Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
As we age, the effects of gravity on our bodies becomes evident. Most people know that the constant pull of gravity contributes to the development of wrinkles; however, gravity affects other areas of the body as well, including the breasts. As time passes, the effect of gravity on the bust leads to drooping. Other factors that contribute to drooping breasts (ptosis) include rapid weight loss, pregnancy and nursing. The good news is that a drooping bust can be addressed by the surgeons at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, near Miami, with a breast lift (mastopexy).
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure that is designed to raise the breasts higher on the chest. Once the breasts begin to droop, the skin loosens and the breast tissue stretches. During a breast lift, a surgeon will recontour a patient’s bust by lifting her breasts to a higher position on the chest, tightening the breast tissue and removing any excess skin. In addition, the size of the nipple-areola complexes is reduced and the nipples are repositioned so they face forward. This moving of the nipple-areola complexes and repositioning of the nipples is done without affecting their sensitivity. With a mastopexy, a surgeon can help the patient attain a smaller nipple-areola complex as well with nipples that face forward; providing the patient with shapely, firmer more youthful looking breasts.
The Potential Effects of Ptosis on a Woman’s Life
Many women who have ptosis are unhappy with the way they look, which has led to a decrease in their self-confidence levels. Due to their drooping breasts, these women may be unable to wear the clothes that they love and might even avoid wearing bathing suits. Since they do not feel desirable, these women may also avoid intimacy.
How a Breast Lift Can Improve a Woman’s Life
A breast lift can restore the confidence a woman felt about the way she looked before her breasts began to droop. Due to her restored self-assurance, she feels comfortable wearing the V-neck tops that were sitting in the back of her closet again. She will be able to head to the beach in her favorite swimsuit without a second thought. Since her breasts look more youthful and feel firmer, she feels sexier. Now that she feels desirable, more intimate encounters with her partner are likely.
Who Should Consider Having a Breast Lift?
If your bust droops or your breasts appear elongated and your nipples point towards the floor, you should consider a breast lift. Also, if your breasts are not as firm as they used to be, you may be an excellent candidate for a mastopexy. It is important to note that a breast lift will not increase the size of your breasts. If you want to increase the size of your breasts, the procedure you should consider is a breast augmentation (breast implant surgery). If you would like to reduce the size of your breasts, a breast reduction is the surgical procedure that accomplishes this.
Some women choose to have a breast lift and a breast augmentation or a breast lift and a breast reduction during the same surgical session. If you are interested in a combination procedure, please be sure to let your surgeon know during your complimentary initial consultation at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, near Miami.
Your Complimentary Initial Consultation at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, Near Miami
Please bring a list of your current medications and supplements as well as information about any previous surgeries you have had with you on the day of your consultation. In addition, if you have any allergies to medications or latex, please let us know at this time.
Your surgeon will want to know about your medical history, especially as it relates to your breasts. The surgeon needs to know if you or a family member has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer. Please know when and where your last mammogram was performed so that you can tell your surgeon. Your surgeon will want to attain those results before your breast lift procedure near Miami.
During the initial consultation, please feel free to talk openly with your surgeon about what you would like to accomplish. By being candid, your surgeon will be able to determine which breast procedure would benefit you the most. Consider jotting down a few questions ahead of time and bringing them with you.
The surgeon will examine your breasts to determine the quality of the skin and the degree of sagging that needs to be addressed.
After your breast examination is complete, your surgeon will be able to discuss which procedure will provide you with the results you desire. Recovery times, risks and limitations of the recommended procedure will also be discussed. If you decide to move forward with a procedure, the surgeon will begin creating your surgical plan.
Photographs may be taken – these photos are considered part of your medical record; therefore, they are confidential and will not be shown to anyone else. These photographs are used by your surgeon as a tool while creating your surgical plan.
If you are 41 years of age or older, you will need to have an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) before your mastopexy. If you are 35 years or older, you may need to have a mammogram. You may also need to have blood tests and a physical examination before a breast lift can be performed.
Preparing for a Breast Lift at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, Near Miami
If you use tobacco and/or other products that contain nicotine, the first thing you need to do is stop using these products. Nicotine inhibits the body’s ability to heal itself by constricting the blood vessels, which reduces the amount of nutrition-filled, oxygen-carrying blood that can reach the areas of the body where tissues are trying to heal. You need to stop using nicotine-containing products, diet pills and products that contain aspirin for at least two weeks before your procedure.
