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Breast lift surgery (mastopexy)A breast lift surgery, medically termed mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery that enhances breast contour and overall profile by raising and restoring saggy or drooping breasts. As women age, their breast tissue loses elasticity due to a combination of factors, such as gravity, genetics, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In some instances, the areola grows undesirably large and mastopexy can correct this as well. Breast lifts are commonly performed with breast augmentation procedures to restore volume and firmness for a youthful appearance. Breast lift results are immediate and long lasting.
The surgical processA breast lift surgery is typically performed in an ambulatory facility or an outpatient surgical suite. The procedure can take three to four hours and is done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.
The surgeon will apply the appropriate incision technique based upon individual patient breast size, shape, severity of sagging and desired outcome. Incisions may be placed around the areola only for minor lifts, around the areola and down the center of the breast (circumvertical or lollipop) for a more significant elevation of the nipple or around the nipple down the center of the breast and in the breast fold (inverted T or Anchor lift). After the proper incisions are made, the breast tissue is lifted and excess skin is removed. The areola is usually reduced for a more attractive appearance. Permanent sutures are used to close the incision lines.
Breast lift recoveryAfter your Mastopexy surgery is complete, you will remain closely monitored in a recovery room where gauze dressings and a surgical bra will be applied to control swelling and discomfort. Dr. Kessler does not use drainage tubes in primary mastopexy surgeries.
Dr. Kessler will prescribe medications for pain control both in the outpatient facility and at home. You will be able to go home the same day. Sutures are removed on the fifth and tenth day after surgery.
While most breast lift patients can return to work within one week, it is important to rest on the back and avoid any upper body exercise or pressure on the breasts for approximately one month. Mild discomfort and/or temporary sensation loss in the breast skin is common and can last for up to a year but there should be no sensory loss of the nipples.
+^02 How is a breast lift performed?
There are 3 breast lift techniques depending on the degree of nipple elevation and breast reshaping that is required. Breast lifts will have one of three final incisions: periareola incision (circling around the nipple), progressing to periareolar then down the center of the breast, and finally periareolar with the vertical incision as well as horizontally along the breast crease – in an inverted T-shape. From here, Dr. Kessler will remove the excess tissue and skin, reposition the nipple and areola, then suture the breast in position.
+^05 What type of anesthesia is used during a breast lift?
A Breast Lift is performed under general anesthesia.
+^08 What can i expect from the breast lift recovery?
The recovery of a Breast Lift will take between seven and ten days. Initially, there will be some swelling, bruising, and numbness, although these will resolve over the first few weeks. A soft support bra will be required to ensure the breasts heal appropriately.
+^11 Will a breast lift leave scars?
Yes, a Mastopexy will leave visible scarring on the breast, around the areola and along the breast crease. Most women, however, are so pleased with the improvements from their Breast Lift they are not bothered by the scarring. Generally speaking the periareolar and vertical scars fade nicely over time and the inframammary incision is hidden by the breast.
+^12 Can i finance my breast lift?
Kessler Plastic Surgery accepts cash and credit, as well as the option of medical financing through CareCredit. The Breast Lift procedure may be financed for no down payment, and no interest for the first twelve months. The application for CareCredit can be submitted online to receive instant approval.