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Breast Lift In Oakland & The San Francisco Bay Area

At our office in Oakland breast lift can be the perfect solution for a range of issues, including asymmetry, sagging, or shape-related concerns. Dr. Steven Williams is a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon and a key opinion leader in the plastic surgery community on breast lifts. He can help you find the right solution for your body.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed to raise and reshape breasts to a higher position and more youthful shape.

There are many different techniques that can be used to reduce scars and, if more fullness is desired, can be coupled with a breast augmentation.

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Boost Your Figure and Your Spirits

Self-confidence can drastically impact your quality of life. When we feel confident and comfortable, we feel free to enjoy more and accomplish more. A breast lift by Dr. Steven Williams at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery can drastically increase feelings of self-confidence and comfort.

Dr. Steven Williams is a leading authority in breast sculpting, augmentation, and revision surgeries. He and his team of highly experienced medical and aesthetic professionals have earned a reputation for providing quality care and exceptional results to their patients.

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Breast Lift and Augmentation

It is possible to get a breast lift and a breast augmentation at the same time. Many patients that seek out breast enhancement are great candidates for a combined breast augmentation and lift. In one surgery patients can get more youthful, fuller breasts. Dr. Williams and the Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team are experts in creating the look you want safely. Click the button below to learn more about different breast augmentation procedures.

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Your Breast Lift Procedure

A single breast lift procedure can vary greatly depending on the surgery plan you and Dr. Williams create together. During your breast lift consultation with Dr. Williams, you will have the opportunity to discuss the desired shape, scar location, technique, and any other procedures which may be incorporated into your breast lift surgery.

These include augmentation, breast reduction, areola reduction, or relocation, or asymmetry correction. When you arrive for your breast lift surgery, you will be prepped for surgery and given anesthesia. Incisions will be made according to your surgery details. Excess skin will be removed to lift the breasts, and any other measures necessary to properly sculpt the breasts will be performed at this time. This may include implant placement, breast reduction, areola reduction or relocation, or other techniques used to achieve your desired results. Once all necessary measures have been taken, your incisions will be closed. We strive to provide you with one of the best breast lifts Oakland has to offer, so give us a call today.

What to Expect

Breast Lift Procedure

Length of Surgery 2-3 hours
Inpatient / Outpatient Outpatient
Anesthesia Usually General
Duration of Results Long lasting. Weight loss/gain, pregnancy, and age may reduce surgical results over time

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Tri Valley Plastic Surgery is a leading Northern California breast lift provider. Dr. Steven Williams and his highly experienced team of medical professionals provide unparalleled care and results for breast lifts in the Dublin area. If you would like to discuss what is possible with a Tri Valley Plastic Surgery breast lift, please contact our office to schedule your consultation.

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What to Expect During Breast Lift Recovery

Recovery from breast lift surgery varies with each patient depending on how involved their procedure is, and how quickly their body heals. Patients can expect to experience swelling and discomfort for the first few days following surgery, though most patients can return to work within a week of surgery.

Patients can return to normal activities as soon as they feel able. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks. Dr. Williams and the staff at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery provide each patient with detailed post-op instructions, specific to their procedure. Recovery from breast lift surgery with augmentation may necessitate a longer recovery and more involved post-op instructions. Following these instructions is vital to maximizing the benefit of your surgery and improving your recovery time.

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Your Breast Lift Results

Some results are visible immediately upon breast lift surgery, although there will be some initial swelling. Patients who choose to include augmentation in their breast lifts can expect to see full results at around 6 weeks when the implants have settled into position.

Dr. Steven Williams’ breast lift patients can expect beautifully sculpted, symmetrical, lifted breasts following their procedures. Dr. Williams makes sure to hide scar placement as much as possible, and scars will fade significantly over time. For patients who are concerned about scar visibility, Dr.Williams can explain all options regarding incision location for their surgery. Scar reduction is also a core component of Dr. Williams’ aftercare routine, which is given to each breast lift patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

Breast lift (mastopexy): A cosmetic surgical procedure where Dr. Williams restructures breasts that have lost their original shape and appear to have an element of sagging (ptosis) or loss of volume to them. It is not designed to reduce the size or weight of breasts as would a breast reduction procedure.

Over time a woman’s breasts may change. Many factors can bring about a loss of youthful shape and firmness to the breasts, and loss of skin elasticity such as pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight fluctuations and weight gain, aging and natural gravity and heredity. Sometimes a woman in her teens may experience loose sagging breast tissue due to simple genetics.

For women seeking to restore the firmness and shape of their breasts, a breast lift procedure also known as a mastopexy may be a good option. A breast lift procedure raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Sometimes the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) can become enlarged over time; a breast lift will reduce this appearance as well. A breast lift can rejuvenate the female figure by giving a profile that is more youthful, uplifted and firm.

A breast lift is an ideal choice for women who wish to improve the shape and the position of their breasts. If an increase in volume and size is desired breast implants may also be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift.

Breast lift procedures can also address asymmetries in shape and position of the breast.

