Please review the frequently asked questions and answers about breast augmentation presented below. If you have additional questions and concerns, give us a call at (281) 407-7428 or use the Contact Us form to email us, and we will be happy to answer any of your questions about Dr. Paul Vitenas’ approach to natural looking breast augmentation. You owe it to yourself to get all the facts! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas.
Q – What is mastopexy?
Mastopexy, more commonly known as a breast lift, is a procedure that lifts the breasts, improving sagging and decreasing volume that may have occurred from age, gravity, or pregnancy. Mastopexy may be performed with breast augmentation for patients seeking additional volume and fullness. (See breast augmentation/enlargement page for more information)
Q – Who is a candidate for breast lifts?
Women who are in good health and looking to improve a loss of shape of the breast and nipple malposition may be good candidates for the breast lift. Patients seeking additional volume and upper pole fullness may be candidates for a combined breast lift and breast augmentation.
Q – Why should I select Dr. Paul Vitneas for my breast lift procedure?
With more than 20 years of experience and an unparalleled safety record and concern for his patients, Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, FACS, has the training, experience, safety record and, most importantly, thousands of satisfied patients. (Read what our patients have to say, review our certifications and awards and learn why Paul Vitenas, Jr. MD, FACS is your number one choice for natural looking aesthetic breast enhancement services.)
Q – What should I expect during a consultation for mastopexy?
During your personal consultation for a breast lift, Dr. Paul Vitenas will review your complete medical history, thoroughly discuss your breast enhancement goals, answer all of your questions and recommend the appropriate procedure(s) to address your goal. During your consultation you can review photos of previous breast lift patients, and if you are considering a breast augmentation, Dr. Vitenas will assist you with trying on various breast implant sizers so you can see the expected results. Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, the risks, and your recovery.
Q – Where is the surgery for a breast lift performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the surgery for mastopexy at the Houston Surgery Center, located in the same building as Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery in Houston, TX.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for mastopexy?
The breast lift is performed with general anesthesia by a board certified anesthesiologist.
Q – How long is the surgery for mastopexy?
Breast lift surgery takes about two to three hours and is performed at a fully accredited hospital outpatient surgical facility.
Q – How are breast lifts performed and where are the incisions made for mastopexy?
Dr. Vitenas performs his breast lift procedure using a periareola and inverted T incision which circles the areola, extends in a vertical line below the nipple, and runs horizontally along the crease beneath the breast. Excess skin and tissue are then removed and the nipple and areola are lifted to a higher position.
Q – Does mastopexy leave scars?
Dr. Vitenas cautions that a breast lift does result in a scar. The scar is located around the areola, runs vertically below the nipple, and ends in a horizontal line in the crease beneath the breast.
Q – Is mastopexy a painful procedure and what can I expect during my recovery?
Patients may experience some discomfort, and medication can be taken to manage this. Swelling, bruising, and numbness may occur. Patients can expect a recovery time of about seven to ten days after the breast lift procedure. A soft support bra may need to be worn for several weeks after surgery.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my mastopexy procedure?
Patients are often able to return to work within a few days after the breast lift procedure.
Q – When will I be able to exercise after my mastopexy surgery?
Patients will need to postpone strenuous activities and exercise for about four to six weeks after the breast lift.
Q – What are the risks or possible complications of mastopexy?
The potential risks or complications associated with the breast lift may include bleeding, infection, loss of nipple sensation and delayed wound healing.
Q – Is it possible to finance my mastopexy procedure?
There are financing options available for plastic surgery. The professionals at Vitenas Cosmetic Center can discuss these with you during your breast lift consultation. (Please visit our financing options page to learn more.)