Breast Lift

A variety of factors can lead to a sagging and drooping appearance to the breasts: the natural processes of aging and gravity; recent pregnancy and/or breastfeeding; significant weight loss; and genetic disposition. Breast lift surgery, medically referred to as Mastopexy, can reverse these effects and give the breasts a more youthful contour. Plastic surgeon Daniel C. Mills, MD is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and makes cosmetic breast enhancement a special focus of his practice. With breast lift surgery, Dr. Mills can help you attain your goals with breasts that appear younger, firmer, and “perky.”

Please contact Dr. Mills to schedule a consultation for breast lift surgery at our Laguna Beach, Orange County, California practice.

Breast Lift Benefits

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Breasts that take on a sagging appearance are extraordinarily common, and can have an impact on a woman’s self-esteem. The good news is, breast lift surgery can be very effective at addressing changes in the shape and contour of the breasts and provide you with a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduction in the appearance of sagging and drooping
  • Breasts that are in a tighter, firmer position
  • Breast that appear firm and more youthful

Although a breast lift concentrates on the elimination of excess skin for a firmer appearance to the breasts, it will not give your breasts more volume or increase their size. However, a breast lift with implants can help you achieve this goal, giving the breasts a perky appearance while enhancing their size to meet your needs.

Dr. Mills will meet with you in an initial consultation to talk about all aspects of breast lift surgery, At this meeting, you are encouraged to ask any and all questions you may have. Dr. Mills will be happy to speak with you and help you determine if breast lift (mastopexy) surgery is the best option for you.

Breast Lift Procedure

There are a number of different breast lift techniques that Dr. Mills can perform. He will discuss all of them with you before surgery, and determine which technique will be best for your individual needs. Typically, the procedure will involve an incision made in the areola (the area surrounding the nipple). The incision will follow down to the breast crease. Dr. Mills will likely reposition the nipples to a higher location and remove excess skin that may be causing the breasts to sag. The remaining skin will be tightened to provide a smoother appearance and “lift” to the breasts.

Breast lift surgery can be performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia. The entire procedure typically takes less than two hours to complete.

Soft Tissue Reinforcement with the GalaFLEX® Scaffold

Traditionally, patients with weakened breast tissue and/or those who require additional soft tissue support have been susceptible to a quicker reoccurrence of breast sagging following mastopexy due to their tissue’s inability to withstand the effects of various elements that contribute to breast drooping. To help combat this concern and prevent accelerated breast re-sagging in certain individuals, Dr. Mills offers an innovative technique called the GalaFLEX® scaffold that can be positioned at the time of surgery.

Fabricated from a bioresorbable polymer, the GalaFLEX® scaffold is a lattice-like, biocompatible device designed not only to immediately strengthen tissue areas that require additional reinforcement, but also to regenerate new, more durable tissues via the natural development of collagen and healthy blood vessels. Over the span of about 18-24 months, the GalaFLEX® scaffold will safely dissolve by way of hydrolysis, eventually leaving behind only carbon, water, and the newly regenerated tissue.

For most patients in need of soft tissue reinforcement, Dr. Mills has found that the GalaFLEX® scaffold can improve tissue strength by three to five times, ultimately helping to prevent the reoccurrence of breast drooping while prolonging the mastopexy outcome.

Breast Lift Recovery

Some degree of swelling and bruising can be expected after breast lift surgery; however, this can be alleviated with medication. Normal daily routines can often be resumed after about one week. Dr. Mills advises breast lift surgery patients to avoid strenuous activities and upper-body workouts for several weeks after surgery. He also advises patients to come to our practice for follow-up appointments to make sure the recovery process and results are satisfactory, and to perform monthly self-breast examinations.

Breast lift surgery is one of the most popular breast enhancement procedures and can be extremely effective at reducing sagginess in the breasts for a more attractive and youthful appearance. For more information on breast lift surgery, please contact our practice.

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*Individual Results May Vary

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