As time passes, gravity can begin to affect your breasts. Gradually, your breasts may begin sagging or drooping and appear less perky than they once were. Other reasons that your breasts may begin to sag can be due to a large weight loss or after childbirth or breastfeeding. Some women are born with breasts that tend to sag more than others. If this sounds like what you’re dealing with, you may consider having a breast lift.
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Lift sagging breasts with mastopexy
Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift is considered if you have sagging breasts that need to be elevated. The procedure works by removing excess skin, crafting the breast tissue into a new shape and raising or tightening the areolas to give a tighter, firmer look. In recent years, the breast lift has become increasingly popular, even more so than breast augmentation surgery.
Do you have choices?
Yes. Your surgeon will go over the best options available for your breast lift and what results you can expect to see. There are many different techniques available for your surgery. To make sure that you get the best choices for your breast shape, measurements will be taken to understand how much tissue will need to be removed and how much your breasts can be lifted. There are several different breast lift options available.
What are my options?
Depending on how much tissue will need to be relocated or lifted will determine the different types of lifts available for your breasts. Your breast size and shape will also play a role in which lift is the best one for your body shape.
The following options will be considered:
This type of lift requires only one incision on the top outer edge of the areola. The breasts are then lifted and have a more youthful appearance. Once the breast is lifted, there will only be a minimal scar that won’t be noticeable due to the dark color of the areola.
Known also as the Circumareolar Lift, this technique is nicknamed for the donut-shaped incision that’s made around the areola. This circular incision allows the tissue to be removed. The breast skin is then cinched to give breasts a tighter, firmer appearance.
This technique is also called the Vertical Mastopexy and often referred to as the “Lollipop Lift.” This lift helps women who are dealing with especially low-hanging breasts. For this lift, a lollipop-shaped incision is made from the crease of the breast vertically up to and surrounding the nipple.
Named after its tell-tale incision that resembles an anchor, this technique provides a long-lasting result and requires three incisions, known as an inverted T cut. Known also as the Wise Pattern, the cut is made similar to the vertical lift. In addition to the incision made by the vertical cut, it also traces along the breast crease through the inframammary fold. This technique works very well for women with large breasts with a long distance between the breast crease and the nipple.
Lifts That Fix Areola Size
If you have large areolas, a breast lift will generally help reduce areola size after the lift is completed.
Adding an implant for Augmentation To Your Lift
If you have smaller breasts, a breast lift won’t help increase your breast size. If you want larger volume and more breast projection, you may want to consider at breast lift with breast implants.
Is a breast lift the right choice for me?
If you’re an adult and want to improve your sagging or drooping breasts, then you are a candidate for a breast lift. If you’re looking for perkier, firmer breasts and if your breasts have begun to droop due to heredity, natural aging, childbirth or breastfeeding, then you are the right candidate for a breast lift. If you are looking for a larger breast size, you may want to consider a lift with augmentation. If you haven’t finished childbearing or if you have a good deal of weight to lose, you might want to wait since both losing weight and pregnancy can cause your lift to change after surgery.
What to look for in a plastic surgeon
Finding a plastic surgery team that you trust is an imperative step to a successful surgery. Finding a great surgeon and surgery team will help make sure you get your desired outcome and reduce unwanted errors. Your plastic surgeon will meet with you in person before doing your surgery. During this meeting, your surgeon will listen to your wishes and examine your breasts to see which lift will be right for you. If you will benefit from surgery, your doctor will walk you through the expected results you can expect to achieve from surgery. You’ll also walk through the procedure, learn what to expect from surgery, choose the right lift incision for your breasts and be given the chance to ask any necessary questions that you may have.
What will happen before, during and after my surgery?
After meeting with your surgeon, you’ll be given instructions to follow the day before your surgery, these may include avoiding food after midnight and washing with a special surgical prep soap. You’ll most likely have your surgery in an outpatient surgery center or in a hospital and you’ll likely be able to go home that same day.
For your procedure, you can expect to be given a general anesthesia which will prevent you from feeling any pain. Your surgery will usually take around three hours and whoever is picking your up from surgery will be notified of your process throughout surgery.
During your breast lift, extra skin will be removed from the breasts during your surgery. Lifting and reshaping of the breasts will occur and your areolae will be moved to a higher position. The size of the areolae can also be changed to match the new shape of your breasts.
After surgery, you’ll be monitored until you wake up from anesthesia and are able to go home. You will have to have someone drive you home from surgery and be present for your recovery for at least your first day at home.
After your procedure, you’ll be given instructions for your recovery which might include pain management, healing and looking for the following side effects:
Any sign of fever should be reported to your doctor immediately.
breast lift Recovery
After breast lift surgery is completed, you’ll want to take at least a week off before you’re able to resume any normal activities and up to two weeks before returning to work. You may want to schedule any time off of work ahead of your surgery in case your recovery takes longer than originally planned. During your recovery you’ll want to keep your breasts wrapped with a bandage and supported with a special bra while your incisions heal. You’ll usually wear this bra for the first two months.
If you have stitches or sutures, you’ll see your doctor to remove them and check on your healing. Your doctor will give you exact instructions for rest and recovery time, as well as, the proper instructions for taking care of your breasts after. You’ll most likely avoid sexual activity, lifting or straining for a few weeks after surgery.
Results, Maintenance & Follow-up
Once swelling and bruising go down, you’ll notice the results of your breast surgery immediately though it will take about six to eight weeks to see the final results. You’ll want to make sure to follow-up with your doctor to make sure your healing is progressing well and that everything looks great with your results. You’ll notice that any scarring from your incisions will fade about one to two years after the surgery. Incisions made on the areola should not be noticeable.
Who should I consult for breast augmentation surgery?
The most important aspect of your surgery is choosing a team that you trust. At Pure Plastic Surgery, you’ll have a fully-trained plastic surgeon who will know the newest techniques and best ways to help you get the results you’ve hoped for.