Breast Lift in Los Angeles, CA

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About Breast Lift Surgery

Pregnancy, weight changes, and aging can cause your breasts to droop. Breast lift surgery can be performed to reposition the nipple-areolar complex and remove the excess skin for a more youthful bust line. Depending on the droopiness of your breast, our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, will determine if a breast lift is right for you. He will place your surgical incisions artfully and carefully to minimize visible scarring.

A breast lift is a body contouring procedure that lifts and tightens the breasts by reducing loose skin and pulling the healthy tissues tight to produce a more youthful and healthier look. By using the most advanced skin lifting surgical methods, Dr. Keyes will perform the proper technique depending on the degree of sag present in addition to the desired aesthetic goal. To learn how he can help you have perkier, lifted breasts, schedule a consultation in the Los Angeles, CA office of Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. today.

Ideal Candidates

To determine your candidacy, you will need to have a private assessment of your breasts. Women who qualify for a breast lift will have severe sagging or loss of breast volume. Breasts and nipples that point down typically need a breast lift to raise the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts look elongated, this cosmetic surgery can dramatically help your appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health, a nonsmoker, and at a healthy weight. If you do smoke, you will need to quit for a period of time before and after surgery, since it can interfere with healing. You should also be at or near your ideal weight, and planning to maintain a stable weight. If you are considering starting a family or having more children, you may want to postpone this type of surgery, since pregnancy could cause significant alteration to the appearance of your lifted breasts.

Surgical Technique

Dr. Keyes will choose the breast lift techniques that will achieve the best result for your individual needs. Different incision patterns can be used depending upon how much correction is required. Since all techniques start with an incision around the areola, you may choose to reduce the size of your areola (especially if it is stretched or not the same size or shape as the other breast). Dr. Keyes will place the incisions skillfully to minimize the appearance of any visible scarring.

On the day of your surgery in an outpatient setting, you will receive general anesthesia by one of our board-certified anesthesiologists, who will remain in the operating room throughout the surgery to monitor you. After making the incisions, Dr. Keyes will remove the sagging skin, lift the healthy skin into a higher position, and tighten the breast structure. He will also reposition the nipples and areola to achieve the most natural, youthful-looking results. Once contouring is complete, Dr. Keyes will close the incisions and apply surgical dressings and a specialized bandage. You will wear a support bra for the next few weeks, which will help minimize discomfort and also aid healing. During the first few weeks after surgery, you should avoid strenuous activities. Your sutures will be removed after 1 – 2 weeks, and it may take more than a month for the final results of your breast lift to become apparent since there will be post-surgical swelling.

What To Expect

The overall recovery period for a mastopexy is more extensive than breast augmentation surgery. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to diminish swelling. A tiny tube may be inserted near the surgical area to help with excess drainage that can occur. After surgery, the swelling will decrease within about a week. Dr. Keyes or a member of his team will provide specific, at-home care instructions to assist your healing process. Aesthetic results after a breast lift treatment are noticeable after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your chest. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Keyes will pay attention to your wants and goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Following that, he can estimate your price. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your body, so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Keyes, rather than price. 

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, implants, or both depends on you. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Keyes will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.

Will my nipples be moved?
Typically, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Keyes can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.

How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you might start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors such as significant weight loss or gain can change your results, therefore it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter and negatively impact your results.

Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Keyes will evaluate the appearance and physical condition of your breasts in your consultation and talk about how a lift will be able to help. In your lift, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for symmetry.

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On To More Youthful Breasts

Dr. Keyes does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to breast lift surgeries and will work closely with you to achieve the results you desire. Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of many Los Angeles, CA women. If you are faced with drooping breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prevent you from wearing the clothes you want, a mastopexy with Dr. Keyes may be a great solution. We invite you to contact Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. to speak to a patient coordinator to schedule your first visit.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.