The effects of age, pregnancy, weight loss, and other factors can cause the breasts to droop or sag. A mastopexy or breast lift is a cosmetic procedure to correct sagging or ptotic breasts. The procedure gently removes excess skin and breast tissue with the goal of repositioning the nipple-areola complex relative to the breast mound. Contact us to explore your cosmetic surgery options.
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About Mastopexy Surgery
A breast lift or mastopexy reshapes the breasts while repositioning the location of the nipple-areola complex relative to the breast mound to restore a more youthful appearance.
Short Scar Technique
To correct ptosis (sagging) of the breasts, Dr. Bonnor uses a “short scar” method by making a periareolar incision which is an incision around the areola, or dark skin surrounding the nipple.
From there, a vertical incision is carried downward or inferiorly from the nipple towards the lower ridge of the breast fold. This allows removal of loose skin and brings the two sides of the incision back together seamlessly. The result is a lifted, perkier silhouette.
A scarless breast lift, one that requires 1 to 2 cm lift of the nipple-areola complex can be accomplished with BodyTite which is a radio frequency assisted lipo-tightening (RFAL) technique. This application stimulates collagen production and encourages skin to contract over time to appear more toned. The result is a tightening of the upper pole or upper half of the breast tissue.
Be prepared to share your medical history and enhancement goals. A breast lift can often be combined with an augmentation to address lack of upper pole (upper half of the breast) fullness.
Call (281) 579-5638 to schedule your breast lift consultation.
Breast Lift Procedure
Patients are always counseled on smoking cessation for six weeks prior to surgery. You will also be advised to stop taking certain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen. On the day of your procedure, preoperative markings will take place followed by preoperative antibiotics, prophylactic pain medication and anesthesia. Minor swelling is natural and normal, but it should subside in 4 to 6 weeks. A support bra will be provided to facilitate a comfortable transition to a sports bra after the first two weeks. Typically, you will be seen the following day after surgery for a check up and then one week post surgery. No drains are typically used for breast lift cases.
A breast lift cosmetic surgery or mastopexy reshapes the breasts while repositioning the location of the nipple-areola complex, however it does not address the upper pole volume loss that occurs over time. If you want to increase upper pole fullness then you may want to combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation.
If excess skin affects more than just your chest area, consider the benefits of an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Dr. Bonnor, a double board certified surgeon, can redrape loose skin to create a more toned and youthful midsection. Regardless of which procedure(s) appeal to you, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The cost of a breast lift depends on the extent of your surgery. Texas Surgical Arts offers financing options to ensure that you get the best care at the right price.
A certain amount of ptosis (sagging) is inevitable over time since gravity will ultimately win. To determine your level of ptosis, there is a simple exercise you can try at home. It is called the pencil test. Simply stand upright in front of a mirror and lift one breast and gently place a pencil horizontally under the breast fold. Now, lower your breast onto the pencil and see if the nipple is below the level of the pencil which may signal breast ptosis or an indication for a surgical breast lift. To determine your eligibility for a breast lift in Houston, contact Texas Surgical Arts.
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