Common natural causes such weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and ageing can alter the breasts over time. A breast lift can raise and reshape breasts, rejuvenating your contours and helping you look your best in and out of clothes. It offers a new lease of life to drooping, ‘deflated’ breasts after significant weight loss, pregnancy and childbirth, and with or without implants or fat injections, combats the forces of gravity and ageing.
Often times, the use of implants alone will not sufficiently lift the breasts, thus a breast lift is additionally recommended to improve position. Our surgeons offer several breast lift techniques to refresh and create firmer, shapelier breasts that can ultimately restore confidence and comfort to one’s body.
Your surgeon will advise on and plan your mastopexy to achieve your desired result. How long it would take and the likely cost can only be determined after consultation with, and examination by one of our surgeons. During the consultation, you can view before and after photos showing the results and quality of our work. You can also take home an information pack to read, so you are fully informed before making any decision.
We will evaluate the overall health of the patient, as well as assess the current breast size and shape and take measurements of the breast to help determine the amount of sagging that is present. Additionally, the skin laxity, symmetry, and the underlying bony anatomy of the chest will be assessed. This evaluation will help our team to develop an individual breast lift plan. Most patients are nervous about scarring that may occur after a breast lift procedure. During surgery, we take excellent care during the incision process to minimize scars. In addition, our practice will provide a thorough scar care treatment protocol to help with the healing.
A full breast lift involves an incision along the crease underneath the breast, incisions around the areola, and a vertical incision between the areola and the base of the breast. This traditional technique is still widely used today because it consistently produces a great shape and position of the breast on the chest wall. Excess skin is removed, the breast is elevated and the size of the areola may be reduced. The procedure may be done alone, or combined with augmentation to add volume.
To lift specific, mild sagging, a modified mastopexy limits incisions to the outer border of the areola area. These less invasive mastopexy procedures are less traumatic than a full breast lift, yet produce excellent results for the right patients.
– Incision around the areola
– Incisions around the areola and then vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease
– Incisions around the areola and then vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease and finally extending horizontally in the breast crease
– The size and shape of the breasts, size of the areolas, and extent of sagging are factors that will help our surgeon determine the best technique to use. Occasionally, it may be determined that a small breast implant may be necessary or desired to enhance the fullness of the upper portion of the breast. This can be done at the same time as the lift or at a later date.
– In some cases, some of your own fat may be removed from other areas, such as the hips, to augment the breast lift.
After breast lift surgery, patients are placed in a surgical dressing that may include a support bra. Swelling is expected and patients should take it easy for a few days. The swelling will start to resolve within 1-2 weeks after surgery and most patients are able to resume modest activities within about 2-3 weeks. A breast lift typically takes about 6-8 weeks for a full recovery.
Swelling and bruising can be assisted by applications of ice, remembering to wrap the ice in several towels (not applying it directly to the skin or you may produce an ice burn). There may be a temporary loss of sensation around the breasts and on the nipples due to trauma to the local nerves. This usually settles in two to three month, however may persist longer.
Do not be afraid to ask questions or to let the staff or your Surgeon know of any specific problems or worries that you may have. After drain removal, dressing check and bra fitting you will be followed up on a regular basis by our Nursing staff.