Most women experience changes in the appearance of their breasts as they age. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, time and gravity can cause round, youthful breasts to sag, droop, and lose their shape. A breast lift with or without implants in Chicago from Dr. Thomas Mustoe, who has performed over 1,000 breast lifts, can restore the youthful shape and feel of the breasts, and may improve confidence and self-image as well.
Dr. Mustoe, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is recognized as a cosmetic breast surgery specialist by patients and fellow doctors alike. If you would like a personal evaluation for breast lift surgery at our downtown Chicago offices, request a consultation online with Dr. Mustoe. Or you can call us at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
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Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is performed to lift, firm and reshape breasts that sag or droop due to age, motherhood, heredity, or weight changes. During the procedure, Dr. Mustoe:
In some cases, breast lift surgery can also correct breast asymmetry, reduce enlarged nipples, or remove stretch marks from the breasts. The procedure is a good option for healthy women at a stable weight who are happy with the size of their breasts, but would like to improve shape and position. It can also be combined with other body contouring procedures after massive weight loss, such as an arm lift or thigh lift.
An international authority on plastic surgery, Dr. Mustoe offers several improvements over traditional approaches to breast lift. These include:
Many patients benefit from combining a breast lift with breast augmentation, not only to increase size, but also for optimization of shape without a change in size. As the breasts drop and respond to changes in weight or after pregnancy, the upper portion of the breasts can lose volume, which cannot always be corrected by the breast lift procedure alone. It is then appropriate to place a small implant to optimize shape without necessarily changing the breast size significantly. Dr. Mustoe can also add fullness to the upper breast using fat transfer, if the patient does not want implants.
For patients who desire smaller, lifted breasts, breast reduction may be the right choice.
Dr. Mustoe has performed thousands of breast surgeries, through which he has refined his skills, techniques and aesthetic sensibility. His extensive research into wound healing and scar prevention allows him to perform breast lift on its own or with implants with less injury and minimized scarring, for an improved recovery and result. Instead of general anesthesia, Dr. Mustoe typically uses local anesthesia with sedation, which generally results in less bruising and bleeding and a faster recovery for his mastopexy patients.
Most of his breast lift patients report that over-the-counter pain medication is enough to manage their postsurgical discomfort. They are generally able to return to light activities and work within just a few days. With the aid of a support bra, you will continue to heal over the next 4 to 6 weeks, during which time Dr. Mustoe will continue to monitor your recovery closely. Swelling will continue to subside during this time, and incisions will gradually start to fade. Most breast lift patients report that they feel better about their breast appearance almost immediately, and that they can show off their results within just a few weeks of surgery.
See the potential results of your breast lift before you have surgery with our revolutionary VECTRA 3-D imaging system. VECTRA uses an image of your own body instead of a model's to let you and Dr. Mustoe envision your ideal outcome – and work together to achieve it.