Dr. Steven Fagien & Dr. Elbert Vaca

Breast Lift / Mastopexy

Breast Procedures

Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises the position of the nipple and reshapes a droopy or sagging breast. Pregnancy, genetics, weight loss, gravity, and aging can all have negative effects on a woman’s breasts. These issues can be improved with a breast lift.

The downside of a breast lift is that scars are placed on the breast. There are many different types of breasts lifts, some with longer incisions than others. The decision of which technique to use is highly individualized and based on the amount of loose skin and how much the nipple has to be raised to achieve a better breast shape.

Can I have a breast lift if I still plan on having children?

Yes, however, it is highly recommended that you wait until you no longer plan to have more children. In addition, you should be at least 1 year after having completed breast feeding. Having more children can further change the shape of your breasts and reverse many of the improvements of your breasts after surgery. In addition, a breast lift can affect your ability to breast feed.

How long does a breast lift take?

A breast lift takes approximately 3 to 4 hours.

What are the limitations of a breast lift?

While a breast lift if very effective at raising the position of the nipple and improving the shape of the lower part of the breast, a breast lift achieves minimal to no improvement on the upper part of the breast. If one of your main concerns is that the top of your breasts appear flat or deflated, than a breast implant can help improve the appearance of the upper portion of your breasts.

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

Good candidates are healthy nonsmokers with realistic expectations. During your consultation, Dr. Vaca can help answer your questions and both of you will determine if you are a good candidate for breast lift surgery.

What are the risks of breast lift surgery?

All surgical procedures carry a degree of uncertainty and risk. The principle risk with breast lift surgery is scarring and asymmetry between the breasts. Poor healing can occur – this is more common in smokers. Unfavorable scarring is more common in patients who experience poor healing. Infection and bleeding are rare but can occur. After surgery, there will be a change in sensation in the breast and nipple. Sensation recovers over time in most patients; however, loss or decreased sensation can be permanent in some areas. A breast reduction may also affect your ability to breast feed. Very rarely, a portion or the entire nipple may be lost.

Meet Dr. Vaca

Dr. Vaca

Dr. Elbert E. Vaca is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who completed his medical training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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Meet Dr. Fagien

Dr. Fagien

Dr. Steven Fagien is one of the foremost oculoplastic surgeons in the United States and the world. He completed his medical training at the University of Florida and a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.
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