Rejuvenate Your Bust Line with a Breast Lift
Breast lifts have grown in popularity — up 70 percent since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Also known as mastopexy, this cosmetic surgery raises the breasts through the removal of excess skin and the tightening of surrounding tissue. Women who have undergone recent weight loss, childbirth, or other life events can regain youthful-looking breasts.
Each year, women who live in and around Oklahoma City, OK, trust Lowe Plastic Surgery to perform breast lifts and other breast-related procedures. Our esteemed surgeon, Dr. James Lowe, has more than a decade of professional experience. In order to make your experience as comfortable as possible, our office also offers IV sedation and general anesthesia.
Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery
Breasts can naturally sag due to a number of different factors, such as aging, pregnancy, smoking, and weight fluctuations. Women who undergo this procedure at our Oklahoma City medical facility can benefit from:
- Improved breast shape
- Partially restored breast firmness following weight loss
- More attractive bust line without the need for implants
- Younger-looking breasts
- Elimination of sagging breasts
- Renewed confidence in public
It is important to know that a breast lift can improve the shape of your breasts, but will not change their size. If you are seeking larger breasts, you may be a better candidate for breast augmentation.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
We find that the best candidates for this cosmetic procedure are dissatisfied with one or even multiple physical aspects of their breasts. Size is generally not the main concern. Many of the women who seek the life-changing benefits of a breast lift at our Oklahoma City surgical facility:
- Have experienced sagging breasts post-pregnancy
- Are dissatisfied with the shape of their breasts
- Wish to reshape one or both nipples
- Wish to reposition one or both nipples
- Have experienced significant weight loss
During your consultation at our Oklahoma City office, Dr. Lowe will determine if you are a good candidate for this cosmetic surgery. Candidates should have realistic expectations about the results that cosmetic surgery can deliver. Candidates should only seek breast lift surgery for personal reasons, not to please someone else.
Women seeking this life-changing treatment should be free of medications and health conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery. We recommend that women maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and regular exercise following recovery so they can enjoy the results of breast lift surgery for many years. If you are planning to lose weight or have more children, it may be best to postpone surgery until afterward.
A breast lift can be performed by Dr. James (Jim) Lowe. He is an Oklahoma native and is a board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Lowe and his staff at the Oklahoma City practice share a commitment to clinical excellence, cutting-edge care, and a lasting partnership with patients.
What to Expect during the Procedure
There are several techniques for a breast lift. The best technique for you will be determined by your skin quality, breast size, breast shape, areola size and position, and the degree of breast sagging.
Once our team has administered IV sedation or a general anesthetic, Dr. Lowe will use one of three incision patterns:
- Donut Lift: Named for its simple circular shape, this incision is placed around the areola. It results in the least amount of scarring and is usually recommended for cases of mild sagging.
- Lollipop Lift: This incision is made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. The most common used technique, this lift is usually used if the patient wants to both raise and reshape tissue.
- Anchor Lift: This incision is made around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and then horizontally along the crease. Because it is so extensive, this lift is usually reserved for significant sagging.
After incisions are made, the breast tissue is lifted. The nipple and areola are elevated. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by removing skin at the perimeter. Loose breast skin may also be removed to compensate for a loss of skin elasticity. Next, the remaining skin is tightened and the incisions are closed. Sutures, adhesives and surgical tape can close the skin to finish the surgery.
Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You will wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts during healing. A thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid that collects after surgery. You will be given instructions about aftercare, medications, and follow-up appointments.
Who will perform my breast lift surgery?
A breast lift can be performed by Dr. James Lowe. He is an Oklahoma native and is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Lowe and his staff at the Oklahoma City practice share a commitment to clinical excellence, cutting-edge care, and a lasting partnership with patients.
Where is the surgery performed?
Your breast lift can be performed at Integris Baptist Medical Center, at a nearby outpatient surgical facility, or at the Associates Surgery Center, located near the doctors’ office. After surgery, you can recover at the surgery center, in the surgical ward at Integris Baptist Medical Center or at another overnight medical facility.
How prominent will my scars be?
Dr. Lowe will take care to artfully hide any incisions, either in the natural folds below your skin or around your nipples. These incisions may be red and raised for the first few months following surgery. However, most patients are completely satisfied with the fading of these scars once they have fully healed.
How much time should I take off from work?
In general, it is recommended that patients take five or more days off work to recover, although this may vary from patient to patient. Having a restful and healthy recovery helps to ensure that you enjoy all of the cosmetic benefits of breast lift surgery. Even after your initial recovery, you should avoid lifting or stretching until Dr. Lowe advises otherwise.