More and more women in the Houston area are choosing to have a breast lift to counter the inevitable effects of aging, gravity, and childbirth. If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts but are not happy with their position on your chest, a breast lift might be all you need to regain your youthful silhouette.

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The first step in deciding whether breast lift surgery is right for you is to arrange an initial consultation with breast lift surgeon, Dr. Bryan Correa. He has seen many women who are unhappy with how age or gravity have affected their breasts and can recommend the best options to restore a youthful shape to your breasts. He is a highly trained plastic surgeon performing high quality breast lifts.

A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple and tightening the surrounding tissue. The result is a reshaped breast, located higher on the chest.

Why consider a breast lift?

The overall goal of any cosmetic breast surgery is to achieve beautiful natural looking breasts that create a balanced appearance. Receiving a breast lift from Dr. Correa may be helpful in giving you a balanced appearance. A breast lift might be right for you if you have:

  • Sagging breasts that lack volume;
  • Breasts that are flat or hollow at the top;
  • Breasts that are asymmetrical – one breast lower than the other;
  • Nipples that fall below the fold of the breast or are pointing downward;
  • Enlarged areolas.

Although in a standard breast lift no breast tissue is removed, often due to their new position they appear slightly smaller and often require a smaller bra size after surgery. If volume is a concern, then during the breast lift surgery breast implants can be used to provide more volume. Alternatively, if you prefer a slight reduction in the size of your breasts, breast lift surgery can accomplish this by removing some of the breast tissue.

Dr. Correa’s philosophy on breast lifts

“Many women seeking breast lift surgery note the unfavorable changes that happened after childbirth and/or normal aging that can change previously beautiful and perky breasts into a flatter and more droopy appearance. Thankfully, we have great operations to get things back where they belong and restore or even enhance the form you previously had.”

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Methods of breast lift surgery

Breast lift surgery is done by removing excess skin from the breast and repositioning the nipple. If the areola is enlarged, it can be reduced at the same time. There are four incisions used in this type of surgery depending on the degree of sagging.

The “anchor” or “wise-pattern” incision

This technique is one of the most common and is used for cases of moderate-to-severe cases of sagging and excess skin. The incision goes around the areola, vertically down to the chest and horizontally along the crease.

The “lollipop” lift or “vertical scar mastopexy”

This method is used for women who have a mild-to-moderate amount of sagging. The incision goes around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease; it avoids the horizontal incision in the breast crease.

The “donut” lift or “periareolar incision”

As the name implies, this incision is circular and goes around the areola. It is suitable for women with mild sagging.

The “crescent” lift

This method is used for women with a very slight degree of sagging. A crescent shaped piece of skin is removed from the area just above the areola. The skin is then reattached creating a slight lift.

What you can expect in your initial consultation:

It is very important to Dr. Correa that his patients understand all aspects of breast lift before making the decision to move forward with surgery. It is his philosophy that his success as a plastic surgeon is dependant not only on his surgical skills, but also his ability to fully understand the needs and goals of his patients. By taking the time to understand each patient’s desires, he can ensure they get the treatment or procedure that is truly right for them.

Your initial consultation with Dr. Correa will last about an hour. During this time Dr. Correa will:
  • Perform a comprehensive examination of the issues you are seeking to remedy
  • Ensure he completely understands your goals for the procedure
  • Recommend a treatment plan that encompasses your goals
  • Explain the basis for his recommendations
  • Answer any questions you have about the procedure as well as insurance coverage or financing

You will have the opportunity to examine photographs of his other patients who have undergone breast lift so you can see his work and know what to expect if you decide to proceed. Dr. Correa will discuss the changes that you can expect to achieve and make recommendations regarding the best surgical methods to use to achieve your goals. You are encouraged to ask many questions and also to share any anxiety you may be having. Attaining your goal is a team effort. You and Dr. Correa must agree on the aesthetics and methods of your surgery so that you can obtain a result that meets or even exceeds your expectations.

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Combined breast lift and augmentation

Dr. Correa will review all of the options available once he has a clear understanding of what you are trying to achieve from breast lift surgery. He goals is to give you the best breast lift possible, with the exact results you are looking for. For many women, a breast lift may not produce the shape or volume that they anticipate. In women with very flat and/or pendulous breasts, or patients with small breasts that have started to flatten and droop, a breast lift alone will not produce the firm bust line they are seeking. In these cases, breast augmentation with implant placement can be done during the surgery, giving a better long term outcome.

Breast lift recovery

For the first few days following surgery you should relax at home, avoiding any unnecessary activity. Take your prescribed pain medication as needed. After a few days you will be able to do light activities but you must avoid all exercise, heavy lifting, or strenuous activity. You can return to work in about a week and will probably experience increased fatigue during this time. Get as much rest as possible during the first few weeks.

Swelling and bruising are normal functions of healing and will decrease over time. Use ice packs as directed to help decrease swelling and bruising. Care for the incision sites as you are instructed and contact us should you notice any unusual swelling, develop a fever or note any redness of the incision.