About Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a cosmetic treatment that lifts and reshapes the breasts by trimming away excess skin and surgically tightening the surrounding tissue to produce a firmer, younger appearance. This body contouring surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who have breast drooping due to breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or gravity. Outstanding advancements in breast lift surgery have made this surgical procedure so effective and successful that new stats by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Timothy Katzen, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA, offers this procedure at his office in Beverly Hills, CA. By integrating the latest methods, Dr. Katzen can determine the appropriate technique based upon your level of sag and ultimate goals.
You may visit J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills desiring fuller breasts with the use of breast implants; however, after a physical exam, you may discover that a breast lift is a better choice. The reason for this is due to the amount of sagging present. Breasts that have lost elasticity, in most cases, require a skin removal and tightening surgery to correct skin irregularities and bring the breasts to a higher, more natural position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a cosmetic lift can improve their appearance and enhance the way you feel about your feminine figure. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a good weight.
Breast Lift Reviews
"I love my new body! I came to Dr Katzen in January for a mommy makeover consult. He was so beyond nice and knowledgeable. He explained everything to me in a way that anyone without a medical license would understand! I had a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck, after 2 kids he explained that I would need a breast lift as well, no surprise! I went in knowing what to expect after surgery so there were not many surprises. His staff is so caring and knowledgeable they were available to me throughout this process to answer all my questions. I did go to other surgeons but I am so glad I chose the right one!"- J.C. / Yelp / Jul 05, 2016
"I had bariatric surgery and lost 125 lbs. I was so excited to have lost this much weight but so disappointed that my weight loss had a great deal of residual hanging skin. I had to wear loose blouses and pants to hide all the skin that was left over from losing weight so quickly. I attended a seminar and had a consultation with Dr. Katzen the same day.I had my first surgery exactly one year after my gastric bypass. I had a circumferential body lift and a medial thigh lift. My second surgery was a breast lift, and quite a bit of liposuction. Three weeks ago I had a TCA peel on my face and I am hoping to have another peel or some laser treatment.My experience with Dr. Katzen has always been very positive. I knew when I first consulted with him that I had met the surgeon I had been looking for. First of all, he has the proper credentials I was looking for.Dr. Katzen specializes in post op bariatric surgery patients and sculpturing the patient’s body while removing all the hanging skin. My only concern was my age since I am almost 64 but he said no problem as long as I was healthy. I asked if I was his oldest patient and he quickly replied no, his oldest patient was in his 70’s!I think you gain a lot of confidence just by going into his exam rooms. Each room is filled with diplomas and certificates on all the walls. Aside from all this, Dr. Katzen has a very gentle spirit and is a good listener. Do not be timid in asking him anything that may be bothering you because he always has the right answer. He genuinely cares about each patient and he makes you feel like you are the only one he has but then we all know how busy he is. He is always available to his patients. His staff is very competent and professional. They will get you the answer you need very quickly. I now can ride my bike for 6-7 miles and not even feel tired. I swim daily, I lift my grandchildren up in my arms. My husband and I have always wanted to take scuba diving lessons but I refused to get into a wet suit. Now I have nothing to hold me back. I believe that God has blessed Dr. Katzen with amazing talent and I am so very thankful that I was lead to find him.So I say to him again, muchas gracias Dr. Katzen."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 27, 2015
"Having lost over 250 lbs, I was left with an excessive amount of loose skin that required a great deal of reconstructive surgery. After consulting with 6 different cosmetic surgeons, I chose Dr. Katzen to perform my circumferential body lift and medial thigh lift, and I'm beyond thrilled with the results! So thrilled, I've already scheduled my brachioplasty and breast lift with implants. Dr. Katzen is not only an amazing surgeon who genuinely cares about the well-being of his patients, he's a true artist, as reflected in the before and after pictures which show his outstanding work. The care and compassion exhibited by Dr. Katzen and his entire staff is second to none and I can't recommend them enough."- M.B. / Google / Jun 23, 2018
"My husband met me before weight loss surgery and has been supportive regardless of my weight. I had weight loss surgery and ended up with sagging skin all over. I ended up having a tummy tuck, breast lift and breast augmentation. Now, my husband can't stop giving my compliments on how great I look. He's a big fan of Dr. Katzen as well as I am."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 10, 2016
