Breast Lift (Mastopexy)*
Women are amazing biological machines and, with all that marvelous chemistry, change is inevitable. Over time, your breasts may lose some of their elasticity, shape and fullness. There’s no one reason—it could be due to pregnancy, breast feeding, weight change, heredity or good old-fashioned gravity. It can affect not only your appearance, but your self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, breast lift surgery is an appealing option for those who’d like to improve their self-image and regain that youthful appeal.
Are you ready for a breast lift?
A woman considering breast lift surgery should know what she hopes to accomplish through the procedure and make a fully informed decision with her surgeon. This procedure provides a rejuvenating look for women who may be satisfied with the size and proportion of their breast, but would like a more confident, more youthful appearance. Candidates include women in good overall-health who may feel their breasts sag or are pendulous, have lost their firmness and elasticity or have developed a flat, elongated shape. Women may also seek a lift if their nipples point downward, fall below the breast-crease when unsupported or if the skin around the areola is stretched.
Will the procedure enlarge my breasts?
A breast lift is not intended to enlarge the existing breast, however, a breast implant may be inserted during an enlargement procedure that can be performed in conjunction with the breast lift surgery.
The Breast Lift Procedure
About the Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery involves tightening and lifting the breasts with a series of incisions. There are a number of options but the most common procedure involves three incisions: one around the areola; a second that extends vertically from the areola to the breast crease; and a third, horizontal incision along the breast crease. Excess skin is removed and the nipple and areola may be repositioned to achieve a natural height. The result is a firmer, reshaped breast with a more visually pleasing contour. Other items to note:
- A breast lift is not intended to enlarge the existing breast, though a breast implant may be inserted during an enlargement procedure in conjunction with the breast lift surgery.
- The change will be evident immediately and results should improve as swelling subsides and the breasts take on a more balanced, natural appearance.
- The procedure can also be used to reduce the size of an areola.
Your safety is our first priority and we take extraordinary measures to ensure your comfort and complete satisfaction. However, no medical procedure is without risk. Jeffrey W. Hall, M.D. fully explains any potential concerns during consultation so that every patient is confident and comfortable about the prospects for a healthy, worry-free breast augmentation. Possible complications and side effects include discomfort, swelling, bleeding, infection, blood pooling, changes in breast sensitivity and improper healing of incisions. Patients will be informed of risks related to anesthesia and medications.
In most cases, there is short recovery time and patients can resume light duties as soon as they capable, usually the next day. Patients should be back on the job within a week. Intimate contact can resume in 4 to 6 weeks. Results will improve as swelling diminishes and the breast firms. Incision lines, while never completely disappearing, will fade substantially over the next year.
Swelling and some discomfort are to be expected following a breast lift. Jeffrey W. Hall, M.D. will provide specific instructions on medications, cleaning, dressing and bandages used in the recovery process. A support bra may be required for a time and a follow-up visit will be scheduled within a week after surgery.