What is a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery is a procedure that helps to correct sagging that results from pregnancy, hormonal changes, aging, and weight gain. Typically, what happens is that the skin that covers the breasts stretches, causing the breasts to hand lower. The nipples may also develop a downward orientation. Some women also have naturally low-hanging breasts that may be remedied by the procedure.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Breast Lift?
The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who notice changes to the orientation or position of their breasts, such as:
- Loss of shape and looking more deflated
- Stretched skin in the skin, including stretch marks
- Uneven breasts, either in shape or position without a bra
How Does a Breast Lift Work?
Dr. Couvillion’s goal with breast lift surgery is to reduce the amount of skin that envelops the breasts. This creates a smaller pocket for the breast tissue, giving the breasts a higher position on the chest. Additionally, removing the excess skin orients the nipples to a more outward orientation. Depending on the surgical plan, Dr. Couvillion uses one of three incision placements.
- Two concentric circular incisions around the areola
- Around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease
- Around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
After the incision is made in the skin, it is tightened, and excess skin is trimmed. Incisions are closed with sutures.
What Can I Expect After Breast Lift Surgery?
Your breasts are wrapped with a compression bandage to hold the tissues in place and minimize swelling. You may have a drain, as well. Expect to stay home for up to one week after the surgery, and avoid strenuous activities for up to one month. Swelling gradually subsides, and you can see the full results after one to three months.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift Surgery
How much does breast lift surgery cost?
The cost of breast lift surgery is based on several factors, so it varies by patient. During the consultation, Dr. Couvillion outlines a surgical plan for your breast lift. Once the plan is defined, we can review the costs, as well as your payment options. SBA Dermatology accepts several forms of payments, including low-interest medical financing. We can explain this more during the consultation.
Does insurance pay for a breast lift?
Breast lift surgery is an elective, cosmetic procedure; therefore, it is not covered by medical insurance. There may be some exceptions, but these are rare. Dr. Couvillion will determine if the surgery is medically necessary at the time of your consultation. If there is a medical necessity, we encourage you to verify coverage prior to your procedure. Any portion that is not covered is your responsibility.
Will I have scarring after breast lift surgery?
You will have scars after breast lift surgery. When the incisions first heal, the scar is slightly pink in color. Over the following 12 months, the scar changes to a color that is slightly darker than the surrounding skin. The potion of the incisions helps to hide the scars.
How long do the results of a breast lift last?
Your body naturally goes through changes as you age, and these changes may affect your breasts. While you cannot stop the aging process, you can ensure that you maintain a healthy weight. Pregnancy and weight gain aside, the results of a breast lift can last for 10 to 15 years, although this varies by patient.
Does a breast lift make my breasts larger?
Breast lift surgery is not intended to enlarge your breasts, but many women feel that their breasts do look larger. What they are seeing is the breast tissue in a smaller, more compact skin pocket. This can make the breasts look fuller.
Redefine Your Shape
Breast lift surgery at SBA Dermatology can help you restore a younger profile to your breasts. The effects of breast lift surgery after weight gain, pregnancy, or the natural aging process can be visible almost immediately. We encourage you to call our Houston, TX, office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Couvillion.
When it comes to treating your skin or improving your body, it’s important to choose a specialist who knows the skin inside and out. To meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists or our plastic surgeon, Dr. Ryan Couvillion, contact us today at 713-850-0240. You can also schedule an appointment online.
When it comes to treating your skin, it's important to choose a specialist who knows the skin inside and out. To meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists or other experienced practitioners, call our office at 713-850-0240.