Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Houston, TX
From pregnancy and breast feeding to weight loss and aging, there are a number of reasons you may look in the mirror one day and realize that gravity has not been your friend. If it’s time to seek help, Christopher Hankins, MD and Premier Plastic Surgery will restore breast volume and lift with mastopexy surgery. Our office happily serves the residents of Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson and the surrounding areas of South Houston.
Many women experience deflation and ptosis of their breasts as a result of the aging process or pregnancy. If the loss of breast volume is causing you to be uncomfortable with your appearance, either an augmentation with an appropriately selected breast implant or a breast lift (mastopexy) is an excellent cosmetic surgical procedure to restore your breast’s volume and lift. If you are one of the many women who feel uncomfortable about the loss of breast volume (fullness), sagging breast tissue, or the size or symmetry of your breasts and are looking for a cosmetic surgical solution, Dr. Hankins can help.
In the before and after section of the website, you will see several patients who have had their breast deflation and ptosis corrected with an appropriately selected breast implant only. There are many women who do not want any scars on their breasts and as a result are treated with breast augmentation only. Other women do not desire to be augmented at all and are treated by mastopexy only. Still others fall somewhere in between and may be treated with augmentation mastopexy. Every case is unique and treatment is therefore tailored to the patient’s goals and desires.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
At Premier Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hankins’ patients typically desire breast lift (mastopexy) surgery due to:
- Loss of breast volume and sagging due to aging
- Loss of breast volume and sagging due to pregnancy
- Loss of breast volume and sagging due to breast feeding
- Improvements in self-confidence and body image
In younger women, the breast is shaped so the nipple is at or slightly higher than the crease below the breast, the inframammary fold. The upper surface of the breast has a gentle concave contour, whereas the bottom of the breast in profile has a convex contour. There is ample fullness in the upper pole of the breasts.
During pregnancy and in the postpartum period, the breasts swell to produce milk, which results in stretching of the ligaments which attach the dermis (skin/tissue) of the breast to the pectoralis fascia, or the connective tissue layer immediately above the pectoralis major muscle.
Reduction in the size of the breasts occurs as the fatty tissue and glandular component of the breasts involutes following discontinuance of breast feeding. With shrinkage of the underlying tissue of the breasts, the skin envelope becomes deflated, resulting in a progressive descent of the position of the nipple with respect to the chest wall. When the position of the nipple falls below the inframammary fold, a condition known as ptosis develops. Depending on the degree of tissue loss and skin laxity, the volume deficit may be compensated for with an implant or, in more severe cases, excision of skin either with or without an implant.
If you are concerned about any of these conditions affecting your breasts, schedule a breast surgery consultation with Dr. Hankins.
Breast Lift Surgical Approaches
There are a number of surgical approaches for a breast lift, or mastopexy, procedure. Dr. Hankins will examine you and discuss the best approach to correct and improve your breasts and restore them to their original shape and position on your chest wall.
Correction of this deformity is highly individualized according to the needs of the patient. In the case of slight drooping of the breast, a breast augmentation may be that is needed to restore the fullness in the upper pole of the breasts. (See breast augmentation for more information).
For breasts that are extremely droopy, a reduction of the breast envelope must be carried out to restore a pleasing shape to the breasts. Each patient is different and a customized approach to restore the patient’s breasts to their original shape will be planned. If a breast reduction is needed, Dr. Hankins will discuss this procedure with you. To learn more, see breast reduction surgery.
About Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery or mastopexy is carried out under general anesthesia. An intravenous antibiotic is given at the beginning of the case prior to any incision being placed in the skin.
Drains may or may not be necessary. A soft dressing is applied in the operating room, which is later replaced by a sports bra. All stitches used are dissolvable and do not need to be removed.
Upon discharge home, patients are prescribed pain medication and specific post-surgical care instructions.
How much does a breast lift cost? Premier Plastic Surgery proudly offers financing options for our patients – call our office for pricing information.
If you’ve decided a breast lift is in your future, look no further than Dr. Christopher Hankins and his team of professionals at Premier Plastic Surgery. Serving patients in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson and the surrounding areas of South Houston, they can help restore your self-confidence in the way you look. Schedule your free consultation by contacting us today.