Breast Lift Fort Worth

A breast lift, or mastopexy, elevates breast tissue on the chest wall, revealing a more firm, rounded, youthful breast. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, and changes in weight contribute to drooping of the breast tissue over time. Stretched areolas (the pigmented area surrounding the nipple) can be resized during a breast lift as well. Depending on your breast exam and your goals, breast augmentation may be recommended in addition to your breast lift. You can read more about Fort Worth breast augmentation and several other closely related procedures on our site, including breast lift with augmentation, breast reduction, breast implants, breast reduction, and mommy makeovers. Dr. Kirby will have a thoughtful discussion with you during any consultation and she will consider the results you want alongside the surgical options you have to get that result.

What symptoms and conditions are treated with a breast lift?

Breast lift is a surgery that is used to treat drooping or sagging breast tissue (breast ptosis). This includes patients who are experiencing:

  • Breast ptosis (drooping breasts)
  • Tubular breasts
  • Breast asymmetry where one breast droops more than the other
  • Sagging breasts after breast feeding
  • Breasts that sag as a result of the aging process

Where will my breast lift incisions (and scars) be?

Dr. Kirby can perform a variety of different techniques depending on the degree of drooping and your goals for a breast lift. The different incisions include:

“Lollipop” or Vertical Incision

One incision is made around the areola and another is placed vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold in a “lollipop” shape. This method is best for most breast changes associated with pregnancy.

Inverted T or “Anchor” Incision

Incisions are placed around the areola, vertically from the areola to the natural breast fold, and along the inframammary fold in an “anchor” shape. This method is ideal for correcting significant sagging and for breast changes occurring after massive weight loss.

Peri-areolar or “Donut” or “Benelli” Incision

A full circle incision is made around the outer edge of the areola. This technique is most often used for mild sagging or areola resizing.

Crescent Incision

One incision is placed around part of the areola in a crescent moon shape. This technique is best for correcting minor sagging or for nipple positioning.

You and Dr. Kirby will work together to choose which technique will work best for your breast size, shape, and position.

Do I need a breast lift?

Video transcript

“Many women who come to the office have a pretty good idea ahead of time if they need a lift or not, some don’t. During your exam, we will talk about the different features that lead someone to want or need a lift and if augmentation is recommended at the same time. These patients often have a history of weight-loss, excessive sun exposure, smoking, or breastfeeding, or are concerned about a droop of the breast. Most of the time, augmentation and mastopexy, or lift, can be performed safely at the same time.” – Dr. Emily Kirby, board certified breast lift surgeon

State of the art scar therapy for thinner, lighter scars

tummy tuck scar treatments

While breast lift scars are easily concealed by a bra or swimsuit, Dr. Kirby understands that the best-case scenario is to have scars that are hard to detect without clothing on!

To ensure that scars heal as faintly as possible, Dr. Kirby recommends Embrace® scar therapy following breast lift surgery. The only topical scar treatment FDA cleared and clinically proven to improve scar formation, Embrace involves flexible, comfortable, and breathable clear silicone strips that are placed over your healing incisions. The special tape gently contracts around your incision to reduce tension, protect and hydrate skin, and provide an optimal healing environment.

We have had great success with Embrace; patients who have used the strips as instructed have much thinner, lighter, and flatter scars in the months following breast lift surgery than they expected.

Before and after using Embrace strips on breast lift scars
Before and after using Embrace strips on breast lift scars. Photos courtesy Neodyne Biologics, inc.

What should I expect at a breast augmentation consultation?

Video transcript

“Before your visit in our office, our patient care coordinator gives you a good idea of what to expect before, during, and after your visit with us. During the consultation, we discuss your desired results. I like to chat with patients long enough that I have a good understanding of what they’re looking for so that I have a good idea of what I can offer. We review medical history and family history for safety reasons. We used Touch MD to look at sample before and after pictures of similar patients and to discuss in detail recommendations for surgery, the pictures are saved to your account so you can access them later with any notes that we have made. The implants are available in all sizes to feel in our office, including the wide variety of silicone choices that are now available. Sizing is available during the consultation by trying on specially made Allergan sizing implants that give a realistic and feel of your new breast size in person. This is something digital tools just can’t replicate. After sizing our patient care coordinator returns to discuss any and all of the surgical options we discuss during your visit.” – Dr. Emily Kirby, board-certified plastic surgeon

View more mastopexy and breast videos Q&A with Dr. Kirby

How long will my breast lift procedure last?

