What is Breast Lift Surgery?
Sagging breasts can be enhanced with a surgery called a breast lift at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. Excessive skin can have your breasts looking deflated, elongated, and pointing downward. With a cosmetic breast lift, our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel, can reduce the excess skin and tighten up your healthy tissue to result in a more youthful, perky breast appearance. Known as mastopexy, Dr. Spiegel performs this surgery for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape because of breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or a combination of these factors.
Being at an advanced age is not a great determining factor for the need for a breast lift. Women of all ages can show signs of breast ptosis. Heavy breasts developed at a young age can accelerate the stretching of the breast skin, no matter what your age. If you would like to see if you would qualify for a breast lift, we invite you to make a consultative appointment with Dr. Spiegel for a personalized skin assessment.
Do I Need A Breast Lift?
You may come to Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. wanting fuller breasts with breast implants, but after a private assessment, you may realize that a breast lift is what you actually need. Because of the severity of your breast sag, you may want a lift to elevate the breasts to a perkier position. If you have nipples that point downward and your breasts appear stretched, a surgical lift can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a maintainable weight. Dr. Spiegel will plan out your surgery as your body indicates for surgical incision technique, how much skin to remove, and more before you schedule a surgery date.
"I cannot recommend Dr Spiegel and her team more highly. I attended her clinic when having trouble with uncomfortable implants after a previous mastectomy. Dr Spiegel suggested DIEP procedure and I was really not sure. Over the coming months both she and her team explained the procedure, the benefits and results and implications. I decided to go ahead and I could not be more happy with the results. I look like I would have done pre mastectomy. I have been amazed by the continued care and concern of the whole team from the finance folk to the clinic nurses and doctors and their absolute pleasure in seeing my delight. A fantastic experience and I can't thank them enough."- C.A. / Google / Aug 01, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel and her wonderful staff got me through the most difficult experience of my life. Going through mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction is traumatic. I chose her over other Houston area surgeons and felt that I could trust her. Everyone in her office supported me each step of the way. First, and foremost, this is a major surgery and you rely on medical excellence to avoid important risks. She is a perfectionist regarding medical safety. Next, her artistry is outstanding. She got the best result that could be possible. Finally, if you have radiation, it is a long journey of several years to get from the beginning to end of the process, involving a year of a temporary expander before the final reconstruction. It is important to have a team that you can have that trusting supportive relationship over time. I feel very lucky and grateful that I was in the hands of this wonderful group of highly skilled women."- L.S. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel was highly recommended by my oncologist. It had become necessary that I look into reconstruction and a lymph node transplant. Dr. Spiegel does amazing work. She loves what she does and it shows in the results that she achieves. I am very happy that I chose her for this journey! Her support staff are wonderful to work with as well!"- D.M. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel is my guardian angel and I owe her and her entire team and staff a debt of gratitude that I will ever be able to repay! I am one year out from my original Diep flap surgery with her and I feel great- like myself again! After undergoing a prophylactic mastectomy ( due to testing positive for the BRCA 2 gene and strong family cancer) and getting breast implants with another doctor, Dr. Spiegel saved my life by removing the implants and performing Deip surgery. The implants cased me so much pain and diminished my quality of life but now I have it back. I have no more pain and my breasts are soft again and created from my very own tissue. Thank you Dr. Spiegel!"- J.A. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel is simply fantastic. I am so grateful to her and her whole staff (Alexis/Nicole/Lisa/Aidee/Angie) for the wonderful care and support given to me from my very first visit to their office. Dr. Spiegel is so thorough that during the course of my visits, she insisted that I consult a GI doctor for my distended stomach. Turns out that I had an H Pylori infection for which I had to be treated. No other doctors had ever looked past their specialties to treat the whole individual, and I am 59 years old. Subsequently, Dr. Spiegel pushed for an endoscopy, and it was discovered that I had an ulcer for which I was treated. From cardio work up, lab tests to chest xrays, Dr. Spiegel ensured that I was in top shape for surgery and made sure that I understood all aspects of the procedure and treatment.During my stay at the hospital, Dr. Spiegel, Alexis, Nicole, Dr. Arroyo, and Dr. Vo infused me with so much strength, support and kindness that I have no words to express my gratitude and appreciation. It's been one month since my surgery and I'm feeling good, healing very well and going back to work next week. Awesome doctor and wonderful staff."- R.L. / Google / Jun 08, 2019
surgical technique for a lift
Your breast lift surgery will be personalized for you, and Dr. Spiegel will make recommendations on the best way to proceed on your surgery day. In an outpatient setting using general anesthesia, Dr. Spiegel will perform your breast lift. The time it will take your surgery is dependent on the type of incisions made, how much skin is to be removed, and if the nipple/areola complex has to be reconstructed or repositioned. Dr. Spiegel may use an incision that goes around the areola complex and straight down to the natural crease of the underside of the breasts. The incisions may also extend the width of each breast on the natural fold. The stretched, inelastic skin will be taken off, and Dr. Spiegel will reposition your breasts, nipples, and areolas higher on the chest wall. Then, she will suture the incisions closed (unless you are having a breast implant placed as well).
If a breast lift is the only surgery being performed and your breast size after surgery becomes a concern post-op, then breast implants can be inserted at a later date.
Living with Lifted Breasts
After surgery, you will wear a medical compression bra to reduce swelling. A tiny tube (drain) is also inserted near the location of the incision to assist with excess drainage that can often occur after a breast lift. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within a few days. Dr. Spiegel or a member of her team will provide specific incision care instructions to assist your healing process. Aesthetic results following a breast lift are most noticeable after a few weeks as the breasts settle in their new placement on your chest. Your breasts should appear naturally lifted, beautiful, and youthful.
When You need a Lift
Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of many Houston, TX women for the better. If you have drooping breasts that get in the way of your daily activities or stop you from buying certain types of clothing, a breast lift at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. may be the right surgery for you. During your first visit, a thorough breast assessment will be performed by Dr. Spiegel and your aesthetic concerns will be discussed. We will create a tailored surgical plan to transform your breasts. Please contact Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. and speak to a patient coordinator to schedule your first visit.