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Aging and gravity can cause the breast tissue to sag over time. Top Beverly Hills Plastic surgeon Dr. Kahlil has helped many women restore the natural shape and appearance of sagging breasts with breast lift surgery. Contact our office today to learn more!
RECLAIM PERKY, YOUTHFUL-LOOKING BREASTS ONCE AGAIN WITH BREAST LIFT
Over time, most breasts tend to lose shape and volume and start to sag on the chest. This natural decline and sagging (known as ptosis) is compounded by the effects of pregnancy, nursing, extreme weight fluctuation and genetic factors. Breast lift is designed to raise and firm the breasts, improving their overall appearance. Dr. A.J. Khalil is the board-certified breast lift surgeon Beverly Hills women turn to for beautiful and natural looking results.
Breast Lift Candidates
Suitable candidates for breast lift surgery are women that are bothered by:
- flat, shapeless breasts
- breasts that sag on the chest
- one breast that sags lower than the other
- downward-pointing nipples and areolas
- stretched-out areolas
Candidates should be in good physical and psychological health. They should not smoke and should be close to their ideal weight. Candidates should have a sound understanding of the risks and potential complications of surgery and reasonable expectations of the outcomes. They should expect improvement, not perfection. Candidacy is covered during an in-person consultation with Dr. Khalil at his Beverly Hills practice.
Why Choose Dr. Khalil for Breast Lift Surgery?
Dr. Khalil has many years of experience with breast lift and is committed to delivering the best possible result in every case. Not only is he extensively trained and exceptionally talented, he is also kind and compassionate. He will walk you through all of your options and give you his honest professional opinion. Dr. Khalil will ensure all of your questions and concerns are addressed.
What to Expect During Your Breast Lift Consultation
During your breast lift consultation, Dr. Khalil will inquire as to what you hope to achieve with surgery. He will perform a thorough examination of your breasts and go over your medical history with you. Then, Dr. Khalil will explain his recommendations and reasons behind those recommendations. The two of you will agree on a plan moving forward to help you obtain the results you desire.
Dr. Khalil may review before-and-after photographs of previous breast lift patients with you to give you a clear idea of what to expect. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the procedure, including the benefits, risks and recovery.
Breast Lift Surgical Details
The specific breast lift techniques used by Dr. Khalil are determined by factors such as breast size and shape, the degree of ptosis, the quality and elasticity of the skin and amount of excess breast skin. The size and position of the areolas also factor into the decision-making process. Dr. Khalil works with every patient to formulate a surgical plan best for her unique body type and surgical goals.
Breast lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia medications are administered to the patient prior to the operation.
Breast Lift Incision Techniques
A Benelli or “donut” breast lift is performed through incisions created circumferentially around the areola (the pigmented skin encircling the nipple). This technique is commonly used in women with slight breast ptosis. Oversized areolas can be reduced with this approach.
A vertical or “lollipop” breast lift is performed through incisions created around the areola and extending vertically down the front of the breast to the breast crease. This is a common and effective lift technique for women with moderate ptosis.
An anchor or “Wise pattern” breast lift is performed through incisions created around the areola, vertically down the front of the breast and horizontally along the breast crease. Though this approach involves the most extensive incisions and scarring, it is beneficial for patients with severe ptosis.
Through the incisions, the breast tissue is lifted and reshaped higher on the chest wall. The nipples and areolas can be relocated to a more youthful height on the breast mound, and reduced in size if necessary. Excess breast skin is removed and the remaining skin is tightened. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures and dressings or bandages are applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra may be placed over the breasts to support the healing tissues and minimize swelling.
Breast lift techniques can be combined with the placement of breast implants for women that want bigger and perkier breasts. On the other hand, breast lift can also be combined with breast reduction techniques for women that want smaller and perkier breasts.
Recovering from Breast Lift
Breast lift patients are usually monitored for a few hours and then released to go home. In order to reduce swelling and maintain the shape of the breast tissue, you will be required to wear a support garment. Dr. Khalil provides detailed instructions on caring for the breasts after surgery, medications to take and signs of possible complications. This will include methods of cleaning the incision site and when you’ll be required to have a follow-up appointment. He also explains when to return to his office for follow-up visits.
