Mastopexy also known as breast lift, is the procedure used to lift breasts that have lost their tightness and firmness. Breast lift has been a top cosmetic surgery procedure for many years. A breast lift may also be completed in conjunction with breast implant surgery.
Reasons why you may want a Breast Lift:
You deserve to feel good in your body and many women see a huge increase in self-esteem after having a breast lift procedure. You may want a mastopexy if you fulfill any of the following criteria:
Gravity and time: It is inevitable. Over time, the effects of gravity will turn perky breasts into droopy breasts, especially if your breasts are full. A breast lift can restore your original shape.
Post-pregnancy: Breasts can change in shape or stretch during and after pregnancy and/or breast-feeding. A breast lift can restore your breasts to their previous position and appearance.
Weight fluctuation: If you lost a lot of weight, congratulations! But if you lost weight in your breasts, too, they may now droop or sag in a way they didn’t before.
Heredity: Some breasts are just naturally more droopy than others. If you have always wanted to change the way that your breasts sit on your body, a breast lift can change that.
How Is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?
Your breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, but that doesn’t mean that it is minor surgery, or that it will be brief. After your consultation and examination at our office in Miami, you will be given an estimate for the length of time that you can expect your procedure to take. Our doctors will want to talk to you and review your case thoroughly to make sure that your results are balanced and beautiful.
Breast lift procedures are customized specifically for the patient based on their desired result. In general, the surgery takes an average of three hours to complete.
Typically, extra skin is removed from the breasts during the procedure, lifting and reshaping them, while at the same time moving the areolae to a higher position. The size of the areolae can also be altered in order to better fit the new proportions of the breasts.
You and your doctor will select the technique that is best for you
After general anesthesia is administered, the surgeon creates an incision. The type and location of the incision for your procedure will be discussed during your pre-operative consultation. It will primarily depend on the amount of tissue that needs to be relocated or lifted.
Donut Lift: Also known as a Circumareolar Lift, this technique is best used for slight nipple asymmetry or a mild lift. First, your doctor makes a doughnut-shaped incision around the areola to remove tissue. Then he cinches the breast skin to tighten up the breasts for a more youthful appearance.
Lollipop lift: This is also called the Vertical Mastopexy. In this lift, a lollipop-shaped incision is made from the crease of the breast vertically up to and surrounding the nipple. This is a very effective lift for many women with low hanging breasts.
Anchor lift: The incision in this lift is shaped like an anchor. This is also known as a Wise pattern. It is similar to the lollipop, but also travels along the breast crease (inframammary fold). This is a very effective procedure, that provides a durable result. It is especially useful for women with larger breasts with a long nipple to inframammary fold distance (distance from breast crease to nipple).
What you can expect after surgery:
Same day. You will be closely monitored and cared for in our surgery center until you are ready to go home. You’ll need someone to drive you home and help you for the first 24 hours after your surgery. When you arrive home, it’s important to lie down and rest with pillows to support your back and arms. Make sure that your medications are within easy reach, so you don’t have to stretch too far.
First week. You should expect about 1-3 days of discomfort. Some bruising and swelling is normal and expected. Your breasts will continue to heal over the course of six months. Most patients return to work within 7-10 days. For two months after your surgery you will wear a surgical bra in order to take pressure off of your breast incisions.
Six weeks. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise while you are healing. Your doctor will want to see you again to check on your progress.
1 year. You’ll look and feel great. Any swelling and bruising should be gone, and your scars will not be very noticeable.
Come in For a Consultation
The doctors have two main objectives when it comes to consultations: to be thorough and honest. Effective communication is key to achieving the best possible results, which is why the doctors give thorough initial consultations that can answer any and all questions. Call our office today to book a consultation.