Breast Lift Complications & Recovery
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A breast lift (also known as a mastopexy), is a procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts. As a woman ages, skin loses some elasticity, which can cause the breasts to lose their natural shape and firmness. A breast lift procedure in Phoenix, AZ is designed to elevate the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. A breast lift may also be completed in conjunction with breast enlargement surgery (augmentation). Many hundreds of breast lifts have been done by Dr. Sacks in Phoenix, Arizona.
A breast lift can:
- Elevate the breasts due to sagging caused by the effects of aging and gravity.
- Firm the breasts if they have lost substance due to pregnancy and subsequent breast-feeding.
- Re-align your nipples/areolas if they point down or to the side.
- Bring back natural firmness after weight loss.
After a certain time has gone by after a breast lift, the lower portion of the breast may stretch out again (or bottom out) and this results in the breast losing upper fullness. An implant placed at the same time as the breast lift or after the breast lift can correct this lack of upper fullness so desired by many patients.
Tightening the skin with a breast lift while improving the appearance may actually reduce the bra size from that normally worn by the patient, so many patients choose to have a breast implant inserted as well.
What Happens When I Get a Breast Lift?
The breast lift surgical procedure usually takes one and a half to three hours. Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-like incision along the underside of the breast. The incision goes around the area where skin will be removed, thus defining where the nipple will be relocated.
When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved into a higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Excess skin below the nipple/areola area is also removed, usually resulting in an inverted T-shaped scar extending from the areola edge to the breast crease. The resultant scars have the shape of an anchor.
Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions and, therefore, less scarring. One such procedure is the concentric (or doughnut) mastopexy in which circular incisions are made around the areola and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed. Recent innovations in breast lift techniques include minimal incision techniques and nipple sensation-saving procedures.
Call Dr. Sacks in Phoenix, AZ today and see if a breast lift is right for you!