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Here at Modern Surgical Arts, we understand all the reasons that you may need a breast lift. There are various reasons you may need a breast lift such as weight or gravity – ligaments in the breasts stretch and cause the breasts to sag over time; this is natural for everyone as they age. The skin of the breasts can stretch and lose its elasticity due to fluctuations in weight. Pregnancy is also a major reason – during pregnancy, the breasts gets heavier and fuller. As such, the ligaments in the breasts may stretch. In some cases, genetics play a part in causing the breasts to deviate from its desired position too soon in an individual’s life.
While this effective procedure has brought many individuals a solution to their breast concerns, our first priority here at Modern Surgical Arts is your health; we will ensure that any procedure you undertake is right for you and also that you have all the right information to make the best choice available to you. Read on to learn more about breast lift or you can book a consultation with us right away.
What Is a Breast Lift?
The medical term for breast lift is mastopexy. A mastopexy is a procedure done to reduce sagging and raise the nipples and areolas to a higher position. This gives a natural and youthful look to the breasts. You may want to consider this procedure, as opposed to breast augmentation, if you have extreme drooping. This service can be paired with breast augmentation, which we offer here at Modern Surgical Arts of Denver. Note though that a breast lift doesn’t cater to size but rather position, while the augmentation does for size. So, be mindful of that when deciding which procedure you’d like (if not both).
What’s the procedure?
There are four types of breasts lifts or mastopexy. The peri-areolar, the vertical breast lift, the anchor breast lift and the crescent breast lift. You can discuss these types with your surgeon to see which is best for you. Kindly let us know what your issues and goals are so that we can recommend accordingly.
The peri-areolar refers to the incision that is made around the outer edge of the patient’s areola. This procedure results in minimal scarring and is recommended to patients with small amount of sagging.
The vertical breast lift refers to a circular incision around the areola, then a vertical incision made downward from the bottom of the circular incision. This technique is sometimes referred to as the ‘lollipop lift’ and is recommended to an individual that needs to have moderate sagging reduced.
The crescent breast life refers to a procedure where a single incision is made along the top edge of the areola. This procedure reduces minimal sagging and results in almost invisible scarring.
Anchor breast lifts are recommended to reduce medium and large sagging. The procedure consists of a circular incision around the areola, a vertical incision downward from the circle and finally, another incision horizontally along the bottom of the breast.
Is this procedure right for you?
For any procedure, Modern Surgical Arts will always have your best interests at heart and as such, our professional and experienced surgeons will conduct an extensive analysis of your medical history to ensure this is right for you and which procedure is the best choice for you. You can come in at any time for a consultation — this will give the surgeon more information to better advise you. The surgeon will be able to carry out an examination, see the extent of your concerns, and give realistic impressions of the outcome expected from the procedure.
A pencil test is one way to determine if breast lift is the procedure for you. You do this by inserting a pencil as high as possible in the breast fold (be careful not to hurt your breasts). If it holds then there’s a sign of sagging, which is natural as you age. What you are looking for is the level of sagging. If you notice you’re falling below the pencil, then that’s a higher level of sagging and might indicate that a breast lift is the procedure you require to meet your goals. You might require a breast lift if one breast is lower than the other or if your nipples are pointing downwards.
Below are pointers for you to consider as it relates to being a good candidate for breast lift. You want to advise your surgeon of any of the below if not mentioned prior. Transparency is important so that we can let you know the right options for you and provide the best care.
You are also a good candidate if:
- Your breasts are fully developed.
- You are generally in good health.
- You are a non-smoker. You probably saw or will see this mentioned with each cosmetic procedure. This is noted because smoking interrupts your body’s healing and might pose risks or complications.
- You maintain a stable weight
What are the possible risks?
