Are you looking to restore your breasts and improve their shape after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight fluctuations? Our Houston breast lift is a safe and effective way to elevate sagging breasts, restore volume, and reshape the nipples. Dr. Sam Sukkar can provide an individualized procedure to help you look and feel your best. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of a breast lift and how you can get started on your transformation.
As a board-certified Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Sukkar of The Clinic for Plastic Surgery offers a range of techniques for patients looking to enhance the shape and tone of their breasts. A breast lift can correct sagging breasts, breast asymmetry, and other signs of aging to create a more pleasing aesthetic with fuller, firmer breasts.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 Procedure
- 3 Types of Breast Lift
- 4 Benefits
- 5 Ideal Candidate
- 6 Consultation & Preparation
- 7 Mastopexy Procedure
- 8 Preparation
- 9 Recovery
- 10 Expectations
- 11 Results
- 12 Cost
- 13 Why Dr. Sam Sukkar?
- 14 SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
- 15 FAQ
- 15.1 Is a Breast Lift painful?
- 15.2 What are the risks associated with a Breast Lift?
- 15.3 Will I need to have someone drive me home following a Breast Lift?
- 15.4 Will there be considerable scarring following a Breast Lift?
- 15.5 Will I have to modify how I sleep after a Breast Lift?
- 15.6 When can I return to normal activities like showering, exercising, and physical activities? When can I get back to work?
- 15.7 What is a good age to get a Breast Lift?
- 15.8 Is a Breast Lift permanent? How long do the results last? Will my breasts sag again?
- 15.9 Will I be able to breastfeed after my Breast Lift?
- 15.10 Will my Breast Lift affect nipple sensitivity?
- 15.11 How much does a Breast Lift cost?
- 15.12 Does a breast lift reduce cup size?
Before and After Photos
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that involves lifting and reshaping the breasts to improve their appearance. The procedure is designed to restore the breasts’ youthful, perky appearance by removing excess skin and repositioning the remaining tissue. Several different techniques can be used to perform the procedure, and the appropriate method will depend on the specific needs and goals of the patient.
Types of Breast Lift
With different types of breast lifts, you can customize your results to give you the shape and volume you’ve always wanted.
Here’s a breakdown of the four most popular types of breast lifts:
Crescent Breast Lift
A crescent breast lift involves making a small, half-moon-shaped incision along the upper portion of the areola. This technique is typically used to address minor sagging and can be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation.
Peri-Areolar Breast Lift
To achieve a peri-areolar breast lift, an incision is made around the areola’s circumference. This technique is well-suited for patients with mild to moderate sagging and can be used to reposition the areolas if they are significantly stretched or misaligned.
Vertical Breast Lift
A vertical breast lift involves making an incision around the areola and extending it down to the crease beneath the breast. This technique effectively addresses moderate to severe sagging and can reshape the breasts and lift them to a more youthful position.
Anchor Breast Lift
An anchor breast lift involves making an incision around the areola, down to the crease beneath the breast, and along the underside of the breast. This technique is often used for patients with significant sagging and can reshape and lift the breasts to a more youthful position.
A breast lift can enhance a person’s quality of life by improving the appearance and physical comfort of their breasts. It can boost self-confidence and well-being, enabling a person to engage in physical activities more efficiently. When performed correctly, the procedure provides long-lasting results that can improve the way a person looks and feels.
Other benefits include:
- Improves the appearance of drooping or sagging breasts
- Restores a more youthful and perky appearance to the breasts
- Can be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation or other breast surgery procedures to enhance size and shape
- Can improve self-confidence and self-esteem
- Can be customized to meet the specific needs and goals of the patient
If your breasts have started to droop due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or the natural aging process, an expertly done lift can rejuvenate your chest and restore your sensual confidence.
- Possess loose and sagging breast skin
- Have lost a substantial amount of breast volume
- Have large nipples and areolas
- Want to achieve a more youthful breast contour
- Possess nipples that point downward
Breasts that have begun to sag and lose their shape can have a profound impact on your femininity and confidence. When this occurs, a procedure with one of the top providers of the breast lift Houston has to offer, Dr. Sukkar, can eliminate any drooping and restore the beautiful and perky chest you deserve.
Consultation & Preparation
When starting a mastopexy, consultation is always the first step. At the initial consultation, you should expect to discuss any goals and concerns with Dr. Sukkar to determine if this is the right procedure for you.
During the consultation, Dr. Sukkar will perform a physical examination and assess your overall health to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will also discuss potential risks, complications, and expected outcomes.
To prepare for the procedure, Dr. Sukkar may ask you to have a mammogram and stop taking certain medications before your surgery. He will also provide detailed instructions on preparing and caring for the area following the procedure. You should follow all instructions carefully to ensure a safe and successful outcome.
