Breast Lift Austin, TX

Breast lift procedures are performed when gravity or the effect of aging and maturity have caused breasts to become droopy or ptotic. A breast lift helps to restore a more youthful appearance to sagging breasts by repositioning the nipple, excising excess skin and reshaping the breast. The nipple position in a youthful and shapely breast is typically above the breast crease when standing upright. With changes in breast tissue related to maturity, weight, childbirth, breast feeding, or genetics, women with C or greater cup size breasts will oftentimes experience significant droop.

Mastopexy Overview

Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted.  Changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Aging
  • Gravity
  • Heredity

Your breast lift surgery can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on breast size and shape, the size and position of your areolas, the degree of breast sagging, and skin quality and elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin.

Methods vary, but the most common methods involve either an “anchor” shaped incision if a larger amount of skin must be removed, a limited “lollipop” shaped scar, or one just around the areola that avoids an extensive incision under the breast should less skin be required to be excised.  After excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are repositioned and the breast is re-contoured to create the best, most feminine, breast shape.

This is performed as an outpatient procedure, is done under IV or general anesthetic, and takes about 3 hours.

What it won’t do

Breast lift surgery by itself does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller or smaller, you might want to consider either breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery.

Breast lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

A breast lift is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
  • You do not smoke
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag, have lost shape and volume
  • Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
  • When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
  • Your nipples and areolas point downward
  • You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
  • One breast is lower than the other

Your Consultation

You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.  You will be asked why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome. Also be prepared to discuss any family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies.

Dr. Sholar will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolas
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of breast lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast lift

Preparing for surgery

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.