Spring Valley Medical Center - 9230 Katy Freeway #600, Houston, TX 77055

A mastopexy, commonly known as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure to restore youthful shape and lift to the breasts. Dr. Erika Sato regularly performs the breast lift for Houston patients.

This procedure is ideal for addressing breasts that have sagged or lost volume or fullness as a result of gravity, aging, weight loss, pregnancy, and/or breastfeeding. It can also correct asymmetries.

Some women decide to have a breast augmentation simultaneously with their breast lift. Combining a breast lift and augmentation is especially advantageous when a woman desires both a lift and an increase in overall size or upper pole fullness.

While a breast lift without implants is the better choice for patients who only want to reduce sag, a breast lift with implants can add volume and shape for a more attractive appearance.

Breast Lift

During your breast lift consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, you will learn more about your options for creating your ideal breast appearance.

She will talk with you in detail about how you wish your breasts to look, including the placement of the nipples and the size of the areolas. The goal is to create breasts that are in proportion with the rest of your body.

Combining a breast lift and implants in a single surgery is a popular option and is known as a breast augmentation with lift. If you are considering breast implants as well as a breast lift, please read the breast augmentation page for information on the types of implants available.

Before & After

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American Board of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
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Who is a good candidate for a Breast Lift?

You may be a candidate for a breast lift if you are healthy and over the age of 18. Given the variety of reasons for wanting a breast lift, it is important to discuss any potential alternative procedures, as well as address any surgical safety concerns during your consultation.

Dr. Sato will examine you and review your medical history in order to determine whether a breast lift is right for you. If it is, a surgical plan will be created and a date will be set for the surgical session.

What happens during a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is an outpatient procedure usually performed under a local anesthetic and IV sedation at our in-office operating room or under general anesthesia at an ambulatory surgery center. Every case is different, so the length of surgery can vary.

Dr. Sato will remove excess skin and re-position the breast tissue and nipple-areola complex higher on the chest. The breast is reshaped by tightening supporting tissues, giving the breast a firmer, uplifted, youthful appearance.

The fullness or roundness in the upper pole of the breast does not change after a breast lift. The size of the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) can also be reduced during a breast lift.

There are some visible scars after a breast lift that could be placed around the areola, vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and/or under the breast’s natural crease. There are several different techniques with various resultant scar patterns.

The techniques that leave less scarring are preferred for appropriate patients. At your consultation, Dr. Sato will determine which technique is best for you and will explain where the incisions will be made.

What can I expect while recovering from Breast Lift surgery?

Most women return to work 10 days to 2 weeks after breast lift surgery. You will likely experience soreness, bruising, and swelling for several days.

Paper tape is placed over the incision and is left in place for 1-2 weeks. A surgical bra that will be worn for several weeks as your body heals during the recovery process. Scars will continue to fade with time and can usually be concealed by clothing, including bras, bathing suits, and low-cut tops.

Strenuous activities should be avoided until the skin incisions are healed, which can take up to 4-6 weeks.

How much does aBreast Lift Cost?

The price of a breast lift varies depending on several factors. Mastopexy cost is impacted by the techniques chosen, the amount of tissue removed, and many other factors. To learn more about the breast lift in Houston and look over before and after photos, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sato by contacting us today.

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