All surgical procedures have some risks associated with them, but with preparation and information, these risks can be avoided. Modern Surgical Arts professionals will ensure that all precautions are taken into consideration to provide you with the best health care. We will also educate you about common risks associated with surgical procedures, not just on this webpage but in person when doing a consultation and procedure with us. During your consultation, we’ll speak more about these risks and examine your medical history to advise you accordingly.
Some risks include:
Breastfeeding difficulties after the procedure may arise, in that it’s possible to breastfeed, however, there may be some difficulty in the amount that is produced.
Loss of the nipples or areolae is a very rare risk, where due to the surgery not enough blood flow to the nipple was restored. Therefore, the tissues in the nipples are damaged causing a partial or total loss.
Asymmetry of size and shape may be visible after the healing process as one breast may heal differently from the other.
Change in sensation may arise in that some numbness can be permanent. Total sensation gradually returns as the breasts heal and, in most cases, the erotic sensation is not affected.
Scarring will be the most permanent risk; however, these scars will fade over time, usually within two years. Poor healing can also cause scars to be more visible. You can improve your skin’s elasticity with your skin care regime.
Our professional and experienced team will manage risks, and it is important you are in the best health to take on the procedure of your choice so that you can make a speedy recovery. During our consultation, you can let us know your concerns and we’ll address accordingly.
What to expect after the procedure?
First, a realistic outcome from the procedure is to be expected; your surgeon will advise you on what changes can be achieved in regard to the size of the breast. If you also desire a fuller look for your breasts, then a breast lift should be paired with another form of breast surgery to achieve the desired outcome. A breast lift can return the shape and position of the breasts and nipples to a more desired and youthful position with some fullness.
After the procedure, your breasts will be covered with gauze, there will be some swelling and bruising for a couple of weeks. As the pain medication subsides, there will be pain and soreness at the incision sites; these effects will gradually reduce through the healing process.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before this procedure, a mammogram is required. Form an examination, your doctor usually recommends a baseline mammogram. The mammogram will aid our expert team in seeing the formation of breast tissue. Its recommended that the patient stops smoking for any procedure such as this; smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and as a result, slows down the healing process. Its recommended that smoking is stopped before surgery and also allow for full recovery before smoking is resumed.
Certain medications should be avoided, such as anti-inflammatory drugs; These can cause increased bleeding and prevent a speedy recovery. Patients should maintain a healthy weight during this process; overweight or underweight individuals may have increased risks associated with this procedure. Patients should also prepare to have someone assist them through this process; from taking them to the medical facility and along the recovery journey. Our medical staff is always available for you; we encourage that you report to us if there are any complications, we will help you to resolve them.
What to expect after the procedure?
After a breast lift, you should allow healing for about two weeks before engaging in sexual activity. Our professional staff will inform you when or if stitches are to be removed. While some stitches are designed to dissolve, your doctor must remove others a couple of weeks after the procedure. It is recommended that you continue wearing surgical support for the breasts for up to 4 weeks after the procedure, to ensure all wounds are healed and to prevent any tearing. You doctor may have placed drainage tubes near incisions; these tubes prevent the build-up of fluid and aids in the healing process. Your doctor will remove them a few days after the procedure. Keep breasts covered and protected during this recovery process.
How long does a breast lift last?
The lifeline of a breast lift is dependent on several things such health, age, diet, genetics, and more. It is also dependent on the surgical technique. So, it’s important to get a professional who has experience and training. For some people, it lasts years with only a few minor revisions necessary. It also helps when you take care of your skin. You can improve your skin’s elasticity when you do so. Don’t overexpose your skin to the sun. Use sunscreen. Take Vitamin C and E supplements. Your surgeon can tell you more about this.
Ready for a consultation? Schedule one now. You’ll meet with our board-certified cosmetic surgeons who’ll listen to your concerns, understand your goals and provide professional guidance. Modern Surgical Arts is built on decades of experience, expertise and care for our patients. You’ll be in good hands. Reach out to us should you need to know about any of our services. You can also explore the other services we offer on this website. We are looking forward to meeting and serving you!