Breast lift surgery or mastopexy will improve the appearance of sagging breasts by tightening and reshaping loose skin and breast tissue. The size of the areola and the position of the nipples are also improved with surgery. Dr. Gregory Park will help you decide if this surgery would be a good option for you.
thinking about a Breast Lift in SAn Diego?
Time and gravity, pregnancy and breast feeding, and weight fluctuations may have negative effects on your breasts. Sagging and the loss of breast shape and firmness occurs as the skin around the breasts loses elasticity. Surgery known as a Breast Lift or Mastopexy can be performed to elevate and reshape the breasts. If the areolae are large, the width can also be reduced at the time of surgery. For breasts that have become atrophied or deflated from nursing or weight loss, breast augmentation can be performed at the time of the breast lift surgery to increase size and improve firmness.
Request a complimentary consultation with board-certified Plastic Surgeon Gregory Park, M.D. His office is conveniently located at North Coast Plastic Surgery near Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside California. If you're not quite ready to schedule your appointment and would like to learn more about enhancing your breasts through breast lift surgery, please continue reading for additional information.
There are three common incision patterns for a breast lift. The first is around the areola.
Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease
The Best Candidates for Breast Lift
Healthy women with realistic goals are the best candidates for breast lift surgery. Women with small, ptotic or sagging breasts generally have long lasting results after surgery. Any sized breast can undergo a mastopexy, but women with larger, heavier breasts may require revision surgery in the future as the breasts continue to sag.
Pregnancy and breast feeding may result in stretched skin and breast atrophy. Because of the changes in the shape and volume of the breasts, many women look for a surgical solution to improve the appearance of their breasts. However, breast lift surgery should be delayed if you plan to have additional children. Future pregnancies and nursing may cause breast sagging again necessitating the need for another breast lift surgery.
Some Criteria for Breast Lift:
- Physically healthy
- Stable weight
- Realistic expectations
- Concerned about the appearance of your breasts
- Breasts are flatter, sagging or pendulous
- Nipples position is below the breast crease
- Nipples and areolae point downward
- Stretched breast skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower than the other
All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty and Risk
Breast lift surgery is a complex operation that can be safely performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. However, as with any type of surgery, there is always a risk for possible surgical complications or adverse reaction to anesthesia. It is important to follow instructions before and after surgery to minimize your risks. The following are some potential surgical risks.
- Permanent or temporary numbness
Planning Your Surgery
During your consultation, it will be important to express your goals and expectations frankly. Each patient--and every surgeon, as well--has different opinions of what is a desirable size and shape for breasts.
After discussing your goals, your breasts will be examined and measured. The condition of the skin, breast size, shape, and position of the nipple and areola will be noted. Following your examination, details of the surgery, as well as your postoperative course will be discussed.
Preparing For Your Surgery
If you are 40 years or older or have a strong family history of breast cancer, a mammogram will be required before surgery. Guidelines for eating, drinking, smoking cessation, and the use of medications or supplements will be discussed. In addition, ensure that a family member or friend will be able to drive you home and provide assistance for a couple of days after surgery.
Types of Anesthesia
In most cases breast lifts are performed while you are asleep under general anesthesia. In a few cases, a small breast lift can be performed with a local anesthetic, oral pain medications and a sedative.
Breast lift surgery can take 1 1/2 to 3 hours. Mastopexy usually takes one and a half to three and a half hours. The anchor or upside-down T incision is the most common approach to lift and reshape the breasts. During surgery excess breast skin is removed and the nipple and areola are relocated to a higher position. Sutures are placed under the skin and the incisions are covered with steristrips.
A circumareolar (donut) or circumvertical (lollipop) breast lifts can be performed in women who have small breasts with mild sagging. These techniques use less extensive incisions to accomplish their breast lifts.
When a breast augmentation is planned with your mastopexy, the implants are placed either above or below the pectoralis muscle. After the implants are in position, the breast lift incisions are closed.
After Your Surgery
After surgery, expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling for several days. Postoperative pain will be relieved by prescription medications. You will be instructed to wear a sports bra for one month to support the breasts while healing. The steristrips will either fall off or be removed after three weeks.
You may experience some numbness in the nipples and breast skin after surgery. This numbness generally improves over several weeks as the swelling subsides. Sensation changes may last a year or more, and in some cases it may be permanent.
Getting Back to Normal
Plan for some down time after surgery. It is recommended that you take a week or two off from work. With regard to contact, lifting or exercise, it is important that you avoid direct sexual contact, heavy lifting, or strenuous sports for at least one month. If you happen to become pregnant, your breast lift should not affect the ability to nurse, since the nipples and most of the ducts remain intact.
Your New Look
The position of the nipples and the shape and feel of the breasts will be improved after your breast lift, but scars are unavoidable. The scars may remain red and slightly raised for months, then gradually fade and become barely visible. Fortunately, the scars are placed so that you will not be able to see them even when wearing low-cut tops.
Your breast lift improvements may or may not stand up to effects of time, gravity, future pregnancies, nursing and weight changes. Women who undergo breast augmentation along with their mastopexy may experience longer lasting results.
Your satisfaction with a breast lift is likely to be greater if you understand the procedure thoroughly and if your expectations are realistic.
The Next Step
To view some of Dr. Park's results, follow this link to the Breast Lift Before & After page. If you feel that breast lift surgery is right for you, contact us to request a complimentary consultatio with Dr. Gregory Park. We are dedicated to providing you with the best care possible through a relaxed experience that is comprehensive, respectful and confidential. We look forward to meeting and working with you to help you meet your goals.
Additional information about breast lift surgery can be found through the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.