A breast lift, clinically known as a mastopexy, is an effective plastic surgery procedure that addresses sagging breasts by lifting the breasts and enhancing their appearance. To achieve this, Dr. Trovato trims excess skin and tightens the supporting tissue. The end result is breasts that sit higher on the chest and are far younger looking. If the need is there, some patients combine a breast lift with either a breast reduction or breast augmentation.
Who are good candidates for a breast lift?
Ideally, a breast lift can benefit women whose breasts have begun to sag with age. Their breasts either droop, are elongated, or have lost volume and shape. The sagging may be a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding, loss of weight, or the simple march of time. If the nipples point downward, a breast lift is probably in order.
Women who plan on having additional children should not have a breast lift, however. The added weight gain and breastfeeding will negate the results of breast lift surgery. For those planning to have children, the procedure should wait until after the last child has finished breastfeeding.
How is a breast lift procedure done?
Prior to your surgery, Dr. Trovato will discuss the incision possibilities with you. These can be dictated by the degree of sagging involved and other factors such as breast size and shape. One approach creates two rings around the breast areola in a doughnut fashion. This method is better for women with smaller cup sizes, plus it creates less scarring. A second approach is to make an incision around the areola and then downward, ending at the crease underneath the breast. This forms a lollipop shape. For women with the most significant sagging, an anchor-shaped incision provides the best access.
Once the incisions are made, breast tissue will then be manipulated or removed to achieve the patient’s breast contour goals. The nipple and areola may be repositioned higher on the breast or may be resized. Excess skin is trimmed to achieve a firm appearance and feel.
Breast lift patients will experience some soreness, swelling, and bruising for the next few days. Your new breasts will be wrapped in bandages for about a week, and then you will need to wear a support bra for the next month.
Patients can usually return to work in about a week, but must avoid strenuous activity for about a month.
Breast lift results are visible immediately, but continue to improve with time as swelling subsides and the scarring begins to fade.
The risks involved are the same as with any surgery, but the procedure is generally safe and uncomplicated.