Breast Lift Description
Breast lift, technically known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to lift and improve the shape of a female breast.
In general, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. A breast lift can also reduce enlarged areolas.
If you desire to restore the firmness and shape of your breasts, then a breast lift may be right for you. The procedure is highly individualized and should be considered for your own personal reasons, not the desire of others.
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Breast Lift Benefits
A breast lift can:
- Rejuvenate the female figure with a breast profile that is more youthful, uplifted and firm;
- Tighten the skin elasticity that may have been lost due to pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight fluctuations, aging and gravity;
- Improve breast shape and symmetry;
- Be performed at the same time as breast augmentation/breast implants, resulting in one complete breast surgery.
Preparing for a Breast Lift
You will begin the process with a doctor consultation where you will be asked many questions to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Medical history, family history, allergies and surgery risks are a few examples of topics that will be discussed during consultation.
It is recommended that women still considering pregnancy or significant weight loss discuss this with their plastic surgeon as these types of changes can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. The appropriate technique for your case will be determined based on:
- Breast size and shape,
- The size and position of the aureole,
- The degree of breast sagging,
- Skin quality and skin elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin.
Incisions will be made in one of three places and through these incisions the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness.
The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height.
The procedure will be conducted at a licensed surgical center in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Breast Lift FAQ
HOW DO I KNOW I AM A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST LIFT?
We recommend our patients be in good health and non-smokers to ensure successful healing. Good candidates for a breast lift are generally women of normal, stable weight whose breasts are fully developed and who have completed their family.
Breast lift is appropriate in younger women as well, most commonly in cases of breast asymmetry where the position of one breast is lower than the other. We also recommend our patients have a positive outlook with specific goals in mind for improving their image.
HOW LONG WILL A BREAST LIFT RECOVERY TAKE?
Following all doctors’ instructions is essential to successful recovery. You will need someone to drive you home following the procedure and stay with you the first night.
Dressing or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Discomfort is common following the procedure and a support bra is recommended around-the-clock for the first week or two.
Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days, at which point you should be ready to return to work and normal activity, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Intimate contact with breasts can usually be resumed within 4-6 weeks.
WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS?
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates and incisions lines continue to improve. The final results of your breast lift will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent, but they most likely won’t be visible.
WILL MY “NEW” BREASTS LAST FOREVER?
Over time, your breasts can continue to change due to aging and gravity. Your new breast profile is best preserved by maintaining your weight, a healthy lifestyle and proper support of your now firm and rejuvenated breasts.
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