A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity, heredity, and other factors. At PeaceHealth Medical Group in the Portland metro area, breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, is a highly individualized procedure and patients should do it for themselves, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. A breast lift can correct breasts that sag, have lost shape and volume; breasts with a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous; nipples that fall below the breast crease; nipples and areolas that point downward; stretched skin and enlarged areolas; or if one breast is lower than the other.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Lift the Breasts and Enhance Them! Yes, YOU Deserve This! - Vancouver, WA - Really impressed with Dr. Manish C. Champaneria, MD how well he works with you. Very respectful and answers all question thoroughly. He is a very gentle and kind individual whom makes you feel very relaxed and comfortable. The surgery was easier than I thought and the results are Beautiful! Probably the most gentle and caring doctor I have had surgery with. I trust him completely. Everything just went as he explained to me it would. Easy to contact talk with. - - I am a 59 yr old who was tired of the "droopy old lady" breasts and wanted them back to the were before. It was the best thing I have done for myself. I was scared but Dr Manish C Champaneria, MD was such a gentle sole that my worry turned to "Lets do it"! It was a very smooth procedure and had BEAUTIFUL results. The scars are healing very nice as he did a great job. It was well worth the money spent. I feel like a new person again. THIS IS A MUST DO FOR YOURSELF. Cannot in words express just how wonderful I feel. Going to give my daughter, who is in her 30's and three kids later, a gift to have a Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants whenever she is ready. Thats how impressed I am."- G. / RealSelf / Feb 12, 2015
"35 Year Old Mother ROCKS a Mommy Makeover and Brazilian Butt Lift - Vancouver, WA - Dr. Gabriel is a secret little gem here in the Northwest. He has a great bedside manner and has a brilliant surgical gift. I could tell at the hospital how respected and well-liked he is by how the nurses interacted with him during my recovery. He came highly recommended from a couple friends who had used his cosmetic services before me. I also am friends with a couple surgical nurses he frequently works with. They say "he's the best." He always answers my questions and has never left any of my needs unmet. He does beautiful work and is a pleasure to visit with in his office. I'd do it all again. - - Let me start by how absolutely thrilled I am with my surgical results. I went in for a Mommy Makeover consult where I knew I wanted the abdominoplasty with liposuction and breast lift with augmentation. I was super nervous to go in for my initial consult, but everyone in his office was so kind and put me at ease the entire time. I was laughing and joking (while naked) during my pre-op photos. Dr. Gabriel has an amazing way of being both incredibly professional yet comfortingly relaxed. After hearing my wishes for my body and evaluating and discussing my surgical options, Dr. Gabriel offered to inject the lipoed fat from my flanks into my (very flat) derriere. At first I scoffed at the idea, but Dr. Gabriel promised me I would not end up with a "J-Lo" butt. I went home to consider this new option. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of moderate or realistic sized BBL reviews and pictures out there (see my jeans photo). Everything is pretty extreme. But I decided to "get it all" and proceeded with my pre-op phase of surgery. There was a good amount of info given to me regarding what equipment, supplements, garments, and other recovery needs I would need to obtain before surgery. I felt quite prepared going in to my big day. Melissa and Rachel are wonderful resources of information and teachings, in addition to Dr. Gabriel. All of the Dr. Gabriel staff are amazing. They are so gentle, kind, and professional. Every nurse is so patient and helpful. Walking in the door, I am greeted by the lovely receptionists, who remember my name, and recall details of previous conversations I've had with them. Great personal touch. My recovery has been so smooth. Any little need or concern I have had, I call the office and they are able to help me, or even get me in for a swift appointment. I will continue to regularly visit with Dr. Gabriel for scar management (all included) throughout the next year. I am so thankful for choosing Dr. Gabriel to do my surgery. I love my new body. I love how my clothes fit. I love feeling confident every day and not being consumed with self ridicule. I love being curvy but tightened in just the right places. Thank you, Dr. Gabriel."- T. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2015
"44 Breast Lift with Implants - Vancouver, WA - Dr. Gabriel is one of the most amazing doctors that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I recently had to have a breast mass removed and decided that since I was going under, I might as well have some improvements. I did not want to be larger in size, I just wanted perky fuller breasts. I never specified any specific implant sizes, but clearly discussed my expectations with Dr. Gabriel. He worked closely with my oncologist to come up with the right strategy to meet my expectations. I can not tell you how happy I am with the results. I was slightly nervous about not being specific about implant size and leaving it up to his discretion, but he did not disappoint. He called me the evening of my surgery to check on me, and told me that he tried 4 different sizes before settling on the final one. This man is a perfectionist and I would recommend him to anyone. He will be straightforward and honest about what he can and can not do for you, and he will honestly tell you if you don't need anything done either. He and his staff are 100% professional, caring, and wonderful to interact with. I am one happy patient"- J. / RealSelf / May 26, 2015