"My healthy life began when I had my gastric bypass surgery. Prior to the surgery I was on 11 different medications to control my diabetes and elevated blood pressure. I lost 130 lbs and was taken off all my medications. I started exercising a couple of months after the surgery to try to keep the skin from sagging, but it did not work. I then decided to have plastic surgery, a tummy tuck and breast reduction and breast lift.The gastric bypass surgery gave me a chance to live a healthier and longer life, which was the main reason for the surgery. I loved the change to my body and the fact that I could shop in the normal size clothes department. People no longer looked at me as a fat person but a normal person. I travel a lot with work and now I no longer needed the seat beat extension, that in itself was a great day. Even though I looked better in clothes I still saw the problem with the sagging skin.At this point I decided to start checking into plastic surgery. I went to 5 or 6 different doctors and finally decided to choose Dr. Timothy Katzen. Dr. Katzen specialized in weight loss patients and was familiar with the issues that surround us. I felt that he cared about his patients and listened to what I had to say. I also, felt he had a supportive staff and that was important to me. I had my tummy tuck and breast reduction and lift.At the recovery center I saw my new body for the first time and cried. I have never had a flat stomach and “perky” breasts. My life has only gotten better since the plastic surgery, I am now proud of my body, I may not be the smallest in the room but I feel like I am. Three months following the surgery I went on a 12 day cruise and Dr. Katzen encouraged me to get a bikini, which I did. It was so much fun looking at swimsuits that I would never had worn before. I wore it and did not feel I had to cover up my body and hide. I did wear my sunscreen to the parts of my body that never saw the sun.I am so thankful for the confidence that I have now as a result of the weight loss and the new body Dr. Katzen has given me.I can never thank him and his staff for the change in my life and the continued support."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 04, 2015
Breast lift surgery takes usually 2 – 4 hours and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Some breasts may only require a small lift while others with more intense degrees of sagging will require a more extensive breast lift. The method used for a breast lift will depend on your level of sagging present, but the techniques Dr. Katzen most often employs are the crescent, the vertical, the periareolar, or the anchor lift. Of these, the anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the most utilized methods. An incision will be made first, and then any wrinkly and loose skin is excised along with breast tissue and fat that is not wanted. The skin is then pulled tight and the breasts are positioned higher and lifted so they look healthy and younger. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reconstructed and reduced to match the new placement and shape of the breast.
What To Expect
Recovery from breast lift procedure is more lengthy than surgery with implants only. After your surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to minimize swelling. A thin tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess fluid leakage that can sometimes occur after a surgery of this nature. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within 3 – 5 days. Dr. Katzen or a member of his team will provide in-depth, at-home incision care instructions to help with your healing process. Results following a breast lift surgery are most noticeable after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your bustline. The breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel younger, more feminine, and in sync with your enhanced frame.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your specific needs and goals. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Katzen will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted upward during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Katzen can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This will be discussed during your consultation so he can determine the best incision pattern and technique to use for your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you may begin to see sagging and loose skin occur again over time. Factors, like significant weight gain or loss, can also alter your results so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your outcomes, which is why Dr. Katzen advises patients to wait until they are done having children to receive a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Katzen will assess the appearance and condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a lift can help you. During your lift surgery, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for ideal symmetry.
The stunning results yielded from surgical breast lifts have positively transformed the lives of numerous Beverly Hills, CA women. If you are troubled by hanging, sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or stop you from sporting the clothes you like, then receiving a breast lift at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills may be the solution for you. At your one-on-one consultation, a thorough breast assessment will be performed by Dr. Katzen, and your desired outcome will be discussed. We will provide a tailored treatment plan to help transform your breasts. We encourage you to contact our Beverly Hills, CA office and schedule a consultation.
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