About Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that reshapes the breasts by removing loose skin and tightening the remaining breast tissue to create a more youthful look. This body contouring surgery is reserved for women who have lost breast shape and volume and who are experiencing breast ptosis (sagging) due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Due to the loss of elasticity in the skin during the aging process, breasts can lose their shape and firmness while beginning to sag. Advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this treatment so successful that new statistics from the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Ryan Couvillion, a plastic surgeon in Houston, TX, performs this surgery at Luminary Plastic Surgery. By implementing the most state-of-the-art methods, Dr. Couvillion can choose the correct technique according to the degree of ptosis present, as well as the desired outcome.
You may come to Luminary Plastic Surgery believing you are a candidate for breast augmentation using implants, but after a private assessment, you may discover that breast lift surgery is best suited to meet your personal aesthetic goals. Breasts that point downward most often 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 lift surgery can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health and at a healthy, stable weight. Although many women who have a mastopexy do so as a result of pregnancy and nursing, it is important to keep in mind that having more children after the procedure may impact your final results.
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 complexity. The surgical technique used for cosmetic breast lift surgery typically falls under two categories — the technique is defined by the 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 and excess 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 in harmony with the new breast size and shape. At this time, an implant or a fat transfer can be placed within the breast if this was discussed with Dr. Couvillion prior to surgery. If the lift is the only surgery being performed and if breast size later is a concern, silicone or saline implants can be placed at a different time.
What To Expect
The recovery for breast lift surgery is more extensive than a breast augmentation. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to reduce swelling. A small drainage tube may also be inserted near the incision site to help remove excess fluid that can be present after the surgical procedure. After surgery, the swelling will begin to decrease within the first week. Dr. Couvillion will provide detailed home treatment care instructions to help your healing process. Aesthetic results after a surgical breast lift are evident immediately, but it may take months to achieve a final result.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Couvillion will pay attention 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. Couvillion, rather than prices. To help make cosmetic surgery affordable, Luminary 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. Couvillion will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision 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 or nipples are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Couvillion can incorporate an areola or nipple 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. Couvillion suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Couvillion will evaluate your physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help. In your surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for better symmetry.
Mastopexy has changed the lives of numerous patients in Houston, TX. If you experience sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prohibit you from buying certain clothing, a mastopexy at Luminary Plastic Surgery may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial consultation, a thorough examination will be performed by Dr. Couvillion and your aesthetic concerns will be discussed. We will customize a tailored treatment plan to assist in transforming your breasts. Please contact Luminary Plastic Surgery, and speak to a patient coordinator to begin your cosmetic surgery journey.
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