Breast Lift Houston
Mastopexy, commonly known as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure to restore youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged or lost volume or fullness as a result of gravity, aging, weight loss, pregnancy, and/or breast feeding.
Some women decide to have a breast augmentation simultaneously with their breast lift. This is especially advantageous when a woman desires both a lift and an increase in overall size or upper pole fullness. Breast implants can add volume and shape for a more attractive appearance.
Breast Lift Considerations
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Are you interested in a breast lift in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.