We all like to believe that our breasts are going to remain firm, perky, and sexy forever. Unfortunately, as we age and experience fluctuating hormones, the breasts can change drastically. Sagging, drooping breasts are an unfortunate but often inescapable side effect of the natural aging process, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, weight gain and loss, and simple hereditary. Luckily, breast ptosis, the medical term for sagging and drooping breasts, can be corrected through a surgical procedure known as a mastopexy, or breast lift. The goal of a mastopexy is to lift the breasts into a more youthful, perkier position by removing excess skin and tightening the natural tissue to create a more lifted profile.
The benefits of a breast lift include:
- Correct breast asymmetry
- Create a lifted, perky chest profile
- Enhance the appearance of enlarged or asymmetrical areolas
- Reposition nipples that point down instead of out
For women who are interested in augmenting the size of their breasts, as well as correcting ptosis, a mastopexy can involve the use of breast implants as well.
What Should I Expect Before and During My Breast Lift Surgery?
Your consultation will begin with a thorough breast exam to evaluate the severity of breast ptosis you are experiencing and discuss with you your aesthetic goals for the surgery and identify the most suitable breast-lift technique for correction based on the grade of your breast ptosis. He will then develop a customized surgical plan designed to achieve these goals. The four major types of lift include:
- Mild Ptosis—Crescent Lift (Nipple lift): removes a crescent-shaped piece of tissue from just above the areola, elevating the areola to an aesthetically pleasing position*
- Mild to Moderate Ptosis—Benelli Breast Lift (Donut mastopexy): removes of donut-shaped piece of tissue from around the areola, then re-attaches the breast tissue to the areola*
- Moderate Ptosis—Vertical Breast Lift (Lollipop breast lift): similar to the Benelli lift, but creates an additional incision vertically from beneath the areola down to the breast crease to create lift*
Severe Ptosis—Full Breast Lift (Anchor lift” or “Inverted-T lift): the most common type of lift, this procedure utilizes an anchor-shaped incision from the base of the areola
He will also assess your general medical health and medical history to plan your breastlift procedure. Part of this medical history requires that you provide candid answers to questions about your general state of health, including, a full disclosure of health history including any illness, prior surgery of any kind and complications from prior surgery. All types of allergies and any reaction to prior general anesthesia. Current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
Before surgery Dr. Adan will instruct you on the following:
- Stop smoking
- Stop taking certain types of medications that may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding.
Prior to the day of surgery, you may be asked to:
- Avoid eating or drinking anything within a defined time period.
On the day of surgery, a board certified Consultant Anaesthesiologist and a certified member of Platinum Surgery Center’s team will administer general anesthesia so you are completely comfortable throughout the entire procedure. A breast lift (with or without implants) usually takes between 1.5 and 3.5 hours under general anesthesia.
What should expect after my breast lift procedure?
Depending on the complexity of your procedure, you may require an overnight stay in our Short Stay Unit. You will be provided with a special support bra, which is worn for several weeks as directed by Dr. Adan. As with any major surgery, recovery will take time and it is imperative that you follow all postoperative instructions given to you by the staff at Platinum Surgery Center, to ensure you heal smoothly.
Weeks 1-3: During this time, you will experience some soreness, swelling, and bruising. Keeping your torso elevated, taking prescribed pain medications, and applying cold compresses as directed can help minimize discomfort. Unless you have a highly strenuous job, you can plan on returning to work within 10 to 14 days. After about two weeks, sutures will be removed. Be sure to avoid any vigorous activity and heavy lifting for several weeks.