Breast Lift Mastopexy Surgery
Providing breast lift and mastopexy to clients near Arlington, Dallas & Fort Worth
How do you know if you are a candidate for a breast lift procedure?
Most women coming into the office who have obvious saggy breasts (breast ptosis) are excellent candidates for a breast lift. A breast lift repositions or “lifts” sagging breasts due to the effects of pregnancy, breast-feeding, or weight loss. Flaccid and loose breast skin with loss of elasticity is unable to support the weight of the breast and this condition is termed breast ptosis and can be classified as either first-degree, second-degree, third-degree, or pseudoptosis. The degree of breast ptosis is measured with respect to your nipple as it relates to your bottom breast crease.
Many of our patients also choose to have a combination procedure consisting of breast lift with breast augmentation in order to achieve the most desirable effect during a single operation.
What are the surgical steps involved during a breast lift surgery?
During the breast lift procedure the nipple-areola complex is permanently elevated to a new and higher chest position and the excess skin is removed and tightened, thus restoring your breasts to a more youthful appearance, with more fullness and projection.
Incisions for a breast lift are placed around the dark skin of your areola and/or along the underside breast crease thus creating an “anchor” incision — known as a Wise pattern or vertically known as the “lollipop” incision. Dr. Thornton makes every effort to minimize the size of your scars and to make them as inconspicuous as possible using natural creases and folds.
What is my expected recovery following breast lift surgery?
Following your breast lift procedure, you will recover at the surgery center until you are safe to be discharged and go home with an appropriate care giver. You will be provided with post operative instructions, narcotic pain medication, muscle relaxation medication, antibiotics, and nausea medication. You may take a shower the next morning. Dr. Thornton will monitor your progress weekly to monthly for the first 6 months and at 12 months. Postoperative before and after photographs will be taken at 4 months as this is the average time where you will begin to notice the most optimal appearance. Results will vary from one patient to the other and patients are expected to have realistic expectations following breast lift. On average, patients are expected to resume minimal activity within 10 – 14 days following surgery and a full recovery by 4 months.
Where can I see Before and After photos of breast lift surgery?
Dr. Thornton has an extensive breast photo gallery with before and after photos of various breast lift and breast lift augmentation procedures. Click to see some of our before and after photos of breast lift mastopexy.
How much does breast lift surgery cost?
There are a number of factors determining the cost of a breast lift surgery as each consultation is tailored to suit your needs. Some patients will require only a breast lift while others may require a breast lift with augmentation. Professional surgeon fees, operating room fees (surgery center fees) and anesthesia fees for general anesthesia will be itemized individually on your quote.
What are the expectations during my breast lift consultation with Dr. Thornton?
During your breast lift consultation, you will meet privately and exclusively with Dr. Michael Thornton where you will collectively share in the decision making process about your personal needs, desires, and expectations regarding a breast lift. Although well qualified, we choose not use patient coordinators, nurse practitioners, or physicians assistants to perform your consultation. Dr. Thornton will take measurements of various key areas of your breasts and demonstrate scar placement and proposed elevation of your new nipple and areola.
What are Dr. Thornton’s surgical qualifications?
Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a double-board certified cosmetic surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery who completed an advanced fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery, accredited and recognized by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, where he gained concentrated knowledge in all major areas of aesthetic and cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Thornton attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and advanced courses to provide the latest techniques in aesthetic cosmetic surgery. He will personally see you during every post-operative visit following your surgery and actively engage in your healing process to provide the highest physician-level care. Although well qualified, Dr. Thornton chooses not to use a patient coordinator, nurse practitioner (NP) , or physician assistant (PA) to perform your consultation or post operative examinations.
Where will my breast lift surgery take place? Is there a surgery center near me?
Breast lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at Baylor Surgicare at Mansfield, a AAAHC certified out-patient surgery center, located in Mansfield, Texas. On average, a breast lift procedure with or without breast augmentation will take 4 to 5 hours to complete, depending upon the complexity of the procedure and other client dependent personal circumstances. Furthermore, all breast lift procedures are performed using general anesthesia as provided by board-certified anesthesiologists and certified anesthesia providers.