As a woman grows older, several factors including pregnancy, nursing, the force of gravity, or weight gain and loss may cause her breasts to sag. A surgical procedure called mastopexy, or breast lift, can raise and reshape sagging breasts and reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple). Of course, no surgery can delay the effects of gravity forever, but mastopexy may be able to give you the enhanced appearance you’re looking for.
The breast lift procedure offers the following benefits:
- A more youthful breast appearance
- Improved nipple projection
- Enhanced overall breast contour
Who can Benefit from a Breast Lift?
Most women who seek a breast lift are dissatisfied with how their breasts look after pregnancy and nursing. Their skin has stretched, and they may have decreased breast volume or enlarged areolas. You will likely be most pleased with the results of this procedure if you are in good physical and emotional health, have small, sagging breasts (The operation can be performed on breasts of any size, but the results may not last as long in women with heavy breasts), and do not plan to have more children (While a breast lift shouldn’t interfere with future pregnancies, your breasts will likely stretch if you become pregnant. Most women choose to postpone their breast lift until they are finished having children).
The most common mastopexy technique involves removing a section of skin above the nipple and moving the nipple up into this new location. Excess skin and tissue will be removed through one of three incisions, including:
- Crescent incision: Created around the areola.
- Peri-areolar incision: Made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease.
- Vertical incision: Created around the areola, down to the breast crease, and then horizontally along the crease of the breast.
If you’re having breast augmentation at the same time as your breast lift, the doctor will also place an implant under your breast tissue and/or under your chest muscles. This procedure takes two to three hours and is typically performed on an outpatient basis.
Your breasts will probably be swollen and sore for a few days following your surgery, but your discomfort can be managed with oral pain relievers. Right after surgery, you’ll wear a surgical bra over gauze dressings which will decrease swelling. After a few days, you’ll begin wearing a soft support bra, which you’ll wear continuously for the next two to four weeks. The doctor will remove your sutures after a week or two. You should be able to return to work after a week or so, but you should continue to take it easy for about a month. After that, you can gradually resume your regular routine.
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