Savannah Breast Lift
Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
If your breasts are small or have lost volume--for example, after pregnancy-- breast augmentation
in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size. If you're considering a breast lift, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure--when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don't understand.
The best candidates for breast lift
A breast lift can enhance
your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily
change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat
you differently. Before you decide to have cosmetic surgery, think
carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally-stable women who
are realistic about what the cosmetic surgery can accomplish. The best
results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts.
Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long
in heavy breasts.
Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy
and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their
breasts. However, if you're planning to have more children, it may be a
good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special
risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually
doesn't interfere with breast-feeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch
your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
breast lift is not a simple operation, but it's normally safe when
performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any
surgery, there is always a possibility of complications or a reaction
to the anesthesia. Be sure to discuss the risks and any concerns you may have with your surgeon.Planning your surgery
your initial consultation, it's important to discuss your expectations
frankly with your surgeon, and to listen to his or her opinion. Every
patient--and every physician, as well--has a different view of what is
a desirable size and shape for breasts.
The surgeon will examine
your breasts and measure them while you're sitting or standing. He or
she will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure--such as
your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your
skin--and whether an implant is advisable. You should also discuss
where the nipple and areola will be positioned; they'll be moved higher
during the procedure, and should be approximately even with the crease
beneath your breast.
Your surgeon should describe the procedure
in detail, explaining its risks and limitations and making sure you
understand the scarring that will result. He or she should also explain
the anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will
be performed, and the costs involved.
Don't hesitate to ask your
doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your
expectations and concerns about the results.Preparing for your surgery
on your age and family history, your surgeon may require you to have a
mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery. You'll also get specific
instructions on how to prepare for cosmetic surgery, including
guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding
certain vitamins and medications.
While you're making
preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after
your surgery and to help you out for a few days if needed.Where your surgery will be performed
breast lift may be performed in a hospital, an outpatient surgery
center, or a surgeon's office-based facility. It's usually done on an
outpatient basis, for cost containment and convenience. If you're
admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, you can expect to stay one or
two days.Types of anesthesia
Breast lifts are usually
performed under general anesthesia, which means you'll sleep through
the operation. In selected patients--particularly when a smaller
incision is being made--the surgeon may use local anesthesia, combined
with a sedative to make you drowsy. You'll be awake but relaxed, and
will feel minimal discomfort.The surgery
usually takes one and a half to three and a half hours. Techniques
vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision
following the natural contour of the breast.
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.
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.
If you're having an implant inserted
along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly
under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall.After your surgery
surgery, you'll wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze
dressings. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for
a day or two, but the pain shouldn't be severe. Any discomfort you do
feel can be relieved with medications prescribed by your surgeon.
a few days, the bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft
support bra. You'll need to wear this bra around the clock for three to
four weeks, over a layer of gauze. The stitches will be removed after a
week or two.
If your breast skin is very dry following surgery,
you can apply a moisturizer several times a day. Be careful not to tug
at your skin in the process, and keep the moisturizer away from the
You can expect some loss of feeling in your
nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This
numbness usually fades as the swelling subsides over the next six weeks
or so. In some patients, however, it may last a year or more, and
occasionally it may be permanent.Getting back to normal
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
Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions for
resuming your normal activities. You may be instructed to avoid sex for
a week or more, and to avoid strenuous sports for about a month. After
that, you can resume these activities slowly. If you become pregnant,
the operation should not affect your ability to breast-feed, since your
milk ducts and nipples will be left intact.Your new look
surgeon will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as
possible. Still, it's important to remember that mastopexy scars are
extensive and permanent. They often remain lumpy and red for months,
then gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin
white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you
can wear even low-cut tops.
You should also keep in mind that a
breast lift won't keep you firm forever--the effects of gravity,
pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations will eventually take their
toll again. Women who have breast enlargement along with their breast
lift may find the results last longer.
Your satisfaction with a
breast lift is likely to be greater if you understand the procedure
thoroughly and if your expectations are realistic.Costs and financing
Please contact us
for more information about the cost for this procedure. Some plastic surgery procedures are covered by health insurance
. There are also several financing options
which may make your surgery affordable.