Breast lift procedures are commonly performed to enhance breast shape and appearance, combating many common breast concerns. These procedures typically lift and reposition the nipple/areola and tighten the breast skin envelope. Frequently, lifts are used in conjunction with breast implants to provide volume and increase breast fullness. Some patients desire a modest breast reduction with the lift procedure.
These procedures are often performed under general anesthesia in our office operating room(Cumberland Surgical Center) on an outpatient basis. These procedures usually require less than two hours and recovery is usually relatively rapid.
What Are the Advantages of a Breast Lift?
A breast lift/mastopexy is a surgical procedure meant to lift and firm up a woman’s breasts. It also helps to create breasts that are more well-balanced and youthful.
Typically, a mastopexy procedure removes unwanted skin responsible for sagging breasts. At the same time, the tissues around the breasts are tightened to deliver a better shape.
Over time, a woman’s breasts may sag due to a variety of reasons:
- Weight fluctuations
What Can You Expect from the Procedure?
A mastopexy does more than simply raise and tighten the breasts for a more youthful appearance. It can also reduce the size of the areolae to make them more proportionate.
It is important to understand that a mastopexy cannot increase the overall size of the breasts.
Who Should Undergo Mastopexy?
Mastopexy is ideal for women whose breasts are sagging or asymmetrical. Not every woman is an eligible candidate for this treatment. Women planning to have childrenshould wait until after childbirth to undergo mastopexy, since pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can negatively affect mastopexy results.
How Is a Mastopexy Performed?
Surgery is usually performed in our office operating facility, Cumberland Surgical Center. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
Depending on the type of mastopexy, Dr. Cox will choose an appropriate surgical technique and identify the correct site for the incisions. This is marked out and discussed in the pre-op area prior to surgery.
Donut mastopexies involve creation of two concentric circles around the areola. The lollipop incision pattern features a circle around the areola and a vertical incision down to the breast crease. The anchor pattern involves a circle around the areola, a vertical incision down to the crease, and an incision across the breast fold.
Before the Breast-Lift Procedure
Before the procedure, you may need to undergo a mammogram. You will need to meet with Dr. Cox for an informative breast-lift consultation. You will also need to quit smoking to improve the pace of healing.
After the Breast-Lift Procedure
Once the mastopexy has been completed, your breasts will be covered with gauze. If Dr. Cox finds it necessary, you may have to wear surgical support bras during the healing process.
For two weeks following the process, your breasts will be swollen or slightly bruised. Some amount of discomfort will also be felt around the site of the incisions. Do not lift anything, stretch, or bend, and be sure to sleep on your back/side to prevent undue pressure on the breasts.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
To arrange a consultation regarding the breast lift/mastopexy procedure, contact our office today. During your initial consultation, Dr. Cox will be available to answer questions and discuss the surgery in greater detail.