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As women age, time and life take their toll on their once voluptuous figures. Whether it’s due to age, weight fluctuations, or childbearing, your breasts can begin to sag and lose the firm perkiness that they retained in your youth.
A Breast Lift Can Address Sagging and Volume Loss
A breast lift by Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Vasdev Rai can restore your youthful curves by correcting the ptosis (sagging) you are experiencing.
We offer a full range of incision options for breast lifts, which enables him to address the slightest to the most severe levels of ptosis. Many of these incision options are also suitable for placing breast implants if you want to combine your breast lift with breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation may be suitable for you to correct issues such as loss of breast volume, asymmetrical appearance, and shape.
Because every woman is different, no single option will meet every patient’s needs. During your consultation with Dr. Rai at our Dallas office, you will discuss the personalized solutions that are right for you to achieve your desired results.
To learn which procedures and incision options will give you the look you want, call 972-566-6500 today or contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center to schedule your consultation with experienced Dallas breast lift surgeon Dr. Vasdev Rai.
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Definitions and Concepts
“Masto” means breast, and “pexy” means tightening. Thus, mastopexy means breast tightening. This tightening of breasts automatically results in a breast lift.
Breasts develop as skin glands that are attached to the nipples. Breasts develop under the influence of female hormones. Breasts have very few attachments to the chest muscles. Thus, breasts are susceptible to the forces of gravity. The effects of the breast weight and gravity lead to stretching of the skin and sagging of the breasts. The larger the breast the more it will sag. Engorgement from pregnancy and breastfeeding adds to the sagging of the breasts. Aging makes breasts more susceptible to sag.
Although breast sagging is a physiological function of age, weight, and breastfeeding, this change is cosmetically unacceptable.
Mastopexies are designed to restore the youthful appearance of breasts.
Before & After Patient Photos
*Individual Results May Vary
*Individual Results May Vary
Concepts behind Mastopexies
The goal of a mastopexy is to restore youth, tone, and fullness to the breasts.
Breast sagging is technically called Breast Ptosis. The degree of breast ptosis is graded from grades 1 through 3. This grading is determined by the position of the nipple and areola relative to the existing breast fold. This grading is not very precise because the breast creases themselves shift with weight and aging.
Experienced surgeons transcend this artificial grading and are guided by their own sense of beauty and aesthetics.
Our approach at the Cosmetic Surgical Center is as follows:
The position of the breast crease and the nipple-areola complex is addressed before anything else. If the breast creases have descended to low positions then they are raised on the chest wall. Breast creases are anatomical shelves on which breasts rest. Breast creases are restored and secured at cosmetically desired positions. This will require the closure of spaces below the breast followed by securing the creases to muscles, fascia, and bones that lie underneath.
Next, the nipple-areola position is determined based on the newly established creases, midline, and breast axis. Since breasts are shaped differently, to begin with, the nipple-areola positions will vary slightly from one side to the other.
Next, the breast skin is tightened to hold the breast tissues tightly and in shapely forms.
If there is too much breast it needs to be reduced and contoured.
If the breast tissue is lacking in fullness, adequate-sized implants will be needed to make up for it.
The degrees of a Mastopexy / Breast Lift from least to extreme is as follows:
Nipple-Areola repositioning only
Nipple- areola repositioning and vertical tightening, also termed Lollypop lift
Nipple- Areola repositioning with vertical and horizontal skin tightening also termed Anchor Lift
Mastopexy with breast contouring
Mastopexy with breast implants
Pros and Cons of using implants with a mastopexy:
Pros: Implants enable us to enhance upper chest fullness and create an overall fuller shape of the breasts
Cons: The weight of the implants makes the breasts more susceptible to sagging after surgery. The larger the implant the more likely you will have sagging in the future. Implants are foreign objects and bring in risks of scarring, hardness, and implant-related issues. Implants also can stretch out the breast creases from their weight.
We discuss all these issues with our patients and make decisions about the best mastopexy approach based on each patient’s preferences.
Risks of Mastopexies
All surgeries have the risk of scarring, loss of sensation, loss of nipple/areolas, loss of skin, infection, bleeding, and the possibility of requiring further surgeries. When the potential gains from the surgery outweigh the risks the surgery is justified.
The type of breast lift incision that is right for you will depend on factors unique to your body. Dr. Rai is an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who will take the time to personalize your procedure and ensure the beautiful, natural-looking results that you deserve.
The incision options available for your breast lift procedure include:
- Periariolar– the periariolar incision is made around the nipple in the dark skin of the areola. This type of incision is ideal for addressing minor ptosis (sagging).
- Lollipop– the lollipop incision, also known as a vertical incision, is made around the nipple and down a vertical line from the areola to the breast crease. This incision is better at addressing moderate ptosis and also allows for the repositioning of the nipple for a more youthful appearance.
- Anchor– the anchor incision, also known as an inverted-T, uses the lollipop technique, then extends a lower incision along the crease of the breast. This incision is ideal for more pronounced cases of ptosis and is easily combined with other surgeries, such as breast reduction.
Breast Lift Frequently Asked Questions
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure that elevates the breasts, especially the areola and nipple, to a more youthful position. It can enhance the appearance, shape, and firmness of your breasts.
Will breast lift leave a scar?
All surgeries leave a scar, and breast lift is no exception. The size and type of scar depends on the degree of lift you require. Depending on your incision type, you may only have a scar around your areola or you may have a scar that extends down your breast along the breast crease. These scars are well-concealed under swimsuits or bras, and Dr. Rai takes care to ensure your scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.
What will recovery be like?
Recovery times vary with each patient, but in general, you should be able to return to work within a week. We recommend avoiding strenuous activities, such as exercise, sex, and lifting, for four to six weeks.
Breast Lift Testimonials
“The surgery went great! Better than I expected!”
The surgery went great! Better than I expected! I found the breast lift and breast implant procedure to be virtually pain-free! I eat healthier and work out more! So do it!!
Breast Lift Cost
The cost of a breast lift varies, because it is a highly individualized surgery tailored for each patient. The overall price may include anesthesia, operating room facilities, new breast implants, and other related expenses. Additional tests and imaging may also add to your total. Contact us for additional information.
Schedule a Breast Lift Consultation
Contact us right away to find out which type of breast lift in Dallas is right for you. Every woman is unique, so this is a very personal decision, and the experienced doctors at Cosmetic Surgical Center are here to assist you in determining the best treatment strategy for you.