One of the most common forms of breast surgeries within the cosmetic and plastic surgery world is a breast lift. This procedure, medically known as a mastopexy, lifts the patient’s breasts to a more youthful, perkier position. It can be done with or without a breast augmentation, meaning you don’t have to go larger and get breast implants just because you want to get a breast lift. That decision is up to you and your surgeon, Dr. Hopkins. In fact, Dr. Hopkins of J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery has performed many breast lifts throughout his 18+ years of plastic surgery practice, and he can easily speak about the benefits of having the procedure done.
The Benefits of a Breast Lift For Dallas Women
At the most basic level, a breast lift raises the bust line to a perkier, more youthful position. Over the years, your bust line may lower due to a variety of reasons including aging, illness, extreme weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, and this surgery combats the lowering of the bust line. On a personal level, though, a breast lift is more than surgery. Instead, it is a rejuvenation method. It offers patients a way to refresh their look and their life and restore what they once had.
Additionally, a breast lift can help one grapple with self-consciousness caused by sagging breasts. With a cosmetic procedure aimed at addressing the patient’s goals, one can go from a place of self-doubt to a place of body positivity. It is amazing what a mastopexy can do for the body, mind, and spirit.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, raises the breasts by successfully removing the excess skin from the tissue and tightening the remaining tissue to reshape and offer support to the new contours of your chest. Breast lifts are becoming increasingly more popular, having grown by 70% since 2000.
If you find that your breasts are beginning to sag or your areolas have become enlarged, breast lift surgery can often reduce these problems significantly. Your procedure will be performed while you are under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation for your ultimate comfort and so that you are completely asleep and unaware of the surgery. Dr. Hopkins will perform one of the following common incision patterns:
- Crescent Incision: this type of incision is typically used for Dallas women who are experiencing just a minor degree of breast sagging. This incision is the least common breast lift incision and is made along the top portion of the areola and can be used in conjunction with a breast augmentation.
- Concentric or Donut Incision: this incision is most often used for Dallas women who have a medium degree of sagging. This incision is made around the entire areola, which ensures the scar is contained within the edge of the areola. It is commonly used for women who are combining their breast lift with a breast augmentation. The donut incision is also used for women who want to reduce the size of their areola.
- Vertical or Lollipop Incision: for Dallas women who have a higher degree of sagging, the lollipop incision is a preferred choice. It is made around the areola and travels vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, mimicking the shape of a lollipop. Most often, this incision is reserved for women who only want a breast lift, but not a breast augmentation. The new methods are minimally invasive and use profound techniques to reduce scar tissue and unnatural appearance.
- Inverted-T or Anchor Incision: an anchor-shaped breast incision is often considered the old process, as the procedure leaves an anchor-shaped scar. This incision is recommended for women with poor skin quality or soft breast tissue and can also be used for Dallas women who want a breast reduction in combination with a breast lift. Like the lollipop incision, the inverted-T or anchor incision is made around the areola and down in a vertical line towards the breast crease. However, it then continues horizontally within the breast crease, giving it an inverted T or anchor appearance.
To reshape the breasts successfully, the underlying tissue is lifted and reshaped. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a more natural position on the breast, and the enlarged areola is reduced. The excess breast skin will be removed to compensate for the loss of elasticity.
Reasons to Choose a Breast Lift
For many Dallas women, having beautiful breasts is more than merely the size. In fact, overly-large, sagging breasts often cause women discomfort and pain. A surefire option to soothe the discomfort is a breast lift via a renowned plastic surgeon like Dr. Hopkins of J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery.
There are a variety of reasons that Dallas women decide to have a breast lift, including:
- Wanting to Regain Pre-Pregnancy Form
Pregnancy and breastfeeding tend to cause women’s breasts to sag. A breast lift, however, can help reposition your breasts to their former position.
- Wanting a More Youthful Looking Body
Most Dallas area women will experience some degree of breast sagging as they age. Women who want to turn back the hands of time on their bodies and have perkier breasts often choose a breast lift.
- Wanting to Feel Comfortable in a Swimsuit or Tight Clothing
There’s nothing like the thought of putting on a swimsuit or wearing tight clothing that can cause a Dallas area woman with sagging breasts to feel self-conscious about her appearance. If you want to feel comfortable in any and everything you wear and you have sagging breasts, you should consider a breast lift.
- Wanting to Improve Self-Confidence
Many women choose to have a breast lift because their sagging breasts have affected more than just their figure – they’ve taken a toll on their self-esteem. Sagging and deflated breasts make many Dallas women feel like they’ve lost a little part of themselves. A breast lift can help bring back a woman’s self-confidence and make her all together happier.
Combining a Breast Lift with Other Procedures
It’s very common and completely safe for Dallas women to combine a breast lift surgery with other elective plastic surgery procedures. Some of the most popular breast lift surgery combinations that Dr. Hopkins performs are:
A Mommy Makeover
Designed for mothers who are done having children, the goal of a mommy makeover is to rejuvenate the body to its former, pre-pregnancy self. Common surgeries performed during a mommy makeover include a breast lift, breast augmentation to add volume, tummy tuck to repair separated abdominal muscles and remove loose and sagging skin, and liposuction to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away despite diet and exercise.
A Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation
Dallas women desiring to lift their bust lines and go bigger should consider combining a breast lift and a breast augmentation. When these two procedures are performed as one surgical event, you’ll awaken from the OR with larger breasts that are positioned higher on your body.
A Breast Lift with a Breast Reduction
Dallas women with sagging breasts who also experience the pain that comes with large breasts, and/or unwanted attention, may consider lifting and reducing their breasts all at once. By combining these two surgeries, you’ll awaken from surgery with perkier breasts that are finally at a size you can feel comfortable with, both physically and emotionally.
