Are You Considering a Breast Lift in Houston, TX?
As in breast augmentation, breast lift surgery can improve the body contour and balance breast size irregularities. Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift reshapes and firms the breast by removing excess skin. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of breast lifts performed has grown by 70% since 2000, a growth rate that’s even faster than the increasing popularity of breast augmentation!
Why Choose a Breast Lift?
Women in good general health can contact our office about a breast lift procedure. If aging or lost skin elasticity is causing loose skin and sagging, a breast lift can restore the shape you had for a more youthful and round appearance. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, a simple way to evaluate if a breast lift would be effective for you is to consider the position of your nipples when not wearing a bra. If your nipples point downward, a breast lift surgery can address the shape and position of your breasts for an improved final result.
Some women also choose this surgery to enhance the appearance of loose breasts caused by significant weight loss or after having children. However, we only recommend a breast lift surgery after you feel your family is complete and don’t plan on having any more children, as breastfeeding could reverse the effects of the breast lift.
For examples and images of breast lift procedures completed by Dr. Schusterman and his team, please visit the Before and After Breast Lift gallery page. You can also schedule a consultation to see more images in a one on one with Dr. Schusterman.
The Breast Lift Procedure
The first step in your breast lift is a private consultation in our office. We’ll measure your chest and torso to recommend a proportionate bust size and shape. Dr. Schusterman will also take into account your skin’s thickness and elasticity, age, and medical history. Occasionally, we may also recommend an implant based on your goals to give you the best possible results. This consultation is the ideal time to ask questions about planning, side effects, scarring, costs, recovery, and more.
During surgery, Dr. Schusterman elevates the entire breast, including relocating the nipple and areolas (the surrounding pigmented skin), removes excess skin from the lower breast, and then reshapes the remaining skin. Some women choose to have implants in conjunction with a breast lift to increase breast volume. The procedure generally takes two hours to complete under general anesthesia at the state-of-the-art Hermann Drive Surgical Hospital near our office.
Breast Lift Recovery Guidelines
We usually suggest limiting most upper body activity for seven to ten days after surgery. During the first few days, pain and swelling are normal, and you should follow all of our home-care instructions and keep your bandages on. During a post-op follow-up visit, we’ll check the healing process and can provide a soft support bra to wear until the healing is complete and you can comfortably wear your normal clothes again. Scars are permanent but will become less noticeable over time. Our surgery team will always keep the incisions as small and inconspicuous as possible. The final results generally last 10 to 15 years, when the continued effects of aging and gravity cause further loss of skin elasticity and more sagging.
To read more about recovery procedures, you can also look at our Breast Augmentation page, which has more guidance for healing after a similar surgical procedure.
See If a Breast Lift Is Right for You
Ask our team about Vectra 3-D Imaging Simulation to help you “see” your final results in a computer-generated image. You’ll feel more confident and excited about what to expect when you take the guesswork out of your breast implant or lift surgery!
As with any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with breast lift surgery, which should be discussed with Dr. Schusterman during your consultation. If you are interested in a breast lift procedure and you’d like to learn more, contact the Texas Center for Breast and Body plastic surgery center in Houston for a consultation with Dr. Schusterman by calling (713) 794-0368.
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Mark A. Schusterman, MD, FACS
Although his research and development of microsurgical reconstruction techniques established his reputation, his knowledge and understanding of the human body and the challenges associated with aiding patients suffering with head and neck injuries as well as breast cancer patients has made Dr. Schusterman an award-winning plastic surgeon.
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About Hermann Drive Surgical Hospital
Hermann Drive Surgical Hospital, part of the Nobilis Health family, is a state-of-the-art acute care hospital committed to excellence. At Hermann Drive Surgical Hospital, our highly credentialed staff, cutting-edge equipment, and robust on-site services provide every member of the community with access to exceptional healthcare, 24/7.
We provide concierge-quality care in a comfortable environment. At Hermann Drive Surgical Hospital, you’re family, and we stop at nothing to create a compassionate, welcoming environment for you and our fellow community members.