Breast sagging is a common result of nursing, motherhood and aging. Distention of the ducts lining the breasts with milk during pregnancy causes two issues: stretching of the breast skin and breakage of the internal fibrous bands supporting the breasts. Aging and dramatic weight loss can also cause droopiness of the breasts.
Clinically called mastopexy, breast lift surgery is a cosmetic surgery procedure that has been designed to correct the droopiness of breasts and make them look perkier and well toned. The surgery involves repositioning and often resizing of the areolae to recreate a more youthful look.
Thousands of women seek cosmetic consultation each year to improve the contours of their breasts and are quite satisfied with the results.
You may consider a breast lift if:
- You’re not content with the way your breasts look
- You have sagging breasts
- Your surgeon thinks the surgery will help you improve the appearance of droopy breasts
Mastopexy/Breast Lift Surgery – What You Need to Know
Mastopexy is an effective option for a number of women in different age groups. Most often, the desire for surgery comes after multiple pregnancies or major weight loss. Other reasons include age-related sagging of the breasts and asymmetry of breasts.
You may be an ideal candidate for breast lift surgery if:
- You’re physically and mentally healthy and emotionally stable
- You’re a non-smoker
- You’re unhappy with the sagging of your breasts
- Your nipples fall below the crease of the breast when unsupported
- The skin around your breasts is stretched
- Your areolae are enlarged
- Your breasts are asymmetrical
A Little about the Surgical Procedure
The breast lift is usually performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. There are variations in the surgery depending upon the incision patterns and techniques used by your plastic surgeon.
Depending upon your unique case, your surgeon may choose to perform one of the following techniques:
- Lollipop Lift – In this technique, an incision, referred to as a keyhole incision, is made around the areola. The incision extends vertically downwards along the crease of the breast like a keyhole. The procedure is designed for women with a moderate degree of droopiness.
- Anchor Incision – In this technique, an incision is made around the areola. This incision first extends vertically downwards to the crease of the breast and then horizontally along the crease of the breast like an anchor (as the name implies). The technique is designed for women with a severe degree of breast droopiness.
- Donut Lift – The technique uses a periareolar incision made around the areola like a donut. It is designed for women with mild or moderate degree of breast droopiness.
- Crescent Lift – The technique makes use of a crescent incision around the upper border of the areola. A piece of skin is removed (crescent shape) and the surrounding skin is sutured to the areola. The technique is designed for women with minor breast sagging.
Your surgeon may lift the underlying breast tissue and reshape it to enhance the appearance and contours of the breasts. The areolae and nipples may be repositioned, and excess skin may be removed to give you a fuller look.
Preparing for the Surgery
When scheduling you for a surgery, your surgeon may ask you to:
- Quit smoking from at least four weeks before surgery until two weeks after surgery, as smoking impedes the process of healing
- Arrange for transportation, since after the surgery, you will not be able to drive home yourself
- Bring comfortable clothing with you on the day of surgery
Additionally, your surgeon may want to know about:
- Any energy supplements, multivitamins, or prescription drugs you’ve been taking
- Any medical treatments you’ve received recently
- Medical conditions, allergies, and treatments you’ve had
Resuming Normal Activities
The recovery period varies from one individual to another. Your surgeon may advise you to take rest at home for at least one month or until you’re completely healed. Be careful with the breasts during healing. To ensure quick recovery, carefully follow the instructions of your physician.
For a breast lift consultation with Dr. Hoschander, Dr. Shikowitz or Dr. Kessler, contact our office and arrange an appointment.