What is breast lift (mastopexy) surgery?
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is done to raise and reshape sagging breast and nipples, restoring their youthful shape and appearance. Breast lift surgery does not usually reduce the size of the breast, but breast tissue can be removed when performing mastopexy. Breast lift surgery can also be combined with breast augmentation with implants when there is not enough breast volume to obtain a full breast. There are several different techniques in performing breast lift surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Skarparis and you will discuss which mastopexy technique is the right one for you.
What causes breasts to sag?
Various natural factors such as aging, pregnancy, nursing, weight gain or loss, and gravity produce changes in the appearance of a woman’s breasts. Depending on your genetic make-up and lifestyle, these factors will affect different women in different ways throughout their lifetimes. As the skin and breast tissues lose their tone and elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and volume, and begin to sag.
Am I the right candidate for breast lift surgery?
The best candidates for breast lift surgery are relatively healthy women whose breasts have begun to sag. Many healthy women experience this dramatic loss of shape and volume due to their pregnancy and nursing. Dr. Skarparis will carefully consult with you on how to optimize your results, giving your breasts the most natural, elegant, and youthful look.
THE BREAST LIFT SURGERY PROCEDURE
What Type of Anesthesia do you need for breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery is a surgery procedure that is performed either under general anesthesia or with local anesthesia with sedation. When implants are used in combination with breast lift, the surgery is performed under general anesthesia .
There are several different techniques for performing breast lift surgery. Although they differ in various ways, all breast lift surgery procedures attempt to rearrange the breast tissues without changing the size of the breast. Removal of excess skin and tightening of the remaining skin of the breast, to produce a more perky and youthful breast is usually done as well. The incision lines, and thus scars, are hidden in inconspicuous places, and are well concealed beneath a swimsuit or bra. The nipple is repositioned, and the areola is also reduced in diameter by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary. After careful consultation, Dr. Skarparis will help you decide on the best mastopexy surgery technique to optimize your results.
Recovery and the Postoperative Period
No overnight stay is needed after breast lift surgery. Once surgery is completed, you will recover fully from the effects of anesthesia, and be escorted home with your designated caregiver. In most cases the bruising is minimal and resolves after the first week. Most patients return to work and social activities after only several days. Dr. Skarparis recommends avoidance of strenuous physical exercise for approximately 6 weeks following breast lift surgery.
Results of Breast Lift Surgery
The results of mastopexy surgery are more projected and proportional breasts. Your clothes may fit differently, and you may need new bras. In fact, many women enjoy the ability to be braless as well. You will experience a new energy and increased level of physical activity. Breast lift surgery results are permanent, though various lifestyle and hereditary factors may impact on your long-term results.