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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.*
Yes. A breast lift will provide Dallas women with breasts that are firmer, perkier, and positioned more appropriately on the chest.
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.
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.
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.
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!