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Breast Lift

Dr. Kevin Murphy at Pearwood Plastic Surgery in Pearland, Texas, one of the very best plastic surgeons in the country and a sought-after expert at the breast lift procedure.

One area of a woman’s body that may show the signs of aging more than others is the breasts. Over time, a woman’s breasts will inevitably begin to sag and lose their shape.

This occurs for a number of reasons, including the natural aging process, genetics, a dramatic weight loss, or post-pregnancy, but when it does, a breast lift surgery can help return a woman’s breasts to their former shape and position.


WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?

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A breast lift is a breast enhancement procedure that elevates the bust to a higher, more youthful position on the chest. This procedure also includes moving the areola complex higher to ensure proportional results. This surgical procedure, also known as a mastopexy, restores the breasts to their former shape and position.

 

 

A breast lift can help to correct sagging caused by age, weight loss, pregnancy, or nursing. The breast lift procedure itself does not actually add an implant to the breast but is often paired with a breast augmentation to provide additional shape and volume. This procedure positions the breasts to a more youthful, higher position, while an augmentation will add an implant to fill the breast out. During the initial consultation with Dr. Murphy at Pearwood Plastic Surgery, he will be able to recommend the best breast enhancing procedure(s) to help you reach your goals.

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IDEAL CANDIDATES


The ideal candidate for a breast lift procedure are women who experience sagging breasts and are looking to restore their youthful, perky state. This drooping of the breasts may be due to a pregnancy, weight loss, genetics, or simply due to the natural course of aging. Sagging of any sort will occur over time as the skin and muscles that hold the breasts in place lose their elasticity.

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD CANDIDATE

Good candidates will also have certain characteristics that make them even more ideal, but it starts with a general dissatisfaction with the current, shape, size, or appearance of your breasts. This unhappiness can cause a loss of self-confidence, which is a key motive that leads a person to consider this breast enhancement procedure.

Patients should be in good physical health and not currently be pregnant or nursing.

It’s also important for the patient to have realistic goals and expectations for the surgery. Patients who smoke will be asked to quit at least two weeks before their procedure to ensure patient safety and the best results.

DEGREES OF PTOSIS

Ptosis is a medical term that refers to sagging breasts. The amount of sagging that one may experience can be broken down into three levels or stages of ptosis. Determining the level of ptosis for a given patient will help Dr. Murphy decide the proper breast lift technique to use to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals.

Level 1: Mild sagging – In level 1 ptosis, the patient’s areolas will be level with their breast crease, but you will still be able to see breast tissue below the areola.

Level 2: Moderate sagging – In level 2 ptosis, the areolas sit below the breast crease. However like in level 1, some tissue will still be visible below the areolas.

Level 3: Significant sagging – At level 3 ptosis, the areolas will have sagged below the breast crease, and you will no longer be able to see any tissue below the areolas.

Pseudoptosis – This is another, less common, form of ptosis, that classifies breasts with areolas that are above the breast crease, but with most of the breast tissue hanging below the breast crease.


METHODS USED


When it comes to a breast lift, there are three commonly practiced methods used to perform this procedure. These techniques include the crescent/circumareolar technique, the vertical technique, and the anchor technique.

CRESCENT/CIRCUMAREOLAR TECHNIQUE

This is actually a single technique with two different options. In the first, Dr. Murphy will perform the crescent technique, in which he will make a tiny incision on the upper half of the patient’s areola. In the circumareolar technique, Dr. Murphy will make several small incisions around the entire areola. The incisions will be made against an existing color border in your skin, which allows the scars to remain relatively hidden. In some cases, the crescent or circumareolar technique can even reduce the size of the areola. However, this technique is only an option for women who have minor sagging.

VERTICAL TECHNIQUE

The vertical technique, also known as the keyhole or lollipop technique, allows Dr. Murphy to provide more lift to your breasts. He will make the first incision around the circumference of the areola, and another from the base of the areola to the base of the breast, then reposition.

ANCHOR TECHNIQUE

The anchor technique provides the most significant lift to the breasts and is the preferred technique for those women who have significantly sagging breasts. In addition to the circumference and vertical incisions, a third incision will be made along the natural crease of the breast.