Combining A Breast Lift With Implants
Combining a breast lift with implants is an excellent option for women who want to restore their breasts’ youthful shape, firmness, and fullness. In this procedure, Dr. Sukkar will insert breast implants and lift the breasts simultaneously. This combination of breast augmentation and a lift can dramatically improve the appearance of the breasts by restoring fullness, improving shape, and enhancing cleavage.
Combining A Breast Lift With Other Procedures
Many women opt to combine breast lift surgery with other body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck or liposuction. Combining multiple cosmetic procedures at once can benefit patients by reducing the cost of surgery, reducing recovery time, and achieving better results with fewer surgeries. This is often referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and can help mothers restore their pre-pregnancy figures.
Your Houston breast lift will begin with Dr. Sukkar administering general anesthesia, which will ensure you are completely asleep and safe throughout the procedure. From there, your surgery will be entirely customized, based on the severity of your sagging and your unique cosmetic goals.
For example, if very minimal sagging is present, you may qualify for a crescent or mini breast lift. In this case, Dr. Sukkar will make an incision along the top of the areola, before removing a crescent-shaped wedge of tissue to elevate the breasts and restore their perky and youthful position.
If you’re suffering from moderate to severe sagging breasts, Dr. Sukkar may recommend a lollipop lift. With this approach, Dr. Sukkar will create an incision around the areola that also extends down to the bottom crease of the breast. In this way, he’s able to remove a substantial amount of excess skin, producing a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your breasts.
And finally, if you’re suffering from very severe sagging, Dr. Sukkar will likely recommend a full mastopexy. To perform this procedure, he will make a large incision around the areola that extends down to the breast crease and along the breast fold. Through that opening, he will remove all of the excess breast skin and tissue, before tightening the remaining skin to ensure a flawless end result.
Regardless of the specific technique used, Dr. Sukkar will sculpt and shape your breasts until he’s recreated your perky and youthful chest. He will then carefully close the incisions to minimize any scarring, before sending you home to begin the healing process.
To ensure that your surgery and recovery go as smoothly as possible, you should begin preparing for your breast lift as soon as two weeks beforehand.
For a minimum of two weeks before your procedure, you will need to avoid NSAIDs and other supplements and medications that thin the blood, as they may contribute to bleeding during and after your surgery. You may also fill any prescriptions your surgeon has given you in order to have them available immediately after your procedure. You may even prepare a recovery “nest” with everything you will need within reach. Lastly, you will need to arrange for a close friend or relative to drive you home and stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours after your surgery.
Once your procedure is complete and you’ve begun the healing process at home, you may experience mild pain, though it is expected that this will disappear after the first few days.
At any point during the recovery period, you can manage the discomfort you experience with pain medications as prescribed by Dr. Sukkar. During the initial recovery period, it is also customary to experience some degree of swelling and bruising. To allow your body time to heal, be sure to stay at home and limit your day-to-day activities for the first week. After approximately three weeks, you should be able to return to work and resume normal activities without restriction.
Dr. Sukkar will provide detailed instructions on incision care, which usually involves cleaning the area twice daily with warm water and mild soap. You may also need to layer on a thin coat of antibiotic ointment over the incisions daily.
A breast lift can provide long-term positive results, however, sagging may return if not cared for properly. To guarantee the best possible outcome after your procedure, wear supportive bras regularly, avoid overloading yourself with heavy objects, and sustain an overall healthy lifestyle through proper dieting and exercise.
You will receive general anesthesia for your breast lift to ensure that you experience no discomfort during your surgery. As soon as the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will begin your breast lift according to your personalized surgical plan. There is a wide range of techniques and procedures that your surgeon may utilize during your procedure, with the goal of delivering the best breast lift Houston can offer.
For patients requiring only a minimal lift to achieve their goals, your surgeon may simply remove a crescent-shaped wedge of tissue just above your areola. As your surgeon closes this incision, your breasts will be lifted to their more youthful position. Patients with minimal sagging who would like to enhance their breasts’ volume may be suitable for a periareolar lift.
Your surgeon will create an incision around your areola to allow for the removal of excess skin and entry for implant placement. A periareolar lift with breast implants produces fuller, perkier breasts. Patients with moderate to severe breast sagging may achieve the best results with a lollipop lift. This technique includes an incision around the areola that extends down to form the shape of a lollipop, allowing for the removal of a substantial amount of skin for a more dramatic lifting effect.
For patients with more extreme breast sagging, your surgeon may recommend a full mastopexy. This type of breast lift essentially combines the lollipop incision with an anchor incision, including incisions around the areola, down to the breast crease vertically, and horizontally along the crease itself. This technique allows for the removal of substantial amounts of tissue to produce the most significant level of lift.
Once your surgeon has achieved the desired effect, they will close your incisions meticulously to minimize scarring and apply dressings to your incisions. As soon as you awake from your anesthesia, you will be able to begin your recovery at home.
