Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

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Breast Lift

December 2, 2018

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Breast lift surgery is a treatment for women who want to enhance the shape, size, elevation, and contours of their breasts by removing excess skin and, in many cases, by reducing the size of their areola. The effects of childbirth, breastfeeding, weight gain, and/or aging tend to stretch out the breasts and areola. The breast tissue is reshaped to help the breasts look younger and more voluptuous. Breasts will regain their youthful firmness and lift, to wind back the clock.

When is the Breast Lift Procedure Advisable?

A breast lift is one of the subtler enhancements to your breasts if you are generally satisfied with the size and shape but want a more youthful look. Because childbirth and breastfeeding tend to alter the size and shape of the breasts, the best candidates are healthy mothers who have completed this phase of their life and have no immediate plans for another child. It is generally inappropriate for adolescents whose breasts are still developing.

If you are not satisfied with the size of your breasts, breast reduction and augmentation procedures are the more appropriate course. Because it is difficult for women with heavier breasts to retain lift results post-surgery, they may opt for implants or breast reduction as an alternative. Each case presents different considerations that can be discussed in detail when you schedule a consultation with our English-speaking specialist cosmetic surgeon.

The typical candidates are women who have the following breast types:

  • Sagging formless breasts that have lost firmness
  • Elongated, droopy or flat breasts
  • Stretched breasts and areola
  • Nipples that droop below the crease or point downwards
  • Uneven breasts that are lower on one side

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Overview of the Breast Lift Procedure

 

Consultation

The initial step for any breast lift procedure is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with our experienced specialist. At the consultation, you should be prepared to make an account of your medical history, surgeries, biopsies, and mammograms. You may be asked to do a mammogram to assess breast tissue health.

Different surgical elements are then evaluated to determine how much excess fat and skin must be removed and the degree of sagging. Our specialist cosmetic surgeon is often able to provide you with realistic expectations by helping you visualize the effects of surgery on your breasts in a mock-up of what surgery results can produce.

Procedure 

Before breast lift treatment, our specialist surgeon may order various tests to ensure that you’re in ideal health for the treatment. If you are an active smoker, you may have to cease smoking and medications for a period prior to surgery and during the first few weeks of recovery, at least. Expect the surgery to last 2 to 3 hours as an outpatient procedure. The specialist surgeon has the experience to apply a wide variety of surgical techniques to lift and contour different types of breasts. Most of these techniques require an incision around the areola in various shapes (keyhole, anchor, etc.) to remove excess skin below them.

The breast lift requires an additional step of removing the ideal volume of inner breast tissue to join the two incision lines together tightly. After the new lines are joined and the firm contours are formed, the excess skin is trimmed off, and the areola are reduced and/or repositioned.

Recovery

A special surgical bra or wrap is used post-surgery to limit stress on the sutures for the first two weeks. After the stitches are removed, you will wear a supportive bra for a few weeks as you recover. The results are immediate and improve each day as swelling diminishes.

The Next Step

If breast lift treatment is something you may be interested in, please contact us to ask any questions you may have, or set up a consultation appointment with our specialist.

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