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What is a breast lift?

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Savalia, performs breast lifts in Newport Beach. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, lifts and reshapes breasts that have begun to droop and sag and are now lower on the chest wall. Dr. Nirav Savalia performs this procedure to elevate the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. A breast lift may also be completed in conjunction with breast augmentation or breast reduction.

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Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?

The best candidates for a breast lift are in good general health physically and mentally and have realistic expectations about what a breast lift can achieve. A breast lift is best for women with ptotic (sagging) breasts, elongated breast shape, nipples that point downward or fall below the inframammary fold (the bottom of the breast), or breasts that look deflated following weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding. Here are some of the common reasons women consider a breast lift in Newport Beach:

  • I want a more youthful look to resolve breast sagging
  • My breasts are droopy since I had kids
  • I lost a lot of weight, and now my breasts look deflated

Why choose Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery?

  • Dr. Nirav Savalia is the recipient of the Orange County Medical Association 2018 Physician of Excellence Award
  • He focuses on achieving natural results, so you look visibly rejuvenated, rather than surgically enhanced
  • Dr. Savalia is listed among the Orange Coast Top Doctors for 2019

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What are the different types of breast lifts performed by Dr. Savalia?

Dr. Savalia will choose the best breast lift technique for your unique situation after carefully performing a physical evaluation and thorough review of your medical history.

What are the different types of breast lift incisions?

Anchor breast lift:

This is the most conventional type of breast lift, with the incision encircling the areola, running vertically down to the breast crease, and then horizontally, creating a shape that resembles an upside down T, or an anchor. This type of breast lift procedure is well suited to those with moderate to severe breast ptosis, as it affords the doctor the most ease in removing excess fat, tissue and skin.

Lollipop breast lift:

Here, an incision is made encircling the areola and then running downwards to the inframammary fold (breast crease), creating the shape of a favorite childhood sweet. The lollipop breast lift is ideal for those women with moderate breast sagging.

Donut breast lift:

During the donut breast lift, a small incision is made around the areola, creating the shape of a policeman’s favorite snack. Scarring is well hidden within the darker pigments of the nipples. Donut breast lifts are well suited for patients with only the mildest drooping in the breasts.

I am very happy with how my breast lift and augmentation went with Dr. Savalia. He is extremely professional, has a great bedside manner, and makes you feel at ease. He did a wonderful job with getting my breasts very symmetrical despite being asymmetrical before the surgery.

What can I expect with a breast lift?

The breast lift technique Dr. Savalia uses will depend on your existing anatomy and the extent of surgical correction needed. In most cases, he will use a pattern that will result in a lollipop-like incision or an anchor-like incision on the breast. This incision goes around the areola and down to the breast crease (lollipop shape) and may extend within the breast crease (anchor shape) as well. Through the incision, Dr. Savalia can remove excess skin and move the nipple/areola to a higher position.

Women with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging may be candidates for modified procedures, such as the crescent or donut (Benelli) mastopexy techniques that require less extensive incisions. Dr. Savalia cautions that these techniques are limited to minor repositioning of the nipple rather than elevating the entire breast. If you are thinking about a breast lift, chances are high that a lollipop or an anchor incision will be necessary.

What is recovery like after a breast lift in Newport Beach?

Post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement to speed the healing process and recovery time. Dr. Savalia will wrap the breasts in a bandage right after surgery to protect the incisions and minimize any movement of the breasts.

Once the bandages are removed, you will need to wear a specialized surgical bra for several weeks. You can expect minor discomfort associated with surgery, which can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications. During this time, Dr. Savalia will start a scar-minimizing program to ensure scar appearance is minimal.

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What are the benefits of a breast lift?

A breast lift can help you achieve a more youthful look and shape. Dr. Savalia is available to discuss the procedure and other breast enhancement options in more detail during your consultation. Please contact us online or call 949-386-2747 today to schedule a breast lift consultation at Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery in Orange County.

