About Breast Lift Surgery
A surgical breast lift is a cosmetic treatment that recontours the breasts by reducing excess skin and pulling the remaining tissue taut to produce a firmer, younger appearance. This life-enhancing surgery is offered for women who have lost breast fullness and shape or experience breast sagging due to aging, significant weight loss, or nursing. Medical breakthroughs in breast lift surgery have become so effective that new stats released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show around a 70% increase in the demand for this procedure since the year 2000. Dr. Andre Y. Levesque, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Austin, TX, offers this cosmetic breast surgery at his practice, Levesque Plastic Surgery. By employing advanced methodology and patient-oriented care, Dr. Levesque will perform the proper technique based on the level of excess tissue and your desired outcome.
You may visit Levesque Plastic Surgery hoping to receive breast implants, as is often the case for most women. However, after a physical examination, you may realize that a breast lift is a better option for your unique situation. This could be due to the amount of excess breast tissue present. Breasts with nipples that angle downward usually require a breast lift procedure to correct skin irregularities and raise the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If your nipples aim downward and your breasts appear elongated, a breast lift can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.
"I went to Dr. Levesque for some liposuction on the hard to lose areas of my thighs and flanks. He made sure my expectations were realistic and exactly what he could and couldn't do. He was very detailed in describing the procedure and very patient with questions. It is very obvious he truly cares about his patients and won't just do any procedure a patient wants, but will do what he can to ensure the patient will be happy with the results. For example, I wanted lipo on my rear end. Alot of it. He told me that if he did too much, I would get saggy and explained clearly why what I wanted wasn't a good idea. Other plastic surgeons might have just done it anyway. I felt extremely comfortable with him and trusted him completely. I'm very glad I did! I am extremely happy with my results and would never hesitate to do another procedure with him."- J.H. / Google / May 10, 2019
"I am so excited I saw Helen Klingensmith today! I am very picky about who touches my face and I haven’t seen anyone since Helen left Devenir Aesthetics. So I was ecstatic to learn she joined Dr. Andre Levesque’s plastic surgery office and I just got back from having Botox. As always, Helen was amazing. It didn’t hurt one bit (and I am not a fan of needles), always double checked where she was injecting and made sure I was comfortable the entire time. I am super excited to get rid of these wrinkles again! Thank you Helen – you are the best ever!"- J.K. / Google / May 29, 2019
"I've been to Helen many years for Botox/Dysport injections. Her extensive training overflows in her expertise far exceeding my expectations of beautiful, lasting results every single time. Her adorable personality is a bonus! And I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Dr. Levesque & his wife! Professional, kind & warm bedside manner. All & all a fantastic staff!!!"- C.B. / Yelp / May 13, 2019
"After being diagnosed with the BRCA2 mutation I was given a recommendation for Dr. Levesque while he was at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Al. I arrived at his office to discuss bilateral mastectomies and frankly I was scared to death. He immediately calmed my fears with his awesome bedside manner. Throughout the process of the mastectomies and the reconstruction he was the most kind, considerate, accommodating surgeon I had ever met. As an RN of 26 years, I’ve had the opportunity to see many patient-physician interactions and his is by far above the typical personality and behaviors of many surgeons. In this day we have many choices out there, why not choose the best! I would highly recommend this physician to anyone! You will not be disappointed!"- T.N. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
"After being diagnosed with the BRCA2 mutation I was given a recommendation for Dr. Levesque while he was at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Al. I arrived at his office to discuss bilateral mastectomies and frankly I was scared to death. He immediately calmed my fears with his awesome bedside manner. Throughout the process of the mastectomies and the reconstruction he was the most kind, considerate, accommodating surgeon I had ever met. I would highly recommend this physician to anyone! You will not be disappointed!"- T.N. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
Breast lift surgery takes about 2 – 4 hours and is performed with the use of general anesthesia. The timeframe of this surgery depends on the severity of excess breast tissue present. The method used for mastopexy surgery generally falls within two categories, which are based on the location and type of incision used. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and vertical incisions are the preferred techniques. Once the incision is made, any loose skin is carefully trimmed away, along with breast tissue and fat that is not desired. The skin left behind is then pulled tight, and the breasts are lifted so they appear younger and fuller. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reduced to match the new shape of the breast. It is during this time that an implant can be inserted if an augmentation was decided to be performed as well.
What To Expect
The overall recovery period for a mastopexy is more lengthy than breast augmentation. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to assist with swelling. A tiny tube will also be placed near the surgical site to assist with excess drainage that can sometimes occur after surgery. The post-surgical swelling will decrease after several days. Dr. Levesque will provide you with specific, at-home incision care instructions to help your healing process move along with ease. Results following a breast lift treatment begin to take shape after several months as your newly contoured breasts take to their new position on your chest. The breasts will look natural, and you will feel lighter.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Levesque will listen to your needs and goals before developing your unique treatment plan. After that, he can estimate your costs. When done well, a breast lift can transform your silhouette incredibly. This is why it's important to receive the best care possible that can only be provided by an experienced surgeon with extensive training. To help make your surgery easier to afford, Levesque Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your unique concerns. For many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Levesque will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals during your consultation. From there, you can decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Typically, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted upward during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Levesque can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This will be discussed during your consultation so he can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during 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 might begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors like significant weight gain or loss can 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 results, which is why Dr. Levesque recommends that patients wait until they are done having children to receive a breast lift procedure.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of excess tissue. Dr. Levesque will assess the appearance and physical condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a lift can help you. During your lift, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and positioned for symmetry.
Breast lift surgery has positively affected the lives of countless women worldwide. If you have pendulous breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or inhibit your ability to live to the fullest, a breast lift at Levesque Plastic Surgery may be the solution for you. During your first consultation, a thorough physical exam will be performed by Dr. Levesque, and your goals for the procedure will be discussed. We will establish a tailored surgical plan to help transform your breasts and enhance their appearance to suit your preferences. We invite you to contact Levesque Plastic Surgery and schedule your private consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.