There are three significant life changes that can negatively impact the firmness and appearance of a woman’s breasts – pregnancy, nursing, and major weight loss. These changes to the body can affect even relatively young women. Age and genetics can also take their toll. The breasts may start to sag and droop. They lose firmness and elasticity. Some women complain their breasts seem deflated. Breasts that were already heavy may need more support than they once did.
Breast changes cause some women to feel less confident about their appearance. They may feel that they have prematurely aged. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that can rejuvenate the breasts to achieve a more youthful appearance. Women can feel more attractive and self-confident after having this procedure.
How does a breast lift work?
During the consultation appointment, the patient and the plastic surgeon will discuss goals, medical conditions, anesthesia, previous breast surgeries, and any family history of breast cancer. Women who are not finished with childbearing and those who intend to lose significant weight should consider postponing the procedure to a later date. The surgeon will determine the technique that is most suitable for the patient’s needs.
The surgery is performed in the outpatient surgical center under general anesthesia. Incisions are placed where they will be less noticeable. Excess skin is removed and surrounding tissue is tightened. The areola, or dark circle surrounding the nipple, is repositioned on the chest wall, as is the nipple. The areola can also be reduced in size, if it’s become enlarged over time.
A breast lift will create more shapely and contoured breasts. It is not meant to increase the size. A breast augmentation can be performed in combination with a breast lift if the patient is interested in volume or size change.
What is recovery like?
Recovery from a breast lift generally takes 4-6 weeks. Small surgical drains are sometimes placed in the breasts for a day or two. This prevents the buildup of fluid. A good support bra must be worn to help minimize swelling. The patient should expect to take the first week post-surgery off work to rest. No strenuous activity is advised for about six weeks. Swelling will resolve during the weeks of recovery, and incision lines will eventually fade. Patients will see initial results immediately after the surgery. However, as each patient heals differently, final results may take 6-12 months to see.
Dr. Cristina Keusch is a fellowship trained, board certified plastic surgeon. Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art AAAASF accredited ambulatory surgical facility. Dr. Keusch and her staff are committed to providing patients the highest quality of medical care in a warm, caring, and comfortable environment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.