Along with his supportive staff, Dr. Nirav Savalia is committed to helping you reach your cosmetic goals and will take the time necessary during your consultation to give you his recommendations and educate you about all of your options for plastic surgery in Newport Beach and Orange County.

Breast Lift FAQs

If you are considering a breast lift, it is normal to have a lot of questions before surgery. Dr. Savalia takes the time to ensure you are fully educated about your options, so you are confident in your decision to undergo breast enhancement. Below, he has answered some of the questions he hears most often from women interested in improving their figures with a breast lift.

Will a breast lift increase my cup size?

It is important to understand the benefits and limitations of a breast lift. While a breast lift is ideal for bringing out the best in your natural assets, this procedure will not significantly change the size of your breasts. After a breast lift, you will enjoy a profile that is more youthful and uplifted, and your breasts have a firmer, plumper look. For many women, these enhancements help them feel better about their breast shape, even without an increase in volume.

Can I combine a breast lift with implants?

Many of Dr. Savalia’s patients choose to combine breast augmentation with their breast lift and combine the benefits of both procedures. In addition to reshaping and uplifting the natural breast, incorporating breast implants means an increase in cup size. It is not at all uncommon to perform these surgeries as a combination procedure, often as part of a mommy makeover.

What’s the difference between a breast lift and breast reduction?

A breast lift and breast reduction both recontour your existing breast tissue for a more flattering look. However, during a breast reduction, Dr. Savalia removes excess tissue and reshapes the breast to create a more proportionate look. Some skin and tissue may be removed during a breast lift as well, but the amount is much less substantial, as the focus is on lifting rather than reducing the breasts.

Will I have scars?

In most cases, the incisions Dr. Savalia makes during a breast lift run around the areola and then vertically down the underside of the breast to the inframammary fold. In some candidates, a more limited lift may be possible using only the incision around the areola, but this technique will not allow for significant correction of the breast tissue. In other candidates, he may need to extend the incisions along the breast crease slightly, creating an anchor shape. Over time, and with the help of Dr. Savalia’s recommended scar-minimizing regimen, breast lift incisions heal and become inconspicuous, even though they are on the surface of the breast. Most of Dr. Savalia’s patients feel happy enough with their new look that scars are not a concern after recovery.

Dr. Savalia and his staff are wonderful. I felt really cared for. The results of my breast lift and reduction and tummy tuck are even better than I could have imagined!

What should I expect during my consultation?

During your first consultation with Dr. Savalia, you will talk about your hopes for breast lift surgery and go over your options in detail. This is a good time to discuss whether to combine breast implants with your breast lift, as well as any other questions or concerns you have.

Dr. Savalia will also conduct a physical evaluation to get a better idea of which surgical approach will give you the best results. Finally, you will talk more about the benefits and risks of breast lift surgery, and Dr. Savalia will fully explain what you can expect during surgery and recovery.

When will I see results?

Your breasts may look swollen and feel tight immediately after your surgery, and Dr. Savalia will have you wear a special support garment for a few weeks to keep your newly contoured breasts properly positioned. He will also give you specific instructions to follow during your recovery, along with starting you on a scar-minimizing program.

As swelling decreases over the following weeks, your results will become more visible. Although gravity and the aging process will continue to affect your breast appearance in the future, you can expect your new look to be long-lasting.

How much does a breast lift cost in Newport Beach?

Dr. Savalia’s surgical approach is customized to your unique needs, so pricing varies based on the extent of the surgery. Costs for a breast lift include, among others:

  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Facility fees
  • Recovery fees
  • Anesthesia fees

During your consultation with Dr. Savalia, you will receive a detailed and well-researched service quote. As with all our procedures, financing is available from our trusted healthcare lenders, should you require assistance.

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Once you feel ready, please contact us today to schedule a consultation for a breast lift in Newport Beach. Dr. Savalia and his staff are completely committed to helping you enjoy a positive experience, from consultation through recovery, as they help you reach your cosmetic goals.

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