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Who Is Dr. Truong, and Why Should You Trust Him?

Voted One of America’s Top Surgeons in the Field of Cosmetic Surgery by Consumer’s Research Council of America

Men and women from all over the country come to Chicago to see Dr. Truong. His amazing results earned him the reputation as the "breast & body specialist," , As founder of Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics, Dr. Truong has shared his surgical artistry with patients from all over the country as well as clients abroad.

Dr. Truong is triple board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.  Dr. Truong is a well-respected among patients and peers and holds a long list of academic awards and professional accolades.

Dr. completed medical school at University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was encouraged to pursue a surgical career by his professors who saw in him the rare combination of intellect and talented hands that are the hallmarks of an excellent surgeon.

Dr. Truong served as Chief Resident at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital. During his surgical training, Dr. Truong received numerous awards and was published for his research work in skin regeneration and artificial skin.

Dr. Truong pursued his interests in aesthetic surgery by gaining acceptance to a highly competitive American Academy Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship followed by an Aesthetic Plastic Surgery apprenticeship. During his fellowships, Dr. Truong dedicated two years EXCLUSIVELY to the art and practice of Cosmetic Surgery. His training included facial rejuvenation techniques, breast and body restorative surgeries, liposuction and body sculpting, as well as minimally invasive aesthetic surgery, and laser surgery.



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    What is a Mastopexy?

    The medical term for a Breast Lift

This is a cosmetic breast procedure designed to lift a "droopy" or ptotic breast. The procedure is different from a breast augmentation in which the breasts are simply enlarged with an implant.

A mastopexy can be done in conjunction with a breast augmentation in which case the procedure is know as and augmentation-mastopexy.

What is a Breast Lift? Image of a lifted breast

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    How do I know if I need a Breast Lift?

    Here are a few reasons you may consider a breast lift...

If you have significant ptosis, or drooping of the breast, where the nipple is at the bottom of the breast or below the infra-mammary crease, you will likely be a candidate for a breast lift.

The purpose of the lift is to restore the nipple-areolar-complex and inferior pole of the breast back up above the infra-mammary crease.  During your evaluation, your surgeon can evaluate the degree of ptosis (I-IV) and tell you if a lift is recommended.

How do I know if I need a breast lift? Image of before and after a mastopexy

  • 3

    What is Ptosis and what causes it?

    Simply put, sagging

Drooping of the breast, or ptosis, is defined as having the nipple and areola as well as breast parenchyma (breast tissue) falling below the infra-mammary fold.

Ptosis typically occurs following pregnancy and breast feeding, but can also occur after weight loss, or with aging.  Sometimes breasts can develop with congenital ptosis, such as in cases of tubular breast deformity or breast constriction. There are varying degrees of ptosis and it is generally graded from I to IV.

  • A Non-ptotic breast with zero ptosis, has the nipple, areola and parenchyma (glandular and fatty tissue which make up the breast) sitting ABOVE the the infra-mammary fold (The crease below the breast). Patients with non-ptotic breasts do not need breast lift. An augmentation with implants will give a great aesthetic result.
  • Grade I ptosis is considered mild drooping where the nipple-areola lies AT THE SAME LEVEL of the infra-mammary fold and the parenchyma below it. Patients with Grade I ptosis usually do not need a breast lift. An augmentation with careful sizing and profile choice as well as well-thought-out placement will usually give a great aesthetic result.
  • Grade II ptosis is considered moderate drooping in which the nipple-areola lies BELOW the level of the infra-mammary fold but remains above the lowest hanging (or most dependent) part of the parenchyma. Patients with Grade II ptosis will usually require a breast lift.
  • Grade III ptosis is severe sagging in which the nipple lies well below the infra-mammary fold and lies at the bottom of the breast, at the lowest hanging part of the parenchyma along the inferior contour of the breast.
  • Grade IV or Pseudo-ptosis is not true ptosis. The nipple-areola lies above the level of the infra-mammary fold. However, the majority of the breast tissue has fallen below the level of the infra-mammary fold.
  • Parenchymal maldistribution occurs when the breasts develop in such a way that there is very little breast tissue in the lower pole, and the nipple-areola are sitting at the bottom of the breast mound. the distance between the nipple to the infra-mammary crease is shortened and the areola may be unusually wide. This anatomy is seen in cases of constricted breast or tubular breast development.
What is ptosis and the ptosis grades

Ptosis Grades

  • 4

    How is a Breast Lift or Mastopexy done?

    Here are some of the techniques:

A mastopexy is surgical procedure in which the nipple-areola are moved back to their position above the infra-mamammary fold.

The excess droopy breast tissue in the lower pole is partially removed and the lower part of the breast is reconstructed.

There are several different types of mastopexies depending on the degree of ptosis and anatomy.  Each type of Mastopexy leaves a different type of scar.

How is a breast lift done - this picture shows different breast lift techniques and incisions

  • 5

    Will there be bad scars after a Breast Lift?

    There are always scars with surgery, but:

Surgery cannot be done without scars. Mastopexies do leave scars on the breast as outlined above.

