A breast lift (or mastopexy), lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted. A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:
- Weight fluctuations
No surgery can completely offset the effects of gravity and aging, but a breast lift can help. Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller, consider breast augmentation surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Doolabh will review all your options and help decide what procedure will be best to meet your goals and expectations.
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if:
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag or have lost shape and volume
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower than the other
- You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- You do not smoke
If your breasts are small or have lost volume, after pregnancy perhaps, breast implants in conjunction with a breast lift can increase their firmness and size.
A breast lift isn’t for everyone. If you’re considering pregnancy at any point in the future, you might delay getting a breast lift. During pregnancy your breasts could stretch and offset the results of the lift.
A mildly elongated breast with a non-centered areola may appear lifted simply by moving the areola higher. A well positioned scar around the pigmented areola borders generally has very little long term visibility and can elevate the lower breast tissue a short distance. This can be further enhanced with the use of a high projection breast implant.
An implant is primarily used for providing volume and support of the existing soft tissue envelope. The consequence of placing an implant without reshaping with a lift, can result in an unfavorable “waterfall” deformity where the breast tissue appears to be sliding off the front of the implant at maximum projection. Doing an augmentation with a lift at the same setting is common.
If you have a long breast with substantial tissue overhanging the bottom crease, a vertical scar down the middle of the breast is necessary to round out the lower portion. This is accompanied by scars around the areola to re-center it onto the lifted, rounded breast mound. An implant can be placed through the vertical scar for added volume, definition and support.
You’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. After surgery, your breasts will be bruised, swollen and uncomfortable for a few days, but most patients return to work the next week.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
- When to follow up with Dr. Doolabh
You’ll notice an immediate change in the appearance of your breasts — although their shape will continue to change and settle over the next few months. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover from surgery. Incision lines are permanent but will continue to fade over time. The results of your breast lift surgery will be long-lasting. You’ll be able to retain your new look longer if you:
- Maintain your weight
- Keep a healthy lifestyle