Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
General Procedure Information
Weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding, and aging can affect the shape and volume of the breasts. Over time, gravity takes its toll. The breasts tend to droop and sag. Some women may feel that their breasts have deflated, and excess skin still remains. The nipples may point downward and cleavage is lost. Some women may find it difficult to forego wearing a bra without feeling uncomfortable.
A mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, addresses these concerns. After this procedure, the breasts are restored to a more youthful, perky appearance.
About the Surgery
The Procedure The technique and incision pattern used during a breast lift depends on a variety of factors such as the breast size and shape, the position of the areola, the degree of sagging, and skin elasticity. Breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to restore firmness and improve breast contour. The nipple is lifted to a natural, more youthful position. Enlarged areolas can be reduced at this time if a patient desires this. Excess skin is removed. Breast implants can be inserted during this procedure if a patient wants to add volume for a fuller look.
Submuscular essentially means that the implant is placed in a pocket under the pectoralis muscle. This location is generally acknowledged as the gold standard for breast augmentations. Having the implant under the muscle provides an extra layer of coverage which can create to a more natural look. Also it should be noted that there is a slightly, lesser degree of capsular contracture in the submuscular position.
There are some instances, however, where a subglandular position is chosen, and the implants are placed between the breast tissue and the chest muscle. This placement may be selected if the woman has an adequate amount of subcutaneous tissue to cover the implant, or possibly in other instances where the patient has ptosis and a double bubble type breast phenomenon.
After the implants are placed in the appropriate position, Dr. Breister Ghosh checks the breasts for symmetry before closing the incisions. Once she is satisfied with the results, incisions are meticulously closed in layers.
Procedure Length Approximately 3 hours under general anesthesia.
Surgery Location Accredited, outpatient surgical facility with the support of a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Recovery A compression bra is placed after surgery to provide support and help resolve swelling quicker. This bra is typically worn for about 4 weeks as the patient heals. During this time, patients should refrain from vigorous exercise. Patients should talk with Dr. Breister Ghosh about the physical demands of their job, but should usually plan for around 1-2 weeks off work.
Duration of Results Varies based the elasticity of a patient’s skin. A breast lift does not stop the effects of time, so further weight loss, pregnancies, breastfeeding, aging, & gravity continue to affect how the breasts look.