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Athenix Body Sculpting Institute

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113 Waterworks Way, Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92618

How much do your breasts sag? If you put a pencil under your breast and it stays there, breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, might be an option for you. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, and gravity can all conspire to stretch and weaken the supporting skin and ligaments, causing the breasts to droop and sag. Your breasts may have a flabby, slack appearance, with a loss of firmness and fullness in the upper breasts.

Custom-Tailored Breast Lift

During your breast lift, your surgeon can remove excess skin to lift and tighten the breasts. A breast lift alone will not make your breasts larger. If you have lost breast volume or simply want larger breasts, we can combine the procedure with breast augmentation to give you fuller, higher, perkier breasts.

You and Your Wishes Matter Above All Else.

Before we begin any surgical procedure, our physicians work with our patients on a one-on-one basis to understand the results they are hoping to achieve and to set realistic expectations for the outcome. When you come to us for a breast lift, we will custom tailor a procedure designed to fit your unique anatomy. Your breast lift surgeon will take careful measurements and discuss the various types of lifts to determine which approach will achieve your best results.

The breast lift technique that is best for you will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Breast size and shape
  • Degree of sagging
  • Skin elasticity and quality
  • Amount of extra skin
  • Size and position of areolas

Breast Lift Incision Techniques

Our surgeons have a variety of incision placement techniques to select from for your breast lift procedure. Your surgeon will recommend the best type of breast lift for you based on the amount of excess skin, the condition of your existing breast tissue, and your personal goals to achieve the most attractive results, with the least scarring possible. Types of breast lifts include:

  • Crescent Lift: This technique causes minimal scarring and is used to correct minimal sagging. It involves a small incision halfway around the top edge of the areola. The crescent lift is generally only done when a patient is also receiving implants.
  • Peri-areolar (Donut) Lift: For this type of breast lift, the surgeon makes a circular incision running all the way around the areola. The Donut lift can be used to correct mild sagging and is often done in conjunction with implants. It can also be effective when reducing the size of the areola.
  • Vertical (Lollipop) Lift: This type of lift allows the surgeon to reshape the entire breast and remove excess skin, leaving scars that can be easily hidden. The surgeon makes two incisions – one running around the edge of the areola, and the other running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold at the bottom of the breast. Together, these incisions make the shape of a lollipop.
  • Inverted T (Anchor) Lift: The Anchor breast lift is used to correct significant sagging and dramatically reshape the breast. It allows the surgeon to remove a substantial amount of tissue and skin and may be the best technique to correct pendulous breasts and excessive sagging. It involves two incisions: 1) from the bottom of the areola vertically to the breast crease; and 2) along the inframammary fold. A third incision may also be made around the areola for an Anchor lift with areola reduction.
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Restoring Your Breasts: Turning Back the Clock

The larger your breasts, the stronger the downward pull, but even small breasts can succumb to gravity eventually. A breast lift can help you regain the perky, projecting breasts you had in your younger, pre-childbearing days and improve your self-image as well as your silhouette. With a breast lift procedure tailored specifically for you, our highly-trained surgeons can correct:

  • Sagging breasts
  • Pendulous breasts
  • Nipples that face downward
  • Loss of firmness
  • Loss of cleavage and breast closeness
  • Loss of fullness in the upper breasts
  • Loss of volume (with breast augmentation)

What to Expect after a Breast Lift at Athenix

Your breast lift will be performed under general anesthesia in our onsite state-of-the-art surgical facility in

You can expect some swelling, soreness, and bruising for one to two weeks after the surgery. The swelling will resolve and your incision lines will fade over time. We may recommend that you wear a surgical bra for a week after your breast lift, and a support bra for several weeks thereafter.

Recovery time is approximately one week. Most of our breast lift patients are able to return to work and light activity in about a week, depending on the type of work they do. It is important to avoid bending over and any strenuous activity that could put pressure on the chest during the first week after the surgery.

