A woman’s breasts can be impacted by age as well as fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, breast-feeding, and gravity. These events can lead to a loss of skin elasticity, which can cause the areola to become enlarged, and the breasts to take on a sagging appearance. Once these changes have occurred they will be permanent. A breast lift can help to improve these changes.
Breast lift surgery is one of the most complex and challenging plastic surgery procedures to perform, which is why it is crucial that patients interested in this procedure find a doctor with the right experience. Dr. Leo Lapuerta of Look Younger is a triple Board Certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. He is well known for his work in the Southeast Texas area and is an experienced breast lift surgeon. Houston, Pearland, and Katy locals are invited to come and meet Dr. Lapuerta in person to come and discuss their surgical options. Simply give us a call and we’ll bring you in for a free consultation. Until then, read on for more information about your potential breast lift surgery in Houston.
In many cases, the ideal breast lift candidates are individuals whose breasts have changed due to a fluctuation in weight, pregnancy, breast-feeding, or age. Weight changes, having a child, and the pull of gravity can lead to loss of breast tissue and skin elasticity resulting in sagging breast tissue. The “ideal” candidate wants to restore these changes by “lifting” their drooping breasts. Candidates may also have nipples and or areolas that are facing downward, are descending, or that are disproportionate in size when compared to the rest of the breast.
Candidates should be a nonsmoker in good health, and it’s important to have realistic expectations of what can and cannot be achieved. This will depend on specific goals, personal history, and anatomy. Dr. Lapuerta works to partner with breast lift candidates to ensure a clear understanding of their goals and to communicate clearly what can be realistically achieved through a breast lift. This helps patients better understand what to expect regarding the appearance of their breasts after a breast lift surgery.
So what actually takes place during and after a breast lift procedure? Here, we’ll explain technique, types of incision, the actual procedure experience, and recovery.
The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift needed and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. Implants are typically considered when patients have experienced a loss of breast tissue or when patients desire to increase the size of their breasts in addition to lifting the breasts. If implants are a part of the procedure, they are placed under the chest muscles (the “pecs”). This method provides additional support and helps to achieve the desired breast position and lift.
In some cases, a supportive tissue matrix — known as an internal bra — may be used as a sling to support the implants and reduce the tension placed on the surrounding tissue and skin. This is more common in situations where a patient has:
The number and placement of incisions on one’s surgery will determine the degree of lift, amount of breast tissue, skin elasticity, and whether or not an implant will be placed. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed, and the nipple and areola are repositioned for a natural placement. The sutures during this procedure are placed deep in the breast wall to secure and hold the breast up firmly. There are several incision placements to consider:
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. All of Dr. Lapuerta’s surgeries are performed at fully accredited operating centers including area hospitals.
Most patients choose to have surgery at Dr. Lapuerta’s on-site, which is an AAAASF accredited outpatient surgery facility.
Surgery length can vary between 3–5 hours depending on the extent of the work to be done. Patients typically spend an hour in recovery before going home.
Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with other body contouring procedures. Most patients can expect their breasts to be tender, accompanied by some swelling and bruising. At their pre-operative appointment with Dr. Lapuerta’s nurse, patients will be prescribed all appropriate postoperative medications including pain medications. Many patients find they only need to take the prescribed pain medications for the first 24-48 hours, after which many patients can control their pain with over-the-counter Tylenol or Acetaminophen.
Discomfort, bruising, and swelling will improve day by day and is typically mild to moderate in nature. This will depend largely on the extent and nature of each individual patient’s procedure and health history.
The day after the surgery, patients should be able to move freely, and most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Returning to exercise routines will be a gradual process — this includes running and weight training, as vigorous physical activity can disrupt recovery. Most women are able to resume their normal routines within 6-8 weeks.
Breast lift surgery is one of the most difficult and complex of all plastic surgery procedures and is highly individualized. Therefore it tends to be one of the most expensive procedures and has the greatest range in price.
Dr. Lapuerta is frequently consulted by patients who have had prior breast lift surgery that failed to achieve the possible outcome that was desired. The cause of failed primary breast lift surgery is usually due to one of two factors. Most commonly, the prior surgeon lacked the extensive experience required for the complexity of the procedure. Second, many practices will quote a less expensive option initially in order to satisfy a patient’s budget. The practice then recommends additional surgical options after the initial surgery fails to achieve the desired outcome. This approach results in patients having to experience the costs, risks and recovery of two surgeries instead of one.
Dr. Lapuerta will always be honest about his recommendations upfront, from the time of initial consultation. He will also provide you options and alternatives addressing both the potential risks and benefits involved with each path. Our practice is committed to patient’s desired outcomes and sensitive to their budgets. Therefore, when possible, we will offer patients more than one surgical option and quote to consider to meet their needs.
The average breast lift cost ranges from $8,800 to $16,000 and these costs will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. Factors determining cost include the extent of lift required and whether or not implants or an internal bra is needed. Our practice works with several medical financing options and includes plans that offer 0% financing when paid off in one year. Depending on your personal credit history and plan selected, payments can be as low as $223 per month. To learn more about payment options, contact one of our Patient Coordinators today at 832-481-4428.
The best way to find out the cost of a breast lift procedure is to request a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta, which is free. After gathering all of the needed information, Dr. Lapuerta can devise a treatment plan and provide an accurate quote for the expected cost.
If you are ready to get the best breast lift Houston has to offer, you’re in the right place. At Look Younger, our physician, Dr. Leo Lapuerta, has been performing plastic surgery for over two decades. With over 20,000 procedures under his belt and a relatable, down to earth demeanor, it’s no wonder that locals say he’s the best breast lift doctor in Houston.
To book a consultation, call (713) -489-0169. When you come in, Dr. Lapuerta will determine which incision type best suits your needs. Dr. Lapuerta is a breast lift expert who always takes time to explain procedures, answer questions, and help his patients get the best treatment for their needs.