Aging, pregnancy, and weight loss can all cause your breasts to sag, making yourself conscious when intimate and even affecting the kinds of clothes you can wear with confidence.
Dr. Davila performs a variety breast lift operations to counteract the effects of gravity and other factors in order to make your breasts fuller, rounder, and more symmetrical.
It is important to have realistic expectations about your procedure before undergoing a breast lift. Dr. Davila will discuss your goals and concerns during a consultation to ensure that you understand your options. There will be a variety of breast surgery options to choice from to reach your cosmetic desires. For example, if you want to add volume to your breasts, a breast lift with implants may be a better choice for you. If you favor the most reliable and long lasting restore, a custom fabricate resorbable mesh maybe indicated.
Our Operating Room
Our plastic surgeons are proud to be able to perform surgical procedures in the AAAASF certified office operating room. This operating room is fully furnished with the latest tools and technology to allow us to perform advanced surgical procedures under local anesthesia in a comfortable, private setting.
For the majority of our patients who require general anesthesia we are serviced by the Waterfront Surgery Center in Homestead and the East Side Surgery Center. And those requiring specialized services and post-operative care or prefer to be treated at a hospital, we perform your surgery at UPMC Magee-Women's Hospital.
At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we strive to match the right procedure to each client to ensure that they are satisfied with their results.
Types of Breast Lift Surgery
Every patient's needs are unique. Dr. Davila performs several different types of breast lift surgery. He will recommend an approach based on the extent of treatment you require.
Dr. Davila performs periareolar breast lift (crescent lift) procedures for patients with minimal sagging. It involves an incision that encircles the areola where the light skin meets the darker skin. Dr. Davila will remove a doughnut like strip of lighter colored breast skin around the areola before closing the incision.
A circumvertical breast lift combines perioaureolar excision of skin with another extending vertically from the bottom of the areola to the lower breast crease. This type of lift is also called a "lollipop" lift because of the shape the incisions create. Through this incision, Dr. Davila can remove excess tissue before closing the incisions.
A vertical breast lift combines one or more circumareolar incisions with another extending vertically from the bottom of the areola to the lower breast crease. This type of lift is also called a "lollipop" lift because of the shape the incisions create. Through this incision, Dr. Hurwitz can remove excess tissue before closing the incisions.
Traditional Breast Lift
A traditional breast lift, also called an anchor lift, combines the incisions used in a vertical breast lift with another following the lower crease of the breast. This type of lift can benefit patients experiencing the most advanced stages of breast ptosis, or sagging.
Most patients require about a week of downtime before returning to work and other activities. You will need to relax for the first few days and get plenty of rest. You should avoid strenuous activities, especially bending or lifting. For the first two to six weeks after your breast lift, you should limit your exercise to walking until otherwise instructed by Dr. Davila.
Breast Lift or mastopexy may suffer a partial return of sagging. Depending on your anatomy, Dr. Davila will recommend preemptive insertion of the latest in absorbable mesh, that leaves a strong sheet of native collagen to internally suspend your breasts.
Caring for Scars
As with most operations, a breast lift will leave scarring. However, there are steps you can take to minimize their appearance. Wearing your compression garment or bra as instructed and gently massaging the area can help. Other methods for reducing scarring include avoiding smoking, reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption, eating a healthy diet, and staying hydrated. Our aestheticians in the Med spa will often you the proper topical scar cream to massage twice a day. For those with a history of excessive scarring or show early signs, they start more aggressive therapies including Embrace® coverage, bipolar radiofrequency needling and C02 fractional laser. It is also very important to minimize sun exposure by covering scars with clothing and using a strong sunblock. For most with proper care, your scars will fade as you heal. *
Breast Lift with Implants
Many patients choose to undergo a combination of breast augmentation and a breast lift. This involves placing a silicone or saline breast implant during breast lift surgery to add volume and projection in addition to a lift. If you choose to combine these two procedures, Dr. Davila will help you choose the right kind of implant, the appropriate size, and the placement method (above or below the pectoral muscle) based on the results you wish to achieve. Depending on your anatomy, Dr. Davila will recommend preemptive insertion of the latest in absorbable mesh, that leaves a strong sheet of native collagen to internally suspend your implants.
When you meet with Dr. Davila for your consultation, he will thoroughly evaluate your breast size and skin elasticity to determine if you are a good candidate. He will also discuss your goals and expectations to determine if a combined treatment is the surest way to achieve the results you desire.
If you wish to undergo a breast lift combined with breast augmentation, with the aid of the most advanced 3-D imaging and simulation, Dr. Davila will also explain your implant options. He offers both silicone and saline implants in a variety of different sizes, shapes, and textures.
If you wish to correct sagging breasts, but also envision a bust line that is larger and shapelier, Dr. Davila can evaluate your candidacy for a breast lift combined with augmentation.
Is It Right for You?
Age, childbirth, breastfeeding, and fluctuations in weight can all take a toll on the breasts. Over time, the breasts may sag and droop. You may want to consider a breast lift with implants if you want to:
- Increase the size of your breasts
- Address sagging or drooping breasts
- Achieve improved symmetry between the breasts
When you meet with Dr. Hurwitz for your consultation, he will thoroughly evaluate your breast size and skin elasticity to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. He will also discuss your goals and expectations to determine if a combined treatment is the surest way to achieve the results you desire.
If you wish to undergo a breast lift combined with breast augmentation, Dr. Hurwitz will also explain your implant options. He offers both silicone and saline implants in a variety of different sizes, shapes, and textures.
If you wish to correct sagging breasts, but also envision a bust line that is larger and shapelier, Dr. Hurwitz can evaluate your candidacy for a breast lift combined with augmentation.
What to Expect during the Procedure
For your safety, Dr. Davila performs breast procedures in nearby Ambulatory surgery centers under general anesthesia. When the operation can be performed under local anesthesia, the nurse will place your sublingual (under the tongue) table of safe narcotic called Desuvia prior to Dr. Davila administering local anesthetic. You will be relaxed as your tissues are thoroughly numbed.
Next, Dr. Davila will incise your breast. The size and shape of the incision will depend on the extent of the lift needed to achieve the desired results. Once he has removed excess tissue and suture repositioned the breast, he will insert the breast implants before closing the incisions with sutures. Depending on your goals, the implant will be placed either above or below the pectoral muscle with or without the use of an absorbable mesh.
In general, a breast lift combined with augmentation requires one to two weeks of downtime, depending on the extent of surgery, where the implant was placed, the rate at which your body heals, and other factors. During this time, it is important to get up and walk periodically in order to avoid blood clots, but you should avoid any strenuous activity. Dr. Davila will provide explicit instructions to follow during your recovery, and he will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress. All incisions will be placed in a manner that fosters discreet, easily concealed scars that will fade over time.
Enhance Your Figure and Your Confidence
If sagging breasts are causing you to feel self-conscious, Dr. Davila's expertise and artistic approach to breast lift surgery can help you look and feel your best.* Contact the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery online or call us at (866) 473-2570 today to schedule a consultation.
“I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.*” Jill's Story