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Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Houston, Texas

Breast lift (mastopexy) helps to turn back the clock on deflated or sagging breasts after age, pregnancy, weight loss, or gravity have taken their toll.

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What is a Breast Lift or Mastopexy?

Breast lift is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts into a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing position. This procedure is highly individualized for the amount of deflation or sagging present and your desired size. During breast lift, the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery (TOPS), Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm and Dr. Nandi Wijay can make your breasts slightly smaller or add an implant to restore volume to the breast.

Why do you want a Breast Lift in Houston, Texas?

You may be interested in a breast lift or mastopexy if your breasts look deflated or droopy, making it difficult to look good in clothing, bathing suits, or with your partner. This typically happens with age, weight loss, or after pregnancy and nursing. Anything that stretches the skin progressively over time, including weight gain or loss, nursing, changes in breast size, implants, or simply gravity can cause the breast to hang and become more ptotic. Breast lift helps bring back a more youthful, perky appearance to the breast, which can make you look and feel better about the look of your breasts.

A Breast Lift can be performed in a variety of different ways

For certain patients, specialized surgical techniques used during breast augmentation can create the appearance of a breast lift. This is best for patients requiring a very minor lift of the nipple areolar complex with deflation of the upper part of the breast due to weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Again, for patients who require only a minor lift and reduction of the nipple areolar complex, a periareolar breast lift, also referred to as a Benelli mastopexy can be performed. This type of breast lift involves a scar only around the nipple along with a reduction in the size of the areola and subtle lift of the breast.

For patients with slightly more ptosis or sagging of the breast and nipple areolar complex, a vertical mastopexy, also called a lollipop lift, can be performed. This type of breast lift involves a scar around the nipple and down the front of the breast, hence the nickname of lollipop lift. This allows our TOPS plastic surgeons to more aggressively lift and reshape breasts that require more lift. This scar usually heals very well over time, and special scar techniques can be utilized to decrease or mask the appearance of these scars.

For patients with more severe breast ptosis or droop, the lollipop incision may need to be extended under the breast fold to remove additional excess skin and better shape and lift the breast. This is called a wise pattern incision and results in an “anchor scar” down the front of the breast and underneath the breast fold. This is the traditional scar for breast reductions and breast lifts and is one of the most commonly used breast lift or breast reduction techniques. Over time, this scar usually heals very well, and special scar techniques can be utilized to decrease or mask the appearance of these scars.

Breast lift can also be performed along with implant placement, implant removal, or implant exchange. Many of our patients at The Oaks Plastic Surgery have decreased volume in the upper portion of their breast after weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. A small to moderate sized implant can help improve the fullness and contour of your breasts giving them a more youthful, lifted appearance. Some of our patients who have had implants placed years ago have had some stretching of the breast tissue and skin overlying the implant resulting in breast ptosis or drooping. Some of these patients want to keep their implants and undergo a breast implant exchange at the time of their breast lift as part of a revisionary breast procedure.

Some of our cosmetic surgery patients who have had breast implants want them removed for a variety of reasons and want their breasts lifted after the breast implants are removed. While skillful techniques are used to combine these procedures, they often can be performed at the same time or with a “delayed fill” implant. A delayed fill breast augmentation with breast lift involves placing an unfilled or partially filled breast implant at the time of the breast lift. The implant is filled only after the nipple areolar complex and tissues have begun the healing process. This allows for breast augmentation and breast lift to be performed with less risk of complications to the nipple and breast tissue when a large implant size is desired along with a need for aggressive nipple or breast lift.

What do you want from a Breast Lift in Houston, Texas?

You want a procedure that will shape your breasts according to your frame and your desires. Having a breast lift can make you feel more confident in clothing, bathing suits, or with your partner. When it comes to breast lift, the greatest concern from most of our cosmetic patients at The Oaks Plastic Surgery (TOPS) are the scars needed to perform the procedure. Your TOPS plastic surgeon, Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm, or Dr. Nandi Wijay are skilled in multiple different breast lift techniques and will work to create a breast shape that works for your body shape and goals while minimizing scars.

What procedures are often performed with Breast Lift at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas?

For our patients at The Oaks Plastic Surgery, breast lift is often performed as part of a mommy makeover along with abdominoplasty, liposuction, and vaginal rejuvenation. The breast lift can be performed with or without an implant.

Patients undergoing massive weight loss often include breast lift as part of their surgical transformation. After weight loss, quite a bit of volume is lost from the breast area, leaving patients with flat, sagging breasts. A breast lift, with or without an implant can help restore the shape of the breast, complimenting the new look you've worked so hard for.

What is the difference between a Breast Lift and a Breast Reduction?

A breast lift mostly removes excess skin of the breast and reshapes the breast resulting in a lifted, more youthful appearance. Breast reduction surgery removes some of the breast tissue while reshaping the breast tissue and lifting the nipple for a smaller, lifted, more youthful appearing breast.

What can you expect at your initial consultation?

If you are interested in breast lift in Houston, Texas, an appointment can be made with one of our TOPS plastic surgeons, Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm, or Dr. Nandi Wijay. You can expect the initial consultation to last an hour or more. In your consultation, your TOPS plastic surgeon will:

  • Listen to your specific complaints and goals
  • Perform a thorough examination, focusing on your individual anatomy. Precise measurements and photographs will be taken.
  • If breast lift (mastopexy) is the right option for you, your plastic surgeon will discuss details of the cosmetic procedures that are offered and which approach fits your desired results. Details regarding scars and technique will be outlined for you.
  • If you and your plastic surgeon feel that the addition of an implant is the right choice for you, you will be given an opportunity to explore the different breast implant types and try on different breast implants sizes.
  • The risks and benefits of breast lift will be thoroughly outlined
  • You will be given ample opportunity to ask questions from both our plastic surgeons and cosmetic staff regarding breast lift surgery
  • You will be sent home with a packet of information regarding the breast lift including a detailed consent form and instructions for before and after your breast lift surgery in Houston, Texas.

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What you can expect on the day of your Breast Lift procedure?

The day of your breast lift surgery, your TOPS plastic surgeon will meet you in the preoperative area to go over any last minute questions or concerns you may have. Your plastic surgeon will then make preoperative markings and will perform extensive checks with careful attention to detail ensuring high quality care and safety. You will meet the anesthesiologist and their team, as well as the members of our plastic surgery operative team.

During the procedure, our plastic surgeons pay meticulous attention to detail and work as a team to ensure a great result with a focus on safety and quality. Your family will be updated of your status periodically and will be able to talk with the physician one-on-one after the procedure is completed.

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What can you expect for recovery after Breast Lift?

After your breast lift, you will be placed in a special postsurgical dressing. You will have a light dressing covering the incisions. Swelling is typical after surgery. You may shower 24 hrs after the procedure. Our TOPS plastic surgeons employ a multimodal pain regimen to decrease or eliminate your need for narcotic pain medication, which allows our patients to recover quickly and feel more like themselves soon after their breast lift procedure. Most of our breast lift patients are ready to go back to work within 1-2 weeks. Initially, our plastic surgeons and plastic surgery staff in Houston will see you or communicate with you daily to ensure proper healing. Most of the swelling begins to subside over the first week or two and typically resolves by 4-6 weeks. Most of the swelling begins to subside over the first week or two and typically resolves by 4-6 weeks.

We advise that you refrain from strenuous activity or heavy lifting greater than 10 lbs for 4-6 weeks during the healing process.

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