What You Could Gain From a Breast Lift in Lubbock

When people think about breast enhancement plastic surgery, the most common thing people think of is breast enlargement. This is understandable, as breast enlargements are the most popular plastic surgery procedure. If you are happy with the amount of natural breast tissue that you have, but are less happy with your shape, asymmetry, or an overall lack of perkiness, a better option may be a mastopexy, or breast lift. In Lubbock, Dr. Jane Rowley offers this plastic surgery procedure to women looking for a breast lift to restore their youthful shape in a way that it still all you.

While breast implants are popular, breast lift procedures are on the rise. Since 2000, breast lifts have seen an increase in frequency of 70% since 2000, outpacing the increases in breast implants by 2-to-1. This may reflect the parallel trend that women getting breast implants are choosing smaller, more natural-looking sizes. It indicates that more women are satisfied overall by their breast size, and are simply looking to restore the perky fullness that they may have enjoyed when they were younger.

What is a Breast Lift?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a mastopexy is a procedure that “raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.” As part of the procedure, the areola and nipple are also repositioned. It’s typically an outpatient procedure, taking about 90 minutes to two hours, but performed under general anesthetic. It can performed in an office operating suite, surgicenter, or hospital. Most patients can expect to need about 5 to 10 days off work and 4 to 6 weeks for a full recovery and return to full activity.

Why Consider a Breast Lift in Lubbock?

As women age, breasts will naturally begin to change, losing their youthful look and feel. This may be caused by:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weight loss
  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Gravity

While some of these factors only affect some women, no one is exempt from all of them. Aging and gravity affect us all. And the fact is that your breasts can’t keep their youthful appearance forever, no matter how much you exercise and eat right. Some of the aesthetic concerns women who are candidates for a breast lift have, are:

  • Stretched skin and enlarged areolae
  • Droopy or saggy breasts
  • Breasts with a flatter, elongated shape
  • Pronounced stretch marks
  • Nipples that point down
  • Nipples that fall below the breast crease when unsupported
  • Asymmetry between breasts

Remember, a breast lift will not change the overall size of your breasts, only the shape. If you want larger or smaller breasts, then you should consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction. The great thing about cosmetic surgery is—you are in charge, and you get to choose what you want for your body.

What Do You Need to Do Before You Get a Mastopexy?

There are two things to consider when answering this question. First, make sure you are physically prepared for your procedure. If you smoke, you simply must quit. If not permanently, than at least for several weeks to prepare for the surgery and for several weeks after to aid in your recovery. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, which reduces your body’s ability to fight off infection.  Nicotene also directly impacts the blood flow to the tissues. Also, you should be maintaining a stable weight for some time. For more information about preparing for a breast lift in Lubbock, see our post about “Making the Most of Your Lubbock Plastic Surgery Experience.”

Second, closely consult with your plastic surgeon. There you will discuss your goals for this procedure: why you are considering the procedure, and what you hope to get out of it. Your plastic surgeon can help you have an accurate expectation of what the results of the procedure will likely be. Everyone wants to look like a supermodel, but every body is different, and the same procedure, and even the same size and type of implant will look different on every patient’s body. Your surgeon will also want to have a detailed discussion about your medical history to reduce the possibility of complications. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have. If you’re not sure what to ask, here is a helpful list of questions you should consider.

Third, your plastic surgeon will likely request a full lab test to make sure there are no conditions you are not aware of before the procedure. Also, it is recommended that you get a baseline mammogram that will be compared to one after the procedure, to see if there is anything to be aware of in your breast tissue.

Women with Breast Lifts are Very Happy with their Results

According to RealSelf, 94% of women say that their mastopexy was “worth it.” In a sample review of the procedure, one woman wrote:

I am a 20-year-old who underwent a breast lift procedure due to a lot of sagginess that inhibited me from feeling comfortable and also hindering what I could and could not wear. After losing weight from my chest after having a large bust, they began to droop. My areola area was very large and my right breast was larger and hung lower than my left breast. . . It has now only been two weeks’ post operation and I am comfortable to move around, pain free, and my breasts look 100 times better than what they did, which I am so grateful for.”

A breast lift in Lubbock can have a similar positive effect on your self-image and give you more confidence when your breasts are given back their youthful look. Dr. Jane Rowley and her staff are committed to helping you be the best self you can be and help give you the body you can truly appreciate and enjoy. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation.

How to Tell if it’s Time for a Breast Lift in Lubbock

Plastic surgery for the breasts isn’t always about making them bigger. Some women simply need a breast lift, or mastopexy, to give their breasts a more natural, beautiful look. A sagging or drooping bust can be the unfortunate result of the aging process, gravity, significant weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. A breast lift in Lubbock can also be combined with augmentation or reduction if the patient desires a change in the size of her breasts.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Women who maintain a consistent healthy weight and are in good health, generally speaking, make the best candidates for any plastic surgery. It is also important that you do not smoke, or that you cut out nicotine before and after your breast lift in Lubbock, so as not to increase your risk for complications or impede the healing process. Some physical traits of a good candidate include:

  • Sagging, drooping, or pendulous breasts
  • Downward pointing nipples
  • Nipples that fall below the breast crease
  • Stretched out breast skin
  • Very large areolae

Mastopexy Methods

Depending on the amount of breast tissue and skin that needs to be removed, your plastic surgeon will use one of these methods to perform your breast lift.

  • Crescent Lift: Named for the shape of its incision, this lift is for patients with minimal excess breast skin and often for those getting implants. The incision is made on the top edge of the areola.
  • Donut Lift: Also called a periareolar lift, this method is for women who have mild sagging to correct. Two incisions are made: one circles the outer edge of the areola and the other creates a wide circle creating a donut shape of skin to be removed.  
  • Lollipop Lift: This mastopexy method uses incisions that resemble the shape of a keyhole to achieve a more dramatic lift. The resulting scars will run along the perimeter of the areola with a vertical line from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease.
  • Anchor Lift: Surgeons choose this method for women with the most severe cases of drooping breasts. The incision is similar to that of the lollipop lift, with the addition of another one made at the crease of the breast to create an inverted T shape.

What Happens After Surgery?

After your 1½ – 2-hour breast lift surgery, you will wake up wearing a compression garment or surgical bra. You may experience some soreness as the anesthesia wears off, but your doctor will provide medication to help you manage the pain. Mastopexy patients should sleep on their backs during recovery and avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity. Most women return to work 5-10 days after their breast lift in Lubbock and can resume full normal activity within 4-6 weeks.

Giving your breasts a fresh, youthful look may be just what you need to get your confidence back. Some of the important decisions you will make about mastopexy include:

  • Whether you are a good candidate for a breast lift in Lubbock
  • What type of lift would best fit your needs
  • Whether you want breast augmentation or reduction to complement your lift
  • What to expect from your recovery

For more information, call our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.