Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to uplift and improve the shape of breasts that sag, are pendulous, have lost elasticity and firmness or have nipples that point downward, falling below the breast crease. When an increase in breast volume is also desired, breast implants can be used in conjunction with a breast lift. This procedure is also appropriate in cases of breast asymmetry where the position of one breast is lower than the other.
A woman's breasts lose their youthful shape and firmness as a result of pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight fluctuations, aging, heredity and gravity. These changes can affect a woman's body image and self-confidence. A breast lift rejuvenates the female figure with a breast profile that is more youthful, uplifted and firm. Good candidates are woman of stable weight whose breasts are fully developed and who are not planning future pregnancies. A mammogram may be required prior to the procedure to ensure breast health.
Dr. Taylor performs breast lift procedures in fully accredited hospitals and surgical facilities under general anesthesia. Taking approximately 2-3 hours, the surgery begins by making an incision around the areola and extending it straight down to the crease underneath the breast (a "lollipop" incision). In some cases the incision also continues along the crease under the breast (an "anchor" incision). The length and extent of incisions depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed as well as the quality of the skin. Once the excess skin is removed, the breast tissue is reshaped and lifted and the remaining skin tightened as the incisions are closed. The nipple-areola complex is repositioned to a natural, more youthful height and, if necessary, the size if the areola can be reduced. Dressings are applied to the incisions and a support bra is worn to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
Initial healing includes swelling and discomfort at the incision sites. Pain is controlled with prescribed oral medication and antibiotics are taken to prevent infection. A return to light, normal activity is possible usually within a few days of surgery but strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for up to 6 weeks. Patients usually return to work within 1-2 weeks. The final results will appear over a few months as the breasts settle into their new shape and position. Incision lines are permanent but the scars will fade and significantly improve in appearance over time.
If you desire to restore the firmness and shape of your breasts, regaining a more youthful, uplifted breast profile, then call Dr. John Taylor today to schedule your personalized consultation.