Breast Lift in San Antonio: What to Expect
Breast lift surgery (or mastopexy) helps women throughout the greater San Antonio area restore more uplifted, youthful profiles, correcting sagging or pendulous breasts, drooping nipples and unevenness while returning the breasts to a more elevated, youthful position on the torso. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Baumholtz is a top provider of breast lift surgery using advanced techniques to help women achieve truly individualized results based on their specific needs and anatomy.
What issues can breast lift surgery correct?
Undergoing a breast lift in San Antonio can be a good choice for women whose breasts have sagged or lost their natural uplifted shape due to weight loss, pregnancies, aging or breastfeeding, as well as women with stretched areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples). For women with very large breasts, breast lift surgery is often performed in combination with a breast reduction surgery, or with breast augmentation surgery for women whose breasts are very small or asymmetrical. Many women may opt to have liposuction or other body contouring procedures at the same setting to enhance the results of their breast lift procedure. Dr. Baumholtz will be able to recommend additional procedures based on your unique treatment objectives.
What should I do to prepare for my breast lift?
Prior to your procedure, you’ll meet with Dr. Baumholtz to discuss your concerns and to have a physical evaluation of your breasts. It’s important to be very clear about the issues you want to have corrected since that can help determine if a breast lift alone can help you get the look you want or if you might benefit from a breast lift combined with a breast augmentation, reduction or other procedure.
Dr. Baumholtz will also review your medical history, so you should be prepared to list any medications or supplements you’re taking as well as any prior surgeries you’ve had. You’ll also need to be ready to list your medical history and the medical history of immediate family members (specifically your parents and grandparents). If you have photos of women that show the results you’d like, be sure to bring them with you, especially if you’re also considering breast implants. Ideally, photos should be without clothing since clothes can significantly distort the actual appearance of the breast itself.
If you decide breast lift surgery is the way to go, Dr. Baumholtz will provide you with information on how to prepare for your procedure. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop four weeks prior to your surgery to promote optimal healing during your recovery. Likewise, if you take blood thinners like aspirin or fish oil, Dr. Baumholtz will ask you to stop a 1-2 weeks before your breast lift procedure to prevent bleeding issues.
What happens during a breast lift procedure?
A breast lift in San Antonio usually is performed as an outpatient procedure at a hospital or surgery center. In most cases, general anesthesia is used to help you relax and stay comfortable. Rarely, local anesthesia and sedation may be used instead. Once you arrive for your surgery, your vital signs will be taken and you’ll meet with Dr. Baumholtz who will review your procedure again and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Then, he’ll mark your breasts with a special marker to show where the incisions are going to be placed, and then you’ll be given medication to help you relax before proceeding to surgery.
Dr. Baumholtz will begin your surgery with incisions to enable him to access the underlying breast tissue. The incisions can be made in different ways and different locations, depending on your anatomy, your breast size and shape, the position of your areolas, the amount of sagging you have, and other factors. In most cases, an incision will be made around the circumference of the areola with a second incision extending down from the areola to the crease under the breast, (a “lollipop” incision) and sometimes a third incision extending along the crease horizontally (an “anchor” incision). Although the anchor incision is longer, it’s the most versatile and preferred approach in most cases. Some surgeries to correct mild to moderate sagging can be performed through one incision placed around the areolar (called a “donut” incision or “periareolar” incision).
Once the incisions are made, Dr. Baumholtz will remove excess skin and reduce the size of the areola, if necessary, before moving the nipple and areola to a higher position on the breast. The nipple and areola will remain attached to the underlying tissue to preserve nerve sensation in the area. In most cases, the skin that was above the areola will be used to shape the lower portion of the breast, achieving an uplifted profile. Any additional excess skin will be trimmed away and sutures will be used deep in the breast tissue to help anchor and hold the tissue in its new position. Finally, the incisions will be closed and a surgical dressing will be placed over the incision sites, then a light compression dressing or bra will be placed over the chest before you’re moved to a recovery area for a brief period of observation and monitoring.
What will my recovery be like?
For the first few days after your surgery, your chest will be sore and tight, but you’ll need to walk and move around to prevent clot formation. Pain medication can help relieve your discomfort, and it’s also important to wear your compression garment as directed to prevent swelling in the area. If drains were used during your surgery, they’ll be removed within a few days of the procedure, usually at your follow-up appointment.
Healing time varies, especially if you’re having other procedures like a tummy tuck or liposuction performed concurrently. Generally, you can expect your incisions to heal in about two to three weeks, during which time any drains will be removed. During your recovery, you should walk every day to promote good circulation, and limit any overhead activity including reaching. You won’t be allowed to lift anything over 10 to 15 pounds during your initial recovery. At about three to six weeks after your surgery, you’ll be able to gradually increase your aerobic activity, and at six weeks, you’ll be able to go bra shopping and begin a return to full activity.
What risks are associated with breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery will leave scars, but these will fade dramatically in the weeks and months after the surgery. In essence, you will be “trading” visible scats (that are hidden under a bra) for a more attractive breast shape and more youthful profile. Although temporary changes in nipple sensation aren’t uncommon and clear up during recovery, less than 1% of women may have a permanent loss or change in sensation in the nipple. Permanent changes in sensation are very rare and are usually related to smoking and nicotine exposure. Women who want to breastfeed in the future should discuss this desire prior to surgery since any type of breast surgery can interfere with breastfeeding to some degree. In women who have breast asymmetry preoperatively, asymmetry may persist after surgery, although Dr. Baumholtz is skilled in correcting or minimizing these issues. The risk for asymmetry is greater in women who have breast implant surgery performed at the same time. Most mild asymmetry issues can be successfully managed in the office.
How much does breast lift surgery cost?
The cost of your surgery will vary based on your specific needs and whether you’re having other procedures performed concurrently. Please contact our office to find prices associated with breast lift surgery.
Am I a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
Having a breast lift in San Antonio surgery can be a good option for women whose breasts or nipples have sagged and drooped or whose breasts have lost their firmness or fullness as a result of aging or other factors. Because pregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically affect the size and shape of your breasts, you may want to wait until after you’re done having children to have a breast lift procedure. Depending on the size, shape and firmness of your breasts and your overall treatment goals, Dr. Baumholtz may recommend combining breast lift surgery with a breast reduction or breast augmentation to ensure you achieve the highest levels of satisfaction following your surgery. Some chronic diseases and medical conditions can interfere with healing, which may mean you’re not a good candidate for the surgery. Dr. Baumholtz will discuss these risks with you during your initial consultation.
Learn more about breast lift in San Antonio.
Breast lift surgery can be a great choice for women whose breasts have sagged and lost firmness as a result of age, pregnancy, weight gain or simple gravity. While a breast lift alone can help many women get the results they’re looking for, many others benefit from a breast lift combined with another surgical procedure like a breast augmentation or breast reduction. If you’re concerned about the shape or profile of your breasts, Dr. Baumholtz will work closely with you to determine the best approach to help you look your best and feel more self-confident and attractive. Get started today by calling Baumholtz Plastic Surgery at 210-920-2390 to schedule your consultation and evaluation.