Ask someone you trust to drive you to and from Strax Rejuvenation on the day of your procedure, and to remain with you for at least 48 hours. If you have small children or pets, it is best to see if a close friend or family member can watch them for you (at his or her home) the day of, and the day after your procedure. Asking someone you feel comfortable with to stay with you to help you for about a week is recommended.
If you take prescription medications, make sure that you have what you need before you have your surgery. Look into scar-minimizing products and consider purchasing one so you have it when your surgeon says you can start applying it.
Create Yourself a Recovery Area
Once you return home, you will want to rest. So, the best thing you can do for yourself now is create an at-home recovery area. Unless a patient has an adjustable bed, most patients create their recovery areas in a room that has a recliner or a couch to sleep on. A recliner is nice because you will be sleeping at a 30- to 40-degree angle for up to 10 days.
Your recovery area should have everything you need within easy reach. Make sure you will not have to bend, reach forward or raise your hands above your head to pick any of these items up.
Have some extra pillows on hand: That way, if you need to cough or sneeze, you can hold them against your chest.
If you do not have a side table or the one you have sits too low, place a TV tray next to the area where you will be sitting.
On this tray you should have:
- Your remotes (with fresh batteries installed).
- A landline phone.
- Facial tissues.
- A few healthy snacks.
- Your medications.
- Bottles of water (frozen the night before and set out before surgery to thaw).
- Your cell phone (and charger).
- A small garbage can beneath the tray.
- Anything else you think you may need.
Your Pre-Op Appointment at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, Near Miami
If applicable, your surgeon will discuss your test results as well as specifics related to your upcoming procedure (e.g., incision placement and anesthesia). You will most likely sign the paperwork for your surgery at this appointment. As always, please feel free to ask questions.
A Breast Lift: Incision Patterns and Techniques
A breast lift can be performed using several different approaches. After your initial consultation and physical examination, your surgeon will determine which approach will serve you best.
The factors considered when determining which incision pattern and technique will be used include the:
- Position of the areolas.
- Size of the areolas.
- Size and shape of the breasts.
- Quality of the skin.
- Amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
- Elasticity of the skin.
- Degree of breast sagging.
The three incision options are:
- The Areola Incision–is created by encircling the areola.
- The Lollipop Incision (Keyhole Incision)–is created by encircling the areola and then vertically moving down the center of the breast towards the crease located at its base. This type of incision is used for women who have moderate drooping.
- The Anchor Incision–is created by encircling the areola, vertically moving down the center of the breast to the crease at its base and then creating an incision along the crease. The Anchor Incision is used when a woman has a significant amount of loose skin and would like to combine her mastopexy with a breast reduction.
A Breast Lift Procedure at Strax Rejuvenation Near Miami: What to Expect
At Strax Rejuvenation, a mastopexy is an outpatient procedure; therefore, barring any unexpected complication, you will be permitted to go home directly after your procedure. You will receive anesthesia and because this medication remains in your system for up to 24 hours, you will not be permitted to drive for that length of time. You will need to bring a driver to escort you home and then remain with you for at least 48 hours following your surgery. At Strax Rejuvenation, for safety reasons, we do not permit our patients to use public transportation or any other kind of for-hire-driving service to take them home following surgical procedures requiring the use of anesthesia or sedation.
A mastopexy typically lasts about two hours; however, patients who are having a combination procedure will be spending more time in the surgical suite. For these patients, the procedures being performed will determine how long their surgery will take.
Breast Lift Procedure Steps
Eight hours before your procedure, you are to have nothing by mouth – no eating or drinking. If you take medication, talk to your surgeon ahead of time to see if you can take your medication with a sip of water.
Remember to bring a loose top with you that buttons or zips in front because you will not want to raise your arms up over your head to put a shirt on after surgery.
1. Anesthesia is Administered
You will receive general anesthesia or intravenous sedation: Your surgeon will discuss your anesthesia options with you prior to your procedure.
2. The Incision is Created
The surgeon creates one of the three incisions used during a breast lift procedure. The incision used is the one that best suits the characteristics of your breasts and the procedures being performed. The surgeon will discuss incision placement with you prior to your mastopexy procedure.
3. The Surgeon Reshapes the Breasts
To improve the firmness and contour of the breast, the tissue is lifted and then reshaped.
