Breast Lift Houston

Dr. Chaudhari is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in breast enhancement; breast implants, reduction and lifts.

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to restore a youthful shape to breasts and correct sagging caused by weight loss, pregnancy, loss of the skin’s natural elasticity, or simply the effects of gravity. A breast lift can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and it can be combined with breast augmentation (mammoplasty) for added breast volume and firmness. A breast lift is appropriate for any size breast, but results last longest when the breasts are originally small and sagging.

Mastopexy is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and can utilize several different incision options. The most appropriate incision will be determined by a number of different factors, including the patient’s breast size and shape, degree of sagging, size and position of the nipples, amount of excess skin, skin quality and more. Some of the most commonly used incisions for breast lift include:

  • Standard Anchor Incision. The standard technique for breast lift involves a circular incision made around the areola, a vertical incision down towards the bottom of the breast and a horizontal incision along the crease of the breast. Excess skin and tissue are gently removed, and the remaining tissue is tightened. The nipple remains in place during a breast relief procedure, allowing patients to breastfeed after surgery if they choose.
  • Peri-areolar Incision. Considered less invasive than a standard incision, this technique involves creating two circle incisions around the areolas and removing the skin and tissue in between for a tighter, rounder breast. Scarring is often less noticeable with this technique, which is considered ideal for small to medium breasts with a moderate amount of drooping.

With either type of incision, Dr. Chaudhari will lift and reshape the breast tissue, forming a new, rejuvenated contour. The nipple and areola are moved to a higher location on the breast. Finally, the excess breast skin that results from poor elasticity is trimmed and stitches are placed deep throughout the breast tissue to support the lifted breasts.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape sagging breasts, enhancing their overall appearance. The process typically involves removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple and areola, and tightening the surrounding tissue.

How long is the recovery after a breast lift?

Recovery time following a breast lift usually spans from one to two weeks for initial healing, with patients advised to limit physical activity during this period. Full recovery and the final settling of the breasts can take several months, during which time strenuous activities should be gradually reintroduced based on your surgeon's guidance.

Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?

Ideal candidates for a breast lift are women who are experiencing breast sagging due to aging, weight fluctuations, or childbirth and who wish to restore a more youthful breast contour. Candidates should be in good general health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.

What are the risks associated with a breast lift?

A breast lift carries risks such as scarring, infection, changes in nipple or breast sensation, and possible asymmetry in the positioning of the nipples or shape of the breasts. Discussing these potential risks in detail with your surgeon during the consultation process is crucial.

Can a breast lift be combined with other procedures?

A breast lift can often be combined with other surgeries, such as breast augmentation to add volume or breast reduction to remove excess tissue, for more comprehensive results. Combining procedures can minimize overall recovery time and achieve more dramatic aesthetic enhancements. Combining breast implants to a breast lift is a more challenging procedure, as it involves both removing breast skin and adding volume to the breast. This creates opposing forces that increase tension on the incisions and, therefore, must be carefully balanced.