About Breast Lift Surgery
As women, we want shapely, youthful breasts that complement other feminine features. Gravity and time, however, are constantly working against us and our breasts will deflate and droop with age. This is why Newport Beach, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong offers breast lift procedures (mastopexy) to her patients. Breast lifts redefine the breasts by trimming away excess skin and surgically tightening the existing tissue to result in a firmer, younger breast appearance. Dr. Leong’s principles of breast lift rest on this tenet: repair and replace. Breast tissue that has fallen needs to be repaired and put back in its position on the chest. Sometimes skin removal alone is not enough to accomplish the goal of a beautiful bustline. Dr. Leong may recommend that you replace the extended skin with strategically chosen implants and/or fat transfer. By using auto-augmentation (taking your own breast tissue to replace the volume lost in the upper portion of the breast) along with an implant or an additional fat transfer, Dr. Leong aims to rebuild your breast to a more youthful position and shape, while ensuring that your scars heal in the best environment possible.
This body reshaping surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape or who have breast drooping due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Outstanding advancements in breast lift surgical techniques have made this cosmetic surgery so effective and successful. We invite you to learn more about your options at each of our Newport Beach locations. Together, you and Dr. Leong can decide on the appropriate technique based on your current breast condition while keeping your desired result in mind and realistic expectations in check.
You may be a candidate for a breast lift if your breasts look small and deflated or hang low because of the extra weight. Dr. Leong sometimes sees patients for a breast augmentation consultation only to discover that a breast lift may be what is really needed. A confidential consultation with Dr. Leong is very important in determining what surgery would appropriate. She needs to access the amount of sagging that is present in relation to the amount of breast tissue available. Plus, the evaluation of the position and symmetry of the nipples and size of the areolas are also very important factors for women considering a breast lift. To be a candidate for a breast lift you should ideally be physically healthy and at a maintainable weight. Any fluctuations in weight will change the results of the surgery.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Leong! I have struggled with stubborn unwanted fat around my middle section for years. Regardless of diet and exercise, I always seemed to have a muffin top that left me feeling insecure and uncomfortable. It only took one short meeting with Dr. Leong for me to finally feel confident with having her shape by middle through Liposuction and Thermage. I was previously very reluctant, but after meeting with her, I felt excited and ready. Dr. Leong's honest and straightforward, yet kind and pleasant approach put me right at ease. The proceedure itself went very smooth and Dr. Leong and her staff were helpful and available every step of the way. It has now been six months since my procedure and I am totally blown away with my results. They exceeded every possible expectation and I truly could not be happier!!"- S.K. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Lower face and neck lift - I’ve done every injectable from Botox to Sculptra and I wanted a more permanent fix to my aging face and neck. I had heard about Dr. Leong through a friend and I decided to make a consultation. When I met Dr. Leong I had my doubts about what this seemingly young doc could do for my 70+ year old face. How could she know what a woman my age needed? As we began to discuss my areas of c..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"Highly Recomended!! - My experience with my surgery with Dr Leona and her team was exceptional! Beautiful office, very informative, always caring about me, beautiful job on my eyes with great follow up to make sure healing was progressing. I highly recommend Dr Leong for any procedure that you may want or need! You'll be in wonderful hands with Dr Leong and her team!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 12, 2018
"Five Star Experience! - I have seen Dr. Leong for both medical and cosmetic visits. Her personality is very down to earth but precise which made me feel very comfortable going to her for multiple issues. I first saw Dr. Leong for a few minor skin tags, moles and cherry angiomas that were all over my body which I didn't like esthetically. She removed them with simplicity, quickness and I felt absolutely no pain. She..."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2018
"What a difference a great physician makes! - A year ago, I had the pleasure of consulting with Dr. Karen Leong for a minor lip asymmetry correction and augmentation. Always the professional, she listened to my concerns and clearly explained my options to get the results I was looking for. Dr. Leong made me feel completely comfortable and injected my lips to my complete satisfaction. Completely natural looking, and symmetrical. ..."- I. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2018
Breast lift surgery takes usually 2 – 4 hours and is performed for you under a general anesthesia. The timeframe of this treatment depends on the nature of breast size and sagging. The method used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories — these are based on the type of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical (lollipop) incisions are the most used types. If you and Dr. Leong agreed that an implant would improve your result, this augmentation or implant exchange is performed first using the same incision area as the lift so you only have one scar. For the breast lift, the incision is first completed, and any excess skin is excised along with breast tissue and fat that is not wanted. The skin is then pulled tight and the breasts are positioned higher and lifted so they look healthy and younger. In many cases, the size and shape of the areolas are reconstructed and reduced to match the new placement and shape of the breast. If a breast lift is the only procedure being performed and if size and shape are a concern, augmentation surgery with implants can also be performed at a later date.
What To Expect
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more lengthy than a surgery with implants only. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to help with swelling. A thin tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess fluid leakage that can sometimes occur after a breast lift. The post-surgical swelling normally goes away within a few days. Dr. Leong or a member of our team will provide an in-depth, at-home incision care instruction session to teach you how to care for your skin during your healing process. Results following a breast lift surgery appear after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your bustline and swelling subsides. You can also expect to go shopping for new bras once healing is complete to fit your new shape and size.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
In your initial consultation, Dr. Leong will listen to your needs and goals before developing your unique treatment plan. After that, she can estimate your costs. When done well, a breast lift can significantly improve your physical appearance, so it's important to focus on having an experienced surgeon with extensive training, like Dr. Leong, over costs. To help make surgery easier to afford, Dr. Leong can help you find low-interest financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your specific goals. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Leong will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large, asymmetrical, or stretched, Dr. Leong can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so she can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally, so you could begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors like significant weight gain or loss can alter your results, so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Leong recommends patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Leong will assess the physical condition and appearance of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a breast lift can help you. You may need to have additional imaging (a mammogram) completed to distinguish why you have two different sized breasts.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $7,900
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 – 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of countless Newport Beach, CA individuals. If you experience hanging, sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a breast lift may be the right surgery for you. During your first meeting, a thorough breast assessment will be given by Dr. Leong and your desired outcome will be discussed. After talking one-on-one, we will create a tailored plan for treatment to help transform your breasts. We encourage you to contact Dr. Leong and schedule a consultation.