Breast Lift



Breast Lift Houston TX

Breast lift – also referred to as a mastopexy – is a cosmetic surgical procedure to address breasts that are sagging due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or the natural aging process. Breasts that are sagging, “deflated” on the chest can negatively influence a woman’s confidence and sense of feminine beauty. While exercise and diet can lead to positive improvements in the shape of your body, they, unfortunately, do not restore the firmness and projection of breasts that have lost their structure due to elasticity. Plastic surgeons use this procedure to give women a perky breast appearance, leading to an overall more attractive and youthful appearance.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers breast lift surgery to patients in his Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. His key goal with this procedure is to give women a perkier breast appearance that will restore their sense of confidence. Dr. Arroyo understands that the needs of different women are unique and goes out of his way to create a highly individualized treatment plan for each patient. More so, the surgeon utilizes advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired breast lift goals while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Houston Breast Lift Candidacy: Is a Breast Lift Procedure for Me?

Breast lift is a surgical procedure that restores firmness and raises the female breasts and nipples on the chest. You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery in Houston, TX if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have loose or sagging breast skin
  • You have extra-large nipples and areolas
  • You have nipples that point downwards
  • You are generally concerned about the drooping appearance of your breasts and want to achieve a more youthful breast contour
  • You are above the age of 18

During your first breast lift consultation at Dr. Arroyo’s Houston office, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your breasts, and let you know whether this procedure is right for you. He will do this by using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you in real time what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. For women who have small breasts, Dr. Arroyo may recommend that you have a combined breast augmentation and lift surgery to alleviate your aesthetic concerns. If you are a smoker, the surgeon will ask that you quit at least 4 weeks before this procedure. More so, Dr. Arroyo emphasizes that all patients ensure that they are undergoing this cosmetic treatment strictly for themselves, not because someone else asked this of them.

Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method

During a breast lift procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his breast lift patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during surgery and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting and ready to go home and recover.

The Surgical Procedure

Your breast lift in West Houston, Texas will start with Dr. Arroyo and his anesthesia team administering oral and IV sedation, to increase your comfort level during the surgery. The surgeon will create one of three different type incisions depending on your breast anatomy and individual goals. The options are an incision around the areola, a lollipop incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, and an anchor-shaped incision which would add a scar to the underside of the breast. The choice of these would be discussed at the preoperative appointment and would again depend on the amount of skin laxity and the amount of skin that would need to be removed in order to give you the best result. He will then remove excess skin and overstretched ligaments, and reposition the nipple-areola higher up in the breast. Once the desired aesthetic result has been achieved, Dr. Arroyo will close the incisions using advanced techniques to make the scar as undetectable as possible and then apply bandaging on the treatment area. This procedure takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hours to complete depending on the extensiveness of the surgery. Because breast lift surgery is generally considered to be an outpatient procedure, most patients are allowed to go home on the same day as the surgery for recovery.

Recovery After Your Breast Lift in Houston, Texas

Dr. Arroyo encourages his patients to move as soon as they are able to after surgery in order to promote proper blood circulation. Most patients experience swelling and bruising on their breasts for a few days. The surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help with this discomfort. Patients are allowed to shower at least 2 days after surgery, but the surgeon will ask that you desist from any heavy lifting or strenuous activities over the first 2 weeks. Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments and strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s post-operative instructions. While the outcome of the breast lift procedure will be evident immediately after recovery, it may take up to 18 months for the scarring to fade away. Dr. Arroyo provides detailed scar care instructions to all his patients in order to ensure the best result with minimal scarring. Should you have any questions or concerns during recovery, Dr. Arroyo’s office will be available on call to provide the necessary guidance.

Plan Your Breast Lift
in Houston, Texas

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs breast lift at his AAAASF certified in-office operating room, supported by a highly qualified nursing staff. The cost of this procedure varies from one patient to the other depending on the extensiveness of the surgery. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s Houston breast lift patients can expect to pay between $9,000 and $10,000 for this cosmetic treatment. Health insurance companies typically do not cover breast lift because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure (and not a medical necessity). During your initial breast lift consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing. Make sure to set aside at least 2 weeks from work so you can focus on recovery.

Breast Lift FAQ

Breast lift vs breast augmentation

Breast lift (mastopexy) entails removing excess skin and breast tissue in order to achieve a perkier, attractive appearance. In breast augmentation, plastic surgeons place implants under the chest muscle or breast tissue in order to improve the shape and volume of the female breasts. A breast lift is the perfect procedure choice for women who have sagging breasts, whereas an augmentation is designed for women who have small breasts. There are a good amount of patients that not only suffer from sagging breasts but would also like to add more volume to their breasts. For these women, there is also the option of doing both at the same time, effectively raising the breast while giving a fuller breast shape. During your initial breast lift West Houston, TX consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon will examine your breast appearance, listen to your concerns, and let you know which procedure option is best suited to your needs.

How bad is scarring after mastopexy?

Scarring is an inevitable consequence of any surgery where incisions are made into the skin. During this procedure, Dr. Arroyo utilizes advanced surgical methods to achieve the desired aesthetic results while minimizing the risk of scarring. The surgeon will also provide a comprehensive post-op scar management program to make sure that scars heal quicker and are as faded as possible. Keep in mind that it may take up to 18 months for your mastopexy scars to fade.

Does this include nipple repositioning?

Nipple repositioning is a common practice during a breast lift. The surgeon will rearrange the areola to move it higher up on the breast, improving appearance and proportionality to the new breast shape. Dr. Arroyo will be keen to discuss this – along with other procedure steps – during one of your pre-op consultations.

How long will results last?

The results of mastopexy can be permanent. However, keep in mind that the natural process of aging, significant weight loss or weight gain, gravity, and lifestyle factors can alter the outcome of this treatment and create the necessity for another procedure. In some cases, a phenomenon that is known as bottoming out (stretching of skin below the areola) may also create the necessity for a secondary procedure. Dr. Arroyo will recommend that you maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to get the best results out of your mastopexy.