Breast Lift Houston
Breast Lift: For Perkier And More Youthful Looking Breasts!
Before & After
Timeless Cosmetic Surgery‘s before-and-after pictures of real patients.
What is a breast lift?A breast lift is a procedure during which low nipples and low hanging breasts are surgically raised while also reshaping the breasts to achieve a more youthful, “perky” and shapely breast.
- Mastopexy – Plastic surgery term for breast lift.
- Areola – Colored, circular portion located on the breast.
- Nipple – Raised tissue at the center of the areola.
- Nipple Areola Complex – Also known as “N.A.C.” This is the areola plus the nipple as 1 unit.
- Infra-mammary Fold – The crease located under the breast.
- Ptosis – Plastic surgery term for when nipple is below the infra-mammary crease.
- Pseudoptosis – Plastic surgery term for when the nipple is at the infra-mammary crease but the breast tissue is hanging below the infra-mammary crease.
What are the main types of breast lifts?
1. Circum-areolar lift
- Circular incision just around the areola
- Can reduce the size of the areola
- Only effective when a minimal lift of the nipple is needed (1-2cm)
- Very few, select patients are good candidates for this operation
2. Vertical lift
- Circular incision around the areola and vertical incision down the breast towards the infra-mammary fold (looks like lollipop)
- The size of the areola is reduced
- Good for those who need a “medium” lift
3. Wise Pattern/anchor patterm/full breast lift
- Circular incision around the areola, vertical incision down the breast towards the infra-mammary fold and horizontal incision hidden in the crease under the breast (infra-mammary fold)
- The size of the areola is reduced
- Good for those who need a “medium” to “large” lift
- Most powerful type of lift
- Greatest ability to re-shape the breasts
Is the nipple removed in a breast lift?The nipple is NOT removed during a breast lift. The nipple is simply moved into a higher position and the breast tissue is reshaped.
Will lifting weights improve the appearance of my breasts?NO! Building your chest muscles will not raise your breasts or your nipples.
How do I know if I would benefit from a breast lift?These are some of the factors that suggest you could benefit from a breast lift:
- Nipples are below the infra-mammary fold
- Breasts are hanging low
- Loose/excess skin of the breasts
- Desire to have the breasts appear more youthful and “perky”
- Desire to have the breasts sit higher up on the chest
Dr. Mehta…How do YOU determine whether I need a breast lift?
During your FREE consultation, I will do a full assessment of your breast tissue, assessing its quality and will take detailed measurements. Using the results of these assessments I will determine whether or not a lift is needed and what type of lift will give the optimal results.
What if I want a lift but also want larger breasts…Can I get a lift and an implant at the same time?
The short answer is YES!!! I frequently perform combination surgeries and breast lifts with implants are one of them. However, whether or not this should be done is determined on a case-by-case basis and is determined by the look you are trying to achieve. Click on this link to learn more about breast lift with implants
What are other important factors to consider when considering a breast lift?
At Timeless Cosmetic Surgery, patient safety is of the utmost importance; therefore, an essential factor determining who can undergo a breast lift is your overall health. After performing a thorough gathering of your health history, if there is any question about overall health, a medical clearance will be requested during which your primary care physician will do an overall assessment to determine whether it is safe to undergo this procedure.
What will happen to my nipple sensation?
In most cases nipple sensation remains completely intact. However, during a mastopexy, because incisions are made all the way around the areola there is always a chance that nipple sensation can be diminished.
Will I be able to breast feed after having a lift?
The technique I use for breast lifts allows women to still be able to breast feed. However, the more that needs to be done to the breasts, the higher the risk gets of not being able to breast feed.
Why is having a breast lift safer with Dr. Mehta?
I perform all my surgical procedures under IV sedation (twilight) and do not use general anesthesia. No breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is needed because you are able to maintain all your protective reflexes, breath completely on your own and your blood flows better. The post-operative risks of using IV sedation (the way I do my surgeries) compared to general anesthesia are MUCH less including but not limited to decreased risk of nausea, vomiting and MOST importantly a significantly DECREASED risk of forming blood clots. Your heart, lungs and blood pressure will be monitored during the entire operative procedure and no pain will be felt during the procedure. Studies have shown IV sedation to be much safer than general anesthesia.
Will I need to stay in the hospital?
All my patients are able to safely go home the day of surgery as long as they have a responsible caregiver at home. Outpatient surgery has been shown to have many advantages over hospitalization and tends to lead to better post-operative recovery, early ambulation and less risk of infection. I believe being taken care of by a loved one allows for more personalized care. This is also financially beneficial for patients because hospital stays are very costly.
Is it safe to go home after breast lift?
It can be VERY safe to recover at home after breast lift as long as you have a responsible caretaker to be with you for at least the first 72 hours. I believe a loved one will take much better care of you in your own home, than someone who doesn’t know you taking care of you in a hospital. Also, it is VERY likely that there are fewer germs in your home then in a hospital setting.