During the first two weeks after breast lift surgery, the breasts may be bruised, swollen and tender. These side effects subside over time. At first, patients are encouraged to limit movement but over time, physical activity can be increased. Most patients resume work about two weeks after surgery and resume their normal exercise routine about six to eight weeks after surgery.
Results from Dr. Khalil’s Breast Lift
The results from Breast Lift procedures by Dr. Khalil will vary. This is based on the scope of the procedure and the technique used. Overtime, the incision site will lessen in appearance. Usually breasts will appear more perky and full. The length of the results will determine based on your ability to maintain a healthy weight and live a healthy lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Lift
What is the best way to restore and lift sagging breasts after pregnancy?
Many women are bothered by sagging breasts or loss of breast volume after pregnancy and nursing. Unfortunately, there is no exercise, cream, pill or non-surgical treatment option to fix sagging (a.k.a., ptosis). The only way to improve the position and shape of sagging breasts is through breast lift surgery.
Will breast lift leave scars?
Any surgery leaves some scarring along the incision line(s). The breast lift incision lines should fade significantly over time, and scarring can be easily concealed beneath a bra or bathing suit top. Certain products like silicone sheeting are also recommended by plastic surgeons to minimize the appearance of scarring.
Dr. Khalil is extremely meticulous when creating the incisions for breast lift surgery. He selects the incision pattern based on the specific patient’s anatomy and degree of correction needed.
Where appropriate, Dr. Khalil may limit the incisions around the circumference of the areola, so that scarring blends in with the natural pigment of the skin. If Dr. Khalil needs to create an additional vertical incision down the front of the breast, scarring from this incision usually tends to fade to a very thin, white line. If Dr. Khalil does not make the vertical incision and instead makes a horizontal incision along the breast crease, the scarring is naturally concealed.
Should I combine breast lift with the placement of implants?
It depends on whether you are happy with the size of your breasts. If you are generally pleased with the size of your breasts, but are bothered by sagging, a breast lift alone should give you the results you desire.
On the other hand, if you want perkier breasts that are also bigger and shapelier, breast lift with implants may be a great option for you. The implants can add volume and fullness on the upper pole (area) of the breasts. This helps create cleavage.
Dr. Khalil can help you pick the implant shape and size most likely to give you the cosmetic outcomes you desire. The implants may be modestly sized if you want a small boost, or more moderate in size if you desire a bigger bust.
How much does breast lift cost?
The cost of breast lift depends on the surgeon performing it and the type of lift. A breast lift combined with the placement of implants is more expensive than a breast lift without implants.
For a personalized breast lift quote, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Khalil’s team.
Does breast lift make the breasts smaller?
Breast lift does not significantly change the size of the breasts. Breast tissue is not removed; rather, it is lifted and tightened to create more volume in the upper pole of the breasts. The breasts will look perkier but not necessarily smaller or larger.
Some women wear a smaller bra size after breast lift because perky, lifted breasts take up less space on the chest than flat, “deflated” breasts.
Can breast lift make the areolas smaller?
Yes, Dr. Khalil can correct oversized or asymmetrical areolas during breast lift if desired. He will adjust the diameter of the areolas to complement the newly lifted breasts.
Can I breastfeed after breast lift?
For many women, breast lift does not interfere with the ability to breastfeed. If you hope to breastfeed, mention this to Dr. Khalil during the surgical planning process. He will select a technique that is least likely to affect your ability to breastfeed.
When will I be able to enjoy the results of breast lift?
Your breasts should look better almost immediately after surgery, but swelling and bruising will conceal your initial results. Your breasts should look great about two months after surgery. It will take approximately a year for the final results to completely stabilize.
Will insurance pay for breast lift surgery?
Breast lift is usually considered elective and not medically necessary; therefore, insurance companies don’t offer coverage. The only exceptions are if the breast lift is combined with breast reduction to treat oversized, heavy breasts, or if it is a part of breast reconstruction surgery after cancer. However, a lot of this depends on the specific insurer and insurance plan.
Dr. Khalil accepts several forms of payment and healthcare financing through a company called Prosper Healthcare Lending. Call or email our office today for details.
Schedule a Breast Lift Surgery Consultation
If you are bothered by sagging or shapeless breasts, Dr. Khalil can help. Call or email our practice today to request an informational consultation to discuss breast lift with the doctor.