About Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery, known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue to create a firmer look. This body contouring surgery is for women who have lost breast shape and volume and who are experiencing breast sag due to weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and gravity. Advancements in breast lift surgery have made this procedure so successful that new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show an increase of 70% for the surgery since 2000. Dr. Edward Lee, our Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, performs this procedure incorporating advanced methods depending on the degree of sag and the outcome you desire.
Some women visit our center believing they want breast implants, but after a physical exam, learn that a breast lift would better suit them. This is because if you have a certain degree of breast sag, or if you have lost a significant amount of elasticity in the breast area, a lift is necessary to bring the breasts back to a healthy position. If your nipples and areolas point downward, if your breasts are elongated and drooping, a breast lift will help improve their appearance. Ideal candidates will be physically healthy and at a stable weight. In some cases, women opt to include breast implants for added volume, but in many cases, a lift is all it takes to add the fullness and shape that is ultimately desired.
"Dr. Lee is very personable! He is always very thoughtful and kind. If you are looking to get a procedure done, he will be able to kindly guide you through the process. Very seldom do you meet a doctor who is as considerate and relational as Dr. Lee!"- J.B. / Facebook / Mar 12, 2017
"10 days post “mommy makeover” and have to write a review because of how smooth the process was and how wonderful Dr. Lee is. Great bedside manner and superb skill level. You can tell he takes pride in his work and strives to get his patients the best possible outcome. Recovery process has been smooth thankfully. I was back to work 1 week post surgery. Also, Dr. Lee really listens to your concerns and works with you as a team. He even called me over Christmas to review a post op concern I had emailed him about. Eva in the office is also wonderful. Highest recommendations!"- D. / Google / Dec 28, 2019
"Dr. Lee got magic hands. He is the best in town. I would only trust a properly trained aesthetic physician. Very happy."- J.V. / Facebook / Aug 02, 2019
"i had botox injection on my forehead for gead aches and wrinkles and im very 😊 all so had my lips made fuller love them."- C.M. / Facebook / Jul 25, 2019
"Did an amazing job! I went in for fillers while I friend went to get a mole removal. Not going to lie I did have a lot of swelling which freaked me out but after about a week there was no more swelling and after the first few weeks everything just balanced so beautifully. You can't tell that I've had anything done and my face looks a lot more symmetrical than it did before. My face looks more youthful and I love it! My friends mole removal went great for him. He says he can't even notice a scar! Ill definitely be a repeat customer!"- B.L. / Yelp / Jun 08, 2019
Plan Your Procedure
Breast lift surgery takes about 2-4 hours and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery varies depending on the size and sag of the breast and whether an implant is used. The technique used for mastopexy generally falls under 2 categories depending on the location of the incision. The anchor (inverted-T) incision and the vertical incision are the two most commonly used methods. Once the incision is made, excess breast tissue is removed and the remaining tissue is tightened and lifted so that the breasts appear healthy and normal. In some cases, the size of the nipple and areola is reduced to match the new, smaller breast. It is at this time where an implant may be placed it was agreed to prior to surgery. Depending on the case, an implant may be placed first and a small breast lift may be performed using a periareolar incision, or the lift can be completed and the augmentation scheduled for a later date.
What To Expect
The recovery for a breast lift surgery is more extensive than a breast augmentation. After surgery, you will be sent home with a support bra to help minimize swelling and a small tube may be used to help drain excess fluid or blood. The post-surgical swelling will diminish within a few days and it will take time for the incisions to heal and fade. We provide specific incision care instructions to assist with this healing process. The results following a breast lift appear over several months as the breasts take on their new shape and position. You will look and feel younger and your breasts take on a more youthful appearance. It’s important to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, which consists of maintaining a good weight and avoiding smoking to sustain the surgical results.