Dr. Lapuerta is a skilled plastic surgeon providing breast lift surgery to women throughout Houston, Katy and Pearland. A woman’s breasts can be impacted by 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. A breast lift is designed to correct these features and create an elevated appearance. Dr. Lapuerta will insert implants in some cases, as well as make a reduction to the areola in others. This procedure creates shapelier, more youthful looking breasts.
The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. If implants are a part of the procedure, whether silicone or saline, they are placed under the pectoralis muscle. This method provides additional support and helps to keep the breasts in a higher position for a longer period of time. In situations where a larger implant is desired, a supportive tissue matrix may be used as a sling to hold the implants in place.
The degree of lift will determine how many incisions are needed. 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:
Around the curvature of the areola (the tissue immediately surrounding the nipple)
Vertically on the bottom of the areola, down to the crease under the breast
Horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. Operative time in most cases is between 1-2 hours. Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with another body contouring procedure. Most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process. Most women are able to resume their normal routines within 6-8 weeks. This includes running and weight training.
The average cost for a breast lift is about $6,500-$9,000. These costs will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. If breast implants are placed during the lift procedure the overall cost can increase, however, because of this combination approach, the overall cost will be less per procedure.