Dr. James Anthony

450 Sutter Street Suite 2630, San Francisco, CA 94108

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery
Dr. James Anthony

Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) – San Francisco, CA

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About Breast Lift Surgery

Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a body contouring procedure that redefines the breasts by trimming away loose skin and surgically tightening the existing tissue to result in a more youthful and healthier look. This body reshaping surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who are experiencing breast drooping due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Outstanding advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this cosmetic surgery so effective and successful that new statistics by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. James Anthony, a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco, CA, performs this procedure. By incorporating the latest methods, Dr. Anthony can choose the appropriate technique based upon the degree of sag present, keeping in mind the desired result.

Ideal Candidates

There are women who come to our practice desiring to have breast augmentation, but after a private assessment, you may discover that a cosmetic breast lift surgery could be better suited. The reason is due to the amount of sagging that is shown. Patients whose breasts have lost a significant amount of laxity generally need a skin removal and tightening surgery to reduce skin looseness and bring the breasts to a perkier position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts sag significantly below the creaseline, a surgical lift can dramatically help their appearance. Candidates contemplating a breast lift ideally will be in good health and at a good weight. Even though additional volume with implants may be desired, in many cases a surgical lift is all that it takes to add the shape and size that is hoped for.

Surgical Technique

A breast lift takes usually two hours or more and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The duration of this treatment is dependent on the nature of breast size and sagging. The surgical technique used for a breast lift typically falls into two categories — the technique is defined by the type of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the most used methods. The incision is first completed, and any excess skin is excised along with fat and tissue that is not wanted. The skin is then tightened and the breasts are positioned higher and lifted so they appear healthy and younger. In most situations, the size of the areola is reconstructed and reduced to be symmetric with the new placement and shape of the breast. At this point, an implant or a fat transfer can be placed in the breast if this was discussed with Dr. Anthony ahead of surgery. If the lift is the only procedure being performed and if size and shape are a worry, augmentation surgery with implants can be implemented at a different date.

What To Expect

Recovery for any type of breast lift is more extensive than a surgery with implants only. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to help with swelling. A thin tube is also inserted near the location of the incision to help with excess fluid leakage that can often occur after a breast lift. After surgery, the swelling usually goes away within a few days. Dr. Anthony or a member of his team will provide in-depth, home treatment care instructions to help with your healing process. Aesthetic results after a breast lift surgery appear after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your bustline. Your breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel beautiful and more youthful.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Anthony 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 physical appearance, so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Anthony, rather than prices. To help make surgery affordable, we will help you find low-interest financing.

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

Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Anthony 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 could 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 your results, which is why Dr. Anthony suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.

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. Anthony will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation, and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help you. In your surgery, he will adjust the tissue to make your breasts are equal in position and size for symmetry.

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Healthier-Looking Breasts

Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of countless San Francisco, CA individuals. If you suffer from hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a mastopexy may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial meeting, a thorough breast assessment will be performed by Dr. Anthony and your desired outcome will be discussed. We will create a tailored plan for treatment to assist in transforming your breasts. We encourage you to contact our facility to schedule a consultation.

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