About Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a body contouring procedure that reshapes the breasts by trimming away loose skin and surgically tightening the leftover tissue to result in a firmer, more youthful look. This body contouring surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Outstanding advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this treatment so effective and successful that new statistics by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Ethan Baughman, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, performs this procedure at his private practice in Westlake Village, CA.
You may come to Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery wanting breast augmentation using implants, but after a private assessment, you may discover that breast lift surgery is what you need. Breasts that have lost elasticity most often need a skin removal and tightening surgery to reduce skin looseness and bring the breasts to a perkier position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a lift surgery can dramatically help your appearance. To be a good candidate for a breast lift or another plastic surgery, you need to be in good health and at a good weight.
"I had a mommy makeover with Dr. Baughman about two weeks ago and so far I couldn’t be happier. He spent a lot of time talking to me to find out exactly what was important to me, and also used 3D photo modeling to help me see and understand my different options. He did everything possible to make sure I was going to be happy with my results and the process. It was nice to have surgery next-door to his office, making surgery day go smoothly I was back to work 4 days later. Highly recommend!"- J.S. / Google / Oct 27, 2019
"I just had my first hydrafacial experience at Doctor Baughman’s office and I’m loving the results!! I really love how my skin feels and looks! I’ve never had my face glowing that much after a facial. I will definitely be back for another one soon."- P.C. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"Dr Baughman was my plastic surgeon in St. Louis last year when I received a breast augmentation. He was very attentive, answered all my questions, and followed up with me after my surgery to make sure I was ok. I was 38 when I received my breast augmentation. This is my first major surgery and I was super nervous. I was completely flat chested and couldn't fit in a double A bra. Now, I am a 32 DD 5 ft, 120 lbs. My shoulders are a bit wide, so now I wish I would have gone bigger, but the results from the size I chose is fantastic! (I chose 415 cc R and 345 cc L) I initially wanted a natural look, but I, like most patients, prefers now a larger size. But this is just my perception, Dr Baughman was great! I am now able to wear tube tops, I can go bra less and my breasts are really perky. The scars are minimal, my recovery time wasn't as bad or long as I thought I would be. I received my surgery on a Wednesday and went back to work on Monday. I wasn't able to make full turns on the steering wheel while driving for a bit. And I couldn't do any push ups or arm exercises for at least 4 months and by then I still didn't feel comfortable. It's been 13 months since my surgery. Overall, I wouldn't change my experience or have chosen another physician. Thank you Dr Baughman, you have changed my life for the better and I love my results!!!!!"- K.S. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2019
"Dr. Baughman is an AMAZING plastic surgeon! I had a breast reduction/lift procedure done by Dr.Baughman in 2017 and the results are everything that I hoped for. I was nervous prior to the surgery because it was my first time ever undergoing surgery. Dr.Baughman was very compassionate, informative, and assured that I was indeed in good hands. After the surgery, Dr.Baughman made sure to keep in touch and was there to answer all of the questions that I had. I am very happy and satisfied with my breast reduction/lift and will definitely recommend Dr.Baughman to anyone who’s seeking plastic surgery with outstanding results. I will be back for another procedure very soon! :)"- M.J. / Google / Sep 04, 2019
"Great professional that you can trust 100% and expect no pain with amazing results."- K.H. / Google / Sep 03, 2019
A breast lift is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The duration of this treatment is dependent on the nature of breast size and sagging. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the most used methods. The incision is made and any loose, excess skin is removed. The breast tissue is moved higher and the remaining skin is pulled taut before the incision is closed. In most situations, the size of the areola is reconstructed and reduced to fit with the new placement and shape of the breast.
What To Expect
Dr. Baughman or a member of his team will provide in-depth, home treatment care instructions to help with your healing process. You will wear a compression bra to reduce swelling and promote healing for at least one week. While you may be able to see some improvements right away, it will take some time before your final results are visible. Your breasts should feel lighter and firmer with a rejuvenated appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Baughman will pay attention to your wants and goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Following that, he can estimate your price. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your physical appearance so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Baughman, rather than prices. To help make surgery affordable, Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your specific goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Baughman will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then help you decide whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be moved during a breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Baughman can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you could start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors, such as significant weight loss or gain, can change your results; therefore, it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Baughman suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Baughman will evaluate the appearance and condition of your breasts in your consultation and talk about how a lift will be able to help. During your lift surgery, he can adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,300 - $15,100
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1.5 – 3.5 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Surgical breast lifts have transformed the lives of many women in Westlake Village, CA. If you have hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a mastopexy at Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial consultation, a thorough breast assessment will be performed by Dr. Baughman so he can customize a treatment plan that addresses all your needs and wants.