However, the breast is an amazing structure in that it is very forgiving of scars if the incisions are done correctly without undue tension and no infection or inflammation occurs.

The scars will fade over time and eventually may become almost invisible, but there will always be at least some faint scars with a Breast Lift.

This image show the scars after breast lift surgery at our Chicago office

  • 6

    How long does a Breast Lift procedure take?

    Usually 2-4 hours

The length of the procedure will depend on the amount of tissue being removed as well as whether or not an implant is being placed at the same time, such as in augmentation-mastopexy. Typically, a mastopexy will take between 2 to 4 hours with another hour added.

How long does a breast lift take?

  • 7

    Where is a Breast Lift performed?

    In a surgery center

Breast Lifts should be done in an accredited surgery center or hospital. It is done as an outpatient procedure typically where you should be able to go home the same day, often an hour or two, after your procedure.

Surgery center for mastopexy

  • 8

    Does a Breast Lift hurt?

    There will be some discomfort

With any surgery, you have to expect some discomfort.  Typically a breast lift does not involve excruciating pain and most patients are relatively comfortable without pain medication within a few days.

Our surgeons typically use Exparel or long-acting extended-release bupivicaine to anesthetize the area for 48-72 hours.

Is there any pain associated with a breast lift?

  • 9

    Will I lose nipple sensation after a Breast Lift?

    It's a low risk

Some numbness of the nipples can occur immediately following a breast lift, but this almost always temporary.  Some women report increased nipple sensitivity.  It is a risk to lose nipple-sensation, but the risk is low.

Nipple sensation after a breast lift surgery

  • 10

    Can I still breast-feed after a Breast Lift?

There is a risk that you may lose the ability after a Breast Lift, since the nipple-areola are re-positioned.  However this may depend on the technique and pedicle used, and the amount of dissection around the important ducts.  In most but not all cases, patients are still able to produce milk and breast feed even after a breast lift.

Breast feeding after mastopexy surgery

  • 11

    What is recovery like after a Breast Lift?

    Here's how the timeframe goes:

After a breast lift you should expect to be able to ambulate or walk the same day or next day.  Most patients are back to work within a week.

You will not be allowed to submerge in water or swim for 4-6 weeks.

You should be back to your usual work-out routines by 8-12 weeks.  Your final result with settling of the breast and softening of the skin may not be fully evident until 6 months.

How long does it take to recovery from breast lift surgery?

  • 12

    How much does a Breast Lift cost?

    It varies from case to case

The cost of a breast lift depends on many factors, including the skill and experience of the surgeon, the geographic region, the type of breast lift, or whether implants are used.  At Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics, we offer competitive all-inclusive pricing including monthly specials and discounts.  We also offer multiple options for financing to accommodate almost any situation or budget.

How much does a Breast Lift Cost in Chicago

Reviews From Happy Clients

I went to Dr. Truong for breast augmentation. After breastfeeding my now 3 year old daughter, my breast size decreased drastically. I went from a 36 A to a negative A cup.

I am now a 34 C and could not be any happier. He did an AMAZING job! My breasts are full and look very natural. If you are considering any cosmetic procedure, you must visit Dr. Truong!!!

Alexandra Zola

Dr. Truong is the most caring and amazing surgeon there is. His work is done in a very professional manner and to the finest detail possible. I would highly reccomend him to anyone that is looking to have any work done. He performed a tummy tuck and breast augmentation on me-and lets just say that the results were beyond my expectations. I cant say enough about how great of a surgeon he is.


Best Decision Ever!

Dr. Truong Was great and I couldn't ask for a better doctor! He answered every question that I had. I did my homework for a whole year before going through with the surgery.

I recommend that you trust no other Dr with this type of surgery because looks matter. And one little mistake can be the difference. I'm glad that I chose wisely. Thanks again to Dr. Truong


I had breast surgery with Dr. Truong and I was very pleased and happy with my results and with how they looked and felt. I loved their staff and how fast, kind and accurate they were. Love Lve Love them!!!I highly recommend them!


I would highly recommend Dr. Truong and staff.

I went to his office for a breast augmentation consultation and knew right away he was the doctor for me. He was honest, understanding and most of all, he listened to me.

I booked my surgery and was excited to finally look and feel my best. The morning of my surgery was finally here! My Husband took me to the surgery center and the staff prepared me for the O.R.

Dr. Truong came in and talked to me a bit, then walked me into the operating room. I woke up feeling groggy, but I had full breasts!

I was in recovery for an hour or so when Dr. Truong came to see me. I was released and went home straight to bed.

By the next evening I was at the mall! I didn't need my pain meds anymore either! I am very satisfied with my results.

I honestly can say that I would do it all over again. It was a very easy procedure for me even being I have never even had a tooth pulled.


Before & Afters

Dr. Truong's before & after gallery is second to none, with years of experience, 100s of surgeries,  and zero serious complications, it's no wonder he's known as the "Breast & Body Specialist."

See the whole Breast Lift Gallery

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