Breast Lift or Mastopexy
Breasts often start to sag and droop in response to a number of causes including pregnancy, hereditary traits, and the natural aging process. A breast lift 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.
Ideal Breast Lift Candidates
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, and/or nipples and areolas point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease.
Your Personal Breast Lift Consultation
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, and any history of breast cancer in your family.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Your anatomy and your desired results will determine the specific method chosen for your breast lift. The most common method of breast lift surgery is the vertical technique. It results in the breast lift of your natural breast tissue. The excess breast skin will be removed and the remaining breast tissue will be shaped. The nipple and areola are also 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 a short time – your physician will inform you of this on an individual basis. Bruising, swelling and normal periodic discomfort will diminish over time. Sensation within the nipple and areola area will gradually improve. Your breasts will start settling into a more natural shape. Incision lines, which initially are red or pink, will begin to fade.
Breast Lift (Without Implants) Results
Every effort will be made to make breast lift scares 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. Your satisfaction with a breast lift is likely to be greater if you understand the procedure thoroughly and if you expectations are realistic. Avoid straining, bending, and lifting during the early postoperative period. You may resume most of your normal activities, including mild exercise after a few weeks.