A breast lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that lifts and provides an improved contour to the breasts. The surgery is also known as mastopexy.
Through the removal of excess skin and the tightening of surrounding tissue, you can achieve breasts with plumper, firmer shape and better support with a sleeker silhouette. Breast lifts are becoming more popular than implants.
Candidates for Breast Lift
Due to various factors, skin elasticity diminishes over time, causing breast sagging and loss of firmness. Some of the things that can attribute to these issues are weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breast feeding, as well as the aging effects of time and gravity.
Some women are more prone to saggy breasts due to genetic factors. It’s important to understand that breast lift surgery won’t increase the actual size of your breast, nor can it alter the shape of the upper portion of the breasts.
However, this type of procedure may be a good fit for you if you would like to lift sagging breasts, thereby increasing their fullness and improving their overall shape.
Also, if you feel uncomfortable due to enlarged areolas or ones that point downward, a breast lift can address these issues. The surgery can also provide symmetry to breasts that are uneven due to one being lower than the other.
About the Procedure
You will consult with the surgeon regarding your particular needs and the type of procedure you can expect. Incision patterns and technique used will vary based on your individual breasts and desired results.
Aspects considered in each consultation include breast size, shape, position and size of areolas, extent of sagging and the elasticity of your skin, as well as the amount of skin.
Preparing for Your Procedure
You may be asked to undergo some changes in your lifestyle prior to your breast lift surgery. You may need to make adjustments to your medications, quit smoking or undergo medical testing.
Recovery and Safety Information
Gauze and tape will be applied to your breasts following surgery, and you’ll need to wear a garment such as a support bra to aid in the healing process.
The surgeon will provide you with aftercare instructions. You will also need to make a follow-up appointment to be sure everything is healing as expected.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks to consider. The surgeon will help you to weigh the risks involved.
Schedule a Consultation
Breast lift surgery may be the right procedure for you if you are looking for improved shape and placement of your breasts, rather than an increase in size. Many patients are opting for this alternative to breast implants. Contact the office of Dr. Beth Collins, MD today to schedule your appointment.