4. The Nipple and Areola are Relocated
The nipple and areola are carefully moved to a more youthful-looking position on the breast. In most cases, the surgeon can leave the nerves attached to the nipple-areola complex. If the nipple remains attached to the breast tissue, breastfeeding is possible; however, when lifting very large breasts, the patient’s nipple-areola complex may have to be completely removed and then transplanted to a position that is higher on the breast. Unfortunately, breastfeeding after completely removing and then transplanting the nipple and areola is unlikely.
5. The Nipple-Areola Complex is Reduced
The size of the nipple-areola complex is reduced by excising the excess skin from around its perimeter.
6. Overstretched Skin is Removed
To compensate for the loss of skin elasticity, the extra, overstretched skin is removed.
7. Incision Closure
Once the reshaping of the breasts is complete, the surgeon begins closing the incisions. To ensure the breasts have the support they need, the surgeon layers sutures deep within the tissues of the breast.
Surgical tape, adhesives and/or sutures may all be used to bring the skin together. As these incisions are closed, the skin tightens. The incision lines will be visible; however, with time, they do fade. The severity of a patient’s scars depends on the amount of correction that was necessary as well as her genetic susceptibility to raised dermal scarring.
The experienced surgeons at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida, near Miami, strategically place all breast lift incisions in areas that will be concealed by clothing.
You may receive an elastic bandage or a surgical bra, which is worn continuously (except for while showering or bathing) for up to four weeks after your mastopexy procedure. These garments help reduce swelling while providing additional support for the breasts.
Although results are visible right away, your final results will become evident over the next few months. Since your breasts are firmer and rounder, your bra size may actually decrease.
The Recovery Area
You will remain in the recovery area until you are awake enough to be released to your driver. The surgeons at Strax Rejuvenation request that their patients ask someone they trust to stay with them for at least the first 48 hours after their breast lift.
Once your anesthesia wears off, you will be uncomfortable; however, you will receive medication to relieve this discomfort. The majority of women who have breast lifts only require pain medication during the first 24 hours following surgery.
Before you leave, your nurse will give you instructions detailing how to care for your breasts, what activities you need to avoid, best sleeping positions as well as techniques to use while showering and bathing.
Your nurse will let you know what signs and symptoms warrant a visit to the emergency room or require a call to the office.
In addition, the nurse may schedule your follow-up visit at this time.
You may receive prescriptions for pain medication and/or antibiotics, please be sure to fill any prescriptions right away. Always take the medication as directed. Waiting too long to take your pain medication can lead to unnecessary pain; whereas, taking additional pain medication will cause you to run out of your medication too soon.
Your surgeon may have placed a small, thin tube beneath the skin at your surgical site. This is temporary and is used to help drain excess fluid or blood from the surgical site; thus, keeping it from accumulating inside the site.
Your At-Home Recovery
If you have small children and/or pets that roam free, you should ask someone you trust to care for them the day of and the day after your mastopexy procedure. Once your pets and children return home, having someone to help you care for them for the first week following your surgery is recommended: Especially if you have a baby and/or toddler, since you will not be able to pick your child up.
To reduce the risk of developing blood clots, you are encouraged to walk around your home throughout the day.
You should expect your breasts to be bruised, swollen and sore for about two weeks. Wearing the surgical bra or elastic bandage you were given will help with the healing process as well as reduce the pain you may be experiencing.
Numbness in the nipples and breasts is normal following a breast lift, but these symptoms should disappear within three months’ time. If the numbness persists, you need to return for a follow-up appointment.
While you recover, you need to avoid straining, bending and lifting (including small children and animals) until your surgeon clears you to perform these tasks.
Unless your instruction sheet says something different, you should be able to shower the day after your surgery. Just remember to carefully remove your surgical bra or elastic bandage before your shower and put it back on afterwards: You may need assistance with this task.
Most patients can return to their normal activities, including work, within a week or two.
You need to refrain from lifting items above your head and raising your arms for at least two weeks after your mastopexy procedure.
Heavy lifting and exercise must be avoided for at least four weeks.
Any discomfort associated with your breast lift procedure should be gone once you reach six weeks post-op.
- During the healing process, your incisions must not be subjected to movement, scratching or excessive force. If inflammation is present, you may have an infection. Contact your surgeon right away so this can be addressed.
- Visible incisions that scar is normal; however, as time passes, these will lighten and reduce in size. If a scar is particularly unattractive, surgical revision may be possible.
- One of the most important things you can do to help diminish your scars is avoid exposing your incisions (scar) to UV rays. By exposing your incisions to UV rays, including those emitted by tanning beds, you could cause the incisions to darken, permanently.
