Breasts naturally lose elasticity over time, which can cause them to sag and droop. Some women also experience a loss of fullness in the breasts and wrinkled skin texture due to fat loss along the cleavage area. While breast changes are a natural part of aging, the rate of change varies from one woman to the next and is impacted by many factors: weight gain and loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all take their toll on the shape and appearance of the breasts.
The Aesthetic Surgery Institute in Houston, TX has helped hundreds of women achieve the look they want, and we offer financing to help make breast lift surgery more accessible and affordable. View our breast lift gallery to see patient results.
Breast lift surgery (also called mastopexy) is performed by removing excess skin from the breasts and surrounding areas, tightening the surrounding tissue, and creating the desired new breast contour. A breast lift can also help reduce the size of the areolas, which become enlarged in many women over time.
When mastopexy (breast lift) is performed properly by a highly trained cosmetic surgeon, like the double board-certified surgeons at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute, the result is rejuvenated breasts that are perkier, firmer, and more youthful-looking.
There are several different surgical techniques to lift the breasts. Which procedure your surgeon decides is best will depend on your specific situation—your breast shape, fullness, and the expected results.
This is the most commonly performed breast lift surgery at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute. The surgeon makes three incisions: a circular incision around the areola, a vertical incision from the nipple downward, and a curved horizontal incision along the breast crease (where the breast meets the ribcage). The surgeon then repositions the nipple higher up on the breast, removes excess skin and breast tissue, and closes the incisions.
This “anchor-keyhole incision” procedure allows the surgeon to move more tissue for more substantial repositioning of the breast, making it ideal for many women who have excessive sagging. The procedure is so named because of the scar that results from the surgery, which has the appearance of an anchor.
This technique is best suited to women with smaller breasts who need minor repositioning of the breast tissue. The surgeon makes two incisions along the areola in concentric circles around the nipple, then removes the circular strip of skin, pulls taut the surrounding skin, and reattaches it to the nipple. The procedure is often referred to as a “doughnut” breast lift because of the shape of the skin that is removed.
Also used for minor repositioning of breast tissue, with mini mastopexy or “lollipop” breast lift the surgeon creates a circular incision along the outside edge of the areola, a second incision down the front of the breast from the middle of the nipple to the crease along the ribcage, then a third incision above the nipple to where the nipple will be moved. The surgeon then moves the nipple upward, pulls the vertical incisions taut, and connects them beneath the new location of the nipple.
The technique is referred to as a “lollipop” mastopexy because the resulting scar is a faint vertical line running down the front of the breast from the center of the nipple, which has the appearance of a lollipop.
In patients who have significant breast volume loss, adding breast implants during breast lift surgery may provide better results, helping restore fullness and reshape the breasts. Your surgeon will counsel you on whether breast implants along with breast lift may be right for you.
Breast lift surgeries typically take between two and three hours and are performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. Depending on how extensive the surgery is, however, a one-day hospital stay may be required after surgery.
After surgery, patients are advised to rest for 24-48 hours. Patients will wear a pressure garment or specialized bra for 24 hours a day for three to four weeks and must avoid gym exercise for four weeks. Patients also must avoid sun exposure on the breasts for a few months and take special care of the incision sites by applying scar reducing creams and silicone gel sheets. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness are normal after surgery and usually take about two to three weeks to subside.
Risks and Possible Complications: The risks and complications of breast lift surgery are similar to those of any invasive surgery and may include infection, hematoma, and—rarely—loss of nipple or areola tissues, which may require reconstructive surgery later. The risk of complications is minimized with an experienced cosmetic surgeon, like the experts at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute.
Fuller, perkier breasts are possible with breast lift surgery by the expert surgeons at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute.
Contact us today at 713-493-7397 to learn more and schedule your consultation.
You can expect great results if you have realistic expectations from Rhinoplasty. Final results of nose reshaping cosmetic surgery may not be apparent until 6 months to a year after the surgery.