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Breast Lift

One of the most popular breast enhancement procedures is the
breast lift, also called mastopexy, which is a complicated type of
cosmetic surgery that raises sagging breasts and gives them
new shape. Depending on the body shape and individual
preferences of the patient, breast implants can be combined
with breast lift surgery.  The American Society of Plastic
Surgeons (ASPS) reported that nearly 93,000 breast lift
procedures were done in 2005.

Pre-Surgery Consultation for Breast Lift

You will be required to schedule a visit with your surgeon prior to
the surgery, during which you will be told what to expect from the
surgery. Your surgeon also will talk with you about your goals for the shape and size of your breasts, as well as the positioning of the nipple. The surgeon also will take various measurements of your breasts while you are standing or sitting.

It’s essential for you to review your expectations with your surgeon, and your surgeon should talk to you about whether or not you will need breast implants or a breast reduction to achieve your desired goal.

The Breast Lift Procedure
This 2 to 3 1/2 hour surgery can be done either in your surgeon’s office or a hospital, and may require a general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep, or a local anesthetic, during which you will be awake.
The doctor will base the length of the incision on the degree of lift that is needed. In general, the higher the lift, the longer the incision. A woman who requires a very high lift may need what is referred to as an anchor incision, a technique that actually uses three incisions that resemble the shape of an anchor.
The anchor incision process is as follows:

  • The initial incision is made around and then above the areola, which will be the new position of the nipple.
  • The second incision extends vertically from the nipple to the lowest point of the breast.
  • The third incision is on the underside of the breast.

With these incisions, a flap can be made through which the excess skin can be taken out.
Different surgical techniques may be required for different patients. For example, the surgeon may choose not to make the incision underneath the breast in order reduce the number of scars. And a series of concentric incisions can be made for smaller breasts, which eliminates the vertical and horizontal incisions.

Breast Lift with Implants

When implants are used as part of the breast lift surgery, there are three choices for placement:

    • Subglandular - Right behind the breast
    • Complete submuscular – Behind the breast and the chest muscles
    • Partial submuscular placement – Behind the breast and the muscle known as the Pectoralis Major. This placement for implants is the most common.

    Post-Surgery Recommendations for Breast Lift

    Following surgery, your breasts will be sore, swollen and bruised, and you will need to wear a surgical bra and bandages for a few days. If you experience any pain, your surgeon can prescribe the appropriate medication. When your surgeon removes your surgical bra and bandages, you may still experience swelling and need to wear a support bra. Within a couple of weeks after the surgery, you will have your stitches taken out.
    You should not do any strenuous work or heavy lifting as you recover from your surgery, because this action may increase the swelling in your breasts. Most women are able to go back to work within a week of the surgery, and can return to all other activities in about a month. There may be a reduced sensation in the nipples, but it will return to normal once your breasts are healed. You can continue breast feeding without any problem, since the glandular tissue of the nipple and areola aren’t affected during this type of surgery.

    Side Effects and Risks of Breast Lift Surgery

    In breast lift surgery, as with any type of surgery, there is the potential for infections or reactions to the anesthesia. Some women experience heavy bleeding. And once the breasts are healed, there will be some permanent scars. But when the surgical team takes all the necessary precautions, the chances for post-surgery complications can be greatly minimized.

    Consult a Surgeon for Breast Lift Surgery

    If you are considering breast lift surgery but you have a number of questions about the procedure, schedule an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon who does breast lifts. It’s important that you clarify the type of procedure you want and need, the cost, and your goals. This is also the time to determine if you should have a combined breast lift/breast implant surgery, or only the breast lift procedure alone. 

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