Breast Lift

Mastopexy in San Francisco

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to restore the shape and position of a woman's breasts. It can also be used to correct asymmetry that may have always been there or is the result of surgery. As we age, the effects of gravity cause breasts to lose their perkiness and begin sagging. This can be corrected with a breast lift at the San Francisco Bay Area's Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery, but the type of lift depends on the extent of sagginess.

A versatile doctor performs crescent lifts, circum-areolar lifts, vertical lifts, and inverted-T lifts. These breast lifts, listed from least to most aggressive, allow for increased tightening, but require incrementally longer incisions. The doctor will help determine the ideal lift to maximize results and minimize scarring based on your body and your goals. You'll be glad to know that the scars are often well hidden at a natural line between the areola and the breast skin. For vertical lifts, the scar extends downward to form a lollipop shape, while an inverted T lift has a horizontal component that's usually well hidden in the breast fold.

Talk to a surgeon about a breast lift by calling San Francisco (415.433.0303) or Healdsburg (707.473.0220).

Breast lifts can sometimes result in some loss of volume. In these cases, as well as to provide greater fullness (cleavage) to the upper portion of the breasts, a breast lift may be combined with a small implant to restore perkiness (what we call projection) while maintaining a natural look. For women who have experienced changes to their abdomen and breasts from childbirth, breast surgery is often combined with abdominal liposuction or a tummy tuck as part of a "mommy makeover." This allows for lower total costs and minimizes down time.

What to Expect After a Breast Lift

The breast lift operation usually takes two to three hours*. Following a lift, patients are put in a surgical garment that they'll wear around the clock except for showers for the first two weeks. Patients can shower 48 hours after surgery, and pain is usually easily managed with medication. Although you are encouraged to return to your usual routine right away, the doctor will likely recommend taking a week off of work to allow yourself to recover from surgery, and strenuous activity is limited for two to four weeks after surgery.

Moving Forward

If you're considering a breast lift in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area, call The Jacobs Center's Healdsburg office at 707.473.0220 or the San Francisco office at 415.433.0303 to arrange a consultation.

* Patient Results May Vary