What is a Breast Lift?
A surgical breast lift (mastopexy) is a body contouring procedure that reshapes and lifts sagging breasts. This is achieved by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue to attain a more youthful and perky appearance. This restorative surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi is excited to offer breast lift surgery to women who wish to transform their bodies to regain a sexy silhouette. If you are feeling self-conscious about your shape, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to learn more about how a surgical breast lift can revitalize your look.
Who is a good Candidate for a breast lift?
You may be an ideal candidate for a breast lift if you are in overall good health and have low-hanging breasts. In many cases, women visit Mesbahi Plastic Surgery thinking breast augmentation is their best option, but after a physical exam and discussing their needs with Dr. Mesbahi, typically a breast lift is the better choice. Breasts that have lost elasticity typically need a lift to reduce skin looseness and bring the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts look elongated, a breast lift can dramatically help their appearance. If you wish to address sagging tissue and desire a larger cup size, we can perform a breast augmentation with a lift to achieve your unique goals.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Bilateral Breast Lift with Implant Exchange (Smaller) - McLean, VA - I had my breast procedure with Dr. Mesbahi on 1/7/15, and it was better than I had anticpated. I had previously had several Breast Surgeries with another Physician and chose Dr. Mesbahi to do my last procedure due to his expertise in the Breast Cancer Reconstruction world. My breasts had grown over the years and I was no longer happy with their appearance. Dr. Mesbahi not only exceeded my expectations but the results were amazing within a few days, only to improve through out the next month. The surgery was extensive due to the downsizing of implants and the full lift. My incisions are beautiful and even as is everything else. Dr. Mesbahi did do some lipo sculpting to improve the overall contour. I would highly recommend him for any cosmetic procedure and definitely for the Breast."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 16, 2015
Breast Lift surgery
Breast lift surgery takes about 2 – 4 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. The duration of this surgery is dependent on the complexity of breast drooping. The surgical technique used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories — these are based on the size, location, and nature of the incision. Dr. Mesbahi commonly uses the inverted-T (also known as an anchor) or the doughnut technique to create the incisions. With the anchor method, the incision is placed underneath the breasts and with the doughnut approach, the incision is made around the areolas.
Once the incision is made, any loose skin is carefully trimmed away along with breast tissue and fat that is not wanted. The skin is then tightened and the breasts are positioned higher and lifted so they look healthy. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reconstructed and reduced to be symmetric with the new placement and shape of the breast.
After your mastopexy
After your mastopexy, you will wear a support bra to help reduce swelling. A thin tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to help with excess drainage that can sometimes occur after a surgical procedure. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within several days. Dr. Mesbahi or a member of our team will provide in-depth, home treatment care instructions for you to follow to help aid in your healing process. Aesthetic results following a breast lift usually become evident after several months as the breasts settle into their new position on your chest. Your breasts will appear natural, and you will feel younger and more healthy.
Breast Lift FAQS
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your unique concerns and goals. In many patients, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts without implants. Dr. Mesbahi will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then make a decision whether you should get a lift, implants, or an augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up during a breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Mesbahi can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your appointment so he can decide on the ideal incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results should last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally so you might start to see loose and sagging skin over time. Factors, like significant weight gain or loss, can alter your results; therefore, it's best to maintain a steady weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Mesbahi 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. Mesbahi will assess the appearance and physical condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a lift will be able to help you. In your surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.
Breast lift surgery has changed the lives of so many individuals. If you are troubled by sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or stop you from wearing the clothes you want, a mastopexy at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery may be the answer to your problems. During your initial meeting, a thorough examination will be given by Dr. Mesbahi and your goals for surgery will be discussed. We will provide a tailored plan for treatment to help transform your breasts. We invite you to contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to speak to a patient coordinator to schedule your private consultation.
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