For a subtle enhancement of the bustline, a breast lift at our Thousand Oaks practice may be the perfect solution.
This procedure can correct the natural effects of aging such as drooping and sagging, or the excess skin after pregnancy, breastfeeding and significant weight loss. Women visit Dr. Azar for breast lift from Westlake Village, Simi Valley and Newbury Park to reshape their breasts and renew their confidence. Dr. Azar performs breast lifts in a major hospital or surgery center with a board-certified M.D. anesthesiologist. This outpatient procedure typically takes 1 to 3 hours to complete; surgery time is increased when a breast lift is combined with other procedures.
Dr. Azar will adapt his surgical technique to your unique breast anatomy and shape. He typically uses either the simple periareolar mastopexy (doughnut) or the vertical mastopexy (lollipop) technique. If your breasts are more droopy or there is more excess skin, especially excess skin on the outer and lower aspects of the breasts, a full upside down anchor (Wise pattern) scar may be needed.
Tighten, Reshape, Restore, and Transform
The breast lift procedure consists of eliminating excess skin and tissue, lifting and tightening the breasts, and raising the position of the nipples. This procedure provides more youthful curves and is often performed in combination with breast augmentation for more dramatic results. A breast implant is sometimes used to improve the shape of the breast especially in the upper pole of the breasts. This option will be discussed in detail with you during your consultation.
A breast lift, also called mastopexy, can help you regain confidence in your feminine figure by providing a variety of benefits, which include:
For most women the vertical technique provides the greatest benefits, as it enables Dr. Azar to lift the breasts higher, minimizes the length and appearance of scars, and reduces the risk of stretching the nipples. With either technique, Dr. Azar inhibits the stretching of the nipple and areola by stitching these incisions with Gore-Tex interlocking sutures.
Healthy individuals with a steady weight and drooping, flat, or extended breasts are the best candidates for this cosmetic procedure. Other requirements can include stretched skin, asymmetry, and low nipples.
Turning Back The Biological Clock
Periareolar lifts are sometimes known as "doughnut" or "Benelli" lifts because they include making a full-circle incision around the areola's outer edge, which can also be used to reduce the size of the areola. It also involves the least amount of surgery for a breast lift. This technique is for mildly droppy breasts only and can have significant limitations to improvement in shape for the wrong patient with too much droopiness.
A lollipop or vertical lift is an incision around the areola, and a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary crease beneath the breast is created. When put together, it has a lollipop shape. A lollipop lift can be used to perform most breast lifts, and it has the added benefit of leaving behind a smaller scar that won't bottom out as quickly.
Think of it as an internal bra. It offers support to tissues that require strengthening or repair, promoting tissue growth and regeneration from the inside. The mesh dissolves over a period of approximately 2 years and is replaced with stronger collagen containing tissue, providing longer term support without anything permanent. Patients without GalaFLEX mesh undergo a traditional breast lift that offers similar results but may not provide the same longer-lasting, more sculpted results. Your doctor will determine the best approach to meet your needs during your consultation.
While experiences vary, Thousand Oaks breast lift patients typically can return to work within about a week and resume strenuous activities after about a month. When you first return home from surgery, your breasts will be supported by a surgical bra with gauze bandages inside. Even though the necessity for drains is uncommon, you might also have a few tiny surgical drains to stop fluid buildup. For the first several weeks, your breasts may be swollen and bruised, with the swelling reaching its height around day three.
Dr. Azar will give you aftercare instructions for changing your bandages and cleaning your incisions to prevent infection. At a follow-up session, you will also be informed of the date when your drains and any stitches can be removed. Follow your doctor's instructions for when you can resume your regular routine. You will need to sleep on your back or side and avoiding lifting anything heavy during recovery.
Results That Speak For Themselves
Patients will see noticeable improvements immediately and should expect final results in three to four months. After the initial swelling and bruising subsides, your enhanced breast shape will gradually appear. Dr. Azar’s patients are consistently pleased with the natural and youthful shape that their breasts have once again.
If you are wondering if a breast lift is right for you, request a consultation with Kouros Azar, M.D., to discuss the possibilities. Or you can call our office at (805) 373-7073 and one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.
Patients will be under general anesthesia and won’t feel anything during the initial surgery but will experience soreness, bruising, and swelling afterward. Pain might be considered minimal compared to other procedures and can be controlled with prescribed pain medication. There is also an option for an injectable numbing medicine called Exparel, at an additional charge that numbs the tissues for up to 3 days, reducing the need for narcotic pain medicine.
Breast lifts are considered an elective cosmetic procedure and would not be covered by insurance.
Dr. Kouros Azar, founder and medical director of Azar Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, is an attentive listener, a devoted surgeon and doctor, and a highly-skilled biomedical engineer. He matches his patients with the best possible treatments by drawing on his extensive expertise, compassion, and research skills. Make an appointment with Dr. Azar now to discuss your rejuvenation options.