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A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure to raise and rejuvenate the appearance of the breasts. A custom breast lift elevates and reshapes the breast tissues to restore a youthful, lifted look. A breast lift may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to restore or enhance natural breast volume.

Why undergo a breast lift?

Over time, a woman’s breasts can lose their youthful firmness and shape due to several factors, including:

  • Gravity
  • Pregnancy
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Breastfeeding
  • Age
  • Genetics 

Your areola may get larger in size over time. If necessary, Dr. Khalifeh will reduce the size of the areolas during your breast lift procedure in Washington DC. Once your breast lift is complete, your breast profile will appear uplifted, youthful, and natural.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure to raise and rejuvenate the appearance of the breasts. This procedure involves lifting and reshaping the breast tissue and removing excess skin. A breast lift is designed to elevate the breasts and restore a more youthful appearance. Our breast lift may also be combined with breast implant surgery, at which point the procedure is known as an augmentation mastopexy. A breast lift can work miracles for you, including:

  • 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 and areolas if they point down or to the side
  • Restore an overall youthful look to your breasts

Dr. Khalifeh: Extraordinary Results

At DC Cosmetics, double board-certified Dr. Khalifeh has garnered respect for his surgical techniques and outstanding level of artistry. He can lift and reshape breasts affected by time, genetics, or pregnancy. Dr. Khalifeh is widely recognized as being the premier breast surgeon practicing in Washington DC.

Dr. Khalifeh has extensive experience performing breast lift surgery, and uses advanced surgical techniques to achieve fresh, natural appearing results, with minimal scarring. He is a published author and professor who educates young surgeons on breast augmentation. Click here to view a scientific publication he co-authored: Mastopexy Publication. Dr. Khalifeh specializes in mommy makeovers with breast lift procedures and you can explore many examples of his impressive surgical work in which these two procedures are combined.

Dr. Khalifeh employs minimal scarring techniques to lessen the major downside of a breast lift procedure – the extent of the incisions. To view images of breast lift scars as they fade, you can review images of a scar fading over three years.

What to expect with a breast lift

A breast lift is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes about three hours to complete. Based on preference and availability, your breast lift will be performed at either our fully certified, private, outpatient surgical facility or at the nearby Sibley Memorial Hospital. You have the option of returning home under the care of another person or spending a night in hospital care.

Before & After

What is the procedure?

The breast lift technique that Dr. Khalifeh will choose depends on:

  • The size and shape of your breasts
  • Your skin’s quality, elasticity and the quantity of extra skin
  • The position and size of your areolas
  • The degree of sagging skin to be addressed

A breast lift is often performed with incisions around the areola, and down the lower center of the breast mound.  Based on your condition, we may recommend breast augmentation surgery to enlarge your breasts for an elegant lifting effect. However, in cases of severe drooping, a breast lift must be performed.

Breast lift: the procedure

The breast lift procedure is straightforward, and the methods used will vary based on your goals and the existing condition of your breasts. The basic procedure is:

Consultation

The first step is a consultation where we will discuss your goals and provide you with a full understanding of the procedure, recovery, and the end result. 

Anesthesia

To perform the surgery, you will be put under general anesthesia for your comfort.

Incisions 

Dr. Khalifeh will then proceed to perform one of three possible breast lift incisions:

  • Around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the crease of the breast
  • Around the areola itself
  • Around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the crease of the breast and horizontally in the breast crease 

Reshaping your breasts

Dr. Khalifeh will then reshape your breasts by lifting the underlying breast tissue and reshaping it. He will reposition the areola and nipple to a more youthful position on the breast mound. If necessary, areolas that are enlarged are reduced by excising skin around their perimeter. Dr. Khalifeh will also remove excess skin.

Closing the incisions

Once Dr. Khalifeh has completed reshaping your breasts, the newly reshaped breast tissue is covered by skin. Some of the incision lines are concealed, and others are visible. While these incision lines are permanent, they 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, or surgical tape.

Video Testimonial of a Mommy Makeover (with breast lift) patient

Mommy Makeover - Washington DC - Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

Recovery after a breast lift

Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited arm movement to speed the healing process. For a desk job, the typical time off work required is five days. Some specific points you can expect as part of the recovery process are:

  • You will need to wear a specialized surgical bra for several weeks after surgery, though you may wear a comfortable sports bra of your choice in about one week. No underwire bras until full healing has been achieved
  • You may have a small tube temporarily placed under your skin to help drain the fluid 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
  • After your recovery, Dr. Khalifeh may order a mammogram for comparison purposes

Am I a candidate for a breast lift?

A breast lift is ideal for a woman who doesn’t smoke, is physically healthy, is at a stable weight and is troubled by any of the following:

  • Breasts that have lost their volume and shape
  • Pendulous or flatter, elongated breasts
  • Areolas and nipples that point down, low on the breast
  • Enlarged areolas and stretched skin

If you have stretch marks on the upper breast area, a breast lift does not remove them. If you are interested in more volume on the upper pole (top area of the breast), you may consider breast augmentation with breast lift surgery or natural fat grafting. A woman who wants smaller breasts can combine a breast reduction with breast lift surgery.

Contact us today

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, special expertise, and experience to help you create the body you have always wanted. Call us today at (703) 543-9252 to schedule a consultation.

FAQ

How much downtime comes with a breast lift?

You will need at least five days of rest to recover after surgery, after which you can gradually resume your activities, but must avoid vigorous physical activities for about six weeks.

Will insurance cover a breast lift?

Unfortunately, a breast lift is a cosmetic procedure, and is not covered by insurance. A breast reduction, when it has caused physical problems, may be.

Will the placement of my nipple and areola be affected by a breast lift?

If your nipples are overly large, pointing downwards, or lower on the breast mound, they will be corrected to be on the center of the newly reshaped, firmed, breast mound.

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