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Breast Lift in Washington, DC with Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

Breast Lift Surgery in Washington, DC with Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

last reviewed 11/5/2017

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure to raise and rejuvenate the appearance of the breast. This procedure is designed to elevate the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance.

A breast lift may also be completed in conjunction with breast implant surgery, at which point in becomes known as an augmentation mastopexy.

Dr. Khalifeh’s preferred approach is the vertical pattern matopexy or augmentation mastopexy which minimizes scars and gives a lasting lift to the breast.

Breast Lift Surgery Before & After Photos

Breast Lift Washington DC - Surgery by Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

Breast Lift Washington DC – Surgery by Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

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Why Choose Dr. Khalifeh for your Breast Lift Surgery:

  1. Dr. Khalifeh has deep experience in breast lift surgery using the latest and most natural appearing results, and employs minimal scarring techniques.  He is a  published author and teacher on Breast Lift Procedures.

Click here to see scientific publication: Mastopexy Publication

2.  Dr. Khalifeh specializes in mommy makeovers with breast lift procedures and you can explore many examples of his outstanding work where these two procedures are combined.

3.   Dr. Khalifeh employs minimal scarring techniques to try to minimize the major downside of a breast lift procedure, which are the required incisions.

Goals of the Breast Lift (Mastopexy):

  • Elevate the breasts due to sagging caused by the effects of aging and gravity.
  • Firm the breasts if they have lost substance due to pregnancy and subsequent breast-feeding.
  • Re-align your nipples/areolas if they point down or to the side. click here to see how the nipple is moved during surgery
  • an overall youthful look to the breasts

Goals of the Breast Lift with Augmentation (augmentation-mastopexy):

  • same as above, plus the addition of volume giving a youthful appearance/cleavage

Breast Lift Surgery – Scarring:

The biggest concern with a breast lift procedure is the scarring involved. Many people do not want the scars. A true lift procedure, however, requires scars around the nipple, and in most cases, in the middle of the breast going down vertically. Fortunately, the scars fade very nicely:

Click here to see 3 year results of of Dr. Khalifeh’s augmentation-mastopexy procedure that show how scars fade.

If someone absolutely does not want a scar, we may consider a breast augmentation surgery alone with expansion of the breast to create a lift effect. There is a very nice explanation of that in a breast augmentation blog post that I wrote, but note that this procedure is not for people with very advanced drooping.

Breast Lift Surgery – General Procedure:

The breast lift surgical procedure usually takes three hours to perform.

Dr. Khalifeh is well known for his augmentation mastopexy results. His preferred approach is the vertical pattern/superior medial pedicle approach, although he also performs other procedures occasionally for select breast shapes that may be better reshaped with another approach.

Location of Surgery:

This surgery is performed under anesthesia either in the office, a surgery center,  or in a hospital (usually the Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital)

An overnight stay is not required, but may be arranged if preferred.

Breast Lift Surgery – Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited arm movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. For a desk job, typical time off work required is five days.

The patient will need to wear a specialized surgical bra for several weeks. This is provided by our office, and patients may change to a “sports” bra of their liking at one week.

Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication.

Video Testimonial of Mommy Makeover patient (including breast lift results):

Breast Lift Surgery in Washington, DC

Mastopexy, also referred to as a breast lift, is a surgery that Dr. Marwan Khalifeh performs at his Washington DC facility. A breast lift is an ideal solution for patients who want to raise and firm their breasts. Dr. Khalifeh removes excess skin and tightens the area that surrounds it to reshape and support the breasts’ new contour.

Breast Lift Before & After Photos


Why are Breast Lifts are Performed?

Over time, a woman’s breasts lose their youthful firmness and shape. Loss of skin elasticity and these changes can result from:

  • Gravity
  • Pregnancy
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Breast-feeding
  • Age
  • Genetic characteristics

A woman’s areola may also become enlarged as she ages. If necessary, Dr. Khalifeh can reduce the size of your areolas during your breast lift procedure in Washington DC. Once your breast lift is complete, your breast profile will be uplifted and youthful.

What A Breast Lift Will Not Do

If  you have a lot of stretch marks on the upper breast area, a breast lift will not be able to remove those stretch marks.  Also,  breast lift surgery will not significantly round the upper part of the breast or change its size. A woman who is interested in fuller breasts should consider breast augmentation with breast lift surgery or  fat grafting to the breast. A woman who wants smaller breasts can combine a breast reduction with breast lift surgery.

A Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery in Washington, DC

A woman should only have a breast lift if it is what she wants, not at someone else’s urging. A breast lift is ideal for a woman who:

  • Does not smoke
  • Is physically healthy
  • Maintains a stable weight
  • Is bothered by feeling her breasts sag

And has:

  • Breasts that have lost their volume and shape
  • Pendulous or flatter, elongated breasts
  • Areolas and nipples that point down and fall below her breast crease
  • Enlarged areolas and stretched skin

Breast lifts do not generally affect the function of the breast, althgouh occasionally they can affect the ability to breast feed. However, if you plan to become pregnant you should discuss this with Dr. Khalifeh during your breast lift initial consultations at his Washington DC facility. The changes that occur during pregnancy can minimize or even reverse the improvements made from your breast lift procedure. The same is true if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight after your breast lift surgery in Washington DC.

Your Initial Breast Lift Consultation with Dr. Khalifeh at His Washington, DC Facility

The success and safety of your breast lift surgery depends on your candidness during your breast lift consultation. Dr. Khalifeh will ask you various questions related to your health, lifestyle and desired outcome.

You should be prepared to talk about:

  • Why you want a breast lift
  • Your desired outcome
  • Any current vitamins, medications or herbal supplements you take
  • Whether you use tobacco, drink alcoholic beverages or use recreational drugs
  • Medical conditions, treatments and if you have any drug allergies
  • Results of previous mammograms and/or biopsies of your breast
  • Whether you have a family history of breast cancer or not
  • Previous surgeries

Dr. Khalifeh may also:

  • Examine your breasts
  • Take pictures to place in your medical record
  • Check the quality of your skin
  • Look at the placement of your areolas and nipples
  • Talk about the anesthesia he will use during your breast lift
  • note the shape and size of your breasts
  • Evaluate your general health, as well as risk factors and pre-existing health conditions
  • Discuss your options, the likely outcome of your breast lift surgery, as well as any risks and possible complications

Preparing for Your Breast Lift Procedure in Washington, DC

You may need to:

  • Get a medical evaluation and/or lab testing done
  • Get a mammogram prior to your breast lift procedure
  • Adjust current medications
  • Take certain medications

You will need to:

  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before your surgery
  • Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory herbal supplements and medications, including aspirin as they can cause you to bleed more

You may receive other instructions from Dr. Khalifeh or the staff at his Washington DC facility.

The Day of Your Breast Lift Surgery in Washington, DC

If your breast lift is performed as an outpatient procedure, you need to bring a driver with you to the Washington DC facility. Ask a friend or family member to stay with you the night of your procedure.

The Breast Lift technique that Dr. Khalifeh uses depends on:

  • The size and shape of your breasts
  • Your skin’s quality, elasticity and the amount of extra skin you have
  • The position and size of your areolas
  • How low your breasts sag

The Breast Lift Procedure

1. Anesthesia

You will receive anesthesia so you are comfortable during your breast lift surgery.

2. Incisions

The three possible breast lift incisions:

  • Around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the crease of the breast
  • Only around the areola itself
  • Around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the crease of the breast and horizontally along the crease of the breast

3. Reshaping

Dr. Khalifeh will reshape your breasts:

He will lift the underlying breast tissue and reshape it. The areola and nipple are repositioned to a more youthful height. If necessary, areolas that are enlarged are reduced by excising skin around their perimeter He will also remove any excess breast skin.

4. Closing Incisions

Once Dr. Khalifeh has completed reshaping your breasts, he removes the excess skin and the skin that remains is tightened as he closes the incisions. Some of the incision lines are concealed, whereas others are visible. While these incision lines are permanent, they generally fade significantly over time. The sutures Dr. Khalifeh uses are layered deep inside the breast tissue. This creates and supports your newly shaped breasts. To close the skin, he may use skin adhesives, sutures and/or surgical tape.

You will be able to see the results of your breast lift immediately after surgery.

Recovery From Your Breast Lift Surgery

Dr. Khalifeh will apply bandages or dressings to your incisions. You will wear a support bra or an elastic bandage to support your breasts and minimize swelling while they heal. You may have a small tube temporarily placed under your skin to help drain any fluid or excess blood that collects after your breast lift procedure.

You will receive specific instructions in relation to caring for your breasts, medications to take orally or apply to your breasts to aid in the healing process and reduce the chance of infection. Do not smoke for six weeks following surgery because smoking inhibits your body’s ability to heal itself. Once you are healed, Dr. Khalifeh may order you a mammogram to be used for comparison purposes

The results of your breast lift are long lasting, but you can retain a youthful look longer if you:

  • Keep a healthy lifestyle
  • Maintain your weight
  • Avoid becoming pregnant

If you are interested in a breast lift or any other cosmetic surgery in the Washington DC, Bethesda, and Northern Virginia areas, contact Dr. Khalifeh. He has the knowledge, expertise and experience to help you obtain the body you have always wanted.  You may call our office for an appointment or click here to schedule yourself online.