Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity can affect the look of a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. To raise and reshape sagging breasts, a breast lift or Mastopexy, is the best surgical option.
A breast lift helps give breasts a more youthful appearance by lifting them higher up on the chest. This procedure may also be performed in conjunction with other types of breast surgery such as breast reduction or breast augmentation. Breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If the breasts are small or have lost volume, breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both breast firmness and size.
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Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for breast augmentation with modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions, such as crescent mastopexy or doughnut mastopexy. In crescent mastopexy, a small amount of crescent-shaped skin is removed above the nipple areola in order to lift this structure to a more rejuvenated position. In doughnut or peri-areolar mastopexy, circular incisions are made around the areola, and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed. For larger breasts and more significant sagging, the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision or a vertical incision. The incision outlines the area from which excess breast skin is removed. The skin is then brought together to reshape the breast, and the nipple areola are moved to a higher position.
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Breast lift surgery takes approximately one and a half to three hours. The most common procedure for a breast lift is to make an anchor-like or lollipop-like incision on the breast. The incision is made where the skin is removed, which will then decide where the nipple will be relocated. After the excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are placed in a higher position. The skin around the areola is moved down to reshape the breast. Breast lift techniques require minimal incisions, as well as reduced nipple sensation procedures. Those with small breasts who have minimal sagging are often good candidates for surgical procedures that have less extensive incisions.
A good candidate for breast lift surgery is anyone who is in good health and is looking to achieve a more natural, youthful-looking appearance. Breast lift surgery is not recommended if you plan on having children. The doctor can help you determine if breast lift surgery is right for you during your consultation.
After breast lift surgery, your doctor will provide you with post-operative instructions, which include a lot of rest and minimal physical activity. In order to heal and recover quicker, it is important to follow the directions of your doctor. Bandages are used to benefit the healing process and restrict the movement of your breasts. A special surgical bra is worn for several weeks after the bandages are removed. Pain medication is given if any pain is experienced. Potential problems can be reduced by following all of the directions, though complications are rare.