Breast Lift Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA
What is Breast Lift Surgery?
Reasons to Undergo Breast Lift Surgery
Having youthful, uplifted breasts with an attractive shape can improve a woman’s confidence and self-image. The following circumstances are often unavoidable and can result in a breast appearance that is less than desirable and detracts from a woman’s confidence.
As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin – structural proteins that keep the skin firm and tight. As these proteins deteriorate over time, the skin stretches more easily and loses its ability to return to its original form. This leads to thin, loose breast skin that cannot support the tissues and often results in sagging breasts.
Weight gain causes the breast skin to stretch to accommodate for the increase in volume due to excess fat cells. After weight loss, the skin is often unable to shrink back completely because it has been stretched too much and/or for too long, resulting in breasts with loose, wrinkled skin and an unattractive shape.
Similar to weight gain, pregnancy causes the breasts to swell and the skin to stretch to accommodate for the increase in size. After pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts generally return to their normal size but are left with loose skin that allows them to droop down.
Breast Lift Options
A crescent of tissue above the top of the nipple is removed
Least invasive; produces inconspicuous scarring
Minimal sagging and slight nipple asymmetry
A doughnut-shaped area of tissue around the nipple is removed
Produces inconspicuous scarring around the nipples
Moderate sagging and stretched nipples
A lollipop-shaped incision around the nipple and down to the breast crease is used to reduce excess tissue
Effectively lifts low-hanging breasts
Severely sagging, pendulous breasts
A lollipop-shaped incision that also extends along the breast crease is used to reduce excess tissue
Provides the most significant lift to the breasts
Common Breast Lift Concerns
Most Beverly Hills patients are able to return to work within a week of any kind of plastic surgery, but with a breast lift, they should avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow to ensure you have the safest and most effective recovery.
The location of the incisions and resulting scars will depend on the degree of correction needed. With all incision techniques, the scars will be as inconspicuous as possible and continue to improve over time.
During the procedure, medications will be administered for your comfort. Minimal pain and discomfort generally exist after the procedure and can be controlled with prescribed medication.
Duration of Results
The resulting uplifted breast position and improved breast shape may be long lasting. However, the breasts will continue to age naturally and may be affected by weight fluctuations.
Breast Lift FAQ
Who are the best candidates for a breast lift?
The best candidates for a breast lift are those who have drooping or sagging breasts. Ideal patients are also in good physical health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
What complications can occur with a breast lift?
As with any surgery, there are risks and complications that can develop after a breast lift. Although rare, the more common complications include bleeding, infection, and numbness. Following your surgeon’s instructions will help reduce your risk for complications and ensure you have the safest recovery possible.
How much does a breast lift cost?
The cost of a breast lift will depend on several factors, including how much ptosis (drooping) is present and the surgical technique to be used.
Is a breast lift covered by health insurance?
Most health insurance companies do not cover the costs of a breast lift, as this procedure is usually for cosmetic purposes only and not medically necessary.
Will breast lift increase the size of my breasts?
Increasing the size is not a primary goal of breast lift, although women can choose to have breast implants placed in conjunction with a lift procedure. Because breast lift elevates the breasts on the chest and reverses sagging, it can create the appearance of larger volume. In addition, by improving symmetry and restoring a “perky” look by returning low or downward-pointing nipples to a natural appearance, breast lift creates a youthful profile that is more dramatic in its projection, shape and proportion.
Does breastfeeding cause sagging?
Breastfeeding does not contribute to sagging of the breasts, but it can seem that way when drooping appears just after breastfeeding is stopped. In reality, it is the entire process of pregnancy that puts strain on the breasts. During this time, breasts naturally swell to a larger size. When this happens, the skin stretches. Once your infant is no longer breastfeeding, the milk-producing glands shrink and the breasts return to their usual size. But because the skin may not be flexible enough to shrink back to a correspondingly smaller size, sagging can result. The relative flexibility of your skin is part of your genetic inheritance, although lifestyle factors can impact the health and resilience of your skin.
What is ptosis?
Ptosis is the term surgeons use to describe sagging in the breast. To determine the degree of ptosis, surgeons look at the position of the nipple relative to the fold or crease at the base of the breast. With Grade 1 ptosis, the nipple and crease are at the same level. In Grade 2 cases, the nipple has dropped below the crease, but it is still higher than the breast gland area that projects over the fold. In Grade 3 ptosis, the nipple is the lowest part of the breast.
What should I expect with swelling?
After surgery your breasts will appear bruised and will be swollen for up to four months. In addition, you can expect the usual discomforts of surgical recovery, including pain and sometimes localized numbness. Experienced Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Charles S. Lee, M.D. will prescribe medication to relieve pain, and he will provide guidance on ways to limit your physical activity. Although you will need to avoid most physical stress, walking is recommended as a practical way to reduce your risk of developing a blood clot. Walking and drinking plenty of fluids can also help reduce swelling of the breasts.
Can breast lift be performed in conjunction with other procedures?
Breast lift is often a key part of mommy makeover, a group of procedures that target the changes the body often undergoes as a result of pregnancy. Mommy makeover may also include: