A woman’s body inevitably goes through many changes over the years, from pregnancy and breastfeeding to weight fluctuations. Coupled with the effects of gravity, skin may lose its healthy, taut elasticity, causing the breasts to sag. As this happens, volume and shape are depleted, resulting in breast tissue that sinks downward on the chest. Additionally, the nipples may stretch and become elongated. Although larger breasts may be more likely to sag, any woman may experience these problems. To restore a youthful, perky chest, visit Houston’s sought after plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula. Performed alone, or combined with a breast augmentation or breast reduction, the breast lift from Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics can create the youthful figure you desire.
These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.
The mastopexy, more often referred to as a breast lift, is a trusted surgical procedure designed to raise the breasts on the chest. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, genetics, and the normal aging process can cause lax tissue and stretched skin. As the underlying, supporting ligaments expand and contract, the breasts can begin to droop. The breast lift technique can address these changes, creating proportionate, shapely breasts, and restoring a youthful figure. Out of the many cosmetic surgery procedures performed today, the breast lift is known for having one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings.
- Sagging, deflated, drooping breasts
- stretched skin
- Large or misshapen areola
- Nipples that point downward
- Asymmetrical breasts
The breast lift from Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics can play a key role in helping to restore a woman’s confidence in her appearance by reshaping and lifting sagging breast tissue. Without significantly changing the size of the breasts, the mastopexy will improve the shape and position of the chest, restoring youthful contours that look better under clothing and swimwear. Additionally, during his breast lift procedure, Dr. Ravi can reduce the size of an enlarged or stretched nipple/areola, raising the nipple to a more natural position on the breast.
“Not all breast lift surgeries are the same. Each one requires experience, understanding of complex breast anatomy, customization and an artistic finesse to achieve outcomes which are beautiful, balanced, and appealing. I feel gratified knowing I am able to play a role in improving a woman’s life and how she feels about herself.”
-Dr. Ravi Somayazula
Why Choose Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for a Breast Lift?
Dr. Ravi is a Harvard-trained, board certified plastic surgeon, dedicated to improving a woman’s self-esteem using cutting-edge surgical techniques. Specializing in procedures for the breast and body, Dr. Ravi brings years of experience to every encounter. During the consultation process, Dr. Ravi takes time to get to know each individual, allowing him to create a personalized surgical plan. The goal, at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, is to establish a long-lasting relationship with each patient, providing exceptional aesthetic results that will last for years to come.
The Ideal Breast Lift Candidate:
A mastopexy can be a valuable option for almost any woman looking to raise drooping, sagging breasts. The ideal patient will be in overall good health and understand the breast lift process. Women electing for the surgery should not smoke, or be willing to give up all forms of nicotine for at least four weeks before surgery and four weeks after surgery. Potential patients should be at or near their ideal body weight. Breastfeeding needs to have ceased at least three months prior to the mastopexy.
Women who are considering having children in the future may be encouraged to postpone the mastopexy, as pregnancy will affect the size and shape of the breasts, jeopardizing the results from surgery. However, the ideal treatment plan will depend on each individual patient’s specific needs.
It is important to keep in mind that a breast lift is designed to raise sagging breast tissue on the chest, but the technique does not replace lost volume. Those women looking to add shape and fullness to their breast may achieve optimal results by adding breast implants or fat transfer. During the initial consultation, Dr. Ravi will determine the recommended technique(s), depending on your body and breast type, as well as your personal aesthetic goals.
Your Breast Lift Consultation:
To begin the mastopexy process, a confidential breast lift consultation will be scheduled at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. Please allow between one and two hours for this meeting, as the appointment will give Dr. Ravi time to get to know your individual needs and aesthetic goals. Without pushing any procedures, Dr. Ravi will gently guide you through the breast lift process, always ensuring an informed decision before taking the next step.
During the consultation, Dr. Ravi will review your medical history and current medications. He will then perform a physical exam to evaluate the size, shape, skin elasticity, and location of the nipples and breast glands. Precise measurements are taken to help Dr. Ravi Somayazula determine the optimal type of breast lift surgery (mastopexy) to recommend. To assist in creating a mental picture of the potential results, Dr. Ravi will share before and after photographs of his recent breast lift patients.
After answering any questions that remain, Dr. Ravi will determine if a breast lift is the right procedure for achieving your aesthetic desires. If so, a mastopexy treatment plan will be created. The exact cost of surgery will also be determined. During this appointment, a patient coordinator will review all of your payment options, including healthcare financing through CareCredit.
The Breast Lift Pre-Op Evaluation:
Dr. Ravi will see all of his mastopexy patients approximately two weeks before their breast lift procedure. At this time, ‘before’ photographs are taken of the breasts. A detailed information packet will be provided, with a clear list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’, and any last minute questions are answered. Dr. Ravi will write prescriptions for an antibiotic, pain, and anti-nausea medications, giving you plenty of time to have filled before surgery. Finally, all surgical consent forms will be signed.
Breast lift patients need to avoid all aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) for at least one week before their surgery and one week after. This can prevent excessive bruising or unexpected bleeding. Additionally, smoking and nicotine productions should be stopped at least four weeks prior to surgery and four weeks after surgery. This is vital in preventing complications and delayed wound healing.
Dr. Ravi’s Breast Lift Procedure:
Dr. Ravi will perform the mastopexy procedure at a local, accredited surgical center or hospital. Depending on the specific technique and the extent of correction, the surgery will take from two to four hours. The mastopexy is performed as an outpatient procedure, using general anesthesia under the care of a board certified anesthesiologist.Breast Lift Incision Options:
- Circular, Peri-Areolar Incision – also known as the Donut Mastopexy or Benelli Mastopexy:
This incision circles around the areola only, providing a smaller, reshaped areola complex with tighter skin and a lifted breast.
- Lollipop Incision – also known as a Circumvertical Short-Scar Mastopexy:
The lollipop incision is created around the areola, and running vertically downward, stopping at the breast crease.
- Anchor Shape Incision – also known as the Wise Pattern Breast Lift:
This incision goes around the areola, down the center of the breast, and horizontally across the breast crease. For those women with lots of excess skin and tissue, the anchor-shaped incision provides the most aesthetically appealing results. The bottom portion of the scar is well hidden within the natural breast fold.
To start, Dr. Ravi will create thin, predetermined incisions. From here, he will remove the stretched, lax skin, lifting the remaining breast tissue. If needed, Dr. Ravi will reshape and reposition the nipple, for a more natural-looking breast. Finally, Dr. Ravi will close the incisions with dissolvable sutures. A compression garment is put in place to reduce swelling and increase comfort, as well as to promote healing. The results of breast lift surgery are generally long-lasting, although this will depend on the individual’s skin elasticity and lifestyle.
Getting Back to Normal After a Breast Lift:
Patients should expect their breast lift recovery to take about one week. For the first 24 hours after surgery, Dr. Ravi recommends having a responsible adult close at hand, assisting with any needs that may arise. It is common to be tender and sore for the first several days, and some women note tightness across their chest. Dr. Ravi will prescribe the necessary medications for a comfortable recovery.
Women are normally able to get up and walk the same afternoon of surgery, and within 48 hours are generally able to perform light activities around the house, including showering. Most women are back to work in less than a week, however heavy lifting and vigorous activities should be put off for three to five weeks.
Mild bruising can be expected, as well as temporary numbness. Swelling and shape distortion may be seen initially, although this will dissipate over time. Residual swelling may last for up to six months. A surgical bra or compression garment will need to be worn for the first several weeks, keeping swelling to a minimum and encouraging proper healing.
Follow-ups will be scheduled with Dr. Ravi within the first week of your breast lift. Additionally, several appointments will be arranged over the first year, so that Dr. Ravi can keep a close eye on your healing process. During each exam, Dr. Ravi will assess the healing progression, giving the go-ahead to add certain activities, explaining how and when to begin breast self-exams, and recommending the time to resume routine mammograms.
The Breast Lift Results:
While some benefits of the mastopexy can be seen immediately, the results will continue to improve over the next few weeks, as the breasts heal and the swelling resolves. Despite the fact that the mastopexy does leave scars along the incision lines, the procedure is known to have the highest level of patient satisfaction out of any cosmetic surgery procedure.
Dr. Ravi uses the latest, state-of-the-art techniques for his breast lift procedure, making it extremely safe and effective. However, as the mastopexy is a surgical technique, there is always a small chance for complications to arise. Risks of a breast lift include bleeding, scarring, infection, asymmetry, and loss of nipple sensation. When performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Ravi, the chance for complications is dramatically reduced.
Combining a Breast Lift with Additional Breast Augmentation Techniques:
While the breast lift can provide excellent results for those with heavy, sagging breasts, many women also struggle with a loss of volume. Combining the mastopexy with a breast augmentation allows women to achieve a fuller, firmer, perkier breast. Optimal results can be achieved using saline or silicone implants, or through a breast fat transfer. On the other hand, some women may find their heavy, dense breasts require a breast reduction, along with their mastopexy.
During the consultation with Dr. Ravi, the techniques required for the desired results will be determined. Those considering a breast augmentation, along with the breast lift, will have additional decisions to make. These can include the preferred implant type, size, and location. Dr. Ravi will assist in this process, and provide implant sizers to try on during the consultation.
Contact Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics to find out more on the benefits of a breast lift:
Board certified and Harvard trained, Dr. Ravi Somayazula brings years of experience to Houston, Texas. If you have been considering a breast lift, contact Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics to arrange for a confidential consultation appointment.
Remember, while the Internet can offer basic information regarding the breast lift procedure, nothing takes the place of an in-person consultation with a trusted plastic surgeon. Together with his team of renowned, experienced aesthetic staff, Dr. Ravi will walk you step-by-step through the mastopexy process, arming you with the details needed to make an informed decision about how and when to move forward.
Comfortable and modern, the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics office is located on Katy Freeway, easily accessible from all areas of town. However, if you are traveling from outside of the Houston area, speak with a patient coordinator for driving directions or more information on how to schedule a virtual consultation.
Breast Lift FAQ:
What is a mastopexy?
The mastopexy, more commonly called a breast lift, is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate sagging breast tissue and excess skin. The breast will be lifted to a higher, perkier position on the chest. During the procedure, Dr. Ravi can also reshape and reposition the nipple/areola, creating a more aesthetically pleasing and natural looking breast.
Will I make a good candidate for a breast lift?
Most women who are unhappy with breasts that have begun to sag or lose volume may benefit from the mastopexy procedure. The ideal candidate will be in generally good health, with reasonable expectations for their final, breast lift results.
What are the potential risks of a breast lift?
The breast lift procedure is considered an extremely safe and effective technique. Although complications are not common, as with any surgical procedure, a small risk does exist. Complications can include unexpected bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, and loss of nipple sensation.
How long will Dr. Ravi’s breast lift procedure take?
The length of time for a breast lift will depend on the individual patient and their desired level of correction. On average, most of Dr. Ravi’s breast lifts take from two to four hours.
When can I return to work after my breast lift procedure?
Women can expect their breast lift recovery to take from one to two weeks. However, most patients are feeling well enough to return to work in about five days.
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