Right away, you should start to notice some of the results of your breast lift, with sagging breasts taking on a more lifted appearance. Taking the proper care during your recovery period to ensure any swelling or bruising goes away will make these results more apparent.
After three to four months, about 75% of your results will have appeared. During this time, your breasts will have had the time they need to recover from surgery, allowing for the changes made to the skin and tissue to come out.
After twelve months, your breasts will have recovered completely from surgery, and all of the results of the procedure will have come out. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and properly caring for your breasts will ensure beautiful results for years to come.
Breast Lift Scars
During your procedure, your doctor will make small incisions to access the areas of your breasts that will be lifted, inevitably leading to minor scars. Dr. Sukkar takes great care to place these incisions in discrete locations that will make subsequent breast lift scars as unnoticeable as possible. Over the course of your recovery period, the scars will fade to very thin lines. This, combined with the discrete placement of the scars, should make their appearance almost non-existent.
Cost of a breast lift can vary, but on average, it is $6,500 and up. This can vary depending on exactly what will be done, such as a breast lift surgery being combined with a breast augmentation to get the full desired results. The most accurate cost estimate will come from your consultation with your doctor, where you will discuss your goals for the procedure and what steps will be taken to reach those goals.
Why Dr. Sam Sukkar?
Dr. Sukkar has performed over 10,000 procedures. He has more than two decades of experience and is renowned for his skill in cosmetic surgery of the breast. He has earned numerous awards for his persistent dedication to the field. His patients’ satisfaction is always paramount.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
To learn more about your breast lift options, we invite you to schedule a consultation at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery today. During your private meeting in our Houston office, we will carefully assess the cosmetic imperfections you’d most like to address, before creating a custom treatment plan designed to sculpt the exquisite appearance you deserve.(281) 940-1535
Is a Breast Lift painful?
A breast lift is done under general anesthesia for the comfort of the patient. You may experience some mild discomfort after the procedure, which should go away during the course of the recovery period. You can manage any discomfort with pain medication prescribed by your doctor.
What are the risks associated with a Breast Lift?
Though rare, potential risks of a breast lift include infection, scarring, asymmetry, and reduced sensation in the nipples. Dr. Sukkar will discuss all of the risks with you during your consultation.
Will I need to have someone drive me home following a Breast Lift?
Yes, as general anesthesia is used in the procedure, you will need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you home following your surgery. It is important to arrange for someone to care for you during the initial recovery period.
Will there be considerable scarring following a Breast Lift?
Dr. Sukkar will strategically place the incisions to minimize visible scarring following your procedure. The scars should also fade over time to thin, barely perceptible lines.
Will I have to modify how I sleep after a Breast Lift?
Yes, you may need to avoid putting pressure on the treated areas while sleeping. It is best to sleep on your back and use several pillows to support your back and head during recovery.
When can I return to normal activities like showering, exercising, and physical activities? When can I get back to work?
You should expect to stay at home during the first week after surgery. During this initial recovery period, it is recommended you arrange for a family member or close friend to be available to help you with day-to-day activities. We recommend waiting at least 48 hours after surgery before you shower so as not to damage your incisions. You should be able to return to work and resume normal activities after about three weeks. Avoid strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects until about six weeks after. It is vital during your recovery to take it slow and follow all of your doctor’s post-surgery care instructions.
What is a good age to get a Breast Lift?
It is best to get a breast lift when the breasts have stopped developing and the patient is physically healthy.
Is a Breast Lift permanent? How long do the results last? Will my breasts sag again?
A breast lift is considered a permanent procedure since the changes to the breasts are permanent. However, your breasts will still change as your body ages. You can best achieve longevity with your results by donning supportive bras, steering away from carrying heavy items, and maintaining a wholesome diet and active lifestyle. With these habits in place, you’ll be able to enjoy the same remarkable effects for many years to come. Though it varies with each patient, patients may go ten years before seeing their doctor for breast revision surgery.
Will I be able to breastfeed after my Breast Lift?
While there are rare reports of women having trouble breastfeeding after a breast lift, this is unlikely under competent care. In most cases, there is no damage to the breast ducts or loss of nipple sensitivity.
Will my Breast Lift affect nipple sensitivity?
Temporary loss of sensitivity or numbness in the breasts or nipples is a possible side effect of the procedure, though this is rare. Where this does occur, it goes away during the course of recovery, usually after a few weeks. In very rare cases, this may be permanent. During your consultation, ask your doctor about the risks associated with a breast lift, so you have a clear picture going into the surgery.
How much does a Breast Lift cost?
The cost of a breast lift will vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and other factors. On average, a breast lift starts at around $6,500 and can go up from there. During your consultation, you can get a more exact estimate of the breast lift cost.
Does a breast lift reduce cup size?
Since some breast lifts involve the removal of tissue from inside the breasts, you may experience a loss of approximately one cup size as a result of breast lift surgery. However, patients who would like to maintain or enhance their cup size may easily incorporate breast augmentation into their lift procedure.