Doctor’s Thoughts on Breast Lift

At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, We strive to deliver the best breast lift Newport Beach has to offer and we aspire to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right treatment plan for you. When it comes to a surgical procedure like a breast lift, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. For many, the significant results of a breast lift can offer more youthful, perkier breasts and increased confidence.

We’ve helped thousands of patients achieve long-lasting results from their breast lift to restore the position and shape of the breasts. As board-certified surgeons, we provide our Newport Beach breast lift patients the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule a consultation.

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What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure used to address sagging and restore the breasts to a perkier, more youthful position. A breast lift alone can rejuvenate the breasts, or it can be combined with a breast reduction or breast augmentation for optimal results. Most patients choose a breast lift to address changes that occur with age, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or after weight loss.

Breast lift is considered among the safest cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. The surgery also ranks very high in patient satisfaction. In one recent national patient survey, 93 percent of respondents ranked the surgery as “worth it.”

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Lift?

A breast lift can be performed to improve the following concerns:

  • Overly large breasts that were reduced with a breast reduction and now need a lift
  • Nipples that point downward or extend past the breast crease
  • Sagging that occurs with age
  • Excess skin and tissue from pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss

A breast lift can effectively reposition the breasts to a more youthful position, making them appear slightly fuller, but the size of the breasts will not be significantly impacted. If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts, talk with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons about adding a breast augmentation or reduction to your procedure.

A breast lift is often used when a reduction is performed to remove excess skin and tighten the tissue. It is typically best to wait to have your breast lift until you are done having children and breastfeeding, as this could affect your results.

Many women have found that breast lift surgery can enhance their appearance, improve the fit of their clothes, boost their self-confidence and elevate their enjoyment of life.

Any “Downside” or Risks?

Breast lift surgery is an exceptionally safe cosmetic procedure. But like any surgery, it comes with risks. Scarring, changes in breast sensation, and partial or total loss of nipple and areolar tissue have been reported. Additional risks include bleeding, infection, complications from anesthesia, and allergic reaction to medications and/or materials used in surgery. However, our board-certified surgeons and expert team will carefully review your medical history to ensure all precautions are taken to avoid any risks or complications.

Selecting a Breast Lift Surgeon

Insist on seeing a board-certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon, like all of the doctors at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA. A breast lift is a serious decision and your safety is most important. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon and express your goals and expectations for the surgery outcome.

To determine if you are an appropriate candidate for a breast lift and to assess your treatment options, your surgeon will perform a physical examination. We suggest coming prepared with a list of questions so you can discuss the procedure fully with your surgeon and make an informed decision.

Leading up to Your Breast Lift

Your doctor may recommend you undergo a baseline mammogram before your procedure. That could help your doctor identify any post-surgical changes in your breast tissue. If you smoke, you will likely be advised to refrain from smoking in the weeks leading up to and following your procedure.

It’s important to be in good health in advance of your procedure. Be active, work out, and take care of your body. It will all help with the healing process.

Additionally, you may need to avoid some medicines and/or supplements that could increase bleeding. It’s important to discuss this with our medical team.

Lastly, you’ll want to arrange for some help during your recovery, including someone to drive you home after the surgery.

How is Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Performed?

A breast lift is typically performed using general anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Standalone breast lift surgery often takes two to three hours, although the surgery could be longer if it combines a breast lift with other procedures such as a breast augmentation, breast reduction, tummy tuck, or liposuction.

Many different techniques can be used during breast lifts, including several different incision patterns. For minor lifting, a peri-areolar (also called a “donut ” lift), is possible. Other patients require an incision around the areola and another that extends down towards the breast crease, which is called a “short scar” or “lollipop” incision. When a more significant lift is required, another incision may be placed along the breast crease as well, which is commonly referred to as an “inverted T” or “anchor” lift.

Once the proper incisions have been made, the breast tissue is tightened and excess skin is removed. The nipples may be brought to a more youthful forward-facing position as well. Sometimes restoring volume to the top of your breasts is needed and an implant may be used to achieve this. Alternatively, fat transfer can be used, and this technique is known as the California Breast Lift® – a signature procedure performed exclusively at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery.

At the end of your procedure, small tubes may be placed at your incision sites to drain excess blood or fluid. After your body clears anesthesia, you can go home the same day. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication as needed and appropriate, although many patients need only over-the-counter analgesics.

Advancements in Breast Lift Procedures

To provide our patients with the longest lasting lift possible (gravity is always our enemy), we now also offer the WonderLIFT™ procedure. Our exclusive Wonder LIFT™ uses limited incisions and a new dissolving mesh that allows the best shape and lift possible for soft, natural-looking, youthful breasts. With the WonderLIFT™, an “Internal Bra” with a soft mesh is replaced over a year with your own body collagen to provide extra support and lift on the underside of the breast.

When we perform any breast lift procedure, we don’t just tighten the skin, we shape the breasts to a more attractive, rounder and forward projecting position. By shaping the breast tissue, we don’t just rely on the skin to hold the ideal position. Skin tends to relax with time and due to gravity, but by shaping the breasts and performing a WonderLIFT™, we can provide the best opportunity for the longest-lasting results.

The WonderLIFT™ is a quicker, safer procedure with half of the incisions of a traditional “anchor-pattern,” yet it provides a better shape and longer lasting results. Most surgeons in the United States and Canada continue to use older methods with lesser results. However, younger surgeons are now learning these better techniques, which we have been performing for over the last twenty years.

Recovery After Breast Lift

At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, Newport Beach breast lift patients will be given a surgical bra that should be worn as often as possible for about the first 3 weeks to help with the healing process and to minimize swelling.

Depending on how strenuous your job is, you may want to plan for a few weeks off to recover from home. You can expect swelling, tightness, and general discomfort during this time. Your doctor will advise when you may begin light activity and when you may return to regular activities.

Breast Lift Results

The results of your breast lift may be hidden by swelling for several weeks. Once your surgical bra can come off, you can start to enjoy the results of your breasts with reduced sagging and a perkier appearance. The swelling will continue to diminish over the next several months, and your scars will continue to fade.

You can generally expect to see 75 percent of your final results in three to four months. The remaining improvement may take up to a year. To maximize and maintain your results, it’s important to avoid significant weight gain.

Will I Need a “Tune-Up” Later?

Many patients enjoy permanent results from their breast lift. For others, sun exposure, smoking, genetics, and significant weight fluctuations may make a future revision advisable, but usually not for a decade or even much longer.

Your Breast Lift Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

Breast lift surgery could very well be right for you. But it is a procedure that requires a board-certified, and highly experienced plastic surgeon who combines technical precision with an eye for aesthetics. The renowned doctors at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery are known for just that.

To learn more about your breast lift options at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are experts in the breast lift procedure and can help you choose the right approach based on your concerns and goals.

When you’re ready, our helpful and knowledgeable staff in Newport Beach, CA are eager to meet you and help you on your journey to looking and feeling your best!