What is a Breast Lift?
A surgical breast lift is a cosmetic treatment that redefines the breasts by reducing excess skin and pulling tight the existing tissue to produce a firmer, younger appearance. This body reshaping surgery is offered for women who have lost breast fullness and shape and who have breast sagging due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Medical breakthroughs in breast lift surgery have made this cosmetic surgery so effective that new stats released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show around a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV, a plastic surgeon in Houston, TX, offers this cosmetic breast surgery at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery. By incorporating the most advanced methods, Dr. Ellsworth can decide on the proper technique, depending on the level of sag present in addition to the desired aesthetic goal.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for a breast lift?
You may visit Ellsworth Plastic Surgery hoping to get breast augmentation; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is what you really need. This is because of the severity of breast sagging that is present. Breasts and nipples pointing down generally need a breast lift to correct skin irregularities and raise the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If your nipples point downward and your breasts look elongated, a surgical lift can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.
"Dr. Ellsworth performed a Flap surgical procedure on me. I had a stage 4 isheal pressure ulcer that required removal of tissue to the bone. I then had to lay on my side for 5 weeks in an LTAC facility.Dr. Ellsworth and his staff took very good care of me pre and post-op, which was over 1 year. He has an exceptional bedside manner. He and his entire staff are very professional. He takes time with his patients.In addition, Dr. Ellsworth did a procedure on our 22 year old son to remove excess skin from his tummy after he lost 65 lbs."- B.V. / Google / Jul 30, 2016
"Cannot recommend Dr. Ellsworth and his team enough. As a woman looking for good recommendations for a Mommy makeover, I only had Instagram posts to go by as many women aren’t openly recommending this procedure on Google reviews as they are public and not anonymous. However, my family is in the medical industry and Dr. Ellsworth comes highly recommended by other doctors because he puts your safety and wishes FIRST. I had one other consult with a popular Houston Plastic Surgeon on Instagram and honestly, I didn’t feel “heard”. Most plastic surgeons have their own aesthetic, and they say go to a surgeon who matches your aesthetic goals. Well, Dr. Ellsworth listens to YOU and matches YOUR aesthetic goals. As it should be! Dr. Ellsworth does not have many pictures online anywhere but let me tell you, I could not be happier with my results thus far and I am only 11 weeks post-op. My first stage I had a circumferential abdominoplasty and a buttock aug, NOT a BBL. He does a different procedure because BBLs are dangerous! (Google them). I also think BBLs don’t look natural and I wanted a natural looking result. I LOVE my results!! His bedside manner and his support staff has made this an amazing experience. Carina Nelson (his PA) is also the best!! I have staged my procedures as this was recommended. I have lost excessive weight and he wants to take time to make sure it is done as I wanted and safely. I cannot wait to see my results after stage 2 is done this summer. I get SOOOOOOOOOO many compliments already on stage 1 and I tell anyone who comments that it was with the help of an amazing plastic surgeon!! I have no shame! After 3 kids and losing 80lbs, I couldn’t look this good without Dr.Ellsworth and Carina!! Thank you!!! I will update after stage 2, I expect it to be an equally amazing experience. Do yourself a favor and definitely go in for a consult with Dr. Ellsworth and his staff if you are shopping around for a plastic surgeon, you will NOT regret it!"- K.M. / Office Visit / Jun 07, 2022
"Recomiendo 100% al Dr. Ellsworth y todo el staff Que trabaja en sus equipo en especial Carina y Cecilia. Este año tuve dos procedimientos tissue expander y DIEP Flap para reconstruir después de una mastectomia. Estoy satisfecha con los resultados, es increíble como pude volver a la normalidad. La recuperación y proceso del DIEP flap puede ser intimidante. Pero vale la pena, ya que los resultados son asombrosos. La naturalidad y la sensibilidad están volviendo. Agradezco mucho haberme encontrado a este equipo profesional, y me siento afortunada que me hayan recomendado este procedimiento. Gracias una vez más por su ayuda, y excelente trabajo profesional."- V.V. / Facebook / Nov 30, 2021
"If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon who is attentive, professional and has genuine bedside manner, look no further. You will be in good hands. My mommy makeover was easy and my recovery was a breeze! Dr. Ellsworth and his team of amazing PAs, nurses and front office staff were amazing. I am pleased and thrilled with my results!!"- A.A. / Google / Nov 21, 2021
"Ally is very personable, knows her stuff, and she is very gentle!! I will definitely be back!"- J.R. / Google / Jul 27, 2021
How does a breast lift work?
Breast lift surgery takes about 2 – 4 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. The timeframe of this surgery depends on the severity of breast sag. The method used for mastopexy surgery generally falls within two categories — these are based on the type of incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the preferred types. Once the incision is made, any excess skin is carefully trimmed away along with breast tissue and fat that is not desired. The skin left behind is then pulled tight and the breasts are brought up and lifted so they look younger and healthy. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reduced to match the new shape of the breast. It is during this time an implant can be inserted inside the breast if this was agreed upon with Dr. Ellsworth before surgery. If a breast lift is the only technique being performed and if breast fullness and shape are a concern, breast implants can be done at a later date.
What can i Expect after a breast lift?
The overall recovery period for a mastopexy is more lengthy than breast augmentation surgery. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to help with swelling. A tiny tube will also be placed near the surgical area to assist with excess drainage that can sometimes occur after a breast lift. The post-surgical swelling will decrease within a few days. Dr. Ellsworth or a member of his team will provide specific at-home incision care instructions to assist your healing process. Results following a breast lift treatment appear after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your chest. The breasts will appear natural, and you will feel beautiful and more youthful.
Breast Lift FAQ
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, an augmentation with implants, or both will depend on your unique goals. In many patients, a breast lift will enhance the shape and fullness of their breasts without implants. Dr. Warren Ellsworth will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from a lift, implants, or an augmentation plus a lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally, which means you may start to see sagging and loose skin in time. Factors such as significant weight loss or gain can change your results, so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Ellsworth suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Ellsworth will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation and discuss how a lift will be able to help. In your lift surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for symmetry.
Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of countless Houston, TX women. If you suffer from drooping breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or prevent you from wearing the clothes you want, a breast lift at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery may be the right surgery for you. During your first meeting, a thorough physical exam will be given by Dr. Ellsworth and your goals for surgery will be discussed. We will create a tailored surgical plan to help transform your breasts. We invite you to contact Ellsworth Plastic Surgery and learn more about how to schedule your first visit.
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