Breast lift surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can elevate your breasts to a more youthful position. Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is chosen by women who are affected by breast sagging (breast ptosis) caused by weight fluctuations or the aging process.
Dr. Beth Collins performs the breast lift here in Guilford (just outside New Haven, CT) for women who desire an elevated, more youthful breast appearance, and the improved self-confidence that can accompany such a change.
Who Should Get a Breast Lift?
If you are considering a breast lift, it is best to consult with one or more plastic surgeons in Branford or New Haven, so you can determine whether the surgery will meet your goals. While breast lift surgery is designed to correct breast droop or sagging, there are varying degrees of severity among women who are affected. Dr. Collins will evaluate your conditions and may classify you in one of three possible groups:
- Mild breast droop
- Moderate breast droop
- Severe breast droop
By assessing the position of the nipple in relation to the breast crease, the degree of breast droop can be measured. This classification helps Dr. Collins determine the ideal technique for your breast lift, assuming you are a good candidate.
What Does a Breast Lift Do?
This outpatient procedure will require approximately 1 to 3 hours. General anesthesia is common, while local anesthesia may be an option for select patients (in limited incision techniques). The goal of the breast lift is to tighten and elevate the breast tissue, moving the nipple and areola to a higher position.
Incision patterns vary in breast lift surgery. Dr. Collins may choose to utilize an anchor or lollipop shaped incision, or a more limited approach that removes a circle of skin around the areola. Loose skin and glandular tissue is tightened or removed, effectively lifting the breast for a younger looking shape and appearance.
After the Breast Lift: What to Expect
Recovering from breast lift surgery will take at least one to two weeks while you relax and allow proper healing. Exercise needs to be postponed for about six weeks in most cases. The surgical incisions (and sutures) will be covered with gauze and tape, which is removed within one week. Dr. Collins will advise you to wear a special bra for several weeks, which is designed for proper support after cosmetic breast surgery. Discomfort (expect some swelling, aching, bruising and changes in sensation) will be managed with a prescription pain medication.
Like all surgical procedures, a breast lift has associated risks. The results are considered permanent, but cannot prevent the normal effects of aging that occur years later.
Related Procedures and Breast Lift Alternatives
Breast lift techniques are closely related to breast reduction. Both procedures involve reshaping of the breast by a plastic surgeon, so you may find out during your consultation that breast reduction is a more suitable procedure.
Many women believe that breast augmentation (with saline or silicone implants) is the right procedure for lifting the breasts, which is incorrect. It can however, be combined with a breast lift when volume needs to be restored. It is also important to realize that no exercise routine, cream, or pill can significantly lift the breasts in the same way that a skilled plastic surgeon can with a breast lift.
If you are considering a breast lift in New Haven, Madison, Guilford or another nearby community in Connecticut, we encourage you to contact the office of Guilford plastic surgeon Dr. Beth Collins for a personal consultation. Use the online contact form to contact us or call 203-208-3275.