A breast lift, if performed alone, typically takes 1 to 2 hours at our private surgical center. You’ll find our surgery center much more comfortable than any hospital you’ve ever visited! Our surgical center is the only private surgical center in Fort Worth that has achieved AAASF certification.

Breast Lift (mastopexy) surgery may may be performed in combination with a Breast augmentation for optimal results, using silicone or saline implants. For healthy patients it may also be performed with other procedures like breast reduction surgery or breast reconstruction. Breast lifts are often a part of a mommy makeover or other combinations involving liposuction, abdominoplasty, or breast implants. Combining plastic surgeries takes more time in the operating room.

What kind of anesthesia will I have?

Breast lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia for optimal comfort. It can also be done using intravenous sedation that gives you medicine through an IV in your arm that makes you drowsy. Dr. Kirby will discuss these options with you so that the best choice can be made.

Patients Love Dr. Kirby

“The staff was great and welcomed me warmly. Dr. Kirby never rushed to get to the next person, but rather answered all of my questions in detail. She’s very knowledgeable and certainly seems to know about the latest techniques – what works, what doesn’t and what was best for me and my body. Thank you Dr. Kirby!!”*


How do I prepare for breast lift surgery?

Prior to any procedure, it is necessary to review medications you are taking that may affect your surgery. You may be asked to stop or adjust some medications you are on. As always, it is important to include supplements on your list of medications. Aspirin and aspirin products (Alka-Seltzer®, Carisoprodol, Excedrin®, Goody’s®, Midol®), anti-inflammatory medications (except acetaminophen, or Tylenol®), and herbal supplements must be avoided for two weeks prior to your surgery. Learn more about which medications and supplements to avoid. Dr. Kirby will discuss your medications with you.

Depending on your medical condition, you may be asked to get lab testing or a medical checkup prior to your surgery. You may also be asked to have an updated mammogram prior to your surgery if you have not had one recently.

Tobacco products impair your body’s ability to heal. You will be asked to stop smoking for 6 weeks prior to any surgery. Tobacco step-down products such as chewing gum and Nicoderm continue to provide your body with nicotine and must be stopped as well. Please ask Dr. Kirby if you will need assistance with quitting.

Be sure to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You will need someone to stay with you the night following your surgery as well.

You will receive specific instructions for your surgery day from Dr. Kirby’s office.

“Dr. Kirby and her staff are absolutely incredible! What an extraordinary experience, not only with her kindness but with her determination of wanting the best outcome for me. I had a breast augmentation with a breast lift, and I could not have asked for better results...Love Dr. Kirby!”

—Amy, 5-star Google Review


What are the risks?

Your decision to undergo breast lift (mastopexy) surgery is a personal decision and should be made with a full understanding of the benefits and potential complications. Breast lifts are plastic surgery procedures that involve some risks that you should consider. Most breast lift incisions are made in areas that are visible on the bare breast, resulting in scars that are not visible under clothing. A few breast lift techniques disguise the scars in hidden areas. Ask Dr. Kirby if you are a candidate for this type of procedure. Other risks are bleeding, infection, contour irregularities, skin discoloration, asymmetry and permanently altered sensation in the nipple and/or other areas of the breast. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

What will recovery be like?

Immediately after surgery, you will be able to notice a change in your breasts. You will also notice that you have quite a bit of swelling that will decrease over the next few weeks. You should expect to have some soreness and possibly some temporary changes in sensation as well. You will be asked to wear a supportive or surgical bra following surgery as your breasts heal from the procedure. Dr. Kirby will discuss with you when your dressings will be removed and when to return for a post-operative visit.

Depending on your job, you can expect to return to work in 7 to 10 days. More strenuous activity, however, cannot be resumed until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. You will be directed on scar massage techniques or Embrace scar therapy by Dr. Kirby and her team when the timing is appropriate.

What areas do you serve?

Texas is a big state! Some of our patients travel great distances to see us and we welcome you if you are considering cosmetic surgery and need an experienced plastic surgeon. Most of our patients come from the general Forth Worth and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area, including Grapevine and Southlake, Arlington, Colleyville, Denton, Haltom City, Weatherford and Granbury.

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