Breast Lift

Breast lift patients in Birmingham, AL, trust Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein for breast lift surgery to restore a more youthful appearance to their breasts. Gravity, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can cause the breasts to sag and, in some cases, lose volume. Dr.  Beckenstein is a board-certified plastic surgeon and highly regarded breast surgery specialist known for creating beautiful results.

Ideal Breast Lift Candidates

The natural aging process, pregnancy, weight loss, and genetics can all contribute to a woman’s breasts losing volume and shape. Stretch marks may develop, and the position of the nipples may migrate lower on the breast. This sagging is known as ptosis, which varies in severity. The degree of ptosis is based on the position of the nipple on the breast mound. If breast ptosis is very mild and the nipple is close to its normal position, Dr. Beckenstein may recommend breast augmentation without a breast lift to improve the breast appearance.

In many cases, however, especially when the nipple descends below the inframammary fold (the place where the breast skin attaches to the chest wall), a breast lift is required to restore a more youthful shape of the breast.

Your Procedure in 3D

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Your Surgery

Breast lift surgery restores the breast shape by restructuring the breast tissue and surrounding skin. The appropriate procedure chosen for you by Dr. Beckenstein depends on the severity of the sagging (ptosis) that has developed in the breast. If the sagging is relatively minor, the incisions (and related scarring) may be limited to just outside the areola or extend in a vertical line from the areola to the base of the breast. This is often referred to as a “lollipop” pattern.

Women with extensive ptosis generally require a full inverted “T” or anchor-shaped scar. This surgery uses the vertical pattern and adds a horizontal scar along the base of the breast (in the inframammary fold). Women with little or diminished breast volume may sometimes choose to augment their breast volume with saline or silicone gel breast implants in conjunction with their breast lift.

Dr. Beckenstein makes sure that all breast lift candidates who visit his practice have a complete and full understanding of their proposed mastopexy procedure. He explains the procedure in detail during your consultation, along with all the associated risks and benefits. He carefully listens to your concerns and assists you with the decisions involved.

Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein

Dr. Beckenstein is a fellowship-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon whose extensive experience in breast enhancement, body contouring procedures, and reconstructive plastic surgery sets him apart.

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Combining Procedures With Breast Lift

A breast lift can be combined with breast reduction for women with overly large and drooping breasts. A breast lift also may be performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), as part of a mommy makeover.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a breast lift, request a Comprehensive Consultation to discuss the procedure with Dr. Beckenstein using the online form. Or give our office a call at (205) 933-9308 to schedule an appointment.

Common Questions

Will my breasts look the same as when I was younger?

A breast lift restores a lifted, firmer, more youthful breast appearance. Also, your nipple size can be reduced as part of this procedure if desired. However, there’s no guarantee your breasts will look the same as how they looked years earlier, especially if you have had children or your weight has varied significantly. Most women are very happy with the improved, more youthful look of their breasts after this procedure.

Will I have noticeable scars?

Scars are an unavoidable result of any surgical procedure. Depending on the amount of skin being removed and the anatomy of your breasts, Dr. Beckenstein strives to minimize scars and conceal them by placing them around the areola or along the breast crease. For most women, the improvements in breast shape far outweigh the surgical scars, which often fade and diminish within the first year.

Will I need breast enlargement along with a breast lift?

Women who have only minor sagging and do not want their breast size increased can benefit from breast lift surgery alone. When the breasts sag significantly and breast volume has been lost (due to factors like weight loss or childbirth), I might recommend breast enlargement in addition to the lift.

How long will the improvements last?

Unfortunately, gravity and the aging process are always affecting the shape of your breasts, even after surgery. There are factors you can control that will extend the improvements you gain from breast lift surgery. Pregnancy and nursing significantly affect your breasts, so planning the surgery after your family is complete can avoid these changes. Maintaining your weight is another way to prevent stretching out the breasts. Through these means, most women can enjoy their improved breast shape for many years.

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