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About Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery
Your breasts, more than almost any other tissue in the body, will undergo many changes throughout your life. These changes may be due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or normal aging, but the end result is often a deflated appearing breast that will not bounce back on it’s own even with exercise or external treatments. A mastopexy, aka breast lift, is the solution to bring your breasts back up to a youthful perky position.
The main goal of a breast lift surgery is to lift your breasts! Lifting the breast usually includes repositioning the nipple, areola, and breast tissue back up to a more youthful position. There are several different types of breast lift and the best option for you will likely be guided by your current breast size and the amount of lift you need or desire. The doctor will go over your options in detail during your consultation.
A breast lift can also improve the shape of your breasts by reducing droopiness and bringing the breast tissue up to a more full round appearance. In some cases this can also improve the look of stretch marks or crepey skin.
Most women have at least a little asymmetry in breast size and position side to side. Whether you have a small difference in size or a large, cup size or greater difference, breast lift surgery can help balance out your breasts. In some cases the doctor may recommend a small implant to provide even more fullness or evenness to your breasts.
Understanding that your breasts often changes from pregnancy, weight fluctuations and normal aging doesn’t mean you have to love it or live with it forever. A breast lift can help you regain your figure and feel like yourself again.
Frequently asked Questions
Where do you place the scars with breast lift surgery?
Although scar placement depends on the shape and size of your breast, the scars with breast lift surgery are usually one of three types: A scar around your areola only, a lollipop scar which places the scar around your areola and below your nipple (along the centerline of your breast) or an anchor scar which places the scar in similar fashion to the lollipop scar but also includes a scar along the base of your breast.
How do you fix breast that are both large and saggy?
Following pregnancy, weight gain and with normal aging, breast can become both heavy and saggy. Fortunately, a combination breast lift and reduction surgery can improve the size AND shape of your breast by simultaneously making them much less heavy and saggy. It is a win win, giving you smaller and lighter breast that appear much more youthful, light and rejuvenated.
Is a breast lift permanent?
You can expect this surgery to last a long time, especially if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthy weight after surgery. With that said, some sagginess can return over time, depending on how you age. Also, if a large amount of weight loss or weight gain occurs after breast lift surgery, your breast size and shape can change. Therefore, it is best to be at a manageable weight before considering this surgery.
Can this surgery reduce the size of my areola?
If you have sagging breast, it is also common to have oversized and uneven areola. One of the benefits of a breast lift surgery is that it can make your areola smaller and appear more even. In most cases, the size of your areola can be tailored at the time of surgery to exactly what you prefer.
How long is my recovery from a breast lift surgery and how much pain can I expect to have
Recovery times vary from person to person but in general, it takes up to 1 week to get back on your feet and return to non physical work duties, around 2 weeks to return to normal daily activities and 4 weeks to return to a rigorous workout schedule. Discomfort after this surgery is usually less than expected and we have many tricks to help you feel more comfortable during recovery. This includes the use of local anesthesia during surgery and pain medications, muscle relaxants and compression garments after surgery. Recovery will be more prolonged if it is combined with a breast augmentation surgery.
If I want both perky AND larger breast with a breast lift surgery, what should I consider?
When combining breast lift surgery with other procedures to make the breast larger, there are a few important points to consider. First, the newer surgical techniques in breast lift surgery are focused on making your breast the most perky with the least amount of scarring. In our clinic, we use these newer techniques in nearly every case and they can be easily combined with other surgeries that make the breast larger like breast augmentation surgery and a fat grafting procedure. Secondly, you should be at a manageable weight before surgery. As the lifting part of this surgery occurs primarily below your nipple and areola, the fullness of your breast above the nipple and areola depends somewhat on how much fullness you had there before surgery. Losing a lot of weight after surgery will definitely make your breast appear deflated, especially above the nipple and areola. If you are really flat above the nipple and areola before surgery, placing a small to medium sized breast implant or injecting your own fat at the time surgery, allows you get the best outcome.
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