Breast lift, clinically known as mastopexy, is a plastic surgery procedure to raise and firm up the breasts by removing excess breast skin and tightening the underlying tissue. The procedure may be recommended by a cosmetic surgeon for women who are unhappy with their significantly sagging breasts and are keen to regain a more youthful breast appearance. In some cases, the procedure may also be combined with breast augmentation.
Dr. Bradley Hubbard is an experienced plastic surgeon for breast lift procedure. Patients in Plano, Frisco, Dallas, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive this treatment from him. Dr. Hubbard ensures that the patient is a suitable candidate for this surgery before recommending the procedure.
He will evaluate the general health condition and breast anatomy of the patient to determine whether she is a spectacular candidate. It is also considered whether the patient has clear aesthetic goals and realistic expectations from the cosmetic surgery. The patient should preferably be a non-smoker or should be willing to quit smoking several weeks before and after the surgery.
Need for Breast Lift
A woman may need a breast lift plastic surgery if the breasts have lost their youthful shape and firmness and are sagging severely with nipples pointing downwards. This may occur due to loss skin elasticity, which results from one or more of the following causes:
- Loss of breast volume following a pregnancy or breast feeding.
- Major weight loss over a short period of time.
- Skin losing its elasticity due to aging.
- Breasts start drooping due to gravitational factors.
- Sagging breasts due to heredity factors.
The cosmetic surgeon will explain to the patient the results that can be achieved with breast lift, and also inform what cannot be achieved with this procedure. Breast lift will not significantly improve the breast size. If the patient is looking for fuller breasts, breast lift may have to be combined with breast augmentation.
Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lift cosmetic surgery procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation in a particular case. An incision will be made in a pre-decided location to keep it discreet, and the surgeon will lift the underlying breast tissue and re-shape the breast contour to enhance firmness. The nipples and areolas will be repositioned to a more youthful level.
The surgeon may also reduce the size of the enlarged areolas by excising skin at the circumference. Loss of skin elasticity will be addressed by removal of excess skin. Once the breasts have been reshaped, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed. The incisions are closed with the help of surgical tape, sutures, or skin adhesive.
Breast Lift Results
Breast lift plastic surgery will show the results immediately. However, the full effects of the procedure will become visible as the post-op swelling resolves over the next several weeks after surgery. The results of a breast lift are long lasting as long as the patient continues to maintain a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.
For more information on plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Plastic Surgeon, Bradley A. Hubbard MD in Dallas, Plano, Frisco and surrounding areas schedule a consultation by clicking here or calling 214-370-4813