Several factors can take a toll on a woman’s breasts, causing them to sag and lose their youthful shape and firmness. This includes pregnancy, nursing, heredity, excessive weight loss, and gravity. Because the adverse effects from these factors can cause a woman to feel self-conscious and unhappy with her breasts, many turn to plastic surgery for improvement.
At the office of Dr. Diamond, one of our board certified plastic surgeons can perform breast lift surgery (“mastopexy”) to correct the problem of sagging and a loss of elasticity.
Through various breast lift techniques, this cosmetic surgery procedure can successfully restore breasts to their natural shape and size. Mastopexy is a highly individualized procedure and designed to address each patient’s particular needs — no two breast lift procedures are alike. During an initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to share your concerns with one of our board certified plastic surgeons and learn if this breast enhancement procedure is right for you.
You may qualify as an ideal candidate for breast lift surgery if you are physically and psychologically healthy, have realistic expectations and goals, and possess one or more of the following conditions:
* Mastopexy can be performed on women of nearly any age, as long as their breasts have finished developing. Breast lift surgery will not harm the milk ducts and the nipples are left intact; however, the aesthetic results may be affected if you decide to have children after having a breast lift. This can be discussed with one of our board certified plastic surgeons during a consultation.
There are multiple methods that can be used to lift and reshape the breasts. The particular technique used for each procedure will be based on several factors, including the extent or degree of the patient’s sagging (“ptosis”) and cosmetic goals.
The “crescent lift” technique, also known as “partial mastopexy,” is typically the chosen method for patients who have mild ptosis and desire a subtle breast lift. It entails the removal of a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above the areola and then resuturing the tissue to a higher position.
Also known as an “periareolar lift” or “donut mastopexy,” the Benelli Lift involves an incision that is made circumferentially around the areola. A donut-shaped piece of tissue is then removed through through the incision. With this technique, sometimes a little more tissue is removed above the areola to help provide an effective lifting effect when it is sutured, as comparable to the crescent lift.
Similar to the Bennelli Lift, the “lollipop lift” is best suited for women with medium ptosis, those who have too much sagging for the Bennelli Lift, and not enough for a full mastopexy. This method involves two incisions; one is made around the areola and the other runs straight down, from under the areola to the breast creases.
Also known as a “formal mastopexy” or “wise-pattern lift,” full mastopexy involves an anchor-shaped incision that is made just below the level of the lower breast. This method removes excess skin to the highest degree, offering the greatest amount of lifting.
* If desired, implants may be used to help restore a woman’s breasts to their natural shape and size, correcting a decrease in volume. Usually, full mastopexy is the most common type of lift combined with augmentation.
Every plastic surgery procedure has its own set of potential risks. However, when performed in the care of a qualified specialist, such as with a board certified plastic surgeon, complications are rare. Some of the potential complications that may develop after breast lift surgery include: bleeding, infection, reactions to anesthesia, asymmetry, and permanent loss of sensation in the nipples.
The overall cost of breast lift surgery varies with each patient, and is based on several factors. The fees involved with this procedure are the:
*If breast lift surgery is combined with augmentation, the cost of saline or silicone gel implants will contribute to the overall fee.
Dressings or bandages will be applied to your breasts after the procedure is completed. For a few weeks thereafter, you will need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to help minimize swelling and provide support. In some cases, a small, thin tube is temporarily placed under the skin to help collect any excess blood.
Initially, it is also common for patients to feel only minimal sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This may take a few weeks to a year before sensation returns to normal. Incisions will appear red or pink in color at first, and will take a few months to fade.
Be sure to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions regarding when to return to work and resume normal activities. In many cases, patients can go back to work within about a week after surgery, and mild to normal exercises may be resumed after several weeks. It is normal to experience discomfort during the recovery period. You may be given prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any pain.
Mastopexy results are long-lasting. As time passes, however, your breasts may change as aging and gravity take its toll on them. In order to retain your original results and enjoy having a more youthful and aesthetically-pleasing appearance, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
This procedure does not typically affect breast function, but if you are planning to become pregnant after a breast lift, please note that the changes that develop in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement this procedure provides.
Please contact The Diamond Face Institute if you would like to schedule a consultation regarding your breast lift options. You can get started by calling (310) 859-9816 or filling out our contact form.