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
"For 10 years I thought and considered doing a breast implant. The desire for the procedure intensified a year and half ago and I started searching for the best cosmetic surgeon. I did several consultations with quite a number of them but when I consulted with Dr Lee, I knew without a doubt that he was the surgeon I have been looking for, for a year and half. Apart from great reviews and qualifications of Dr Lee, I felt his passion and excitement for what he does. You could see that he loves his job and genuinely cares about his clients. He took time to explain in great detail, the procedure. Dr Lee and his beautiful, kind staff spent at least two hours with me. I knew that consultation day that my search for the best cosmetic surgeon for my breast implant was over. The day of the surgery October 2019, I was relaxed and ready because I knew I was in good hands. The procedure went smoothly. Dr Lee strictly instructed the nurses how to take care of me to the point of how to position me, that was going above and beyond. I had a follow up with him twice a week. In all the follow ups, he assessed the surgical site and changed the dressing himself. The outcome of my surgery was simply beautiful..perfect. I am grateful to Dr Charles Lee and his staff. He gave me my confidence and happiness back."- N.K. / Yelp / Feb 10, 2021
"My Amazing Double Eyelid Surgery Experience - I'd been wanting to get a double eyelid surgery for a long time, and had spent years browsing through different doctors and offices in LA, SF, and even Korea. I had monolids and asymmetry that I desired to change. As soon as I turned 18, I was eager to get the procedure done, and found the reviews for Dr. Lee's practice to be most promising. Additionally, it was located close by to where I was soon to be moving. Even with the obstacles posed by COVID-19, Dr. Lee and his staff - Diana is lovely! - made me feel extremely comfortable; it felt like they truly listened to and cared about my wants and needs. They were also wonderfully supportive, and didn't once judge the fact that I was young and going about the entire process on my own. Dr. Lee played music during the surgery, and kept me updated throughout the whole procedure. From first consultation to follow-up was smooth, detailed, and enjoyable - their communication and customer service is impeccable. I am now about 5 months post-op, and couldn't be happier with the results; not only is the look very natural per my preference, but scarring is already minimal. I am able to experiment with all the makeup looks that I couldn't have achieved before, and I wake up feeling beautiful, confident, and more like myself every day."- S. / RealSelf / Feb 08, 2021
"It’s been 8 months since I had eyelid surgery with Dr. Charles Lee. I’m very happy with the results. He did such a wonderful job. Dr Lee and his staff are very nice and professional. They all made me feel comfortable. I’m just upset I didn’t do it sooner, but better late than never."- F.S. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2021
"Dr Lee was incredible. He understood where I was at in my botox journey and gave me the right units to achieve a natural look. I mostly was aiming to prevent my frown lines near brow and forehead. I was referred to him by a friend and am very happy with the results."- D.K. / Yelp / Dec 17, 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.