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Breast Lift

What Is Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)?

As a woman undergoes changes in her breasts, which could be associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding as well as aging, she may experience drooping of her breasts as well as atrophy or loss of some of the breast tissues. A breast lift is designed to move and support the breast tissue in a higher position on the chest wall. In some women, who also want to undergo an augmentation of her breast size, an implant can be used during the procedure.

How is Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) Surgery Performed?

Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The breasts are marked beforehand and these marks serve to guide the surgery. The breast skin is elevated away from the breast tissue which is moved into a higher position on the chest wall. Excess skin is removed and the wounds are closed. Depending on the degree of descent of the breasts, the incision necessary to perform this may be one that surrounds the areola, surrounds the areola and crosses the front of the breast, or surrounds the areola, crosses the front of the breast, and is positioned in the breast fold. A breast implant can be placed at the time of breast lift surgery to enhance the size of the breast.

What Is The Recovery Period?

The recovery period varies with each Houston Breast Lift patient; however, the majority of patients are able to resume most normal activities within one week of surgery. After surgery, a gauze dressing will be applied over the breasts and the patient is fitted with a sports bra. The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. After surgery, pain is relieved with medication. The breasts will undergo a period of shape changes for the first six to eight weeks following surgery until a more natural appearance is typically obtained. Breast scars will undergo a period of maturation that typically lasts a year or more.*

Where Is Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) Performed?

Breast lift surgery is well-suited to our Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accredited outpatient SurgiCenter in Houston. In some patients with more extensive surgical needs, the procedure will be performed in the hospital. Our facility is very private and less expensive than hospital or public surgery centers. Patients are able to go home without undue difficulty after the procedure. Patients are required to rest quietly for a day after the surgery, but this can be carried out in the comfort of your home.*

What Are the Risks?

Thousands of breast lift surgeries are successfully performed each year in Houston. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the potential hazards of surgery and specific risks associated with breast lift surgery. Postoperative complications such as delayed healing, nerve damage, infection, or localized collections of blood are uncommon. Other problems associated with breast lift surgery include asymmetry, unattractive scarring, and loss of the nipple or breast skin. Smokers should be aware that smoking is not allowed for four weeks prior to and four weeks after surgery. Complications arise more frequently when a patient continues to smoke. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely following our surgeon’s advice on follow-up care during the healing process.

*Results may vary for different patients and are not guaranteed. Contact our office to schedule a personalized consultation to determine if you are a good candidate.

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