“Bring on the tank tops!” said one woman from Houston after a breast lift (using the short scar technique) by Dr. Camille Cash. “I feel curvy, feminine… my clothes fit like they should,” said another patient.
Over time, breasts can lose their youthful shape and assume a sagging posture. This can often be the result of heredity or changes the breasts undergo during pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations or aging. As the elasticity of the skin and the density of the breast tissue change, the breast can begin to droop.
Just think of the possibilities a breast lift in Houston might offer you, like so many women from Humble, Kingwood, and other nearby cities have enjoyed. A more youthful profile, more clothing options, a spring in your step, perhaps? Request a consultation with Dr. Camille Cash and make time to come see her; you may just rediscover the joys of tank tops yourself.
Breast Lift Before & After Photos
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This patient is seen here before and 6 months after a breast lift with autoaugmentation and Ruth Graf flap. This technique allows for excess skin and tissue to be repositioned to create upper-pole fullness to the breasts.
This patient is seen here before and 1 year after a superior-pedicle breast lift. The benefit of the superior-pedicle technique is it creates and/or maintains upper-pole fullness and breast projection. However; it's important for patients to understand that this technique carries a greater risk of loss in nipple sensation. For... Read More
This is a 21 year old patient who wanted to achieve a smaller and more shapely appearance to her breasts. 72 grams of tissue were removed from the right breast and 116 grams were removed from the left to achieve better symmetry and liposuction or her arms was also performed to achieve her desired outcomes. Read More
This patient’s breast had undergone significant changes over the course of her life. The deflated appearance of her breasts made her self-conscious as well as uncomfortable in much of her clothing. She was the perfect candidate for an enhanced mastopexy. As seen in her after photos, taken at her 1 year follow up visit,... Read More
This 18-year old patient was 5' 7" tall and weighed 118 pounds when she came to see me for a bilateral breast reduction and bilateral breast lift at my Houston office. Her bra size was a 32F and she desired to undergo bilateral breast reduction and bilateral breast lift to achieve a 32B or C bra size. As you may be able to relate, th... Read More
This patient is seen here before and 5 weeks after surgery and again 3 months after surgery which included an enhanced mastopexy (breast lift) with a Ruth Graf technique to achieve upper pole fullness and a cup size that flatters her figure.
Mastopexy is the technical name for breast lift, the surgical procedure that helps rejuvenate the breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the tissue to provide a more uplifted breast with more fullness in the upper portion. Dr. Cash performs breast lift surgery using either a patient’s own natural tissues to enhance the shape or implants for patients who do not have enough natural tissue to achieve the desired results.
Short-Scar Breast Lift
During the surgery, Dr. Cash will make a circular incision around the areola. In some cases, this incision combined with an implant may provide the desired result. This type of procedure is referred to as a donut mastopexy, peri-areolar mastopexy or a Benelli mastopexy. In other cases, a breast lift will be combined with breast reduction for a better breast shape and size.
In cases where more lifting is required, the circular incision is combined with a vertical incision that extends from the bottom of the areola to the fold beneath the breast. This is often referred to as a vertical mastopexy. A vertical mastopexy is a particularly nice procedure for patients who have wide breasts and would like to convert the fullness that they have along the sides of the breast to the top of the breast, and for patients who would like their breasts to be narrower with more projection.
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Donut and vertical breast lifts are considered “short-scar mastopexies.” For patients with larger amounts of loose skin and more significant droopiness a traditional breast lift is a more appropriate procedure. A traditional mastopexy will use the circular incision around the areola, a vertical incision from the areola to the crease of the breast, and an additional horizontal incision beneath the fold of the breast. The length of this incision will be dictated by the amount of loose and redundant skin present, however, the scar is hidden beneath the bra line and is very inconspicuous.
Dr. Cash also offers a technique referred to as an enhanced mastopexy or auto-augmentation breast lift in which a “flap” or section of the patient’s own breast tissue is released from the lower portion of the breast and then repositioned in the upper portion of the breast. The “flap” is passed beneath a small strip of the pectoralis or chest wall muscle to stabilize or hold it in place. This provides patients with extra fullness and avoids the use of an implant.
Camille Cash M.D.
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon • ASPS & ASAPS MemberNo matter what procedure you undergo with Dr. Cash, one thing is for certain—it’s all about you. She takes the time to get to know you as more than a patient, creating a treatment plan that’s just the right fit.
Dr. Cash sees her ideal candidates for breast lift surgery as non-smokers who:
Do not plan a future pregnancy
Have not breastfed for at least 6 months
Are at or near their ideal body weight
Do not have any medical conditions that impair wound healing
It is important to remember that the results of the surgery will depend on the quality of the patient’s skin and breast tissue. Patients with a significant amount of stretch marks on the skin of their breasts or with heavier breasts may experience some recurrence of their droopiness.
Breast lift surgery is typically performed on women who have finished having children. However, younger patients who are particularly concerned about the appearance of their breasts will also benefit from the procedure. A breast lift can also benefit patients who get their breast implants removed.
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Mastopexy surgery is most often performed using general anesthesia. The procedure takes one to three hours, depending on the type of procedure you and Dr. Cash design for your particular needs. Most women take pain medication for a few days, then return to work and light activities in about a week.
Your surgery will probably be performed on an outpatient basis and you’ll be back home to rest the same day of your procedure. Just as for any surgical recovery, you’ll need to gradually get back to your normal routines. Light exercise can often be started about three weeks after surgery, and by about a month to six weeks after your breast lift you should be feeling fully recovered. Your scars will continue to fade over the next several months.
Will I need implants?
For patients who do not wish to enlarge their current cup size, their own tissue will be used to reshape the breast. During an “enhanced mastopexy”, Dr. Cash will use of a flap of the patient’s own tissue in place of an implant to restore fullness in the upper breasts. However, for patients who do not have enough of their own breast tissue to achieve the desired fullness or who would like to enlarge their cup size, breast augmentation may be incorporated. Either silicone gel-filled or saline-filled implants are available.
How will weight loss affect my results?
The size of a patient’s breasts is often affected by weight change. Following breast lift surgery, small fluctuations in weight may have a minimal effect on their results, but more dramatic weight gain or loss may change the surgical result.
How can I be sure both breasts are lifted equally?
Most women have some degree of natural asymmetry of their breasts; it may be minor or more extreme. Before the surgery, Dr. Cash will examine you thoroughly and make note of these differences. The day before or the day of surgery, Dr. Cash will mark your breasts to assure that they will be equally lifted, but some residual discrepancies should still be expected, although they should be minor.
Can I go without wearing a bra?
The goal of many patients is to dress without a bra, and after a breast lift, the breasts will be more lifted and shapely. However, the breasts are particularly susceptible to the downward effects of gravity and without proper support, droopiness may return.
It is perfectly acceptable for patients to go bra-less for special occasions and for a limited time period. However, Dr. Cash strongly advises all patients to consistently wear some type of garment that will support the breasts and maintain the results of the surgery.
Will I be able to run after a breast lift?
Following surgery you should refrain from strenuous exercise at least three weeks and then light aerobic activity is permitted. A good support bra should be worn during any type of high impact exercising such as running.
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