Breast Lift with Implants
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you have sagging breasts due to past pregnancies,
genetics, or aging. You may also desire a mastopexy if breast sagging is too great to be treated with an
implant alone. The procedure may also be helpful if your nipple-areolar complexes (pigmented areas around nipples)
Breast lift (mastopexy) is intended to give the patient an elevated, more youthful breast contour, as well
as nipple-areolar complexes of the desired size and at the correct height.
Breast lift is usually done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The design
of the incisions can vary but usually include incisions around the nipple-areolar complex and in the crease under
the breast. The nipple-areolar complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped
in a pleasing contour and in a more normal position. The insertion of an implant as well, may or may not be advisable.
The patient goes home with only light dressings over the incision lines. Sutures are usually completely removed within
7-10 days. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7-10 days.
Additional procedures which may enhance the result are a small Breast Reduction or Breast Enlargement.
Mastopexy usually takes one and a half to three and a half hours. Breast lift techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast.
Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions. One such procedure is the "doughnut (or concentric) mastopexy," in which circular incisions are made around the areola, and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed.
The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast.
Healing is a gradual process. Although you may be up and about in a day or two, don't plan on returning to work for a week or more, depending on how you feel. And avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks. If you have any unusual symptoms, don't hesitate to call your surgeon.
This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation.
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally.
Major complications are rare. Contact your surgeon today to learn more about getting a breast lift.