Multiple pregnancies, loss of skin elasticity, loss of breast volume and gravity are several factors that cause the breasts to lose their shape and firmness and cause them to sag. If this sounds familiar to you, then you may be a good candidate for a breast lift, a cosmetic procedure designed to correct sagging associated with weight loss and/or breastfeeding.
A breast lift – also known as a mastopexy – is a procedure performed to elevate and reshape sagging breasts and reposition the nipple to a more desirable site. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
Candidates for a Breast Lift
Women who are in good general physical health, are nonsmokers and who have realistic expectations and goals about the procedure are the best candidates for breast lift surgery. While mastopexy will elevate the breasts, factors that caused the breasts to lose their shape will continue to have their effects. Some loss of shape and sagging may eventually recur.
How Does It Work?
Mastopexy is usually performed at our accredited in-office surgical facility. General anesthesia is usually required unless very small incisions are planned. Breast lift surgery usually takes 2-3 hours depending upon the extent of work required.
The incisions involve the area of excess skin to be removed, after which the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher location on the chest. The remaining breast skin is then reshaped.
Techniques vary according to the requirements of the individual patient. Shorter incision techniques may be appropriate and, if so, these will be discussed. If an implant is to be inserted, it can be done using any of these breast surgery techniques.
Like with a breast augmentation, you’ll see a difference in the shape of your breasts almost immediately, but your optimal results will take about two to three months to finalize.
A surgical bra is used and a light dressing is worn for one week following breast lift surgery. Swelling and discoloration of your breasts generally subside after a few days. Limited activity is recommended for the first week after surgery. Approximately one week after the procedure, you should be able to drive and return to work. Resumption of regular exercise is possible 3 weeks following breast surgery. Instructions on wound care and bathing, as well as specific instructions on resuming activities, will be provided prior to the breast lift surgery procedure.
Take the Next Step
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). 407-644-3137