Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Houston Breast Lift Specialist

Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, can restore a more youthful look to breasts that droop, sag, or have become deflated as a result of aging, genetics, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Houston Breast Lift Specialist Dr. Scott Reis is a skilled Plastic Surgeon with experience in a variety of breast lift techniques. He is committed to providing personalized patient care and delivering natural breast lift results.

Why Choose Breast Lift Surgery?

If your breasts have lost their shape, fullness and perkiness, it can be difficult to feel confident in swimsuits, certain clothing, or during intimate times. Breasts that sag or nipples that are lower than ideal can also feel physically uncomfortable during activities, especially while exercising. Breast lift surgery can give you firmer breasts that are positioned higher on the chest with improved nipple placement. Patients who choose breast lift surgery are generally happy with the size of their breasts, but they would like perkier breasts and are concerned with sagging breast tissue and nipples as well as volume deflation. 

If you would like improved breast placement and would also like to increase breast volume, you may consider combining mastopexy with breast augmentation. If you would like to diminish sagging and reduce the size of your breasts, breast reduction surgery may be the best option for you. These procedures are all technically very similar and are on the same continuum in that they all center around rebalancing the proportion and relationship between the 2-dimensional covering of the breast (the skin) with the 3-dimensional volume of the breast (the glandular and fatty tissue). The choice of which procedure will be best for you is individually determined by your starting point and your goal for your breast appearance.

Your Houston Breast Lift Consultation

If you are considering breast lift surgery, the first step is a consultation appointment with Dr. Reis at his Houston or Woodlands office. Dr. Reis prioritizes a collaborative approach to patient care and he will take time to answer all your questions, discuss your goals, and make sure that you are well-informed about your options. If you and Dr. Reis decide that breast lift surgery is right for you, he will ensure that you understand all aspects of your treatment plan.

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How Breast Lift Surgery Works

Breast lift surgery is performed in our AAAASF-certified operating facility and is typically an outpatient procedure. Dr. Reis offers anesthesia with a total IV technique, which allows for a pain-free and comfortable procedure without intubation and also reduces postoperative nausea.

Dr. Reis will make an incision in order to lift and reshape the breast tissue. The type of incision will depend on your goals and will be discussed with you before your surgery. Dr. Reis generally uses a periareolar incision with or without a vertical incision. Sometimes an additional horizontal incision beneath the breast may be needed. The periareolar incision is a single circular incision along the edge of the areola. This type of incision results in a fine line and easily concealed scar as it lies at the border between the breast skin and the darker pigmented areola skin, the perfect area to hide an incision. This is a good option to correct mild sagging and deflation. A vertical incision combined with a periareolar incision, called a “lollipop” pattern, involves an incision along the edge of the areola and one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. While this incision type will result in an additional scar, it is still easily concealed on the underside of the breast and a vertical incision allows for the removal of excess skin and comprehensive reshaping for moderate sagging and deflation. If additional skin needs to be removed, the vertical incision can be extended horizontally along the breast crease line, commonly referred to as an “anchor” pattern incision. This placement is ideal since the additional incision is completely hidden from view, even without clothing. Once Dr. Reis has achieved the desired positioning, your incisions will be sutured closed with buried absorbable sutures and bandaged.

Breast Lift Recovery

After surgery, you should have a friend or family member ready to drive you home. Dr. Reis and his surgical team will give you detailed post-op instructions and you should follow them carefully and call our office if you have any questions. You may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort after your breast lift. Dr. Reis typically recommends a long-acting, non-opioid, injectable nerve blocking medication for long-lasting pain relief that works for three full days. You will need to refrain from strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and exercise for several weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift Surgery

What kind of scars will I have after breast lift surgery?

Your scars will depend on the type of incisions Dr. Reis makes during surgery, which will be discussed during your consultation appointment. The three possibilities are periareolar alone (circular), periareolar with vertical (lollipop), or periareolar with vertical and horizontal (anchor) incisions. Whichever incision type is used, your scars will be concealed by bras and swimsuits and Dr. Reis will discuss aftercare tips to help minimize any scarring

Will a breast lift change the size of my breasts?

Breast lift surgery is not designed to remove a significant amount of breast tissue or change the size of your breasts, only to improve their appearance by reducing sagging and restoring a youthful look. However, some patients feel that their breasts look larger because they sit higher on their chest, while other breast lift patients report a reduction in cup size because they are able to wear closer fitting bras that reflect their true bra size after excess skin is removed.1 If you would like to increase or decrease your breast size significantly, Dr. Reis can discuss other breast surgery options with you.

How long do breast lift results last

Breast lift results are long-lasting, but there are several factors that can influence the longevity of your results. You will enjoy longer lasting results if you maintain a stable weight, take care of your skin, wear a well-fitting bra, and don’t smoke or use nicotine products.2

What are the risks of breast lift surgery

Dr. Reis upholds high standards of care and he prioritizes patient safety. Every surgical procedure carries some risk of complications or side effects and the possible risks of breast lift surgery include bleeding, infection, changes in nipple or breast sensation, and adverse reaction to anesthesia.3 Fortunately, in Dr Reis’s hands all of these are very uncommon.

Am I a candidate for breast lift surgery?

If you are bothered by breasts that sag or feel stretched out, or if your nipples point downward, then breast lift surgery may be right for you. Ideal candidates are at a stable weight, non-smoking, and in good general health.

Contact Dr. Reis for Breast Lift Surgery in Houston

If you are interested in breast lift surgery, Dr. Reis has the experience and skill to deliver natural-looking results. Contact us with any questions or to schedule your consultation appointment.

References
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Breast Lifting May Decrease Bra Size, Says Study in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. How long do breast lift results last? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/how-long-do-breast-lift-results-last Accessed January 7, 2020.
3 Mayo Clinic. Breast lift. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/breast-lift/about/pac-20393218 Accessed January 7, 2020.