Pregnancies, breastfeeding, aging, weight fluctuations, and gravity all contribute to the sagging of a woman’s breasts. A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure designed to reshape sagging breasts and raise them to a more aesthetically pleasing level on the chest. This procedure removes excess, lax skin and repositions the nipples to create a more youthful appearance.
Breast Lift Process
- Dr. Morales will examine your medical history and ensure that you are a candidate for a breast lift.
- He will assess your extent of breast sagging to determine the appropriate technique.
- You will review before and after photos to get an idea of what your results will look like.
- Pre-surgery guidelines will be given. Refrain from smoking for at least four weeks before and after your surgery.
- This is the most common incision used in breast lift surgery.
- Three incisions are made: one is a partial or full incision around the areola, the next is a vertical incision that extends down from the areola to the breast crease, and the final is a horizontal incision along the breast crease.
- This technique allows for the greatest amount of correction to sagging breasts.
Donut, or Concentric, Incision
- This incision is ideal for patients with a lesser degree of sagging.
- A partial or full incision is made around the areola.
- There is no vertical incision or incision made along the breast crease.
- This incision offers less scarring but cannot achieve the level of correction that may be necessary for more advanced stages of sagging.
- Breast lift surgery addresses loose skin but does not address the loss of breast volume.
- Breast implants can restore lost volume to increase the size of naturally small breasts.
- If overly large breasts are a cause of sagging, breast reduction can reduce the size for a more balanced appearance.
- Excess breast tissue is removed prior to the removal of excess skin.
This procedure traditionally takes between one and three hours to complete and is typically an outpatient procedure. An overnight stay may be recommended if the surgery takes longer. General anesthesia is used for this procedure. During the surgery, Dr. Morales removes any excess skin through the necessary incisions and repositions the nipples to a more elevated and symmetrical position, ensuring that results maintain a natural appearance.
Bandages and a compression garment will reduce swelling in the initial days. You can expect to be sore for several days, and swelling can linger for a couple of weeks. Oral pain medication can remedy any discomfort. Proper rest and limited upper body and chest movement will speed the healing process and recovery time. Most patients return to work within five to seven days, and strenuous exercise can be resumed after four weeks.
The cost of your breast lift will depend on the extent of the surgery and techniques used as well as anesthesia costs, facility fees, and surgeon’s fees. Dr. Morales and his team will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
You will begin to notice the results immediately after your surgery. However, as swelling will be present, the final results can take weeks, or even months, to show. The results of your breast lift will be long lasting as long as there are no additional pregnancies or significant weight changes, as these can alter the shape of the breasts. A breast lift will not stop the natural progression of aging.
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Before & After
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Frequently Asked Questions
Candidates for breast lift surgery experience dissatisfaction with the sagging and excess skin that has accumulated on their breasts due to aging, pregnancies, and breastfeeding. Candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of their results.
Although rare, possible risks associated with breast lift surgery include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Loss of nipple or breast sensation
- Unfavorable scarring
- Breast asymmetry
There is no requirement saying that you must wait until after you have had children. However, additional pregnancies and breastfeeding may alter or undo the results of your surgery. It is for this reason that Dr. Morales suggests waiting until after you are finished having children to undergo a breast lift.
Dr. Morales has over 10 years of experience performing breast lifts. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).