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A breast lift is a surgical procedure to restore the breasts to a higher, more youthful position on the chest wall, which is achieved by reshaping and repairing existing breast tissue to create a round, plump breast profile, and may include surgically repositioning or reshaping the nipple structure.

Why consider a breast lift?

Dr. Sugene Kim performs breast lift surgery to help Houston-area women address a range of breast issues, including:

  • The effects of gravity and aging
  • Weight changes
  • Drooping breasts
  • Nipples pointing downwards
  • Sagging as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Sagging breasts
  • Breasts that appear deflated

Over time, the skin loses its elasticity while breast volume may decrease, causing breasts to sag and droop lower on the chest. A breast lift surgically removes excess skin and repositions the breasts for a firmer, more youthful appearance.


Why choose Dr. Kim for breast lift surgery?

A double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kim is recognized as one of the top female cosmetic surgeons in the greater Houston area and is a breast lift specialist. Dr. Kim and the team at SGK Plastic Surgery have helped people from Spring to Conroe and all the way up to College Station bring out the best in their body with both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

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What is the breast lift procedure?

Every breast lift performed by Dr. Kim is customized to match the needs of the patient. The first step is an evaluation of your breasts to determine how to approach surgery, with three different types of incisions that may be employed.

In addition to tightening the breast skin and surgically removing excess skin and tissue, Dr. Kim also repositions the nipples to a natural front-facing breast location. In many cases, the areolas are resized to create a natural, balanced location and shape for stretched or overlarge nipples.

  • The anchor incision is the most common breast lift incision. This incision circles the areola, travels vertically down to the crease at the bottom of the breast and follows the curve of the breast on either side. While this technique is the most involved, it also provides the most lift and can be highly effective for women with large breasts and a considerable degree of ptosis.
  • The lollipop incision circles the areola and travels vertically down to the crease at the bottom of the breast, ending there.
  • The circumareolar incision circles around the areola and does not scar the rest of the breast. While this technique can leave the breasts virtually scarless it is usually only effective for women with a mild degree of sagging.

After surgery – the rules.

You will need to avoid certain motions, including bending, lifting, stretching, or straining. Your stitches will be removed when the incision has healed, generally within a week or ten days from your procedure. Arrange for another person to help you during the first few days after your procedure, and plan on resting so your body can heal. Drink plenty of liquids and take gentle walks. You will be restricted from exercise for about four to six weeks. Plan on taking three to four days off from work.

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Which surgical approach will be best for you?

During your consultation with Dr. Kim, she can explain the incision types used for breast lift surgery in greater detail, as well as give you an idea of the best approach to create the firm, higher, youthful breasts you envision. If you need to resolve asymmetry of your breasts, she may recommend a customized breast augmentation or breast reduction in combination with the lift to create more beautiful balance for your breasts.

What is the recovery after a breast lift?

After your surgery, you will wake up in the recovery area with your newly-shaped breasts covered with a surgical support bra. You may have surgical drains to remove excess blood and fluid, which are usually removed in a day or two. You can expect your breasts to be swollen and bruised, and to experience some discomfort. You will have prescription painkillers to help you stay comfortable during the early stages of healing.

What’s next?

The first step is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Kim so she can determine whether you are a good candidate for breast lift surgery. She can also help you better understand the results you can expect after your procedure.

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