The term breast lift, also medically known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to restore a youthful shape to the breasts. Breasts can tend to sag as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, loss of the skin elasticity through aging, having genetically larger breast, or simply the effects of gravity. A breast lift can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and can be combined with breast reduction or breast augmentation to enhance breast firmness or final result.
“After having three children and be so caught up in the whirlwind, it was amazing the change my body experience when I stopped breastfeeding. My breasts were saggy and I didn't feel like my husband looked at me the same. Dr. Feledy helped me with a breast lift and it now feels like I look better than before I had kids!” - D.S.*
Breast Lift or Mastopexy Surgery
What is the difference between a breast lift and a breast augmentation?
A breast lift or mastopexy surgery has the purpose to lift up a sagging breast as opposed to simply increasing the size of the breast, which is the purpose of a breast augmentation.
A breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation, where a breast implant is used to increase the size of the breast in conjunction with a lift being done as well. It entirely depends on what you are trying to achieve with your surgery and if you have the physical elements necessary to get the result you want.
What are the most common reasons for a breast lift?
The most common reasons for a breast lift are changes to the body that occur:
- After weight loss
- As a result of aging and the effects of gravity that can accompany that
- After pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Having genetically breasts that are overly large for the body of that individual.
Who is a candidate for breast lift surgery?
A women may be a candidate for breast lift surgery for a variety of reasons. The ideal candidate is in overall good physical and mental health with a stable weight. She is also a non-smoker who has realistic expectations for the outcome. Physically, you may be an excellent candidate for breast lift surgery if your nipples hang below the breast crease, specifically if they are pointing downward. If the breasts sag or are flattened, or if one breast hangs lower than the other. These are common reasons for candidacy for this procedure.
What are the steps in breast lift surgery?
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and lasts several hours. Techniques vary for each patient. A standard technique uses three incisions to lift the breast. The first incision runs around the areola, the second from the areola to the bottom of the breast, and the third underneath the breast. Following incision, excess skin and tissue are removed and the areola is repositioned higher on the breast. Some patients may be candidates for a less extensive breast lift incision pattern.
What happens after the procedure?
Recovery time is one to two weeks, with limited activity for about six weeks. You will need to wear a supportive bra following the procedure, until the post-operative swelling and bruising has faded. Lines from the incisions will fade over time as they heal, though they may always be slightly visible. The breasts will settle into their positions over time, though future adjustments may be made if necessary.
Are there risks or side effects to a breast lift?
Very rarely, loss of some or all sensation in the nipples or breasts may occur, and may interfere with future breastfeeding ability. In the event of poor healing or dramatic changes in body weight, you may need revision surgery. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks such as poor healing, infection, bleeding and reaction to anesthesia. All potential risks and adverse outcomes will be discussed in detail during your consultation. Dr. Feledy takes the time with you to make sure you understand everything you need in order to help you achieve the best breast lift Washington DC has to offer.
If you are interested in getting a breast lift, get more information by contacting Belmont Plastic Surgery, and schedule your consultation today.