"37 Year Old Mother of Twins Mommy Makeover with Botox for to Aid Recovery. Vancouver, WA - Fantastic plastic surgeon with an attention to detail. He has a very pleasant bedside manner. He will make sure you are recovering with minimal pain. - - I am a 37 year old mother of 6 year old twins and one 4 year old. I enjoy chasing my kiddos, running, and hiking. I was leery about having surgery because I did not want to be laid up. The decision to do this surgery was 100% the best decision. I feel confident and happy with the results. Dr. Allen Gabriel is a fantastic and skilled surgeon. He guided me through both surgeries. Initially I had a breast lift/augmentation. I had nursed three children. I have always had large breast. Before pregnancy I had 34DD. During pregnancy and nursing I jumped up to a 36 J. After nursing they deflated back to a D. One was larger than the other and they were very saggy. I also had excess skin around my abdomen. I had 2 C-sections that left my lower abs wrinkly and misshaped.I elected to do the breast surgery first. Recovery was easy. Dr. Gabriel used botox to help recovery by injecting around the muscle. I had the lollipop incision. I am pleased with the results. I am back to a 34DD. They look very natural. I was back to chasing the kids within a couple weeks. I was able to return to the gym after 6 weeks. My scars 2 years later are very faint and in some areas gone. I wish I had done the abdominoplasty with the breast surgery. I was unsure about recovering from both at the same time. I also wanted to see if losing more of the pregnancy weight and increasing weight training would help. Recovery from this surgery was more painful than the breast surgery. I feel like being athletic definitely helped get me upright faster, but having the botox injections in the abdominal wall seemed most helpful. I was amazing at how fast I was mobile. I was able to care for the kids after 7 days. Dr. Gabriel also removed an umbilical hernia for me and closed the separation I had from the twin pregnancy down my linea alba. I think if you have had C-sections in the past this will see relatively easy. It is surgery so discomfort is assured. I did not wake up in horrible pain. It was managed quite nicely with some pain killers for a couple days and then ibuprofen. I was also really impressed with how strong my core feels 12 weeks later. My running feels amazing. I am back to running 9 mile runs and hiking. Dr. Gabriel has a wonderful and knowledgeable staff as well. He will keep constant contact with you. His nurses are attentive and caring. Follow-up appointments are made frequently to ensure your healing is progressing in the direction it should. I think after a consult with Dr. Gabriel you will be confident you are making the right decision. It's great to have a body that matches the way I feel!"- A. / RealSelf / Jun 02, 2015
"Lift the Breasts and Enhance Them! Yes, YOU Deserve This! - Vancouver, WA - Really impressed with Dr. Manish C. Champaneria, MD how well he works with you. Very respectful and answers all question thoroughly. He is a very gentle and kind individual whom makes you feel very relaxed and comfortable. The surgery was easier than I thought. Probably the most gentle and caring doctor I have had surgery with. - - I am a 59 yr old who was tired of the "droopy old lady" breasts and wanted them back to the were before. It was the best thing I have done for myself. I was scared but Dr Manish C Champaneria, MD was such a gentle sole that my worry turned to "Lets do it"! It was a very smooth procedure and had BEAUTIFUL results. The scars are healing very nice as he did a great job. It was well worth the money spent. I feel like a new person again. THIS IS A MUST DO FOR YOURSELF. Cannot in words express just how wonderful I feel. Going to give my daughter, who is in her 30's and three kids later, a gift to have a Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants whenever she is ready. Thats how impressed I am."- G. / RealSelf / Feb 12, 2015
During a breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease direction. How extensive the incision will be depends on how much skin must be removed. The excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining skin will be stretched up and closed with sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it can provide additional support in keeping the improved projection in place.
Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sagging is and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below.
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold.
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to 2 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6-8 weeks. There will be some scarring associated with this procedure, but with extra care they will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to a more beautiful breast shape.
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- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
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Breast Lift FAQs@headingTag>
Lift or Augmentation?@headingTag>
It depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. Before surgery, a thorough consultation and assessment will be provided, and the surgeon will recommend if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery.
It is common in a breast lift procedure that the nipple is repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away, a portion of an overly stretched areola (the colored skin around the nipple) is simultaneously trimmed away. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position.
How Bad Is Scarring?@headingTag>
When incisions are made to trim away the skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Plastic surgeons are experts when it comes to minimizing scarring with precise techniques when it comes to incisions and suturing. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing is healthy and quick.