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.
Breast Lift Ideal Candidates
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 have been “the fat girl” my entire life. I knew from the time I was 6 years old that I had an eating disorder that I allowed to control my life and get me binging on food uncontrollably. My life has been unmanageable and my sanity level as been nonexistent. I would eat food out of the trash if no one was looking. I have gained and lost over 1000 pounds on diets that just didn’t work. After being told that I “look like two of you from behind, Melissa” I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I became desperate and was told that I needed to gain another 20 pounds before I would be a candidate for any type of weight loss surgery. I began what would be the final binge on my way to WLS. I gained the weight but was told I was still not a candidate. Finally, I went through another means, when I was 26 years old to start loosing weight. My choice was a spiritually based program and I can happily tell you that G-d and I have given away 110 pounds. I worked so hard on why I eat what I eat and fixing me from the inside out. I decided that this would have to be a lifestyle choice and not a means of losing weight. I have been doing this for just about 9 years now and I was able to keep the weight off. After 7 years of working a strict food plan, I finally started working out and found a love of it that I just could NEVER get before. I knew that my choice to make this a new lifestyle was sealed. Now it was time to seek out the perfect surgeon that would understand me…….I started my search and spoke with 5 different doctors all chosen by a means of referral. I had 2 different people tell me about Dr. Katzen. I went and saw him a few years ago and had a body estimate done. Because of family/life circumstances, I had to put my plans on my body overhaul on hold. Finally, in February, I went back to him again and said, “I am READY!!” I was pleased when he noticed my attempts at working out and told me that the leg lift we had discussed in the past was no longer necessary. A doctor that didn’t want to do something unnecessary? I knew I was in the right place. (By the way, when my surgery actually happened and I was under, Dr. Katzen determined that I also did not need the breast lift which shorten my surgery by 1 ½ hours AND put money back in my pocket.)My surgery took place 1 month later. I was scheduled for 9 hours of surgery which included: abdominoplasty, breast lift and augmentation, and liposuction. I had NEVER had any surgery in my entire life and Dr. Katzen and his staff assured me that I would come out just fine. They shared their own experiences with me as far as their own cosmetic surgeries were concerned. Dr. Katzen was there for me as were his staff. If I needed anything, they all went above and beyond the call of duty, whether it was in the middle of the night or on a Saturday shipping a new garment to me during their day off. I received phone calls checking on me constantly as well as well wishes and words of encouragement.I just knew that I chose the right doctor for the job. His compassion and bedside manner is second to none. I have given his name and number to many people I know since then. The main reason I chose Dr. Katzen was because he understood the journey that this former fat girl made from the woman lost in skin to a beautiful swan. It was more than just the mommy make over. I was completing the transformation with an emotional choice that has since then changed my life and I am SOOOO grateful to Dr. Katzen for his beautiful work and his beautiful heart."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 11, 2015
"Desperately Needed Panniculectomy - September 2014 I had weight loss surgery. My whole world changed for the better. Eating better exercising and having tons of energy. The last year I had been working out religiously none stop. Taking fitness classes lifting weights and even running treadmills. All these things helped me get into better shape, but I was still unhappy and felt like I wasn't getting the results I wanted. I had to modify exercises constantly as my weight decreased my skin started to stretch and hang. This skin was causing me to have trouble doing everyday activities. After having an emergency hernia repair from my pannus pulling on my abdomen I was feeling helpless. Ranting one day on social media a doctor liked my post and of course I looked him up. Dr Timothy Katzen who happened to have a satellite office in my home town I made an appointment with him for a consultation and right away I felt very welcomed and comfortable every one from the front desk the coordinator Belinda who helped me in every step of the surgery to most importantly Dr. Katzen he explained with great detail the procedure I needed to obtained the results I wanted so after thinking about it I decided to move foward and do the procedure. I started out with my first surgery a panniculectomy which removed the skin that hung from my abdomen to my knees. I woke up seeing my thighs for the first time in 35 years without having to move my skin out of the way. Of course i cried like a baby. Was the most amazing thing I have seen in a very very long time. I felt no fear or any pain at anytime Dr Katzen and his team always made sure to check on me before and after the surgery.My second surgery will be a breast lift and arm lift. And the third surgery scheduled will be for my thighs which is going to change my life forever and I am counting down the days to these remarkable days.2018 is going to be eye opening for me Thank you always and forever Dr Katzen and your amazing staff!"- S. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2018
"Breast Reduction and Breast Lift. - I had a long list of why I needed a breast reduction and lift. I had pain in my shoulders and neck, my breast were not symmetrical, and they were heading south. I met with Dr. Katzen where he told me everything I needed to know about breast reduction and lift surgery. I am happy with the shape and size of my breast. Dr. Katzen gave me exactly what I needed."- S. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2019
"Body lift with 19 pounds of excess skin and fat removed. - I had so much suffering throughout my life. I’ve eaten as a mechanism to deal with my depression. This lead to morbid obesity along with diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and chronic pain. To say I was miserable was an understatement. My doctor advised me to lose weight before my health got any worse. I had gastric bypass and lost 148 pounds. Things were looking good, I was off medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and no longer needed my sleep apnea machine. With weight loss, I anticipated loose skin and I had lots of it. I’ve known about Dr. Timothy Katzen and his work for a while now. I was confident he was going to do my post weight loss plastic surgeries. During consultation, he had me stand in front of a mirror to show me all the skin and fat he would excise. The idea of all that skin gone was something I only dreamt of. Well, my dream came true. I had a body lift, Dr. Katzen removed 19 pounds of excess skin and fat. With the body lift, I also had my lateral thighs lifted, mons lifted, butt and hips lifted. My stomach is flat and contoured. Wow, I have this new body that I appreciate so much now. I am coming back in three months for an arm and breast lift."- H.R. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2019
"53 year old female, desperately needed a breast lift - I’m 53 years old with two adult children. At my age, my breasts are not looking as upright or perky as they used to be; although, I still have volume. I had a simple breast lift to get the girls back where they belong and very satisfied with the outcome. Dr. Timothy Katzen and his office are wonderful people. They always happily greet me when I come, and treat me with care and respect."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2019
Breast Lift Surgical Technique
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 with Breast Lift
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.
Breast Lift 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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