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.
"My experience with Dr. Timothy Katzen is wonderful. His surgical skills are top notch and he has great bedside manner. I have had 3 procedures with Dr. Katzen and happy with all three."- K.Y. / Google / Nov 05, 2019
"Amazing experience, wonderful, attentive, caring staff. Great bedside manner. I felt like I was in great hands. So grateful for Dr. Katzen!"- E.K. / Yelp / Nov 14, 2019
"Dr. Timothy Katzen is well known and prominent in the weight loss community. When I was looking to get my body lift done, he was always at the top of my searches with very positive comments from his patients and more importantly, he has thousands of before and after photos. I was amazed. My body lift was no different. It turned out wonderful!!!! So grateful for a talented and kind surgeon. Thank you Dr. Katzen for everything!"- A.P. / Google / Sep 12, 2019
"I had arms that flapped after I lost a significant amount of weight. I went to Dr. Katzen for an arm lift and you would never be able to tell I had anything done. Dr. Katzen placed the incisions carefully where you wouldn't see them unless I raised my arms. My scars are healing very well. I can't wait for my incisions to fade like many of his post ops that I met."- H.C. / Google / Oct 18, 2019
"The last 2 years has been life changing for me. I had the sleeve and lost over 130 pounds. I started to exercise and eat better. One of the best things about this transformation is meeting Dr. Katzen and having a thigh lift and body lift by him."- J.A. / Google / Jun 15, 2019
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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