CONSULTATION

The first step toward having a breast lift procedure performed by Dr. Murphy is to schedule a consultation.
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The first step toward having a breast lift procedure performed by Dr. Murphy is to schedule a consultation.

During your consultation, Dr. Murphy will discuss your goals for the procedure and make sure you are a good candidate for the surgery. He will conduct a thorough physical examination to see if a breast lift is a proper procedure to help you meet your goals. The doctor may determine that a breast augmentation is a good option or even a combination of the two.


Together, you and the doctor will create a customized treatment plan which will allow our staff to provide you with an accurate price quote for the breast lift surgery. To ensure that you are a good candidate before proceeding, Dr. Murphy will review your medical history, medications, and overall health. He will also answer any questions that you may have about the procedure or its process. To schedule a private consultation, please contact Pearwood Plastic Surgery today and request a consultation.


PREPARATION


Before your surgery, Dr. Murphy will give you recommendations on how to properly prepare. For those who smoke, you will be asked to quit at least three weeks prior to surgery and stop taking any anti-inflammatory medication for at least two weeks before your surgery, as they can cause excessive bleeding and bruising.

He will also prescribe pain medications for you to pick up before your surgery so that they will be available to you immediately after the breast lift procedure. Your preparation will also involve planning for your recovery, including gathering any supplies you need, arranging for a ride home, and preparing a comfortable space for you to recover.


PROCEDURE

The procedure of your breast lift surgery will largely depend on your individual circumstances, including the technique that is chosen, and if a breast augmentation or any other procedure will be performed in tandem. Generally, a breast lift procedure will last somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5 hours.

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Dr. Murphy will mark the areas on your breasts where he will make the incisions, and you will be put under general anesthesia before the surgery begins to ensure no discomfort is felt.

During the surgery, Dr. Murphy will remove excess breast skin and tissue to achieve your desired results. In some cases, he will also reduce the size of your areolas to make them more proportionate to your new bust. Once the desired lift is achieved, Dr. Murphy will close the incisions with sutures, and the breasts will be wrapped in a compression garment or placed in a surgical bra.


ANCILLARY PROCEDURES


There are some additional procedures that can be performed in addition to your breast lift surgery to help achieve the desired results. The most commonly chosen procedures combined with a breast lift include:

BREAST AUGMENTATION

The breast augmentation is commonly performed with a breast lift to help create more shapely, volumized breasts. For this procedure, a saline or silicone implant will be placed into the breast, within the breast pocket. Combining a breast augmentation with a lift can help women attain the bust that they desire. Dr. Murphy can recommend the best implants for the patient at the time of the consultation.

TUMMY TUCK

For additional body contouring, a Tummy Tuck may be performed in conjunction with a breast lift. This helps to smooth the patient’s midsection by removing excess skin from the abdomen. A Tummy Tuck can be performed alongside a breast lift or as part of a Mommy Makeover.

LIPOSUCTION

Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from various regions of the body that are unresponsive to diet and workout. This will help to further improve the shape and contour of the patient’s body.


RECOVERY


Once the breast lift is completed, you will be escorted to the recovery room where you will be monitored for a few hours before being released home. The surgical bra or compression garment that will be placed around the breasts should be worn continuously throughout the recovery stage unless otherwise stated by Dr. Murphy.

You may experience mild bruising and swelling initially after surgery, but this should dissipate naturally as you heal.

You will be asked to take about 5-7 days off from work and other daily activities and should refrain from more strenuous movements, such as working out, for at least 3-4 weeks after surgery.

Dr. Murphy will assess your recovery during a follow-up visit and make adjustments to your plan if necessary. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, please contact our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable members of staff.

Although your results will be immediate, the final outcome can be seen after a couple of months, once the swelling has subsided and the incisions have healed. The minimal scarring that remains will continue to fade over time.


COST


Pricing for the breast lift procedure will vary based on individual circumstances and if other procedures will be performed. Dr. Murphy will give you a detailed quote during your consultation.

If you’re considering a breast lift surgery in the Pearland, Texas, area, look no further than the expert service provided by Dr. Kevin Murphy and his team at Pearwood Plastic Surgery. Request a consultation online today or give our office a call at 832-665-2328.


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