What if I need to speak to someone after hours?
Immediately after surgery you and your caregiver will be given my personal cell phone number to call on weeknights and weekends with any questions or concerns.
Will I have drains?
NO! The techniques I use for breast lifting does not require the use of drains.
How do I prepare for a breast lift?
Detailed post-operative instructions will be given during your pre-operative evaluation, which usually takes place about 2 weeks before your planned procedure. Here are some general helpful guidelines:
- VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop all herbal medication, Aspirin products (Alleve, Ibuprofen, Advil etc…), vitamin E and fish oil/Krill oil at least 1 month before surgery as long as it is approved by your physician.
- VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop ALL tobacco products AT LEAST 6 weeks before your surgery to decrease the risk of healing complications associated with smoking. (This includes patches and gum)
- VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop all hormone-based medications if approved by your physician at least 1 month before surgery. If stopping birth control please use non-hormonal methods for continued birth control.
- If you are above the age of 40, you may need a mammogram before your surgery dependent upon when your last mammogram was performed.
- Arrange for someone to look after you for at least the first 48-72 hours after surgery. (This can be a dependable and capable family member , friend or a hired caretaker)
- Arrange transportation for your clinic appointments and for your family members because you will not be able to drive for at least 1 week.
- Help will be needed for housework and for small children because heavy lifting or strenuous activity will not be allowed for 6 weeks.
- 4×4 gauze
- Milk of magnesia
- Light foods and plenty of fluids are recommended after surgery with the following as examples: Electrolyte replacement drinks, soups, yogurt with acidophilus/lactobacillus, jello, pudding, crackers etc…
What will my postoperative care for a breast lift involve?
You will be given all the prescriptions needed during your pre-operative visit. That way you will have plenty of time to have them filled prior to surgery. This operation is not very painful, especially with the pain meds that are prescribed and patients are usually able to move around pretty normally in just a couple of days.
- No showering until ok’d by Dr. Mehta (usually, post operative day #5)
- Keep arms to your side at all times
- Nipple massages 10 times every hour as demonstrated
- No driving for at least 1 week or while on pain medication/muscle relaxants
- No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 6 weeks
- No working out for 6 weeks
- No sexual activity for 6 weeks
- Wear only surgical bra provided unless directed otherwise by Dr. Mehta
Does Dr. Mehta charge patients for follow up visits?
NO!!! I have an open door policy and do not charge my patients to come and see me after their surgery. If for any reason you feel like you need to be seen sooner than your scheduled appointment you can always call the office and the staff will fit you in.
Will my breast lift be covered under insurance?
No, it won’t. This is considered a cosmetic procedure and cosmetic procedures do not get covered under insurance. Also, Timeless Plastic Surgery is a completely cosmetic based practice so we do not take insurance.
What will be provided for me?
- During your pre-operative evaluation (approx 2 weeks before surgery) you will be given prescriptions for a muscle relaxer, pain medication, antibiotic, stool softener and anti-nausea medications.
- Along with other medications during surgery you will get the appropriate dose of IV antibiotics.
- Immediately after surgery you will be provided with and dressed in the appropriate garments needed during your recovery period.
- Immediately after surgery you and your caregiver will be given my personal cell phone number to call on weeknights and weekends with any questions or concerns.
How long is the recovery?
- No driving for at least 1 week or while on pain medication/muscle relaxants.
- At least 1 week off work.
- No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks.
- No sexual activity for 4-6 weeks.
- No working out for 4-6 weeks.
How often will I need to be seen for follow up?
Patient care is of the utmost importance to my staff and I. Therefore, I tend to keep a very close eye on my patients to make sure the recovery goes as smoothly as possible so that any issues can be prevented or taken care of as soon as possible. I will call you the same night of your surgery, once you are at home, to make sure everything is going well and that you and your caretaker have no questions or concerns. The following is a general schedule of appointments but can be changed at any time:
- Once a week for the 1st 2-3 weeks
- Once a month for the next 2 months
- At your 6 month mark from surgery
- At your 1 year mark from surgery
- Once a year after your 1 year mark
There is no charge for follow up appointments. If for any reason you feel like you need to be seen in between appointments or sooner than your scheduled appointment you can always call the office and the girls will fit you in.
Are there risks for this surgery?
With any surgical procedure there are risks, however, these risks are very rare and one usually is at higher risk of getting into a car accident than these risks. Some of the most common, but still infrequently occurring risks include, but are not limited to:
- Change in nipple sensation
- Partial or complete loss of nipple areolar complex
- Fluid collections (seroma)
- Blood collection (hematoma)
- Poor wound healing
As stated before, many precautions are taken by my staff and I to prevent these things from occurring in the first place.