Breast Lift

Mastopexy Specialist Beverly Hills

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

When it comes to breast surgery, many people mistakenly believe that it is all about increasing their size. Oftentimes, women are perfectly satisfied with the size of their breasts. Instead, they feel that it is their positioning that is affecting their confidence and self-esteem.

Childbirth, age and weight loss can all have a negative impact on the appearance of a woman’s breasts, causing them to avoid wearing certain clothes and even situations, such as swimming, where they feel that their breasts are more noticeable than usual. Breast lift surgery can improve the appearance of breasts, repositioning them higher on the chest, making them appear firmer, perkier, and more youthful.


Breast Lift Procedure Before and After Photos

Before and After Photos of a Breast Lift procedure performed by Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy, Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

A breast lift, medically known as Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The surgery removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to provide a more youthful breast contour. A breast lift can rejuvenate a woman’s figure by restoring a firmer, perkier appearance to the breasts. It does not significantly change the size of the breasts, but it can be combined with breast augmentation or reduction if desired.

Breast Lift Before and After Gallery

Over time, pregnancy, nursing, and gravity can take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts may lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts – at least, for a time. (No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.) Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume – for example, after pregnancy – breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.
If you’re considering a breast lift, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask Dr. Lesavoy if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.

What are the types of breast lift treatments?

There are different types of breast lift techniques. The kind that is right for you will depend on the extent of the lift that you need, in order to achieve your desired result. Dr. Lesavoy will be able to advise you on the best type of breast lift surgery for your unique circumstance.

  • The Donut Lift

Also called a peri-areolar lift, this type of breast lift is designed to correct mild sagging. It most commonly performed at the same time as breast augmentation (enlargement).

One of the key benefits of this type of lift is that it leaves the patient with just one small scar around the areola. This gradually fades in redness and becomes virtually imperceptible over time.

Sometimes, the donut lift is also used to reduce areola size and make the nipples appear smaller and tighter.

  • The Lollipop Lift

Also called the vertical lift, is designed to correct moderate sagging.

In the Lollipop Lift, Dr. Lesavoy can reshape the entire breast and remove some excess skin, leaving breasts looking tighter, firmer, and more youthful.

Incisions are made around the areola, and run from the areola to the infra-mammary fold, creating the lollipop shape, which gives this lift its name.

  • The Anchor Lift

Sometimes referred to as an inverted “T” lift, this is the most dramatic and best style of breast lift. Anchor lifts are recommended for patients who have significant pendulous breasts that require extensive lifting and reshaping.

The anchor lift requires the surgeon to make three incisions into the breast tissue. In addition to the lollipop shape, there is a third incision made along with infra-mammary fold along the crease of the breast.

The three incisions mean that the anchor lift causes the most scarring of all three types, but as with all surgical scars, they will fade over time.

Breast Lift Incisions Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy

Am I a candidate for breast lift?
Before we can approve any patient for a cosmetic surgery procedure, you will need to attend a consultation appointment with Dr. Lesavoy.

While a breast lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your idea of perfection, or cause others to treat you differently. Before you decide to have breast lift surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Lesavoy.

The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally-stable women who are realistic about what breast lift surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts.

However, most patients are candidates for breast lift surgery, especially patients with the following conditions:

  • Nipples that point downwards
  • Breasts that are significantly asymmetrical and sagging
  • Areolas or nipples that sit partially or fully underneath the crease of the breast
  • A severe dislike of the shape or position of their breasts even while wearing a bra
What anesthesia is used for breast lift surgery?
Breast lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia, which means you’ll sleep through the operation. In selected patients – particularly when a smaller incision is being made – Dr. Lesavoy may use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You’ll be awake but relaxed and will feel minimal discomfort.
What can I expect after breast lift surgery?
After the breast lift surgery, you’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over the gauze dressings. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two, but you shouldn’t have severe pain. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with medications prescribed by Dr. Lesavoy.

In a few days, the bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft support bra. You’ll need to wear this bra around the clock for three to four weeks, over a layer of gauze. The stitches will be removed after a week or two.

If your breast skin is very dry following surgery, you can apply a moisturizer several times a day. Be careful not to tug at your skin in the process and keep the moisturizer away from the suture areas.

You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This numbness usually fades as the swelling subsides over the next six weeks or so. In some patients, however, it may last a year or more, and occasionally it may be permanent.

What is breast lift recovery?
A breast lift is a major surgery, and it will take some time to recover. When you first come around after your procedure, you can expect your breasts to be tightly bandaged.
You should also expect to experience some pain and tightness in your chest. Dr. Lesavoy will prescribe you medication to help alleviate your discomfort.

You will normally be advised to take off from work for at least 7-14 days after surgery. Two weeks after your surgery, you will need to return to our offices to have your sutures removed. However, you can expect to need to wear a sports or post-surgery bra for a minimum of 6 weeks after your procedure.

Dr. Lesavoy will give you specific instructions to follow to ensure the best possible recovery and results from your breast lift surgery. He will also schedule regular appointments with you, so that he can check on the progress of your healing and ensure that your breast list is successful.

Dr. Lesavoy is a highly skilled and experienced board-certified Plastic Surgeon who is delighted to be able to provide an exceptional standard of breast lift surgery and patient care to patients in Beverly Hills and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out more about his cosmetic surgery services or schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to call us today at 310-248-5451.

How will I look after Breast Lift?
Very often, your reconstructed breast may feel firmer and look rounder or flatter than your natural breast. It may not have the same contour as your breast before mastectomy, nor will it exactly match your opposite breast. But these differences will be apparent only to you. For most mastectomy patients, breast reconstruction dramatically improves their appearance and quality of life following surgery.

What is the difference between a breast lift and breast reduction?

A breast lift and breast reduction are both plastic surgery breast procedures, but they serve different purposes.

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is performed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. It is ideal for women who have lost breast volume and firmness due to factors such as pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and the breast tissue is reshaped to create a more youthful and lifted appearance. The nipple and areola may also be repositioned to a higher position on the breast.

On the other hand, a breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is performed to reduce the size and volume of the breasts. This procedure is typically sought by women who have overly large breasts that can cause physical discomfort, back pain, shoulder pain, or posture issues. During a breast reduction, excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed to achieve a more proportional breast size. The nipple and areola may also be repositioned to a more aesthetically pleasing position.

A breast lift focuses on lifting and reshaping sagging breasts, while a breast reduction aims to reduce the size and volume of overly large breasts. The choice between the two procedures depends on the individual’s specific plastic surgery goals.

Breast Reduction leaves behind lighter and firmer breasts.

Women with health problems or are experiencing self-consciousness with very large and heavy breasts are candidates for breast reduction procedures. The goal of the surgery is to improve the contour of the breasts to make them more proportionate to the rest of the body. Patients may also want to treat medical problems associated with very large breasts.

These include:

  • Heavy breast weight
  • Irritation to the skin
  • Skeletal deformities
  • Posture problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Shoulder indentations from bra straps

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Lesavoy possesses extensive experience in performing breast reduction in Beverly Hills. The surgery involves the extraction of fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts. The result leaves smaller, lighter, and firmer breasts.

There are various techniques for breast surgery. Dr. Lesavoy can make an anchor-shaped incision around the areola that follows the natural curve of the crease below the breast. The skin from each side of the breast can be moved down and re-positioned around the areola, creating a new contour.

The nipples are generally attached to the blood vessels and nerves. In other cases, the breasts can be excessively large or pendulous, which means the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed and grafted to a higher position. This may result in a loss of sensation in the nipple and areolar tissue.

For a consultation to discuss breast reduction with Dr. Lesavoy, please call our office today 310-248-5451.

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