Arizona Cosmetic Surgery Offers Breast Lift Procedures in Phoenix
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.
Results may vary.
Generally, post-operative activity will require plenty rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. A supportive sports bra is applied immediately after surgery to help the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. The patient will need to wear the specialized sports bra for several weeks. Patients report minimal to moderate pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral pain medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by Dr. Sacks and his caring staff.
Complications of Breast lift
Swelling is temporary and is alleviated by frequent use of ice packs
Bruising is seen at times, is temporary and is also helped by the use of ice packs
Pain is usually mild to moderate and assisted by Pain Medications prescribed by Dr. Sacks. This should diminish after a few days
Numbness may occur in the nipple/areola area or the skin of the breast and is usually temporary but may take months to fully recover
Infection is rare as the patient is started on antibiotics prior to surgery and continued after the surgery
Asymmetry may be slight after surgey but every effort is made to keep the breasts as alike as possible
Scars can be prominent in some patients and is related to their individual healing characteristics and skin pigmentation. Over time all scars improve but sometimes injections into the scar or revision may be needed
Sagging can re-occur after years causing some loss of fullness in the upper part of the breast although the position of the nipple does not change much. This slight looseness in the bottom portion of the breast can easily be corrected with a much simpler 2nd operation but can be offset and delayed by using a breast implant at the time of the initial breast lift (mastopexy)
Prices of Breast Lift (Mastopexy) will vary within a range because of some variables such as whether an implant will be needed or not and if that implant is silicone or saline. The cost of breast lift (Mastopexy) will also vary with the type of anesthesia chosen.
Range of price for Breast lift (Mastopexy): $4750-8500 as of March 2013 Please note the final cost can only be determined after examination and discussion with the patient
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