The Breast Lift with Dr. Lamb
For those considering the breast lift procedure, Dr. Lamb begins with a comprehensive screening and personal consultation. During this appointment, he will explain the mastopexy process and show a variety of before/after photographs of recent breast lift patients. A wide range of factors, including personal and family history of breast disease, pregnancies, breast-feeding and previous breast surgeries help determine if the breast lift is right for the patient.
The ideal breast lift patient should be in good health, understand the mastopexy procedure and hold realistic expectations about the results. Women considering more children typically are encouraged to wait, since a pregnancy can cause the breasts to increase in size and jeopardize the newly achieved results. It is important to note that a breast lift alone will not increase the size or volume of the breasts. Also, breast implants cannot significantly lift the breast or decrease the appearance of stretched tissue. To achieve optimal results, therefore, Dr. Lamb may recommend a combination of the two procedures.
In cases where the patient’s tissue volume is deficient, a two-step process is followed. Typically, an implant is placed to restore size using a dual plane approach. This technique can create a small degree of lift, although most patients with severe sage will require a separate lift procedure, which is generally scheduled for three-to-four months after the implant placement. Delaying the lift allows for a greater degree of precision in ensuring the nipples are attractively located and scaring is minimized. Moreover, if the existing implant placement needs to be modified slightly, this also can usually be accomplished during the lift procedure.
For those who’ve experienced breast sag but retain sufficient tissue volume, paper tape similar to that used by runway models is applied during the consultation to simulate a lift. This allows both the patient and physician to confirm the adequacy of breast volume as it relates to body proportions. Assuming volume is suitable, the mastopexy is scheduled to reduce sag and breast pointiness and to enable a more rounded, forward-projecting breast.
Breast Lift Statistics
The breast lift technique has been performed for decades and has provided thousands of women with long-lasting results. As plastic surgery procedures become safer and more effective, a growing number of women are embracing the benefits this rejuvenating procedure can produce. Here are some recent statistics on the technique from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery:
- More than 148,000 breast lift procedures were performed in 2015.
- Breast lift patients report the highest satisfaction rating among all cosmetic surgery recipients.
- Since 2000, breast lifts have increased by 70%, or twice the rate of implant procedures.
- Breast lifts are most common in women over the age of 35.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Dr. Lamb’s mastopexy takes from two to three hours to perform under general anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Lamb will mark the breasts while the patient is awake and in an upright position. Once the patient is asleep but before the initial incisions are made, the marks are checked again using test sutures.
Dr. Lamb will next remove lax, excess skin and place internal supporting and shaping sutures to raise the breast tissue. After the desired results are achieved, Dr. Lamb closes the incisions with a buried, dissolvable suture. A surgical bra is then placed on the patient before she awakens from surgery, and local anesthetic is injected to help ensure a comfortable recovery.
Fortunately, the breast lift is one of the least painful aesthetic plastic surgeries. Post-operative restrictions are largely aimed at preventing the breasts from bouncing, which can affect the size and visibility of scars.
Breast Lift Before and After Gallery
Choosing a breast lift can be a life-changing decision. To visualize your potential results, take some time to peruse Dr. Lamb’s before and after gallery to see examples of his work. The after photos have been taken about four months following the procedure. Look for patients with the same body type as you, those experiencing similar issues, as well as those with results you desire.
Breast Lift Recovery
Women can expect their breast lift recovery to take between one-to-two weeks, and most patients feel well enough to return to work in a week or less. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise must be avoided for four to six weeks.
Discomfort and bruising are minimal after the breast lift procedure, although some swelling and shape distortion is common for the first week. Some temporary numbness can also occur. Dr. Lamb will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to ensure a comfortable recovery. A surgical garment or support bra will need to be worn for several weeks following a breast lift to encourage the healing process and reduce the likelihood of swelling.
The breast lift procedure is considered a safe technique and rarely results in complications. However, surgical scars result from a mastopexy. The scar will follow the incision lines, around the areola, down the breast, and across the breast crease. Although the scar will fade over time, it will remain and will be slightly visible. That said, for most women, the benefits of a breast lift far outweigh the appearance of scars.
An Experienced Breast Lift Team
Dr. Lamb’s staff strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for every patient. Our team, including experienced nurses, anesthesiologists, aestheticians, and patient coordinators, are here to walk you through your breast lift procedure from start to finish. Since 1988, Dr. Lamb has been providing superior surgical outcomes by cultivating his own personal breast lift style to provide the safest and most natural-looking results. For more information on Dr. Lamb’s breast lift or any other aesthetic surgical procedure, call our Kansas City office at (816) 795-5262 to arrange your personal consultation.
Breast Lift FAQ
What is a breast lift procedure?
The breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to remove drooping or stretched tissue and skin and raise the breast to a higher, more natural position on the chest. During the procedure, Dr. Lamb can reshape and reposition the nipple/areolar complex to create a more aesthetically appealing breast.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
Almost any woman who is frustrated with sagging, drooping breasts, or with a stretched, misshapen nipple/areola may benefit from a breast lift. Ideal candidates should be in overall good health and have a clear understanding of Dr. Lamb’s breast lift technique.
What are the risks involved in the breast lift procedure?
Dr. Lamb has been providing safe and effective breast lifts for nearly 30 years. While complications are rare, they can include bleeding, infection, unexpected scarring, asymmetry, and loss of nipple sensation. During your consultation with Dr. Lamb, the risks and limitations of the breast lift procedure will be reviewed in full.
How long does Dr. Lamb’s breast lift procedure take?
Depending on the individual patient and the extent of correction required, the breast lift procedure typically takes from two to three hours.