While gravity plays an important role in our very existence on the planet, it may be one of the reasons your “perkiness” is heading south. Many women opt to reverse these effects by undergoing breast lift surgery. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure in which the breast is raised by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support a new contour. The surgical team at Regeneris Medical is here to answer your questions and help guide you as you consider undergoing this procedure.
As with any elective body-altering surgical procedure, make sure you are making decisions for yourself, not to please someone else, or to follow a certain image.
One of the most important things you can do before consenting to this procedure is to educate yourself about the risks, the procedure itself, and what results to expect. Keep in mind that everyone has different requirements and will need to meet different criteria; thus, it is essential to listen to your doctor to understand what is best for you.
Risks and Safety
The risks associated with breast lift surgery include, but are not limited to:
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding or hematoma formation
- Poor healing of incisions
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
- Breast asymmetry
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
You must decide if the risks and potential complications are acceptable to you.
After an in-depth consultation with your surgeon, you will be asked to have your blood drawn for lab testing. This is a precautionary step, ensuring no underlying medical conditions exist. You may be prescribed medication to take prior to your procedure, and may be asked to adjust or discontinue medication you are currently taking. If you smoke, you will need to stop, and you will be asked to avoid using aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, as both increase the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. Finally, being healthy and at a stable weight are essential to achieve an optimal outcome.
Step 1: Anesthesia will be administered, as determined by your surgical team.
Step 2: The incisions will be made. There are three common incisions used in breast lift surgery:
- Around the areola
- Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
- Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast
Step 3: Once the incisions have been made, reshaping then begins. The underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped, improving breast firmness and contour. The nipple and areola are re positioned in a natural, more youthful way. If necessary, enlarged areolas can be reduced by excising skin at the perimeter. Excess skin is then removed to compensate for loss of elasticity.
Step 4: The remaining skin is then tightened as the incisions are closed.
You will be able to see an immediate change in the contour and height of the breast. While there will be post-surgical swelling and obvious incision lines, both will fade over time. Some incision lines will be concealed by the natural breast contour, while those on the surface of the breast will still be visible. In most cases, however, those will significantly fade. While every woman desires to have the smallest incisions possible, your surgeon will recommend the best incision pattern for your anatomy.
It is essential to have realistic expectations before your breast lift occurs. Listen to the personalized advice of your surgeon. Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining your weight increase the long-term success of your procedure. While permanent, you may experience a change in your breasts due to aging and gravity.
Again, our team of highly qualified surgeons at Regeneris Medical is here to answers your questions and address any concerns you may have. We are invested in your care, and in providing the outcome you desire.