Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Dallas, TX
Over time, breasts can easily succumb to the effects of gravity, sagging and drooping with age. A breast lift can reverse this trend in the residents of Plano, Frisco or anywhere in Dallas, TX, with the help of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles A. Wallace of Charles A. Wallace, MD. A breast lift can help boost your self-confidence and help you regain a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
What is a Breast Lift?
During a breast lift, Dr. Wallace will typically remove stretched out and excess skin from the sagging breast and reshape the breast tissues while raising the nipple and areola to match the improved contour of the breast. Women who have a mastopexy typically report some discomfort and swelling for a few days after the procedure.
Common Signs That a Breast Lift Is For You
Women who decide they want to have a breast lift know exactly why they have made that decision. We still suggest that you take advantage of a free consultation with Dr. Wallace, even if you have made that choice. Here are some common reasons breast-lift women come to Charles A. Wallace, MD to discuss a breast lift.
Nipples seem to point downward: A very common factor for a breast lift is nipples that point down instead of out. The skin at the base of the breast stretches and sags. This will cause the weight of breast tissue to pull the nipple downward. Dr. Wallace, if you decide to have a breast lift, will reposition the breast tissue, so the nipples are facing forward.
One breast sags more than the other: It is not uncommon to see breasts that are asymmetrical, where one breast sags considerably while the other does not. If you have breasts that sag unevenly or a single breast that sags you may be a good candidate for a breast lift.
Nipple sits below the crease: Women with areolas that sit below the crease of the breasts often feel that their breasts are not as perky as they once were. A common test that women use from the internet is to place a piece of paper under their breast up to the crease and compare the position of the nipple to the top of the piece of paper. If your nipple is below the crease, you likely have enough sagging to warrant a breast lift.
Common reasons women choose breast lift surgery:
- Restore the breasts to per-pregnancy shape. Pregnancy and breastfeeding is a primary reason some women decide they need a breast lift. If breastfeeding and pregnancy have your breasts stretched and sagging, then a breast lift, with or without implants, can restore you to a more perky and youthful breast shape.
- Significant weight loss. If you just underwent a dramatic weight loss, you may have been left with a lot of excess skin on your breasts from the loss of fatty tissue. A breast lift can help restore your breasts to a more youthful shape by removing the excess skin.
- Breasts have always sagged. Some women have breasts that have sagged since puberty and a breast lift can help these women have the breast shape and firmness they have desired since they were a teenager.
Combining a Breast Lift with Augmentation
Many women who decide to have a breast lift often opt to also have breast augmentation done in conjunction with the breast lift. Our surgeon, Dr. Wallace, will be happy to answer all of your questions about the options available to you based on your specific circumstances.
No smoking is highly recommended for this procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Lift
Q: Can You Get A Breast Lift Without Implants?
A: Yes. This involves removing skin in much the same way as a breast reduction, but without removing any breast tissue to go with it.
Q: Can You Get A Breast Lift Just With An Implant?
A: Yes. In patients who do not have excessive sagginess, this is done very frequently and will require evaluation by Dr. Wallace to determine if you are a candidate for this. As a general rule, if your nipple is not more than two centimeters below the fold this is, at least, a consideration.
Q: What About The Scars? Where Are They And Do They Go Away?
A: The scars for a mastopexy vary greatly from an inverted T to one that just goes only around the nipple. Exactly what kind of scar and how much you can expect it to fade will depend upon your exact situation and will be discussed thoroughly in your consultation with Dr. Wallace. For more information, see the breast augmentation surgery FAQs.
Q: I Have Heard Of The Button Breast Lift Operation. What Is That About?
A: The button breast lift is an operation that accomplishes the lift, with or without an implant, using a scar around the areola and a transverse scar. There is no vertical scar. We have been using this operation since 1993 and much more commonly for the last three years. In my experience, it is very good for many patients as the absence of a vertical scar really improves the post-op appearance. Also, the option of a small breast implant is attractive for many patients. Patients generally qualify for this operation by having enough sag, such that the top of the areola is at or below the inframammary fold. We have been very happy with the post-op results with this operation and recommend it for most breast lift patients. It has also proven to be very long lasting.
Q: I Have Heard Of The Biggs-Graff Operation. What Is That About?
A: Surgeon Dr. Thomas Biggs of Houston, one of my professors during residency, popularized an operation invented by Dr. Graff of Brazil that involves moving some of the bottom pole tissue up behind the nipple and securing it there with a strap of the pectoral muscle. This results in a short vertical scar and no transverse scar results. In our experience, this is the best breast lift operation for people who don’t need an implant and who have a bulky lower breast that remits itself to being repositioned upward. Also, this operation lasts much longer than some other types of breast lifts.
Recovering From Your Breast Lift
After your procedure, you can expect to experience some swelling and bruising. You will wear a surgical bra or an elastic bandage for the first couple of days and may experience some discomfort. After your surgical bra or elastic bandage is removed, you will wear a soft bra to support your breasts for three to four weeks.
After approximately six weeks, the swelling will subside, and your side effects will gradually disappear. However, for some patients, side effects have lingered for a longer amount of time, such as loss of feeling. Post-surgery care will be personalized for you, and any questions or concerns you have will be addressed.
How Much Does A Breast Lift Cost?
The cost of a breast lift varies, depending on the extent of cosmetic treatment necessary to achieve the best results. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options via Prosper® Healthcare Lending are available for this procedure.
If you live in Plano, Frisco or anywhere in Dallas, TX, and would be interested in learning more about a breast lift, consider Charles A. Wallace, MD. Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wallace today for a complimentary consultation!