Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) – Houston, TX

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About Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that lifts and firms the breasts by removing loose skin and tightening the healthy tissue to create a more youthful appearance. This aesthetic breast surgery is reserved for women who have lost breast shape and volume, and who are experiencing breast sag due to aging and gravity, as well as weight loss or pregnancy. Huge advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this aesthetic surgery so successful that new statistics from the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Derek Lou, a board-certified surgeon in Houston, TX, performs this surgery at his private practice, Lou Plastic Surgery. By using the most state-of-the-art methods, Dr. Lou can choose the correct technique according to the degree of sag present, as well as the desired outcome.

Ideal Candidates

Many women are unaware that there are procedures other than breast enlargement or reduction surgeries that can dramatically alter the shape and size of their breasts. Procedures such as a breast lift, for example, are relatively simple but can significantly alter the appearance of the breasts.

You may visit Lou Plastic Surgery believing you are a candidate for breast augmentation, but after a private assessment, you may discover that breast lift surgery is a better option for you. These decisions depend on the level of sag that is present. Breasts that point downward typically need a lift to reduce skin looseness and lift the breasts to a higher position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts appear stretched, a mastopexy (breast lift) can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health and at a healthy weight.

Surgical Technique

A breast lift takes approximately two hours or more and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of this procedure is dependent on the complexity of breast ptosis. The surgical technique used for cosmetic breast lift surgery typically falls under two categories — the technique is defined by the size, location, and nature of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the most commonly used methods. After making the incision, any loose, unhealthy skin is removed along with fat and tissue that is not needed. The remaining skin is then tightened and the breasts are lifted so they appear healthy. In most situations, the size of the areola is decreased to be symmetric with the new breast. At this time, an implant or a fat transfer can be placed within the breast if this was discussed with Dr. Lou prior to surgery. If the lift is the only surgery being performed and if breast size is a worry, silicone or saline implants can be implemented at a different date.

What To Expect

The recovery for a breast lift surgery is more extensive than a breast augmentation. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to diminish swelling. A small tube is also inserted near the incision site to help with excess draining that can often occur after mastopexy treatment. After surgery, the swelling will diminish within about a week. Dr. Lou or a member of his team will provide detailed, home treatment care instructions to help your healing process. Aesthetic results after a surgical breast lift are noticeable after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your chest wall. Your breasts will look and feel natural, and you will feel perkier and healthy overall.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Lou will listen to your wants and aesthetic goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Following that, he can better estimate your price. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your appearance so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Lou, rather than prices. To help make your surgery more affordable, Lou Plastic Surgery will help you find low-interest medical financing.

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, an augmentation with implants or both depends on your unique concerns and goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Lou will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision about whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.

Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Lou can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.

How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you may start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors, such as significant weight loss or gain, can change your results; therefore, it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Lou suggests patients wait until they are done having kids.

Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Lou will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts at your consultation and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help. During your surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for better symmetry.

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Healthier-Looking Breasts

Mastopexy has changed the lives of many Houston, TX patients. If you are faced with sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prohibit you from buying certain clothing, a mastopexy at Lou Plastic Surgery may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial visit, a thorough examination will be performed by Dr. Lou and your aesthetic concerns will be discussed. We will determine a tailored treatment plan to assist in transforming your breasts. Please contact Lou Plastic Surgery and speak to a patient coordinator to begin your cosmetic surgery journey.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.