Breast Lift Overview
Women seeking a mastopexy, or breast lift surgery, consult with a plastic surgeon when they are unhappy with the loss of elasticity, and position of their breasts and nipples. A life time of experiences, from weight gain and loss, maturing skin, and the after effects of pregnancy and breast feeding, can take its toll on the breasts. As a one of a woman’s most feminine attributes, it is easy to see how a droopy bust line can decrease her self-esteem.
Most women are satisfied with the size of their breasts, however, many women would love to change the position of their nipples and breasts on the chest wall for firmer, youthful looking breasts with a well-defined contour. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. LaGrasso, is a highly experienced plastic surgeon, who has perfected his breast lift surgical skills through extensive training. He will make your breasts firmer and lifted. The position of your areolas and nipples will be enhanced, and the size of your areolas will be aesthetically pleasing. If you are interested in having a breast lift consultation, please call and schedule with our patient advisors today.
Breast Lift Candidates
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
- Breasts that lack substance or firmness
- Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children, and address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed; however, you should discuss this with Dr. LaGrasso.
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Breast Lift Surgical Techniques
During a breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease direction. How extensive the incision will be depends on how much skin must be removed. The excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining skin will be stretched up and closed with sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it can provide additional support in keeping the improved projection in place.
Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sagging is and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below.
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold
Breast Lift During/After Surgery
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to 2 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6 – 8 weeks. There will be some scarring associated with this procedure, but with extra care they will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to a more beautiful breast shape.
Breast Lift FAQs
Lift or Augmentation?
It depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. Before surgery, a thorough consultation and assessment will be provided, and the surgeon will recommend if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery.
It is common in a breast lift procedure that the nipple is repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away, a portion of an overly stretched areola (the colored skin around the nipple) is simultaneously trimmed away. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position.
How Bad Is Scarring?
When incisions are made to trim away the skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Plastic surgeons are experts when it comes to minimizing scarring with precise techniques when it comes to incisions and suturing. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing is healthy and quick.
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