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Breast Lift

Breast Lift

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure performed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. This cosmetic surgery is sought by women who experience ptosis (sagging) of the breasts due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, or hereditary reasons.

The breast lift procedure involves several steps to achieve a more youthful and lifted appearance of the breasts:

  1. Anesthesia: The patient is given either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure comfort during the surgery.

  2. Incision Placement: The surgeon makes incisions in specific patterns on the breasts, the placement of which depends on the degree of sagging and the desired outcome. Common incision patterns include:

    a. Around the areola (periareolar incision) b. Around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease (lollipop incision) c. Around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease (anchor incision)

  3. Breast Tissue Repositioning: The underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to create a more youthful contour.

  4. Nipple and Areola Repositioning: If needed, the surgeon will reposition the nipple and areola to a higher and more natural position on the breast mound.

  5. Excess Skin Removal: Any excess skin is removed to further lift and tighten the breasts.

  6. Incision Closure: The incisions are carefully closed with sutures, and dressings or bandages are applied.

The breast lift procedure does not significantly change the size of the breasts, although some women may feel a minor increase in size due to the repositioning of breast tissue.

If a patient desires both a breast lift and an increase in breast volume, a breast augmentation (with implants) can be performed simultaneously with the breast lift to achieve both goals.

After the surgery, patients may experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but these typically subside over time. A special surgical bra may be provided to support the healing breasts during the recovery period.

It’s essential for patients to follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully, including avoiding strenuous activities for several weeks to allow for proper healing. The final results of the breast lift surgery become more apparent as the breasts settle into their new shape, which usually occurs within a few months.

Breast lift surgery is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and considerations, and it’s crucial for individuals considering a breast lift to have a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss their goals, potential risks, and expected outcomes.

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