About Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a body contouring procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts by trimming away loose skin and surgically tightening the surrounding tissue to result in a more youthful and healthier look. This body contouring surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who are experiencing breast drooping due to breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or gravity. Outstanding advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this surgical procedure so effective and successful that new statistics by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Phillip Chang, a plastic surgeon in Leesburg, VA, performs this procedure at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. By integrating the latest methods, Dr. Chang can choose the appropriate technique based upon the degree of sag present, keeping in mind the desired result.
There are women who come to Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center desiring to have fuller breasts with breast implants, but after a private assessment, you may discover that a cosmetic breast lift surgery could be better instead of an augmentation. The reason is due to the amount of sagging that is shown. Patients whose breasts have lost a significant amount of laxity in most cases need a skin removal and tightening surgery to reduce skin looseness and bring the breasts to a perkier position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a cosmetic lift can dramatically help their appearance. Candidates contemplating a breast lift ideally will be in good health and at a healthy weight. Even though additional volume with implants may be desired, in a large portion of cases a surgical lift is all that it takes to add the shape and size that is hoped for.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Dr. Chang made a changed my life for the better. I had a tummy tuck, breast lift and reduction, and liposuction and he performed these procedures beautifully. I now have a waist and flat tummy; two things I never dreamed could be possible. I traveled all the way from California to Virginia in order to be his patient. He works with your natural shape and makes the most of your existing strengths. You will not be disappointed!"- J.M. / Google / Aug 07, 2013
"Dr. Chang is AMAZING!!! I love him and his entire staff!!! After breast feeding 4 kids I totally needed help!!! I went to Dr. Chang for a consultation and he and his AMAZING staff explained the entire procedure and totally put me at ease. It was a quick and easy procedure and my down time was literally 2 days if that!!! I have very little scarring and have referred at least 10 girlfriends to him for same procedure!!! He has done breast lifts, tummy tucks, augmentations, and lipo for so many of my girlfriends and they all LOVE him!!! He can use me for a reference anytime!!! Not only does he do surgery he and his nurses do my botox and IPL's each year!! LOVE him and his staff!!!!"- C.G. / Google / Aug 07, 2013
A breast lift takes usually two hours or more and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The duration of this treatment is dependent on the nature of breast size and sagging. The surgical technique used for a breast lift typically falls into two categories — the technique is defined by the size and location needed for the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the most used methods. The incision is first completed, and any wrinkly and loose skin is excised along with fat and tissue that is not wanted. The skin is then tightened and the breasts are positioned higher and lifted so they appear healthy and younger. In most situations, the size of the areola is reconstructed and reduced to be symmetric with the new placement and shape of the breast. At this point, an implant or a fat transfer can be placed in the breast if this was discussed with Dr. Chang ahead of surgery. If the lift is the only procedure being performed and if size and shape are a worry, augmentation surgery with implants can be implemented at a different date.
What To Expect
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more extensive than a surgery with implants only. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to minimize swelling. A thin tube is also inserted near the location of the incision to help with excess fluid leakage that can often occur after a surgery of this nature. After surgery, the swelling usually goes away within 3 – 5 days. Dr. Chang or a member of his team will provide in-depth, home treatment care instructions to help with your healing process. Aesthetic results after a breast lift surgery are most noticeable after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your bustline. Your breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel younger, prettier, and in sync with your frame.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Chang will pay attention to your wants and goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Following that, he can estimate your cost. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your physical appearance, so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Chang, rather than a low price. To help make surgery affordable, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center will help you find low-interest financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your specific goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Chang will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Chang can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you could start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors such as significant weight loss or gain can change your results, therefore it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Chang suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Chang will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation, and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help you. In your surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for symmetry.
Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of numerous Leesburg, VA individuals. If you are troubled by hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a mastopexy at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial private one-on-one consultation, a thorough breast assessment will be performed by Dr. Chang and your desired outcome will be discussed. We will provide a tailored plan for treatment to assist in transforming your breasts. We encourage you to contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center and speak to a patient coordinator to schedule a consultation.