Breast Lift – Mastopexy
Also known as mastopexy, breast lift surgery involves raising nipple and areola and tightening the breasts by removing excess surrounding tissue to reshape and support the breast. Many factors affect the shape and firmness of your breast; weight loss, pregnancy, gravity, and loss of skin elasticity from aging. This surgery is common with patients who are satisfied with the overall size of their breasts, but wish to regain a more youthful breast contour.
There are many techniques for breast lift surgery and the type recommended for you will be determined by body shape, your breast tissue, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for breast lift surgery;
- Your breasts are fully developed and you are in good physical condition
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag or lack shape and volume
- Your breasts are pendulous or have a flat, elongated shape
- You have nipples and areolas that point downward and/or are stretched out
- One of your breasts is lower than the other
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your desired outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, family history of breast cancer, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Considerations with breast lifts – Mastopexy :
Age: Breast lift surgery can be performed at any age but for the best outcome it is recommended that you wait until breast development has stopped.
Weight Loss: If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, be sure to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio. He will likely recommend you achieve your weight-loss goals prior to surgery.
Pregnancy: It is also important to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable breast changes and could affect the long-term results of your breast lift. Breast lift surgery usually does not affect your ability to breast-feed.
Surgery and Recovery
Breast Lift surgery is an outpatient surgery that is usually performed under general anesthesia and after observation in the recovery period you will usually be released home. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings or a surgical bra, and there may be drain tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complications and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your breasts will be sore and tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must not lift, bend, pull or push anything and not engage in any strenuous activity for at least two weeks. Drain tubes will be removed after two days and dressings will be removed within several days and you may be required to wear a supportive garment. Stitches are removed in stages over the period of a few weeks unless absorbable sutures are used and they disappear on their own over several weeks. Swelling and discoloration will occur and you may experience loss of sensation in the nipple area and this may take up to a year to return to normal. You should be able to resume your normal activities after several weeks. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow their instructions for the best outcome.