Breast Lift Specialist

Gary Donath, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery

Gary Donath, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County, Pismo Beach, CA

Age and gravity eventually take a toll on the female breast. Gary Donath, MD, at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery in Pismo Beach, California, is an experienced aesthetic breast surgeon who performs all varieties of breast lift surgery. His skill and expertise help reverse the effects of time and restore a more youthful shape for women in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties. Call the office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Donath, or book an appointment online.

Breast Lift Q & A

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and tightening tissues to raise and reshape your breasts.

According to figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lifts are now twice as popular as breast implant surgery, with numbers of breast lift procedures growing by 70% since the year 2000.

Why would I need a breast lift?

Most women find their breasts start to droop as they get older, losing the shape and firmness they once had. In addition to the effects of time and gravity, breasts are also prone to losing their shape due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Fluctuating weight
  • Genetic factors

As well as changes in the breast shape, the areola can change and become larger too. Breast lift surgery can raise the breasts and correct the areola at the same time.

How does a breast lift differ from a breast augmentation?

A breast lift won’t make your breasts bigger, as it just reshapes the tissue that you already have.

For certain patients, Dr. Donath may recommend placement of an implant during the breast lift surgery to increase size and upper pole volume. So if you want larger breasts, you might prefer a breast lift with augmentation rather than just the breast lift alone.

Similarly, if you want to reduce the size of your breasts, you can combine a breast lift with breast reduction surgery.

Before having any type of surgery, Dr. Donath needs to be sure you’re physically and psychologically ready for the procedure, and he also takes time to make sure you have a realistic expectation of what is achievable.

What happens during the breast lift procedure?

On the day of your breast lift operation, you’ll either have intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on which would be best for you.

After effective anesthesia, local anesthetic is injected for long lasting comfort and to decrease bleeding. Dr. Donath makes an incision into the breast, then lifts and reshapes the breast tissue. The nipple-areolar complex is typically moved to a higher and optimized position on the breast mound.

The excess skin is removed, the breast shape is improved and the incisions are then closed in a layered fashion. The surgery does cause scarring, but Dr. Donath makes the incisions as small as possible and hides them under the breast contours when he can. Over time the scars do fade until they’re barely noticeable.

You’ll see the difference as soon as you wake up, but the outcomes are even clearer once your breasts heal. The results should last for years, especially if you maintain your weight and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Find out more about breast lift surgery by calling Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery today, or book an appointment online.