Breast lift, clinically called mastopexy, is the plastic surgery mammoplasty procedure performed to change and improve the shape of your breast. It is used to restore a firmer, perkier, and aesthetically more pleasing shape of the sagging breasts. Before deciding if the breast lift is right for you, make sure to carefully read about the benefits, surgery procedure, potential risks, and expected results and aftercare.
Patients usually choose to have a breast lift surgery if their breasts sag or their nipples point downward. Mastopexy boosts self-confidence and improves the self-image of patients. Common benefits and reasons why women choose breast lift are:
- restoring a firmer breast shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding
- improving breast curve after a significant weight loss
- the breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation or reduction to achieve desired breast size and shape
- quick recovery
- small scars, hidden easily
Here at Adcure, we approach every patient with the care and attention they deserve. Every procedure starts with a thorough conversation with one of our plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialists.
The surgeon will review the patients’ medical history, do a physical exam, and discuss expectations. The purpose of this consultation is to get the patient familiar with all the relevant information about the entire procedure: the risks and potential implications, the course of the operation, recovery, and aftercare and expected results.
Potential risks may include:
- change in the sensations of the nipple and areola
- asymmetry in the size and shape of the breast
- difficulty breastfeeding
The breast lift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using general or local anesthesia, and it takes 1 to 2 hours.
Our surgeons are skilled at performing various incision techniques for breast lift surgery, depending on patients’ needs, condition, and personal expectations, and will recommend the technique that will show the best results:
- Crescent lift: recommended for minimal sagging, leaving minimal scars.
A small incision is made running halfway around the top half of the edge of the areola.
- Peri-areolar or “Donut” lift: used for correction of moderate sagging with a single scar.
It involves a round incision around the areola, and it’s beneficial for women experiencing mild sagging of breasts. “Donut lift” is also effective in reducing the areola size.
- Vertical or “Lollipop” lift: extensive reshaping to correct moderate sagging.
This procedure involves two incisions, one around the areola, and the other vertical one made from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary crease. This is the common use procedure since it allows the surgeon to eliminate excess skin and reshape the entire breast with modest scars.
- Inverted T or “Anchor” lift: corrects large sagging and provides dramatic reshaping.
This is the most invasive procedure since it involves three incisions, one from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, one along the inframammary fold and one around the areola. It can be performed in conjunction with breast reduction mammoplasty.
The Recovery and Results
Shortly after surgery, the patients are able to go home to continue the recovery. Patients should expect:
- soreness and swelling of the breasts
- bandages and medical bra
- pain medications
- limited physical activities 2 to 6 weeks after the surgery
Immediately after the surgery, patients experience a change in the appearance of the breast and are able to see the results of the procedure, although it takes a couple of weeks for the shape to settle.
When performed by an experienced surgeon, the breast lift is a straightforward procedure with long-lasting results. Schedule a consultation with Adcure, today!