Breast Lift Overview
A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure to correct a breast that sags and droops downward. It is a technique that removes and tightens excess skin on and around the breast to restore a youthful, perky breast appearance. Dr. Daniel Beck is a Dallas, TX plastic surgeon that specializes in this procedure. His ultimate objective during mastopexy is to lift up the droopy breast and tighten the stretched skin so that the breast projects naturally forward and sits higher on the chest wall. Augmentation using an implant may also be combined with this surgery according to patient’s aesthetic goals.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Dr.Beck is an absolute gem! For any cosmetic procedures I highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable, patient when answering all your questions and delivers great results! I highly recommend him!"- S.W. / Yahoo / Apr 30, 2015
"I scheduled my first appointment with Dr. Beck, fully intending to see at least one or two other Plastic Surgeons in order to select the best one for me. After meeting with Dr. Beck and his staff, I knew I need not look further. He was so professional and throrough in describing exactly what he would do, and the results I should expect. Leading up to the surgery, the staff was more than thorough in getting everything they needed to make my experience safe and successful. They were there for me at every turn, answering every question I had, and guiding me through the pre op requirements. My surgery was quite involved, lasting over 6 hours. I had a tummy tuck and breast lift/augmentation after losing 170 pounds. I spent the night at the Cloister Hotel (awesome nurses!) and the next morning, I was able to see the preliminary results of the surgery. I literally could not believe my eyes. All I can say is that Dr. Beck is a miracle worker. I could not have hoped for better results. I'm 60 years old and I could literally wear a bikini if I so desired. I looked better after the surgery than when I was in my 20s, thanks to Dr. Beck. If you're looking for the best plastic surgeon in the metroplex, you have found him in Dr. Beck."- L.F. / Yelp / Apr 16, 2019
"I went to Dr.Beck for tummy tuck as well as a breast lift and I highly recommend him. I was so pleased with my results! He truly did an amazing job and staff were so friendly and helpful with any questions I had. Dr. Beck always thoroughly explained everything and really cared about the results. Thank you Dr. Beck I finally feel myself again!!!"- B.H. / Yelp / Jul 24, 2019
"A friend referred me to Dr. Beck after her procedure. I Google him and read all of his reviews. Not only were his credentials awesome, but his reviews all talked about his amazing bedside manner. They were right!!!! I am so glad that I chose Dr. Beck for a breast augmentation. From the moment I called the office, the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. My initial consultation was approximately 2.5 hours, which was pretty impressive he took the time to make sure that he got a sense of what I wanted, and trust me he delivered. On April 3, 2015 I had my surgery. I could not be happier with the results of my surgery. I chose to get a 500 CC silicone implant under the muscle, and if I don't tell people that I had my breasts done they don't question them. My breasts look full yet extremely natural. My Breasts are amazing! I would recommend Dr. Daniel Beck to any friend or family wanting to improve on something that bothers them. Thank you Dr. Beck and STAFF......"- D.C. / Yelp / Apr 27, 2015
"Best plastic surgeon. Takes the time with you, answers all you're questions. Highly recommend him and his staff."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 30, 2017
Breast Lift Surgical Technique
During a breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease direction. How extensive the incision will be depends on how much skin must be removed. The excess skin will be trimmed away, and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining skin will be stretched up and closed with sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it can provide additional support in keeping the improved projection in place.
Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sagging is and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below.
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold.
Breast Lift During/After Surgery
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to 2 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6-8 weeks. Scars are part of the process, but with extra care the marks will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to a more beautiful breast appearance.
Breast Lift Expected Cost
Schedule an appointment for a customized consultation with Dr. Beck to determine the cost of your procedure. Insurance does not cover breast lift surgery as it is considered cosmetic in nature. There are few exceptions depending on the patient’s special circumstances, so it is best to confirm with the insurance coordinator if any coverage is valid.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Lift FAQs
Lift Or Augmentation?
It depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. Before surgery, a thorough consultation and assessment and the surgeon will recommend if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery.
It is common in a breast lift procedure that the nipple is repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away, a portion of an overly stretched areola (the colored skin around the nipple) is simultaneously trimmed away. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position.
How Bad is Scarring?
When incisions are made to trim away the skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Plastic surgeons are experts when it comes to minimizing scarring with precise techniques when it comes to incisions and suturing. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing is healthy and quick.