Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift, or mastopexy, can do wonders for patients who are experiencing sagginess and a drooping appearance of the breasts. Natural aging, weight loss, genetic disposition, pregnancy and breastfeeding are all common causes of this condition. A breast lift is performed to lift the nipples, get rid of the excess skin and tighten the breast area for a more youthful, “perky” bust line. A breast lift can also be combined with breast implants to add more volume and contour to the breasts. Mastopexy is often performed as a component of a “mommy makeover”. Dr. Scott has the expertise to perform breast lift surgery that can not only meet your aesthetic enhancement goals, but also provide you with natural-looking results.
Combining Breast Lift and Implants – Dr. Scott discusses the benefits of placing implants during breast lift surgery.
Breast Lift Surgery
There are generally three types of breast lift (mastopexy) procedures. These include the circumareolar mastopexy, vertical mastopexy and the “anchor” incision mastopexy. The circumareolar mastopexy requires the use of an implant; however, implants are not always necessary for the other procedures. The incisions for the circumareolar lift are located around the outside of the pigmented areola. The vertical mastopexy incisions are located around the areola and extend from the areola to the lower breast fold. The full “anchor” incision mastopexy uses the same incision as the vertical mastopexy, as well as an additional incision located along the lower breast fold. The optimal procedure for each individual depends on the degree of droopiness, nipple descent and extra skin below the nipple areolar complex. In all three procedures, excess skin is removed, the nipples are elevated and the remaining skin is tightened. The need for implants is determined during your consultation. Dr. Scott will provide you with a recommendation based on your individual needs and expectations.
A breast lift procedure takes about two to three hours and is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.
In this video, Dr. Scott discusses candidacy, techniques, and incisions for breast lift surgery.
Breast Lift Recovery
Patients will experience some bruising and swelling for about two to three weeks after their breast lift surgery, but these effects will continue to fade as the breasts heal. Pain and discomfort can be alleviated with medication during the recovery process. Although surgical procedures typically result in scarring, Dr. Scott is highly adept at minimizing the visibility of any residual scarring. Scars from breast lifts usually fade significantly after several months. Patients can usually resume normal daily activities after about one week. Dr. Scott advises patients to avoid strenuous activities during the first few weeks after surgery to reduce pressure on the breasts and allow them to heal properly.
Contact The Plastic Surgery Center
Breast lift surgery is a very common plastic surgery procedure with proven efficacy. If you are considering this procedure to address a saggy appearance that has developed in the breasts, please contact The Plastic Surgery Center for a consultation with Dr. Scott.