Breast Lift The Woodlands
Age brings wisdom and experience, but it also brings on the effects of gravity which can cause once firm and pert breasts to droop and lose volume, an issue that Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Gill can correct with a breast lift in Houston.
In Houston, a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is the only way to significantly lift sagging breasts, as nearly 90,000 American women who underwent the procedure in 2010 know. It can be performed to correct varying degrees of breast droop, from mild to severe droop, in which the nipple is actually pointing downward.
If You’re Considering a Breast Lift in Houston
In addition to correcting breast sag, the breast lift procedure works to restore breast firmness and may be combined with a breast augmentation procedure to increase the size and projection of your breasts.
In order to achieve the desired result, Dr. Gill will perform one of three incisions designed to provide you with the ideal aesthetic result. The surgical incisions may be made in the:
- Breast crease
- From the nipple down to the breast crease
- Around the nipple areola
The incisions will vary depending on the severity of your breast droop. If you’re considering a breast lift in Houston, you should be a healthy non-smoker and realistic expectations about plastic surgery.
The Surgery: Procedures for a Breast Lift in Houston
When you are ready to begin your one to three hour outpatient breast lift procedure, you will be placed under a general anesthetic in most cases. Dr. Gill will perform the incisions are remove loose skin and possibly glandular tissue, effectively tightening and elevating the breasts. Your breast will be reshaped in a more youthful appearance and the nipple may be repositioned as well. To finish the surgery, Dr. Gill will close the incisions and cover them with a dressing.
Recovering from a Breast Lift in Houston
Your recovery time when you return home after your breast lift in Houston will last up to two weeks during which time you will wear a surgical bra that provides necessary support during healing. Discomfort you may experience during healing will be managed with medication and any bruising or swelling will be temporary. Over the year following your breast lift, the visible scarring will fade and flatten out. Moving forward you should recognize that the results of your surgery are not permanent as they do not prevent further droop caused by aging and gravity.
Breast Lift in Houston
Breast Lift Q&A
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift is a procedure utilized to correct sagging or ptosis of the breast. This is often a result of pregnancy and aging. In certain patients the desire for correction of not only shape, but also size, a small or moderate sized implant may be utilized.
How long does a breast lift take to perform?
A breast lift usually takes between 2 and 3 hours depending on the amount of ptosis or sagging that is present.
How do you perform a breast lift?
I perform a breast lift in several different ways depending on the amount of sagging that is present and also the amount of asymmetry. We base the amount of sagging by comparing the relative position of the nipple to the inframammary fold or crease of the breast. We, therefore, measure how much we need to lift the nipple to achieve an optimal shape. If the patient only needs 2-3 centimeters of nipple lift we can typically accomplish the lift with an incision simply around the areola. Anywhere from 3-6 centimeters of nipple lift can typically be performed with what’s called a Lollipop Incision where an incision is made around the areola and then vertically from the nipple to the crease. Finally, if the nipple needs to be raised more than 6 centimeters we utilize a Wise pattern or anchor type incision involving an incision around the areola vertically from the nipple to the crease along with an incision within the crease. This incision allows us to protect blood supply to the nipple and achieve rejuvenation in shape, while hiding the incision within the bra line.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
In the Woodlands, Texas and North Houston area we find that women who have undergone pregnancy, aging, and weight loss to be excellent candidates for a breast lift.
What are realistic expectations for a patient having a breast lift?
In the Woodlands, Texas and North Houston area a patient undergoing a breast lift will undergo a standard pre-operative assessment. It is imperative during this per-operative assessment that we review the patients goals and concerns, assess the breast on exam, and determine if the goals and desires of the patient can be realistically achieved with surgery. Surgery cannot always correct all asymmetries or levels of ptosis. Sometimes if there is a significant size discrepancy, shape discrepancy, or a significant asymmetry a stage procedure may be necessary to achieve desirable goals.
What are common reasons why a patient wants a breast lift?
In the Woodlands, Texas and North Houston area we find that most women who want a breast lift desire improvement in shape. They are unhappy with the effects of aging, pregnancy, or weight loss to the breast. In addition, they may have also undergone volume deflation. In this case we may present the patient with the opportunity to place an implant and lift the breast during a single procedure.
How long does it take for a patient to recover from a breast lift?
We typically find, in our practice, a breast lift can be performed as an outpatient procedure. It usually requires approximately 2-3 hours to perform and patients are typically off of work for approximately 1 week to provide time for swelling and bruising to go down and to minimize any undue trauma to the incisions. We then find patients are able to return to normal activities in 1 week to 10 days, except for heavy lifting or any excess tension on the incisions, which we limit for 4 weeks. Therefore, 1 week off from desk job and basic activities, in 4 weeks, a patient should be able to undergo unrestricted activities.