What is a laser bra? West County Plastic Surgeons is the first practice in St. Louis to offer the Laser Bra, an innovative laser-assisted breast lift procedure designed to help improve breast shape, position and firmness. During a Laser Bra procedure, the surgeon removes excess, stretched skin below the nipple. This flap of skin, treated with the laser, is used to create an internal bra that lifts the breast internally into a more youthful position and shape. Use of a laser reduces blood loss and shortens anesthesia times, which may speed recovery.
A laser bra is often combined with other procedures that may include:
- Liposuction. Removal of fat from the sides, thighs, back and buttocks with standard tumescent liposuction, VASER LipoSelection or SMART laser-assisted liposuction provides a nice complement to refinement of the breasts with a laser bra.
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Frequently, patients wishing to improve the contour of their abdomen debate between an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck and liposuction. Some individuals can be candidates for either procedure, depending on their goals. An abdominoplasty is best for people with loose skin and lack of abdominal muscle tone who have undergone significant weight loss or for women who are dissatisfied with their shape after having had children and are looking for a so-called “mommy makeover.”
Combining breast augmentation with other procedures can be performed efficiently and safely. Click here to read Dr. Tenenbaum’s article on combining breast surgery and abdominoplasty, or here to view a television clip from KMOV of an actual patient who underwent the mommy makeover procedure including breast enhancement with Dr. Myckatyn.
Anesthesia: A laser bra is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
Length of procedure: 1 to 2 hours.
Estimated recovery time: You can return to work after 5 to 7 days and should avoid vigorous activities for 3 weeks. Visible bruising should clear up within 2 weeks, and swelling begins to resolve within 2 weeks. To learn how to prepare for a laser bra and what to expect afterwards, click here to download our patient instructions for breast lift (mastopexy).
Side effects: Common side effects include bruising and swelling. The shape of the breast may change over time and the final result may not be realized for a few months. Click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that lists the risks and benefits of a mastopexy.
Before-and-after photos: Click here to view photos of breast lifts with and without implants.