The breasts are an essential feature of a woman’s sense of femininity, so when a woman is disappointed with the appearance of her breasts, it can affect her overall confidence and self-image. Breast tissue can weaken over time, due to genetics, pregnancy, weight fluctuations or the aging process. Changes that occur can lead to mild or pronounced sagging and a body contour that is less than desirable. A surgical breast lift can effectively reverse these changes and restore a perkier, more youthful body profile.
What is Mastopexy?
A breast lift or mastopexy is a surgery designed to raise the breasts to a more attractive position on the chest wall. In addition to repositioning the breasts, the procedure can also reduce the size of the areolas and correct nipples that face downward to enhance the overall look of the breast. Dr. Lickstein can tailor this surgery to the specific concerns of each patient to produce a look that is proportionate, natural and beautiful.
Patients with breast sagging may also experience a loss in volume. To further enhance the outcome, many women choose to combine their breast lift with augmentation using implants. This procedure increases that size of the breasts while improving the shape and correcting potential asymmetries. Patients that combine these procedures can be more satisfied with their results, in addition to saving time and money over scheduling two separate surgeries. You and Dr. Lickstein can discuss the option of combining the procedure at your initial consultation to determine whether that is the right approach for you.
Who Can Benefit?
Ideal patients for breast lift surgery are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. A breast lift is not considered a weight-loss procedure and should only be performed on patients that have established a stable weight. It is also not recommended for women planning on having children in the future, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can significantly alter the results of the procedure.
Specific reasons a woman might consider a breast lift include:
Following pregnancy and months of breastfeeding, women are likely to develop sagging caused by breast deflation. Breast descent becomes even more pronounced in women who have had multiple pregnancies. Sagging, deflated breasts often negatively impact a woman’s self-esteem, particularly for mothers that are struggling to accept the toll pregnancy typically takes on the body. For these women, a breast lift with or without augmentation can help to restore their bodies and their self-confidence.
Because pregnancy can affect numerous areas of the body, including the breasts, a breast lift is often incorporated into a combination of surgeries known as a mommy makeover. This procedure usually includes the breast lift and augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction. The primary goal of the mommy makeover is to reverse the changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding and restore a woman’s pre-baby body as closely as possible.
Following Weight Loss
Weight fluctuations can significantly alter the appearance of your breasts, but not always in ways you desire. Even if you manage to reach your weight loss goals, the changes can lead to sagging breasts that lack an attractive shape or definition. This can be frustrating for many women since their poor breast shape doesn’t complement their new and improved physique. Restoring perky breasts can help to put the finishing touches on your weight loss efforts and provide you with the more sensual curves you were hoping to achieve with your weight reduction.
Significant weight loss can alter more than the position of the breasts. People that lose massive amounts of weight may have redundant folds of skin around the abdomen, hips, back and thighs. The breast lift can be included in a lower body lift procedure, which removes folds of skin around and below the waistline. By combining these treatments, patients can restore a slimmer, fitter physique that makes clothing fit more comfortably and gives them the outcome they want from their weight loss process.
The natural aging process can cause breast tissue to weaken over time, while skin laxity can exacerbate the issue. It is impossible to prevent this process completely, but breast lift surgery can reverse it by removing the excess, loose skin and lifting the breast position. The restoration of firmness helps many women feel more comfortable with their appearance, and the results are long-lasting, so you will enjoy your refreshed look for years to come.
Preparing for a Breast Lift
Before undergoing breast lift surgery, you will have a thorough initial consultation with Dr. Lickstein to discuss your expectations, preferences and medical history. This meeting will allow the two of you to develop a customized treatment plan to produce the best possible results for you. You will be advised to quit smoking six weeks before your surgery, and you should avoid taking blood-thinning medications for two weeks before your procedure. A healthy diet and ample hydration leading up to your surgery day will also provide your body with the nutrients your body needs for healing.
It is normal to have some concerns before undergoing any surgery, including mastopexy. Women considering this procedure often have many questions at their first meeting with Dr. Lickstein. Some of the more common questions might include:
Will there be Scarring After My Surgery?
Breast lift surgery uses thin, well-placed incisions designed to limit visible scarring. However, scar development varies based on a patient’s natural healing abilities. If you do develop scarring, it is likely to fade over time and Dr. Lickstein will provide you instructions on how to care for your incision to ensure it heals well to minimize visible scarring later.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?
The price for a breast lift varies among patients, depending on the extent of correction required. Factors such as surgical costs, facility fees and anesthesia expenses will all impact the final cost of a breast lift. Dr. Lickstein and his staff provide patients with a detailed quote during the initial appointment with us.
Will a Breast Lift Hurt?
Any surgery will involve a degree of discomfort, but we will take steps to maintain your comfort level during your recovery process. A numbing solution and prescription pain medication may be used to prevent excessive discomfort in the days following surgery. Most patients find the soreness subsides within a few days.
A breast lift is usually performed with general anesthesia or local anesthetic with sedation. Dr. Lickstein will create thin, discreetly placed incisions and use suture techniques designed to allow for long-lasting support and inconspicuous scars. The extent of your incisions will depend on the type of correction required to achieve the results you desire. Possible incision locations might include:
- Periareolar (Doughnut) – around the pigmented area surrounding the nipple, known as the areola
- Vertical (Lollipop) – encircles the areola and extends vertically down the lower portion of the breast
- Standard (Anchor) – around the areola, vertically down the lower breast and horizontally along the breast crease T
o reshape and lift your breasts, incisions are made and excess tissue, skin and fat are excised. The remaining breast tissue is raised to a more attractive position on the chest. The projection of the nipples and the size of the areolas can also be improved at this time. Sutures are used within the breast tissue to provide additional support and long-lasting lift to the breasts. Mesh support may be added as well if necessary. Once all the corrections are made, incisions are closed and bandaged.
The Recovery Process
Bruising and swelling of the breasts are common after a breast lift and you can expect to have some discomfort after your surgery. You will stay overnight so that your initial recovery can be overseen by attentive medical staff. Once you return home, you will be advised to rest for several days to provide your body time to heal and recuperate. Most patients head back to work within two weeks of their procedure and can resume their regular exercise routine after four weeks. Most of your swelling should be gone within six weeks, but you may continue to experience minor swelling for many months.
The Patient Experience
When considering a breast lift, your choice of plastic surgeon will be paramount in ensuring a positive experience, safe procedure and successful outcome. See what Dr. Lickstein’s former patients have to say about their experience at Lickstein Plastic Surgery:
“I can only say the most positive things about my experience with Dr. Lickstein and his staff. This is the most well-run professional office I have ever experienced. Everything was perfect! I was overjoyed at my results. My surgery was a life-changing event for me and I thank Dr. Lickstein and his staff for making the entire process easy and uncomplicated…from start to finish. Thank you!!”
“My life has been changed for the positive.”
A breast lift offers dramatic, long-lasting results for women that would like to improve the shape and position of their breasts. Dr. Lickstein will take the time necessary to understand your concerns, identify your desired results and develop a surgical plan that will meet your precise needs. To learn more about this procedure, contact Lickstein Plastic Surgery today at 561-571-4000.