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Breast Lifts Are Rising in Popularity

shutterstock_208466563For the last couple of decades, enhancing the breasts through breast augmentation has been the most popular form of plastic surgery. However, the desire to improve the appearance of the breasts without increasing their size has caused the number of breast lift procedures performed to increase over the last few years. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 90,000 breast lifts were performed in 2013, which is up 70 percent from 2000 and twice the rate of breast augmentation with implants.

How is a breast lift performed?

Also known as a mastopexy, this surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with the patient under general anesthesia and takes between one and a half to three hours to complete. During the procedure, one of the following incision techniques will be used:

Doughnut Incision

An incision is made around the areola.

Lollipop Incision

An incision is made around the areola that extends down toward the crease of the breast.

Anchor Incision

An incision is made around the areola that extends down toward the crease of the breast and along the breast fold.

The technique used during a breast lift depends on the:

  • Size and shape of the breasts

  • Location of the areolas

  • Extent of sagging in the breasts

  • Amount of excess skin to be removed

  • Quality of the skin’s elasticity

During your initial consultation, Dr. Alex Mesbahi will discuss your desires and examine your breasts to determine which incision technique will best meet your needs.

What are the results like?

The final outcome of a breast lift procedure will become apparent over the next couple of months as the shape and position of the breasts begin to settle. In most instances, patients can expect their results to last many years as long they maintain their weight and refrain from becoming pregnant in the future.

To find out if you are a good candidate for a breast lift, we encourage you to contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery today. Feel free to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Along with his caring staff, Dr. Mesbahi looks forward to meeting you soon and helping you achieve the results you desire.