesthesia: General anesthesia or IV sedation is given to the patient
  • Incisions: The plastic surgeon makes incisions around the nipple and down the breast to remove excess skin. The type of incision used depends on the extent of lift needed.
  • Reshaping: The plastic surgeon reshapes the remaining breast tissue and repositions the nipples to a higher, more youthful position.
  • Closing incisions: The incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape.
  • Recovery: After the procedure, the patient wears a surgical bra or bandage to support the breasts. Pain and swelling are normal after the procedure, but can be managed with medication.

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The specific details of the procedure may vary depending on the individual patient’s needs and the surgeon’s preferred method.

What is the Recovery Like?

The first few days after breast lift surgery are typically the most uncomfortable. Pain and swelling are common, but can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Your surgeon will also give you instructions on how to properly care for your incisions to ensure proper healing. This may include wearing a surgical bra or bandage for support, and avoiding any activities that may put undue strain on your breasts.

During the first week of recovery, you may experience some discomfort and tenderness in your breasts, but this should begin to subside as the swelling goes down. Your surgeon will likely see you for a follow-up appointment during this time to monitor your progress and address any concerns.

During the second and third week of recovery, you may still have some swelling and tenderness in your breasts, but you should start to feel more like yourself. You may also start to see the results of your surgery, but it will take several weeks for your breasts to fully heal and for the swelling to subside. You should continue to wear your surgical bra or bandage for support and avoid any strenuous activities.

By the end of the third week, most women are able to return to their normal activities, but it’s important to take things slow and listen to your body. If you feel any discomfort, it’s best to rest and avoid any activities that may cause pain or put undue strain on your breasts.

It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully during the recovery process to ensure proper healing and the best possible results. This may include avoiding certain foods, medications, or activities that may interfere with the healing process. Your surgeon may also provide additional instructions for massaging or positioning your breasts to ensure proper healing.

In general, the full recovery from breast lift surgery takes about 6 to 8 weeks, but every woman’s experience is different. Some women may experience a quicker recovery, while others may take a bit longer. It’s important to be patient and follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure the best possible outcome.

Are there Scars from a Breast Lift?

Scarring is a common concern for many women considering breast lift surgery. While any surgery will result in some degree of scarring, the extent of scarring from a breast lift can vary depending on several factors, including:

  • Incision pattern: The type of incision used during a breast lift can affect the extent of scarring. The three most common incision patterns are around the areola, down the breast, and in an anchor shape that combines the other two. The anchor shape incision results in the most visible scarring, but may also be necessary for women with a significant amount of sagging.
  • Healing process: Proper care of the incisions during the healing process can help minimize the appearance of scars. This includes avoiding sun exposure and keeping the incisions clean and moisturized.
  • Skin type: Some women are more prone to scarring than others, which can impact the appearance of scars from a breast lift.
  • Genetics: Genetics can play a role in the appearance of scars, with some women naturally having scars that fade more quickly than others.

While scarring is a natural part of the healing process after a breast lift, most women are able to manage the appearance of scars with proper care. In many cases, scars will fade over time and become less noticeable, but they will never disappear completely. If you are concerned about scarring from a breast lift, it’s important to discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon and make a plan to minimize their appearance.

What Can I Expect the Results to be?

Here are some of the results you can expect from a mastopexy:

  • Improved shape: The procedure can reshape the breasts, lifting them to a higher position and giving them a more youthful.
  • Nipple repositioning: The nipples can also be repositioned to a higher, more youthful position.
  • Enhanced cleavage: By lifting and reshaping the breasts, a breast lift can also enhance cleavage and create a more attractive silhouette.
  • Improved confidence: Many women report feeling more confident and satisfied with their appearance after surgery, which can have a positive impact on their overall well-being.
  • Clothes fit better: With lifted, reshaped breasts, women may find that clothes fit better and they are able to wear a wider range of styles and outfits.

How long does a breast lift last?

The response is based on a number of variables. Age, food, genetics, and physical activity all have a role in how long your youthful body will stay in shape. Results from mastectomies can continue for many years if unhealthy meals and frequent weight changes are avoided.

Is a breast lift safe?

Yes, Dr. Smith places the highest priority on your wellbeing. You will gain from his unmatched commitment and accuracy while in his care. Reconstructive and plastic surgeon Dr. Smith gladly serves the communities of Houston and the surrounding areas. Please get in touch with us to find out how Dr. Smith can help you achieve your cosmetic objectives.

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