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
"If you are looking for a plastic surgeon, please look no further, Dr. Ellsworth is your man. I have never been treated with such care and compassion as I was with Dr. Ellsworth and his WONDERFUL staff. Suffice it to say, he gave me my life back. I had chronic pain for over 14 years as a result of a marlex mesh being used to help repair my diastasis recti hernia. My body tried to reject it and I was in horrible pain because of this. Two more “revision” surgeries were performed, but still left me with pain. I tried for years to find a surgeon to remove it, but all told me it could not be done, or they didn’t feel confident to try. I had almost given up until a doctor in San Antonio led me to Dr. Ellsworth. ANSWERED PRAYER!!! He knew my case was going to be difficult and tedious, but because he had compassion for me and really cared about my 24/7 pain, he suggested we take out the entire mesh. I. WAS. IN. SHOCK. I was never afraid, because I knew I was in the best of hands. So here I am, 6 weeks later, and I’m happy to report that I am now PAIN FREE! Dr. Ellsworth brings expert knowledge and compassion BOTH to the table! I am forever grateful!!"- B.S. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2021
"Dr. Ellsworth did my breast reduction and i couldn’t even imagine being more happy than i actually am with the results and experience. His team is amazing, so sweet and caring. Dr. Ellsworth has the best bedside manner and really cares about how you feel, while sincerely understanding your discomfort. I would recommend him and his team to everyone."- A. / Google / Mar 17, 2021
"Dr. Ellsworth and his entire staff are a blessing. They are very professional and a joy to be around. Dr. Ellsworth performed my reconstruction surgeries after breast cancer and he did a phenomenal job. He is definitely an amazing doctor. His work is beautiful. I never thought that after my mastectomy I would look normal, but he made me feel great about myself again. I cannot stress enough what an amazing job he did! He takes his time with his patients and never makes you feel rushed. He truly does care and will make sure to meet your expectations. His PA’s are so sweet. Cecilia is very caring and always pleasant to be around. Ally is also great and sweet! His entire staff is awesome!"- M.F. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
"Amazing surgeon and staff! They are so kind and patient and really treat you like family. Highly recommend"- S.P. / Facebook / Feb 23, 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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