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
"I am nearly one year post-op from having a bilateral breast lift with implants done by Dr. Edwards. The results are better than I have imagined. I had a bit of a bumpy ride in the beginning of my recovery and Dr. Edwards and his staff made sure I was well taken care of and reassured me every step of the way. Dr. Edwards has excellent bedside manner and is a professional in every sense of the word. I highly recommend this highly qualified plastic surgeon."- M.S. / Google / Jul 15, 2016
"Dr Edwards lifted my breasts several years ago and I wanted t take the opportunity to say I totally agree with the other reviewers. I am still happy with my results, his staff are so nice and professional. Dr Edwards really does take the time you need to answer all questions. I have referred him to many friends and I would not go to anyone else!!"- L.W. / Google / Jul 15, 2013
"Thank you Dr. Higgins & your amazing staff @ Plastic Surgery Vegas My case was pretty complicated with my very old and much too large implants damaging me internally— capsulectomy, mastopexy, + extensive pectoral repair (damages into my back!) I am beyond thrilled with my results and am thankful for your exceptional care & ability."- B.M. / Facebook / Aug 10, 2019
"Anson, Edwards, and Higgins office is the best in Las Vegas. They exceeded all of my expectations and more. Not only mine, but also my daughters. She went to Dr. Edwards for a breast augmentation and she could not be happier with her new "Sisters" - Dr. Edwards. I went to their office for liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift and implants.Dr. Silver (lipo & tummy tuck) and Dr. Edwards (breast lift, and implants) work in the operating room together to perfect procedures in half the time it would take one doctor to do it all. Which is very important on your health and healing process. They are patient, listen to what you want and their bedside manner is amazing. You will not be let down at this office. Their assistants Jacklyn and Stacie are also very knowledgeable and helpful to any questions you would have before and after your procedures. They are just as wonderful. I am so happy with my results already (its been a week and a half) and I can't wait to be fully heeled! Thank you Dr. Edwards and Dr. Silver for everything, especially making me confident in my body again!"- T.B. / Google / Nov 28, 2018
"Dr. Edwards is absolutely wonderful! He just performed surgery on me yesterday. My procedure involved implant removal/replacement due to both of my previous implants rupturing. I also had a full breast lift (mastopexy). He and his staff are so caring- especially Sandra, Jacqueline and Cathy. They were always available to answer all of my questions and put my nervous mind at ease. Dr. Edwards truly has a gift when it comes to breast reconstruction surgery. Mine was not an easy case! I would highly recommend him to family and friends- you will not regret it!"- C.S. / Google / Jul 28, 2019
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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