What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift at L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes the breasts by reducing excess skin and tightening areas for a more youthful and healthier appearance. Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Charles K. Lee, reserves breast lifts for women who are experiencing breast sag due to aging, significant weight loss, or nursing. Outstanding advancements in breast lift surgery have made this aesthetic surgery so successful that new statistics from the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal around a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Charles Lee, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in San Francisco, CA, offers this at L Plastic Surgery. By utilizing the most advanced methods, Dr. Lee can decide on the correct technique based upon the degree of sag present as well as the desired aesthetic goal.
"When you want work done to your body or face, you want to make sure you go to the right doctor. It took me years to finally choose one and I'm so glad I chose Dr. Lee. He is an amazing surgeon and I would definitely recommend him to anyone that wants any procedures done. It's been 5 weeks since I got breast augmentation and they're healing very well. The scars are very light and will get even lighter after time. He will give you his honest opinion about your suggestions and will make you look very natural. Most doctors just want your money and do whatever you want, but Dr. Lee cares about his reputation and that's why he gets so many referrals. I have a ton of friends who are going to him after seeing my breasts. I absolutely love them :)"- S.R. / Yelp / Jan 25, 2020
"Been shopping around for quite a while to look into getting an old tattoo removed. Spoke with a few places and decided to go with L Plastic Surgery as they are honest and realistic about how they treat these tattoos along with the cost behind it. After my consultation, which was free. I made an appointment to get the process started. The pain was not as bad as most people tend to describe it for myself at least. Definitely would recommend anyone looking into getting a tattoo removed to come here. Will be going to back for my third this session week."- H.T. / Google / Jul 31, 2020
"Feeling More Refreshed and Youthful After Facelift - I have been considering a face lift surgery for a couple of years now as a retirement gift to myself. Working long hours and not having enough time for myself for the past few decades have aged my face to a point where I felt and looked older than my actual age. I was recommended to Dr. Lee by a good family friend who just had the upper blepharoplasty by him and the results were naturally amazing. I went in for a consultation to discuss the process of getting a facelift and after seeing before and after pictures I was all in! Dr. Lee was very professional, knowledgeable, and personable. The ladies that work with him are also very friendly and guided me the whole way. I had the MACS Facelift with Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty in November 2019 and the results are remarkable. I honestly can say that because Dr. Lee and his staff were so attentive and informative, it made the recovery process so much easier. Every question I had was answered in a timely manner regardless of how trivial I thought my question was. Dr. Lee is highly skilled and I recommend for everyone to see him! Now I’m just waiting for COVID to be over so I can travel and enjoy retirement and my new found youth."- J. / RealSelf / Jul 03, 2020
"Dr. Charles Lee, Thank you so much for a successful surgery! My arm is healing so well and the appearance at only 2 mo. post op, is much better + nicer than I ever imagined. Thank you for being helpful and responsive during the recovery and healing process! Please accept this as appreciation. Until next time"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Jun 24, 2020
"Chuck & staff I'm rocking a bikini on the beach thanks to Charles. (Maybe he should send you guys on a vacation down here) Thanks for everything"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Jun 24, 2020
DO I Need A Breast Lift?
You may visit L Plastic Surgery believing you are a candidate for breast implants, but after a private assessment, you may realize that breast lift surgery is what you need. This is because of the level of sag that is present in your breast skin.
If you have lost elasticity in your breast skin, then it may be a better solution to have a breast lift to correct skin looseness and raise the breasts to a higher position. Your nipples may also point downward, or your breasts look elongated. A breast lift can improve the appearance of breasts with stretched out skin from gaining and losing weight, body changes from pregnancy, or the impact of nursing a baby (breastfeeding). Have a private consultation with Dr. Lee to determine your best strategy for your breasts.
Dr. Lee's Surgical Technique
Breast lift surgery takes about 2 – 4 hours under general anesthesia. Dr. Lee performs breast lifts at accredited surgical centers or local hospitals in an outpatient setting. To begin, Dr. Lee will make an incision using the anchor (or inverted-T) or the lollipop incision to begin the skin excision process to lift the breast and nipple. Dr. Lee will then trim away the redundant skin. You may also choose to have a breast implant inserted during this surgery as well. When Dr. Lee closes the incisions with sutures, he will tighten up the skin. In the event that the areola/nipple complex is moved, he will reconstruct and reposition them to look proportionate to the breast shape, position, and size of the remaining breast tissues.
What To Expect
The overall recovery period for a breast lift is more extensive than a breast augmentation. After surgery, you will be fitted with a compression garment or bra to help with swelling and keeping your breast in their new position. A thin tube will also be inserted near the surgical site to assist with excess drainage that can sometimes occur after a breast lift. The post-surgical swelling will diminish within about a week. Dr. Lee or a member of his team will provide specific, at-home care instructions for your recovery and healing process. Aesthetic results following a breast lift treatment appear after several months as your newly lifted breasts take their new shape.
Breast Lift FAQs
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you have a breast lift, implants, or both — the surgery type depends on your specific goals. A breast lift can improve the position of the breasts and nipples, the shape, and the fullness of your breasts without the need for implants (unless requested). Dr. Lee will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals in your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from breast implants, a breast lift, or a breast augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Typically, the nipple/areola complex will be shifted up in the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, then Dr. Lee can include an areola reduction in your surgery. This will be discussed during your consultation so he can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use in your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you may start to see sagging and loose skin again over time. Factors such as significant weight gain or loss can alter your results, therefore it's best to stay at a steady weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift will also affect your results, which is why Dr. Lee recommends patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Lee will evaluate the appearance and physical condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a lift will be able to help. During your lift, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.
Love Your New Look & Lift
Breast lift surgery has transformed lives of so many San Francisco, CA patients. If you have hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prohibit you from wearing certain clothing, a breast lift at L Plastic Surgery may be what you need. When you have your first consultation, a thorough physical exam will be performed by Dr. Lee and your desired outcome will be discussed. We will create a tailored surgical plan to help transform your breasts. We encourage you to contact L Plastic Surgery and speak to a patient coordinator to schedule your first visit.