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Breast Lift

Breast Lift in Houston, TX

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What is a breast lift?

Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales restores the breast and nipple back to its youthful anatomical position following the effects of aging, weight loss or pregnancy through a breast lift, or mastopexy. Restoration of a breast to its anatomical position is dependent on many factors, including age, the quality of the skin, history of pregnancy and history of weight loss. The breast lift procedure is intended to give women an elevated, more youthful breast contour, as well as ensure the desired size of the nipple-areolar complexes are at the correct height and location.

Surgical Technique

A breast lift typically takes 2 to 3 hours to complete, and is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. There are several possible techniques for a breast lift. If there is breast volume asymmetry, it can be improved by removing excess volume in the larger breast. All techniques typically require excess skin excision to help reshape the breast. These techniques are designed to move the nipple into a more youthful position. There are other techniques, such as the short-scar lift, which involves less extensive incisions and scarring, which may be appropriate for certain patients.

During/After Surgery

A few days after surgery, any bandages that are applied are usually removed. Patients are required to wear a support bra or compression bandage to help support and position the breasts. They will feel tight as the skin adjusts to the new breast shape. Swelling fades within a few weeks. The scars will be pink for several weeks, but fade over a period of several months. Patients will be able to go about light daily activities after the first few days, but more aerobic recreation should be delayed for about 3 weeks. Most patients return to work within 2 weeks unless their job requires lifting or aerobic activity.

Expected Cost

The average cost for a breast lift is $6,500-$8,000. The cost depends on the extent of the surgery, and the technique used.

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Average Cost  
$7,000 - $10,000
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
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Breast Lift FAQs

Covered by Insurance?

Unfortunately, most insurance policies consider a breast lift as a cosmetic procedure, and do not cover the expenses of the procedure.

Combine with Other Procedures?

A breast lift is often combined with other body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or liposuction. When all of these are combined, it is often called a Mommy Makeover.

When Can I Go Back To Work?

Every person recovers differently. The recovery period depends on how many procedures were performed at the same time. The average return to work for the standard breast lift is 1 week.

When Can I Exercise?

The average return to routine exercise is no sooner than 2 months. The swelling after breast lift surgery requires more time to heal.

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