Dr. Williams and the Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team will carefully explain your Breast Lift Operation with you at your initial consultation. Prior to surgery you may be asked to:

  1. Get a lab testing or medical evaluation
  2. Take certain medications or adjust you current medications
  3. Get a baseline mammogram before surgery (depending on age and breast health history)
  4. Stop smoking well in advance of surgery (at least 3 months prior to surgery)
  5. Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and herbal supplements as they may increase bleeding

You may also receive special instructions prior to surgery which include:

  1. What to do on the day of your breast lift surgery
  2. Post-operative care and follow-up instructions

Dr. Williams performs breast lift surgery in an accredited outpatient/ambulatory hospital surgical center.

A breast lift is a highly individualized procedure achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for your individual case will be determined on your breast size and shape, the size and the position of your areola, the degree of your breast sagging, and your skin quality and skin elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin. Dr. Williams will review your incision options to maximize your cosmetic result. Breast lift surgical steps:


Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures.

  1. Incision pattern for a breast lift will be determined based on individual breast size and shape, excess skin and skin elasticity of the individual patient in order to achieve realistic goals.
  2. The incision may include a circle around the areola, a line extending down the lower portion of the breast from the areola to the crease underneath the breast and a line along the crease of the breast (sometimes described as an anchor pattern or Wise pattern incision).
  3. Though this incision pattern is the most powerful and most common, not every patient will require all of the incisions mentioned above. It is possible to perform a breast lift through an incision around the areola only, or through a combination of incisions around the areola and a vertical incision down the lower portion of the breast.
  4. Once the excess skin is removed, the breast tissue is reshaped and lifted and the remaining skin tightened as the incisions are closed.
  5. Some incisions resulting from breast lift are concealed in the natural breast contours; others are visible on the breast surface.
  6. Absorbable sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts, absorbable sutures and surgical tape may be used to close the skin.
  7. Incision lines are permanent but in most cases fade and improve significantly with time.

The results of breast lift surgery are immediately visible. Over time post-surgical swelling will subside and resolve, and incision lines will gradually refine in appearance. Patients experience an immediate satisfaction at their results, and experience fulfillment in self-confidence and personal body image in achieving their goal for an uplifted breast profile.

Once your breast lift procedure is completed, the surgical areas will be covered in dressings. You may have to wear a support bra for the first week or two, avoiding underwire.

Breast lift recovery times vary from patient to patient. Initial breast lift recovery may include swelling and slight discomfort at the incision sites and in breast tissue overall. It is quite common to experience discomfort which can be controlled with medication.

The Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team will advise you of:

  1. How to care for the breasts following surgery.
  2. Medications to apply or to take orally to reduce the risk of infection
  3. Specific changes at the surgical site or in overall health
  4. Follow up consultation with Dr. Williams

A return to light and normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, (usually a few days after surgery), however initial wound healing may take between 5 to 10 days. You will be able to return to work and resume normal activity after this time. It is advisable not to engage in any vigorous exercise or activity or heavy lifting within 4 to 6 weeks after your procedure to avoid bleeding complications.

Breast lift recovery times can take up to several weeks as swelling slowly resolves. Incision lines will gradually fade; although they remain permanent they are often inconspicuous.

The decision to have breast lift surgery is an personal one and you will have to decide if the surgery will achieve your goals and expectations. Risks and potential complications are possible and it is advised that you discuss these in detail with Dr. Williams and the Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team.

At Tri Valley Plastic Surgery, we often perform breast lift procedures and have an exceptional safety and cosmetic track record. However, in order to make an informed decision and give your consent, you need to be aware of the possible side-effects and the risk of complications.


These are the unwanted, but mostly temporary effects of a successful treatment, for example, feeling sick as a result of the general anesthetic.

For a few weeks after surgery, your breasts will feel sore, swollen and hard, and you may feel a burning sensation in your nipples.

You will have scars, they will be pink and noticeable at first, but should gradually fade.

  1. Unfavorable scarring
  2. Bleeding (hematoma)
  3. Infection
  4. Poor healing of incisions
  5. Changes in nipples or breast sensation – rare and typically temporary but can be permanent
  6. Skin discoloration, pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
  7. Breast asymmetry
  8. Fluid accumulation
  9. Excessive firmness of the breast
  10. Potential or partial or total loss of the nipple or areola
  11. Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  12. Pain

It is possible that you still won't be satisfied with your appearance after the operation.

All surgery carries risks associated with Anesthesia. These and additional risks will be discussed prior to your consent.

The exact risks are specific to you and will differ for every person. We're happy to take the time to explain how these risks apply to you.

Initial recovery from breast lift surgery is typically described as mildly to moderately painful. Patients can expect the most discomfort over the first 2 to 3 days, though Dr. Williams will make sure patients are given specific aftercare instructions for pain management and recovery.

You will need to wear a support bra for several weeks following your surgery to ensure that your lifted breasts heal properly. A sports bra (without an underwire) may be used. Once the breasts have fully healed (usually around 6 weeks after surgery), patients can go braless without compromising their results. Patients who choose to include augmentation in their breast lift procedure may need to wear a surgical bra for the first two weeks following surgery.

11820 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in Dublin provides expert plastic surgery with great results and minimal downtime. We are leaders in breast enhancement, body sculpting, and facial cosmetic surgery, serving the entire San Francisco Bay area. Whether you live in the Bay Area or are coming in from out of town, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have on your path to your new self. Schedule a consultation with us today to take the first step towards realizing the look you’ve always wanted for yourself.

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