- You should expect your scars to change over time: They will initially appear as thin, pink lines, then they will become red, eventually flattening and then fading. There are some scar-lightening creams on the market that may help reduce their visibility. Some of the silicone products have positive reviews.
- Your scar will be completely healed within 12 to 18 months.
Maintaining Your Mastopexy Results
Your results will be long-lasting; however, over time, your breasts will continue to be affected by gravity and the natural aging process. You can maintain your new look longer if you follow your surgeon’s instructions, live a healthy lifestyle and avoid excessive weight gain. In addition, significant weight loss and pregnancy can negatively affect the results achieved with a breast lift.
Limitations and Risks Associated with a Breast Lift Procedure
- Patients who fail to follow the post-op recommendations and/or continue using products that contain nicotine may be setting themselves up to experience more complications.
- Whenever anesthesia is used, there is always concern related to an adverse reaction. Adverse reactions can span from mild post-operative nausea to severe allergic reactions.
- A hematoma is a small collection of blood that has accumulated directly beneath the skin. If the hematoma continues to increase in size, drainage, aspiration or surgical removal may be necessary.
- Excessive bleeding is always a concern during surgery.
- Infection is another serious concern. In the event of an infection, the body’s ability to heal itself may be affected. Left untreated, skin necrosis (death of the tissue) may result.
- The breasts may appear uneven, or the nipples may look as if their placement is incorrect.
- Having an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon at Strax Rejuvenation perform your breast lift decreases the likelihood that you will experience a problem during and after your procedure.
- Patients who have severely drooping breasts must have a lot of skin tissue removed, which leaves them with breasts that are much smaller than they expected. However, an experienced surgeon who is familiar with performing mastopexy procedures will be able to estimate the size the breast will be following the procedure. If the estimated size is too small, the patient may want to consider having a breast augmentation and mastopexy performed simultaneously.
Will My Insurance Company Pay for a Breast Lift?
In the majority of cases, unless a breast lift is performed as part of a mastectomy reconstruction, a mastopexy is not considered a medical necessity; therefore, insurance companies do not cover it. However, you should contact your insurance company to find out what costs you will be responsible for.
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About Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
Sagging breasts develop from aging skin that loses elasticity, after pregnancy, and when women lose weight. No matter why your breasts have lost their natural shape, a breast lift performed by plastic surgeons at Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill and Sunrise, Florida, can safely remove excess skin and tighten tissues to give you a renewed breast contour. If you’re considering a breast lift, contact the office for a consultation so the team of expert surgeons can answer your questions and determine if this procedure will make the changes you desire.
Breast Lift Procedure
The corrective procedure to alleviate the prolapsation – otherwise known as sagging – of the female bust is most prominently known as breast lift surgery. Commonly referred to within medical circles as mastopexy, the breast augmentation procedure (mammoplasty) was designed to correct the size, elevation, and contour of the bust.
Over time, the female bust tends to lose its natural elasticity and begins to sag or droop in direct response to:
- Recent Pregnancy
- Rapid Weight Loss
The most critical consideration among surgeons when performing this corrective surgery is the tissue viability of the nipple-areola complex (NAC), which is vital towards ensuring properly functioning sensitivity in anticipation of future lactation and breastfeeding. This is closely scrutinized so that the final results look and feel as natural as possible.
How do I know if a breast lift procedure is right for me?
It is natural for the female bust to lose its natural elasticity over time, sagging as the body ages. Many females choose to address the issue sooner than others, choosing a corrective, surgical measure in order to re-contour a loose, drooping bust while reconstructing their confidence and enhancing their self-image.
What is involved with a breast lift procedure?
Beautiful weather typically comes with beautiful bodies, so the breast lift in Florida is a frequently requested procedure among woman whose bust is not aesthetically proportionate to their wants and needs. The tissue viability of the nipple-areola complex (NAC) is the most critical consideration for your surgeon, as it is what ensures properly functioning sensitivity for future lactation and breastfeeding. The NAC is closely scrutinized so that the final results look and feel as natural as possible. In addition, the more severe the sagging, the higher the nipple-areola complex must be raised in order to properly balance the aesthetic hemisphere of the breast itself.
Various factors come into play when choosing which procedure is right for which patient. Our honesty, integrity, and drive towards nothing short of excellence have resulted in tens of thousands of success stories for patients throughout Florida. Breast lift procedures are common practice among our expert surgical staff, so call for a free consultation regarding your candidacy, corrective options, the surgery itself, and recovery procedures.
*Individual Results May Vary