K. Charles Kim, M.D.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Serving L.A. & Orange County
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Breast Lift Surgery

Plastic Surgeon, K. Charles Kim, is a well regard breast lift ("mastopexy") specialist in the Los Angeles community.  Breast Lift Surgery is performed by the Plastic Surgeon to re-establish a youthful breast shape and breast position to previously sagging, deflated breasts.  Sagging or deflation of the breasts can occur due to aging, pregnancy, or weight changes (loss or gain). Breast lift plastic surgery as performed by the LA Plastic Surgeon will reshape and reposition your sagging breasts to an uplifted position with shapely form and contour.  Please feel free to contact the Plastic Surgeon for a complimentary consultation to discuss Breast Lift Surgery. 

Please review the greater LA area Plastic Surgeon's Before & After Breast Lift Plastic Surgery Gallery: Breast Lift 

Mastopexy is an surgical operation performed by the Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kim, MD, that removes the excess breast skin and lifts the breasts and the nipples to their normal, youthful position.  Lifted breasts usually look rounder, firmer and perkier. The surgical technique is designed to hide incisions and minimize scars as much as possible. The breast lift operation is performed under general anesthesia. All suturing is performed beneath the skin; therefore there are minimal stitches to be removed. Recovery is about  7 to 14 days.

There are many different breast lift techniques that the Board Certified Plastic surgeon offers his breast lift patients. The LA Plastic Surgeon will work with you to select the correct breast lift procedure based on the size and droopiness (called “ptosis”) of your breasts. The best breast lift procedure will be customized for your needs and will likely result in optimal lift and reshaping, while minimizing the degree of visible scarring.

Mastopexy (Breast Lift) with Breast Implants: Since some of the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon's patients have also had a loss of breast volume, if desired breast implants may be inserted by the Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon at the time of Breast Lift Surgery.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Kyoung Charles Kim, MD, offers the following Breast Lift (Mastopexy) options.  All Breast Lift surgeries are performed on-site in fully accredited surgical suites in Beverly Hills and Orange County.

• Internal Breast Lift / Scarless Breast Lift

• Donut Lift / Periareolar Mastopexy

• Vertical Lift / Vertical Mastopexy

• Lollipop / Le Jour Mastopexy

• Wise Mastopexy

• Mastopexy with Breast Implants

Internal Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) also known as The Scarless Breast Lift: This surgical technique performed by the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon lifts the breasts and nipples internally without the need for any additional scars. This type of procedure is performed through the same small incision through which the breast implants are inserted. Many of the  patients tend to opt for this approach and Dr. Kim is considered best in class in performing this procedure. Internal Breast Lift Surgery cannot be performed as an individual procedure for breast lifting. This surgical procedure is only performed in conjunction with breast implants plastic surgery. However, patients who have had breast implants previously (even if performed by another Plastic Surgeon) and are noticing that their breast tissues are sagging over their breast implants may also benefit from the Internal Mastopexy operation. This technique significantly enhances and improves the end result of Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant Surgery) by raising and relocating the sagging nipple and areola, in comparison to the standard Breast Augmentation surgery. 

Internal Breast Lift Surgery is customized for each of the Plastic Surgeon's  patients.  Internal breast lift surgery results are immediate.  The results are "Perky" projecting breasts that then tend to relax somewhat as tissues heal - resulting in a very youthful breast projection appearance.

Donut Lift / Periareolar Mastopexy:  This breast lift technique, as performed by the Los Angeles, Orange County Plastic Surgeon, which is sometimes referred to as "Concentric Mastopexy" is frequently used by the LA Plastic Surgeon to operate on women with smaller and less intensely drooping breasts. The Donut Lift breast lift technique requires fewer surgical incisions can be performed by the Plastic Surgeon using a local anesthesia with a sedative instead of general anesthesia. This procedure is designed with the scars being around the areola itself as opposed to under the breast. The Beverly Hills Orange County Plastic Surgeon will discuss this option with you during your complimentary consultation.

This breast lift technique gets its name "doughnut from the concentric circles that are drawn and cut around the areola of the nipple. This concentric shaped skin surrounding the areola is surgically removed and the nipple and areola are moved upwards. Following the movement of the nipple and areola, the outer skin surrounding the areola is sutured into place.  Donut Lift mastopexy results in less scarring than the frequently performed "anchor-shaped" mastopexy.

Vertical Lift:  In cases with very advanced sagging of the breast, the "Vertical Mastopexy" with "Vertical Lift" approach can produce a reliable, more shapely and uplifted breast. To maintain their shape more consistently, a breast implant is often used in conjunction with this type lift. The actual procedure is similar to that of the Lollipop Breast Lift as described below.

Lollipop Breast Lift / Le Jour Mastopexy:  This breast lift technique is the same as the Donut Lift / Periareolar Mastopexy  but with straight incisions from under the areolae to the mammary folds (crease).

Wise Mastopexy / Anchor Mastopexy:   Also referred to as Weiss pattern mastopexy, full breast lift, or inverted-T incision.  This type of breast lift is considered the traditional technique for breast lifting, elevation of the nipple/areola as well as removal of excessive skin.  With this type of breast lift procedure, the Orange County Plastic Surgeon creates incisions around the areola, down the center of the lower portion of the breast and then across the breast in the inframammary fold. Like the donut and lollipop incisions (see above), the areola can be made smaller at the same time. The resulting scar is in the shape of an anchor. Although the Wise pattern or anchor mastopexy used to be the standard, it is now usually reserved only for those with moderate to severe breast sagging.

There are many different mastopexy (breast lift) techniques to consider. The LA Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can give you a full evaluation during your complimentary breast lift consultation.

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