Beautiful breasts are possible with the help of a skilled cosmetic surgeon. A breast lift (mastopexy) lifts and reshapes the breasts, creating firmer, perkier, more proportional breasts for years to come. Weight loss or gain, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and even genetics can all contribute to sagging breasts and loss of fullness. Some women have had drooping breasts since they were teens. Whatever your situation, you deserve to look and feel your best.
The Aesthetic Surgery Institute is one of the most trusted cosmetic surgery practices for breast lift surgery in Houston. We’ve helped hundreds of women get the breasts they want, and we offer financing to help make breast lift surgery as accessible and affordable as possible. View our breast lift gallery to see patient results.
It’s not uncommon for breasts to sag or droop over time. Breast lift surgery can help:
For women who have lost volume in the breasts, a mastopexy procedure can be combined with breast augmentation to improve fullness and restore breasts to their former size and contour.
You should always consult with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to determine whether a breast lift is right for you. However, there are some telltale signs that you may benefit from mastopexy. Ask yourself the following:
During a breast lift procedure, the surgeon removes excess, stretched out skin; reshapes the breast tissue; and raises the nipple and areola. This creates a firmer and more youthful breast contour. Some women also opt to have the size of their areolas reduced, which can give the breasts a more proportional look.
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. A breast lift should only be performed by a highly trained cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Do, Aesthetic Surgery Institute’s double-board-certified surgeon.
If you have significant sagging, an anchor lift can help reshape and lift the breasts to their natural placement on your chest. The surgeon will remove excess skin and sagging tissues. There are three incisions with an anchor lift: one around the areola, one vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the crease of the breast, and one incision along the crease (inframammary fold).
The procedure gets its name from the anchor-like incision lines, which also looks like an upside-down T. While there is some visible scarring, with proper care scars will fade over time. The anchor lift procedure is ideal if your goal is to have a breast reduction with a lift, since it allows the surgeon to move a substantial amount of tissue and reposition the breasts.
Women who have mild sagging can benefit from a periareolar or “doughnut” breast lift, which involves making two circular incisions around edge of the areola. The surgeon removes one of the circles of skin, pulls the surrounding skin taut, and reattaches the skin to the nipple. It’s called a “doughnut” breast lift because of the shape of the skin that is removed. Many women choose to have a doughnut breast lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation. It typically leaves a minor scar that becomes harder to see over time.
A mini mastopexy or “lollipop” lift is used to reposition breast tissue, remove excess skin, and reshape the entire breast. There are two incisions: one around the edge of the areola, and one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. The incisions create a faint scar shaped like a lollipop.
For patients who have lost a lot of volume in their breasts, adding implants during breast lift surgery may provide better results, restoring fullness and reshaping the breasts. Your surgeon will counsel you on whether breast augmentation along with breast lift may be right for you.
Breast lift surgery typically takes 2-3 hours and is performed in an outpatient setting. Depending on how extensive your surgery is you may need to spend the night in the hospital.
After surgery, you’ll need to rest for 1-2 days. It’s normal to have bruising, swelling, and tenderness after surgery that lasts for 2-3 weeks. You’ll wear a pressure garment or specialized bra 24 hours a day for 3-4 weeks, and you must avoid gym exercise for 4 weeks. You’ll also need to avoid sun exposure on the breasts for a few months and take special care of your incision sites with scar reducing creams and silicone gel sheets.
Risks and Possible Complications: The risks and complications of breast lift surgery are similar to that of other invasion surgeries. They can include infection, hematoma, and—rarely—loss of nipple or areola tissues, which may require reconstructive surgery later. You can greatly reduce your risk of complications by using a highly trained cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Do at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute.
The average cost of a breast lift procedure is around $6,200, but there may be additional fees for medical tests, post-surgery accessories, and pain medications. The cost also depends on whether you have a breast augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift.
Breast lift surgery is almost never covered by insurance, since it’s considered a cosmetic procedure, but Aesthetic Surgery Institute offers financing. We’ll work with you to create a payment plan that works within your budget to get you a quality but affordable and cheap breast lift in Houston. Breast lift surgery is an investment in yourself—and you’re worth it.
Fuller, perkier, more youthful-looking breasts are possible. Dr. Do and his team at Aesthetic Surgery Institute are ready to help you look and feel your best. Call us today at 713-892-5476 to schedule a consultation for mastopexy in Houston.
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