Breast Lift Recovery
After the completion of your breast lift procedure, the recovery process begins immediately. Your doctor will provide adequate recommendations and even prescribe pain medication as required to keep you as comfortable as possible during your recovery. It is absolutely crucial that you adhere to all directions that Dr. Hopkins offers. While every patient is unique, and therefore postoperative instructions may vary, some of the most common instructions you will be provided with include:
- How to properly care for your breasts after the operation
- Medications to apply or administer orally to aid in the recovery process and reduce infection risks
- When to follow up with Dr. Hopkins
- Any concerns to watch for on or around your breasts or in your general health
- Depending on your unique case, Dr. Hopkins may require you to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to help minimize the visible swelling following the procedure.
- Furthermore, a small, thin tube may be temporarily inserted under the skin to help drain excess blood or fluids that collect.
Timing Breast Lifts with Other Important Life Events
Dallas women of childbearing age who desire a breast lift should be advised that the surgery can cut through milk ducts. Because of this, Dr. Hopkins always asks women of this age group about their future family plans. If a woman inquiring about a breast lift says she is considering having and breastfeeding future children, Dr. Hopkins will advise her to wait until she is done breastfeeding to have the surgery performed. That way, both her child feeding goals and body goals can both be achieved.
What a Breast Lift Can’t Do
Many of the Dallas women who consult with Dr. Hopkins at J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery presume that, since a breast lift removes excess skin and breast tissue, the surgery will result in a combined breast reduction, too, unless a breast augmentation with either silicone or saline implants is simultaneously performed. This is not true. The goal of a breast lift is to place your breasts in a more youthful, perkier position, not to reduce the size of them. Women who desire both lifted and size reduced breasts should seek out a combined breast lift and breast reduction surgery.
On the other hand, if you’re concerned about your breasts seeming smaller after your breast lift, talk to Dr. Hopkins about having a breast augmentation in conjunction with your breast lift, as mentioned above. This way you can have fuller breasts and perkier breasts!
How Do I Know If I’m an Ideal Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Many Dallas women wonder if their breasts are sagging enough to necessitate a breast lift, or if they meet the other health requirements to have this elective plastic surgery performed. To ensure the overall health and well-being of each and every one of his breast lift patients, Dr. Hopkins always requires:
- A full medical history, including any current medical conditions, past surgeries, and current medications taken
- That each breast lift candidate listens to Dr. Hopkins explain the surgery in easy to understand terms, and communicates back to him that she understands what the procedure entails
- That the potential candidate is a non-smoker or promises to quit smoking for 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after her mastopexy, as smoking can complicate both the breast lift procedure and recovery time period
- That the potential patient relays that she has realistic expectations for her breast lift
- That the candidate doesn’t desire to have future children or doesn’t desire to breastfeed any future children that she may have
- That the candidate is in good psychological health
After The Mastopexy
After the mastopexy procedure, a common feeling is reported from patients: relief. Although it isn’t shown in a blood test or measured on a scale, it is felt emotionally. Dallas patients are relieved and overjoyed that they have taken control of their bodies, lifting the sagging areas they once felt self-conscious about.
A breast lift allows you, the patient, to take back your body. You will be no longer subject to sagging. No longer does your bust line dissatisfy you. Instead, you are your best you. Nothing is holding you back.
Why Choose Dr. Hopkins?
When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon in the Dallas area to perform a breast lift, women have a variety of surgeons from which to pick. However, none are as well-respected, both by past patients and peer physicians as Dr. Hopkins. A triple board-certified surgeon with over 18 years of experience and having performed more than 5,000 procedures, you can trust Dr. Hopkins, both during your discussions with him about your goals for the surgery, and to perform the surgery to your desired results.*
Breast Lift FAQs
Will a breast lift make my breasts firmer?
Yes. A breast lift will provide Dallas women with breasts that are firmer, perkier, and positioned more appropriately on the chest.
Will my breasts sag again after I have a breast lift?
As long as you do not have any new pregnancies, or gain and lose an excessive amount of weight, your breasts should not sag the same way they did before your breast lift. Once the extra skin is excised from the breasts, it’s gone for good. While over time you may experience further loss in skin elasticity, it is unlikely that the skin will stretch enough to cause significant sagging again.
However, it is important to note that women with very large breasts could experience additional sagging after a breast lift than women who do not have larger breasts. If you’re concerned about future sagging and the size of your breasts, talk to Dr. Hopkins about incorporating a breast reduction with your breast lift procedure to help minimize your risk of breast ptosis in the future.
Am I too old for a breast lift?
Though a breast lift is most often done by women in their 30s, there’s no reason for a Dallas woman in her 40s or 50s to think they’re too old to have a breast lift. Regardless of your stage of life, talk with Dr. Hopkins so he can recommend the best course of action for your specific needs.
Will I lose sensation in my nipples after having a breast lift?
It is true that some women experience some loss of sensation in their nipples after having a breast lift, but this usually only lasts for 6-12 months and often returns to normal. However, a very small percentage of women do experience permanent loss or decrease of nipple sensation after their surgery. Dr. Hopkins will discuss this further, and address other possible risks, during your consultation so you will be fully educated on every aspect of your procedure.
Contact J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery for an Initial Consultation
If you’re a Dallas area woman who is considering a breast lift to say “Goodbye” to sagging breasts and “Hello” to a perkier you, your next best step is to call for a consultation with Dr. Hopkins and J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery. Call today at (972) 298-6641!