What is a breast lift?
Breast Lift or Mastopexy is a type of plastic surgery to help correct sagging breasts. The procedure raises the patient’s breasts and removes excess skin, then tightens the surrounding areas to improve the breast contour. With our breast lift in Houston surgery, Dr. Wiener can transform flat, sagging breasts to a naturally curved, more youthful appearance.
What are the causes of sagging breasts?
Breast sagging or breast ptosis can be caused by a number of factors, including pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss, and aging. The sagging can be mild and only involve a “deflation” of tissues, which is corrected with a breast augmentation using implants. The sagging can be more severe, with actual hanging of the breast tissue and nipple, which would need a true mastopexy or breast lift to correct. Dr. Wiener performs breast lift surgery to patients in Houston and the surrounding areas like League City or Pearland, TX. Breast lift patients come to Dr. Wiener because of his vast knowledge and unique approach to performing breast lifts using the newest surgical techniques.
Who is a candidate for a breast lift?
The best candidate for our breast lift in Houston surgery will be a patient with sagging breasts that need to be lifted or re-shaped. Patients should be done having children or breast feeding or postpone surgery as pregnancy may stretch the breasts and reduce volume. Patients should also be in good general health and have realistic expectations for their desired results. Dr. Wiener will discuss with you if you are the perfect candidate during your consultation.
To get started, here are a few typical qualifications that Dr. Wiener sees in candidates for a breast lift:
- Nipples that point down
- Nipples that sit underneath the breast
- Breasts that are asymmetrical or unusually shaped
- Breasts that have excess skin, causing them to sag
Should I get a Breast Lift after pregnancy or nursing?
Whether you’re pregnant or nursing, we get the question often – will my breasts change? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. The size and shape of your breasts will change due to the increase in density from breast milk as opposed to the prior fatty tissue, causing your tissues to change. Nursing may also cause your breasts to look flat because your breasts will stretch as the milk is produced, then shrink again once it is removed. However, post-pregnancy breast changes will vary depending on your BMI, prior pregnancies, age, and history.
Since each breast is different, you may also find that one breast has been affected more than the other. This is very common and can result in two differently shaped breasts. Breast lift surgeries can reposition breasts for patients who no longer wish to have babies. Based on your evaluation, Dr. Weiner will have a better understanding of your desired result and may even have additional recommendations such as our mommy makeover in Houston surgery.
What does a Breast Lift actually lift?
A breast lift in Houston does not actually lift the entire breast higher on the chest. The surgery lifts or rotates the nipple back up to the correct level, which is to the height of the fold beneath the breast. Some excess skin is also removed. The upper chest, which is typically flat in a woman with breast sagging, will remain flat.
Where are the scars located during a Breast Lift?
The scars for any type of breast lift whether in League City or Pearland are visible but become less visible over time. The incisions for a standard mastopexy are in an anchor pattern, going around the nipple, then straight down to the fold beneath the breast, and then across the base of the breast. For a woman who has breast sagging and also desires an increase in size, a special type of breast surgery is done along with the placement of a breast implant. This type of breast lift would fall under our periareolar breast augmentation Houston procedure because the incision goes completely around the areola or the pigmented area around the nipple in addition to the incision in the breast crease for insertion of the implant. This type of lift is not for every patient, and at your examination, Dr. Wiener will determine if you are a candidate.
What is the recovery process for a breast lift?
It will take a few months for the implants to completely drop to their normal position and as can be seen in the photo gallery at 2 months post-op, the implants have not dropped completely. It can also be seen that because a breast lift does not lift the breast itself, the preoperative differences in breast height remain, and with a larger breast with the augmentation, this actually magnifies, or increases, the breast height difference.
Breast lift and similar cosmetic surgeries in Houston are done under intravenous anesthesia. You will be off of exercise and strenuous activity for six weeks after surgery. If you smoke or use any form of nicotine, you must be completely nicotine free for at least two months before, until one month after surgery, to minimize the risk of skin or nipple loss and severe scarring. A breast lift in Houston can provide a needed improvement in a woman’s self-esteem when sagging of the breasts creates self-consciousness.It is important that you allow your body to fully recover before returning to any activity to optimize your results. To help maintain your new look longer, it is best to keep a healthy lifestyle and maintain similar weight.
Why Dr. Wiener?
Breast lift patients come to Dr. Wiener because of his vast knowledge and unique approach to performing breast lifts using the newest surgical techniques. He is a Texas native certified by the American Board of Plastic surgery and heavily involved in industry committees.
If you are interested in getting the best breast lift Houston has to offer, call Dr. Wiener to schedule your one-on-one consultation with him at his Clear Lake office. Dr. Wiener serves patients from all over Houston. His office is conveniently located in Clear Lake, just 11 miles South of Pasadena, TX. Call today to schedule your consultation with Board-certified surgeon Dr. Wiener.