Enhancing with a Breast Lift: Mastopexy
Breast augmentation is a common cosmetic procedure that we hear about all of the time — but what about breast lifts? While breast augmentation is a procedure that is done to specifically enlarge the breasts, a breast lift, also known as mastopexy, works with what you’ve already got, as it lifts and reshapes sagging or drooping breasts.
Unlike breast augmentation, its aim is to change the shape and contour of the breasts, not to alter their size.
So… how do you know if a breast lift is the better option for you? Here’s how!
Ideal candidates include those with breasts that are pendulous but adequate in size, breasts that lack substance or firmness, nipples and areolas that point downward, breasts that appear uneven where they sit, breasts that are not equal in size, or breasts that are relatively small. If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure. It is recommended that those who are not finished with childbearing and breastfeeding wait until they are to undergo the procedure. If you plan to have children, you may want to postpone cosmetic breast surgery, as pregnancy may stretch the breasts and reduce their volume, compromising surgery benefits.
In most cases, breast lift surgery takes between 1-3 hours. There are several surgical techniques for breast lift surgery, but the most commonly used involves an incision around the natural shape of the breast defining the area of excess breast skin that will be removed.
After the removal of the excess breast skin, repositioning of the areola to a higher spot on the breast occurs, followed by the skin being positioned around the areola and the creation of the new breast shape. Stitches will be placed following the shape of the incision around the areola, down from the nipple, and sometimes below the breasts.
Women with only slight breast sagging and particularly small breasts can often undergo a doughnut (concentric) breast lift. This technique involves circular incisions around the areola and a piece of skin in the shape of a doughnut is removed. The breast skin that was around the nipple is then repositioned and brought together to form the newly shaped breast. In the cases of an implant insertion during breast lift surgery, the implant will be inserted either directly below the breast tissue or beneath the muscle of the chest wall. Dr. Kaplan will discuss these options during your breast lift consultation in his offices conveniently located in Edgewater and Montvale, NJ.
After your breast lift surgery, you will most likely experience some bruising and swelling, but it should not be extremely uncomfortable. Dr. Kaplan will prescribe pain-relieving medication in case you need it.
The first few days following your surgery you will wear a surgical bra over the bandages on your breasts. Stitches will come out in 1 to 2 weeks following your breast lift surgery. You might notice some loss of sensation in your nipples and the skin of your breasts. This is usually caused by the swelling following the surgery and, in most cases, disappears over 5 to 6 weeks. In some cases, however, loss of sensation may last several months or a year, and in very rare instances can be permanent.
You should anticipate not returning to work for roughly about a week following your surgery depending on your job requirements. You should also be careful not to do any lifting above your head or participate in sports/strenuous physical activity for about a month. Dr. Kaplan will give you detailed instructions to follow before and after surgery. It is important to the recovery and healing process to follow these instructions closely.
To learn more about a Breast Lift treatment with The Kaplan Center or to request a consultation at our New York City, Edgewater, please call our office to discuss your options.