Your incision scars will continue to fade for months after your breast lift, and eventually turn into thin white lines. The surgical technique used in your breast lift procedure affects the appearance of your scars. Your Athenix surgeon will custom tailor a breast lift procedure to safely achieve the best possible results with the least amount of scarring.

Transform Your Breasts at Athenix

Sagging breasts after childbirth or weight loss can ruin the lines of your physique, make you appear older than you actually are, and lower your self-confidence. No woman wants to have breasts that droop or have downward pointing nipples.

Breast lift surgery can make your breasts higher and firmer with more cleavage and restore fullness in the upper breasts. It can make you feel more feminine and younger looking and raise your self-esteem.

Meet with Our Team: A Free Consultation

The first step toward regaining your curves is to schedule a free consultation with a plastic surgeon at Athenix Body Sculpting Institute. We will be happy to discuss your goals and concerns and design a breast lift procedure specifically for you.

Breast Lift – FAQ

What factors determine what kind of breast lift is right for me?

The first factor is how you would like your breasts to be improved. After that, size, shape, degree of sag, the health of your skin, your age and other factors come into play. Position, size, and shape of the areolas are also taken into consideration.

What kinds of incisions will be made during the procedure?

It depends upon a number of factors but largely depends upon how much of a lift you require to achieve the look you want. The crescent incision is minimal and designed for minimal sag or when combined with implants. The Inverted T can correct heavy sagging and three distinct incisions. There are several other styles of incisions, including those made in the armpit, appropriate for saline implants.

What can a breast lift correct?

Sagging, of course, but also a breast lift can correct cosmetic imperfections such as downward nipples, loss of rounded, firm, youthful breast tissue, and sagging.

How long does a breast lift take?

About two hours depending on the work being done, more if the surgery is combined with other procedures. You will be able to go home afterwards but will need to be driven by a friend or family member.

Am I a candidate for a breast lift?

If your breasts have changed in volume or firmness due to weight loss, age, or child-bearing and you are in good health and have realistic expectations, you are likely a good candidate.

What kind of results can I expect?

Firmer, fuller and higher breasts. Your breasts will look “matched” with centered nipples and will be reshaped to appear firm and plump. Although these results are common, every patient is different, and results are always individual.

Will there be scarring?

Yes, however we use advanced suturing techniques to minimize the size and appearance of the scarring. The overall results of a breast lift far outweigh any scarring.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 Your safety is our top priority.

To our valued patients,

I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy and well during this difficult time. We want to thank all of the essential workers that provided us with critical services during this period and also to all of you that remained at home preventing the further spread of the virus.

As we re-open our facilities our priority remains the safety and well being of our patients and staff. To that end, we have implemented a number of important safety measures at all of our facilities.

  1. All patients, staff, and caregivers will be screened via a questionnaire and temperature for Covid-19 symptoms at the front entrance.
  2. Only those individuals that pass the screening will be allowed into the facility.
  3. Patients can only bring 1 other person with them to the appointment.
  4. All patients (and caregivers) need to wear a mask while in the facility. Please bring a cloth or other mask with you to the appointment.
  5. Physical distancing will be in effect in the office waiting room and throughout the office.
  6. Once the physical distance capacity has been reached in the waiting room, patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be called to come in at their appointment time.
  7. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned and disinfected at least on an hourly basis.
  8. All patient rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each patient use.
  9. Caregivers waiting for patients after surgery will be asked to not wait in the facility.
  10. All staff will be wearing PPE in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We understand that these continue to be uncertain and difficult times however we remain committed to your health, well being, safety, and ensuring you the best outcome possible.

All Athenix Body Sculpting Institute locations are now open. However, as we continue to practice physical distancing, we are still available for virtual consultations at any of our locations. You can reach us by calling 1-888-276-1535 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

We thank you for your continued support and trust in Athenix and look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Gavin M. Dry, M.D. Chief Medical Officer