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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.
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.
The breast lift incisions are created in one of three common patterns: circumferentially around the areola, around the areola and extending vertically down to the breast crease, or around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the crease.
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. Dr. Khalil provides detailed instructions on caring for the breasts after surgery, medications to take and signs of possible complications. 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.
Top 5 Most 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.
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.
Learn More about Breast Lift Surgery
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.
Results from Dr. Khalil’s
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.
Recovery from Breast Lift
Procedure by Dr. Khalil
Following your procedure, you will be briefly monitored in a recover room in Dr. Khalil’s Beverly Hills office. In order to reduce swelling and maintain the shape of the breast tissue, you will be required to wear a support garment. Further instruction will be given to you by Dr. Khalil. This will include methods of cleaning the incision site and when you’ll be required to have a follow-up appointment.