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In many cases, a breast lift has the ability to not only correct the appearance of the breasts, but may also greatly improve a woman’s health and help her feel better. Because of this, a breast lift is one of the most satisfying procedures available for a woman.

What can a breast lift do?

For many women, the desire for a breast lift comes as the breasts begin to sag. This can be a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or simple aging. A breast lift, or mastopexy, can improve sagging breasts and provide a perkier, firmer, more attractive appearance. A breast lift isn’t about making breasts larger; rather, the procedure focuses on lifting and shaping the breasts and/or areolae to be more proportional and balanced, which can also help with back and neck pain. A breast lift can:

  • Restore shape after pregnancy and nursing
  • Restore shape after weight loss
  • Achieve perkiness for sagging breasts

Surgical details

By removing stretched-out skin, re-shaping the breast tissue, and lifting the areola and nipple, Dr. Linville will can achieve a more sculpted and attractive contour. The procedure uses general anesthesia, and typically takes two to three hours (unless it is being performed along with a breast augmentation or breast reduction). 

Dr. Linville will make incisions, remove expendable skin, and lift the breast tissue to a higher chest position. The natural breast tissue is then re-shaped to achieve a perkier and firmer appearance. The areola and nipple are also re-positioned to an area that is balanced with the breasts. Often, enlarged areolas are reduced in size and excess breast skin is removed to achieve a more toned look. After this, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed.

Breast Lift with BodyTite

Many breast lift patients who want the benefits of the surgery without the actual surgery choose the BodyTite™ method, a non-surgical option for a breast lift procedure.

How does it work?

This procedure uses radiofrequency assisted lipolysis to tighten and raise sagging breast tissue at the same time, and is minimally invasive (no scars, and little downtime). 

A breast lift with BodyTite is a great alternative to surgery, as there is only minor swelling, bruising, tenderness, and soreness. Results from a BodyTite breast lift are immediately visible; however, the results will peak about six to twelve months later.

Treatment details

The treatments are done under general or local anesthesia, and take about an hour to two hours, depending on your specific needs. Your surgeon will make tiny incisions in the breasts, and will then insert the BodyTite wand into the breast tissue to tighten and lift the tissue using radiofrequency heat energy. The wand also includes an electrode that passes over the external skin as the interior part of the wand does its work within the skin. 

Combining a breast lift with a breast augmentation

To get optimal results from a breast surgery, many patients choose to combine their breast lift with an augmentation. When this is done, the breasts are lifted and increase in cup size, making them look more full, round, perky, and youthful. 

Signs you may need a breast lift

There are many indicators that a breast lift may be very beneficial to you. You may look and feel much better after a breast lift if:

  • You’re embarrassed by your breasts
  • You always have indentions in your skin from bra straps
  • Your breasts limit certain activities for you
  • You have irregularly-shaped or stretched areolas
  • Your nipples hang below the bottom crease of your breasts
  • You have chronic back pain
  • Your breasts changed due to significant weight loss
  • Your breasts changed due to pregnancy/nursing

Breast Lift Before & After

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Your initial consultation 

During your consultation, Dr. Linville will discuss your medical history, lifestyle, body type, and personal aesthetic goals to determine the ideal procedure technique and incision placement for you. 

Other factors that will be taken into consideration include your breast size and shape, your skin quality and elasticity, how much breast sagging you have, how much excess skin you have, and the size and position of your areolas. If you have concerns about scars, Dr. Linville will discuss this with you during your consultation as well. 

Recovery

After your breast lift procedure, you will be given a surgical bra to help support your breasts. The majority of patients take a week off from work (three if the job is physically demanding). During that week, patients commonly experience soreness, tenderness, bleeding, and swelling. A small percentage of patients also experience tightness or skin numbness around the incision site(s). Avoid any added pressure on your chest, as well as sleeping on your stomach. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for two to three weeks post-surgery. 

Schedule a consultation with us

If you’re considering a breast lift, please contact us at Austin Face & Body. We are an aesthetic plastic surgery practice that brings together top surgeons and innovators from all over the country to Austin, Texas to provide the highest level of patient care. You will receive warm and professional service, attention to detail, outstanding communication, and best of all, incredible results. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call 512-559-3544 or contact us online

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