what is a Breast Lift?
A surgical breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that redefines the breasts by removing excess skin and pulling tight the leftover tissue to create a firmer, younger look. This life-changing surgery is offered for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who have breast sagging due to breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or gravity. Outstanding advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this treatment so effective and successful that new stats by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) show an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Our Las Vegas, NV team is excited to offer this cosmetic breast surgery at Plastic Surgery Vegas. By integrating the most advanced methods, we can choose the correct technique based upon the level of sag present in addition to the desired result.
Candidates for a breast lift
You may visit Plastic Surgery Vegas believing you are a candidate for breast augmentation using implants, but after a physical exam, you may discover that a breast lift alone is better for your needs. The reason is due to the amount of breast sagging that is shown. Breasts and nipples that point down typically need a skin removal and tightening surgery to reduce skin looseness and raise the breasts to a higher position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts appear stretched, a lift surgery can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you should be in good health and at a stable weight. Our team can also combine a breast lift with augmentation if that is what you prefer, which is why it's important to discuss your cosmetic goals with us during your initial consultation. We are happy to create custom treatment plans that suit your specific needs.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Dr. Edwards is absolutely amazing! I personally know many of his patients and have had my own beautiful experience with him doing removal and replacement of my breast implants as well as a breast lift. In my opinion his work is perfection for a couple of reasons; his bedside manner is wonderful, I truly believe he cares about me as much as his beautiful work, my incisions look as perfect as they can be with just a hairline scar developing, my implants are the exact size I wanted, I love the relocation of my nipples, he patiently explained the step by step plan and everything went exactly to that plan. I’m blessed to have chosen him as my surgeon and recommend him to anyone that is in need of breast surgery."- L.O. / Google / Sep 24, 2021
"Dr. Edwards is absolutely amazing! I personally know many of his patients and have had my own beautiful experience with him doing removal and replacement of my breast implants as well as a breast lift. In my opinion his work is perfection for a couple of reasons; his bedside manner is wonderful, I truly believe he cares about me as much as his beautiful work, my incisions look as perfect as they can be with just a hairline scar developing, my implants are the exact size I wanted, I love the relocation of my nipples, he patiently explained the step by step plan and everything went exactly to that plan. I’m blessed to have chosen him as my surgeon and recommend him to anyone that is in need of breast surgery."- L.O. / Google / Sep 26, 2021
"I lost over 200 lbs. and as a result, had a lot of loose skin. I recently had an arm and breast lift. Dr. Silver and his staff were amazing. I was very nervous prior to the procedure. I was able to make an additional appointment to discuss my concerns and left feeling more comfortable about my decision. On the day of surgery, after being put in the operating suite, Dr. Silver sat down next me and talked to me until I went to sleep. The business part of the process went smoothly as well. Although I am only one month post-op, I am pleased with my results and plan on having a tummy tuck next year with Dr. Silver."- L.V. / Google / Aug 21, 2022
"Extremely satisfied with Dr. Silver and the whole staff here. Dr. Silver’s attention to detail is much appreciated. I absolutely love my results (had some implants removed I no longer desired done elsewhere and a breast lift) and they far exceeded my expectations. I love that I was never pressured into making any quick decisions. They walked me through every last detail before surgery day and made me feel confident and comfortable. Highly recommend Plastic Surgery Vegas. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"- K.P. / Google / Sep 21, 2022
"Breast lift & tummy tuck 9 days ago exceeded all my expectations! - I’ve looked at before and after photos of doctors across the valley. I personally knew 3 people who’ve gone to Dr Edwards and recommended him. He definitely has the most consistent results across the board. I would trust him to do any surgery (and he could) but he’s chosen to specialize in breasts for now. He is the most professional, gentle, compassionate, joyful doctor! I’ve always had a big chest. In fact, I haven’t been this small since the 8th grade. After 2 late pregnancies in my 30s and nursing both my babies over a year, I was literally falling out of every bra I put on. Halter top swimwear would cut off the circulation to my brain and was so uncomfortable…they were so heavy! I wore black every day to make myself feel thinner. I dreaded buying anything that I had to put on my body. When I met my husband in my early 20s, we wakeboarded rock climbed and snowboarded. I loved dressing up for myself and impressing him. I had been home with the kids a couple of years and went on an interview and realized how much my self worth and insecurities were affecting my attitudes perspectives and I didn’t enjoy anything that I used to (including dressing up and going on dates). Thankfully my husband supported this decision and I feel so blessed to have been in these Doctors’ care for my breast lift and my tummy tuck. They have everything down to a step by step process and I can’t wait for the rest of my life to unpause. I can’t wait to get dressed and smile at myself and be silly and move with my kids! So grateful and so blessed for what my future.Updated on 9 Oct 2022:Photos Taken After Procedure.I will say Day 3 and Day 9 were my worst days. On Day 3 I have the highest pain level. I had lipo in my back and this part probably hurt the worst. This would’ve been much more intolerable if I hadn’t already experienced 2 cesareans. That being said, I didn’t have any morphine or pain pills because they make me sick.Updated on 12 Oct 2022:Pre Op Photos 2 weeks before surgery. My breasts were heavy and sagged and they didn’t stay in any bras that I owned. Dr Edwards met with me 15 months prior and we had a lengthy consultation. He’s incredibly thorough and addressed every question and concern."- S. / RealSelf / Oct 01, 2022
A breast lift takes approximately 2 – 4 hours and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this procedure depends on the severity of breast ptosis. The surgical technique used for mastopexy surgery generally falls into two categories — the technique is defined by the nature of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the vertical incisions are the preferred methods. After making the incision, any wrinkly and loose skin is removed along with fat and tissue that is not wanted. The skin left behind is then pulled tight and the breasts are brought up and lifted so they look healthy and younger. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reconstructed and reduced to be symmetric with the new placement and shape of the breast. It is during this time an implant or a fat transfer can be placed in the breast. If a breast lift is the only procedure being performed and if breast fullness and shape are a worry, augmentation surgery with implants can be done at a later date.
after your mastopexy
Recovery from breast lift surgery is more lengthy than a breast augmentation. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to minimize swelling. A small tube will also be placed near the surgical area to assist with excess draining that can often occur after a surgery of this nature. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within the first week. Our surgical team will provide in-depth, at-home incision care instructions to help your healing process. Results after a breast lift surgery are noticeable after several months as the breasts take their new placement on your bustline. As they heal, your breasts will look and feel more natural.
Breast lift FAQS
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your unique concerns. Oftentimes, a breast lift can improve the form and fullness of the breasts with no need for implants. However, our team will evaluate your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from a lift, implants, or an augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, we can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so we can decide on the ideal incision pattern to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With proper care following surgery, your results can last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you could begin to see loose and sagging skin over time. Factors, like significant weight loss or gain, can change your results so it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also affect your results, which is why we recommend patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. We will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation and discuss how a breast lift will be able to help. During your lift, we will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for better symmetry.
Surgical breast lifting has changed the lives of countless Las Vegas, NV patients. If you experience sagging breasts that get in the way of your daily activities or prevent you from buying certain clothing, a breast lift at Plastic Surgery Vegas may be the answer to your cosmetic concerns. During your initial visit, a thorough breast assessment will be given by our team and your goals for surgery will be discussed. We will provide a tailored plan for treatment to assist in transforming your breasts. We invite you to contact Plastic Surgery Vegas to learn more about how to schedule your first visit.
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