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.
Breast Lift Ideal Candidates
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
"Lipo Arms, Upper back, bra rolls, upper chest,abdomen,inner thighs - I've had some lipo done before which had a positive impact on my actual body shape( lower ab/ flanks). I lose and gain weight often due to depression so i've been working on it. This time, when I gained weight it looks went to my upper body is a serious way. Also i've gained visceral fat in my upper abdomen that can only be reduced by diet and exercise, so that's my current task . In the meantime , i've grown tired or this heavier weight up top so i've been researching doctors for a few months around Texas. I also had consults with surgeons in Atlanta and Miami . I was attracted to those flashier doctors at first because they do really aggressive lipo and I feel like I need aggressive especially since i've had some lipo before. That means there will be scar tissue in some areas that will be tougher to maneuver. I'm not interested in a BBL or fat transfer. I'm never going to be a skinny person nor am I gym rat often enough to build and maintain a 6 pack and perfect toned arms and legs. I'm not saying it's impossible but it is improbable. I'm realistic about my expectations with lipo so I know that once this procedure is done , i still have work to do in order to get the upper abs to flatten. In any case , I decided against the Miami doctors because I saw a lot of stories online about women dying on the operating table from various missteps of the surgeons. Of course I know not all Miami doctors are bad but I saw enough. The Miami price are very cheap and tempting. I saw a lot of reviews about women saying they felt like they were in an assembly line and the doctors just rush and bring people in and out. I wanted to save money but not for that much additional risk . Elective surgery is a risk all together-but why add on more risk unnecessarily. So I started to look at smaller boutique surgery centers and found several in my own city which is Austin Texas. From start to finish I had 8 consults. I decided on Dr. Levesque here in Austin and he has a fairly small operation with privileges at a local surgery center. He offers liposuction under general or local- depending on how much work you want and if you want to be fully under . I felt a great vibe from the staff and the prices were fair and I was able to choose general because I didn't want local based on a prior scary experience with a bad doctor. I know i'm the type who needs to just be put under. Of course there are extra costs to go to the surgery center and for an anesthesiologist. Small price to pay for my sanity and surgeons can be more aggressive while you're under and the results tend to be better . The downside( in my opinion) is that the recovery is harder when you go under general because the doctor can just go to town on you pretty forcefully so you're sore. My surgery is tomorrow- May 15th. I'm nervous but I've been in this process before so i'm fully prepared , lol or I think I am. I'm getting lipo to my back, arms, bra roll, inner thighs and some touch up on the abs."- T. / RealSelf / May 15, 2020
"Helen, Dr. Levesque, Holly take the time to listen and respect your concerns. They are conservative with the treatment services and provide their time to consult and truly respect the patient concerns. I have recommend Levesque Plastic Surgery to several friends and family and will continue to do so without hesitation."- B.C. / Google / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Levesque is a kind, caring, calm surgeon. I went to him for a rhinoplasty (open approach with osteotomy as well as tip refinement) and cannot express enough thanks for the effortless experience - consultation to post-op. I was able to communication directly with Dr. Levesque whenever I had a concern or question, both pre and post op. I am in disbelief I felt fully recovered after only 3 days post-op and ready to go back to work. I had minimal pain for 3 days post op then switched to NSAIDs, as needed. There was some bruising, which I covered up with makeup. His longtime assistant Helen Klingensmith does my botox and dermal procedures. She is so cheerful, and great at finding the best prices for you!"- E. / Google / Dec 26, 2019
"Love this Doctor and his staff. After being hit by a drunk driver my right hand/wrist had some major repairs that needed to be done. Dr. Levesque walked me through the entire procedure, how/why, and answered any questions I had while I laid in the ER. Knowing and seeing that I was upset that I needed surgery he calmly explained reassured me that my hand wouldn't be "gone". I had 2 pins taken out of my wrist after a few weeks. That's not a "no pain" procedure. He did his best to be gentle and quick. Every time I've been to his office for follow ups he never rushes me, takes time to talk about life in general, always wants to make sure I'm happy with the results, and explains to me different options for the future. Thank you for everything."- J.H. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
Breast Lift Surgical Technique
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 with Breast Lift
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.
Breast Lift 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.