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Breast Lift in San Jose



Breasts often start to sag and droop in response to a number of causes, including pregnancy, hereditary traits and the natural aging process. The breast lift, one specialty of our Mountain View practice, can return a woman’s breasts to their original, perky position. Sagging breasts can be corrected to a more youthful appearance by removing redundant skin and soft tissue. Newer breast lift techniques have resulted in smaller external scars, improved breast shape and a high degree of patient satisfaction. View our before and after gallery of breast lifts without breast implants with our patients in the San Jose Bay Area.

If you would like to discuss the cosmetic benefits of a breast lift without implants, contact Dr. Alexander Ereso to set up a consultation.

Ideal Breast Lift Candidates

A breast lift can be performed at any age, but Dr. Ereso usually recommends waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breastfeeding may affect the size and shape of your breasts, so you may wish to postpone surgery until after having children.

You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Breasts are pendulous, with adequate breast tissue
  • Nipples and areolas point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease

Your Personal Breast Lift Consultation

A personal consultation is the first step. Dr. Ereso will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for surgery.

You should arrive at the consultation prepared to provide complete information about:

  • Previous surgeries
  • Past and present medical conditions
  • Treatments you have received
  • Medications that you are taking, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
  • Past experience with weight loss and pregnancies and the effect it had on your breast size
  • The results of mammograms you have had
  • Any history of breast cancer in your family

The Breast Lift Without Implants Procedure

Your anatomy, our plastic surgeon’s preferences and your desired results will determine the specific method chosen for your breast lift. In our practice, the most common method of breast lift surgery is the vertical technique. This has been adopted from the Belgian and French techniques of Drs LeJour and Lassus. It results in the best lift of your natural breast tissue. After Dr. Ereso has removed the excess breast skin and shaped the remaining breast tissue, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which is usually stretched out in sagging breasts, can also be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast. In some cases, liposuction may be used to improve the contour, especially on the sides of the breasts. Your resultant scar will be in the shape of a lollipop and initially your breasts will look too high with pleating in the lower portion of your incisions. Over 2-6 weeks significant improvement in your breast shape will occur. It is important that you wear a supportive bra at this time. Your final appearance may not be apparent until six or more months after surgery.

Breast Lift Recovery


Within the first week

  • You will begin to move about more comfortably and return to (non-strenuous) work
  • Surgical drains (if used) will be removed and dressings will be changed

After several weeks

  • Bruising, swelling and normal periodic discomfort will diminish
  • The last sutures will have been removed
  • Sensation within the nipple and areola area will gradually improve
  • You may return to most of your normal activities, including mild exercise

After a few months

  • Your breasts will start settling into a more natural shape
  • Incision lines, which initially are red or pink, will begin to fade
  • You may resume exercise

Breast Lift without Implants – Results

Dr. Ereso will make every effort to make breast lift scars as inconspicuous as possible. Still, it’s important to remember that mastopexy scars are permanent. They often gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops. Occasionally a scar revision is necessary to achieve the ideal result.

You should also keep in mind that a breast lift won’t keep you firm forever – the effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging and weight fluctuations will eventually take their toll again. Women who have implants along with their breast lift may find the results last longer.

Your satisfaction with a breast lift is likely to be greater if you understand the procedure thoroughly and if your expectations are realistic.

Avoid straining, bending and lifting during the early postoperative period. You may resume most of your normal activities after a few weeks.

If you would like to set up a consultation to determine whether a breast lift will benefit you, contact us today.

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