There are many reasons why women are considering a breast lift today. Aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, loss of skin elasticity, heredity and gravity are all contributing factors in why breasts begin to “droop” or “sag” affecting a woman’s self image. A breast lift can help reposition and lift the breast to a more youthful position and restore the volume and firmness to the breast. Breast lifts can also reposition and reduce the size of the areola which may have stretched. After a breast lift, the breasts will be positioned higher on the chest and have a more youthful “perky” and firm appearance.
What is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)?
Many women experience considerable stretching of skin along with the loss of breast volume after pregnancy and nursing, or as a result of weight loss and aging. A breast lift is required to tighten the skin and elevate the breast to a more youthful and aesthetic position. Breast implants may also be placed at the time of a breast lift if you desire increased breast volume. Keep in mind that a breast lift elevates the breast while implants add volume. Therefore, the specific procedure must be designed to each woman’s desired results and depends on the changes that have occurred to the breast. Implants will not substitute for a breast lift if the breast is too low. This fact highlights the importance of a consultation to evaluate your breast volume and position and to give you appropriate recommendations. Various techniques are used and are individualized to each patient.
Who is a Good Candidate?
- Someone with low breast position or “sagging” breasts desiring a more youthful look
- If breast volume has also been lost, then a breast implant may be added to the lift procedure to increase the size of the breast
- The nipple position is facing downward
- One breast hangs lower than the other breast
- Healthy individual
- Realistic goals and expectations
“I know that true beauty is measured by the heart but thank you so much for making me feel “pretty” on the outside.”
The Breast Lift Procedure:
At surgery, Dr. Parva will mark your skin in the pre-operative holding area. Your plan is individualized based on your particular breast size, any previous scars, possible use of implants, degree of skin thinning and skin excess, etc. The nipple position with the breast tissue is elevated to a higher location and adjustments are made to achieve the closest balance and symmetry between both breasts. Various techniques exist, such as a doughnut Mastopexy or vertical breast lift but every effort is made to minimize the incision and thus the final scar. Typically, the resultant scars are visible around the nipple region, extending down to the crease and within the crease under the breast but will fade and lessen with time. A drain is sometimes placed behind the breast to reduce potential fluid build-up during the recovery period. The surgery is typically performed as an outpatient unless other procedures are combined and require longer operative time. Typical surgery times are about 2 and 1/2 hours. A supportive bra is placed before leaving the operating room.
Recovery and Healing:
- Initial healing takes 5 to 10 days
- Generally, recovery time is one to two weeks and many women who work outside the home will return to work within several days.
- You will be encouraged to use scar reduction measures, such as silicone gel and massage of the scars.
- You will be encouraged to wear a supportive bra and avoid high impact activities for 3 to 4 week.
Noticeable results are seen immediately but it will take several months for swelling to settle and for the long term results to be evident.