Houston & Pearland, TX

Breast Lift

Introduction to Breast Lift

From pregnancy and breastfeeding to weight fluctuations and aging, life can be unkind to the appearance of our bosom. If you want cosmetic help to improve the appearance of your chest, cosmetic surgeon Christopher Hankins, MD, and Premier Plastic Surgery can restore breast volume and lift with a breast lift or 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. If you are one of the many women who feel uncomfortable about the loss of breast volume (fullness), sagging breasts, drooping breasts, or the size or symmetry of your breasts and are looking for a cosmetic surgical solution, Dr. Hankins can help.


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What is a Breast Lift?

There are several 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.

Slight Drooping

Correction of this deformity is highly individualized according to the patient’s needs. In the case of slight drooping of the breast, a breast augmentation [insert link] may be needed to restore the fullness in the upper pole of the breasts.

Extreme Drooping

For extremely droopy breasts, 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. Dr. Hankins will discuss this procedure if a breast reduction [insert link] is needed.

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Incision Types

Dr. Hankins can perform mastopexy with a variety of techniques. These options include:

  • Lollipop Lift: The most common approach creates a circular incision around the areola and a vertical line down to the lower breast crease.
  • Anchor Lift: Beginning with a lollipop lift, the anchor lift uses an additional horizontal incision along the lower breast crease to tackle more severe breast sagging. This is the most common type that we perform.
  • Donut (or Benelli) Lift: This is a less invasive approach to breast lift that prioritizes raising the position of the areola while tightening some breast skin. However, the trade-off is that the breasts can appear flatter.
  • Crescent Lift: The incision is restricted to the perimeter of the top half of the areola. It is only recommended for patients with early or mild breast sagging. It can elevate the nipple-areolar complex 1 – 2 cm.

What are the Benefits of Breast Lift?

Our patients who have received a Breast Lift procedure in Houston have discovered the following benefits from their procedures:

  • Boost in self-esteem
  • Ease an active lifestyle
  • Long-lasting results
  • More attractive breast shape
  • Natural nipple projection
  • No more sagging breasts
  • Reduced skin irritation under the breasts
  • Younger and perkier breasts

Who are the Best Candidates for a Breast Lift?

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 breastfeeding
  • Improvements in self-confidence and body image

In younger women, the breast is shaped so that 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 the stretching of the ligaments that 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 are involuted following discontinuance of breastfeeding. 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 concerning 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 the excess skin either with or without an implant.

If you are concerned about any of these conditions affecting your breasts, schedule a breast lift consultation with Dr. Hankins.

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Breast Lift First Step

What’s the
first step?

The first step to getting a breast lift in Pearland and the surrounding Houston area is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hankins. During your consultation, Dr. Hankins will complete a breast evaluation, examine your breast volume, and discuss your health history and aesthetic goals. He will discuss the various options and approaches with you based on your build and wishes. A breast augmentation may even be recommended in addition to a breast lift if he feels you have lost a lot of breast volume.

Suppose you and Dr. Hankins feel that a breast lift is the best option. In that case, he will develop a surgical plan that you can take to our patient coordinator, who will help you schedule the surgery conveniently and provide pre- and postoperative instructions.

What to Expect on the Day of Breast Lift Surgery

On the day of your Breast Lift surgery at Premier Plastic Surgery, Dr. Christopher Hankins will place you under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure and will begin the procedure. 

Depending on the incision type discussed during this cosmetic procedure, Dr. Hankins will carefully cut the skin, ensuring minimal scarring, remove excess skin fat, and reposition it for the desired “lift.” The nipple and areola might be moved to a more youthful, natural position or resized if needed, and excess skin above the nipple is pushed down and reshaped to improve the contour, shape, and firmness of underlying tissue in the breast.

Once done, Dr. Hankins will seal the incisions with sutures and put on the compression garment to hold the breasts in place. You might even install a drain or two to expel excess fluids.

Breast Lift Recovery

Mastopexy is an outpatient procedure. You should prioritize resting and relaxing for the first few days until you feel well enough to resume normal activities. You can return to work one to two weeks later. After surgery, you will receive a compression garment that you should wear almost always. Not only does this help to hold your breasts in their new position, but it also significantly reduces swelling and bruising for an accelerated healing time. Some patients may require drains to expel excess fluids. 

Take prescribed pain medication as necessary to manage lingering discomfort. Although Dr. Hankins schedules follow-up appointments to check on your progress, the stitches are dissolvable and do not need to be removed.

Breast Lift Cost

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost In Houston?

The cost of a breast lift in Houston and Pearland can vary depending on several factors, including the technique chosen, the complexity of the procedure, and the surgeon’s fees. We recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Hankins to discuss your specific goals and receive personalized quotes from our Patient Coordinator for the procedure.

Why Choose Dr. Hankins?

Dr. Christopher Hankins should be your choice for your breast lift in Pearland and the surrounding Houston area. He believes in offering patients only treatments that are in their best interests. His commitment to his patients is to always carefully evaluate the patient, not just the plastic or aesthetic surgery issue under consideration. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Christopher Hankins specializes in face, breast, and body aesthetic surgery. He also has advanced training in hand surgery, breast reconstruction after cancer, and other reconstructive surgical procedures. Dr. Hankins completed five plastic surgery fellowships with highly distinguished physician mentors in the United States and the United Kingdom, including a Plastic and Microsurgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine and a Hand Surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Hankins earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his General Surgery training prerequisite for Plastic Surgery as established by the Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

In addition to his practice in plastic and aesthetic surgery, Dr. Hankins is actively involved in the study and clinical application of anti-aging medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine and a member of the American Board of Pathology (ABP), American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine (AAAAM), and the Texas Medical Association (TMA).

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Breast Lift FAQ’S

Schedule a Consultation

If you are tired of sagging breasts, you might need a breast lift. Contact Premier Plastic Surgery in Houston today to schedule your free personal consultation with cosmetic surgeon and founder Dr. Hankins. If you live in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, or the neighboring communities of South Houston, Dr. Hankins can help you achieve a body you won’t want to cover up!

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