Breast lift, or mastopexy, surgery raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
If You're Considering a Breast Lift...
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breastlift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume Dr. Anigian may suggest a breast implant be inserted in conjunction with mastopexy. This can increase the breasts’ firmness and size.
The Best Candidates for Breast Lift
A breast lift can enhance your appearance and raise your self-confidence. The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. Think carefully about your expectations and discuss them during your consultation.
Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you're planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift.
A breast lift is not a simple operation, but it is safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications. Bleeding and infection following a breast lift are uncommon, but they can cause scars to widen. You can reduce your risks by closely following instructions given before and after surgery.
Mastopexy initially does leave noticeable scars; however, they will fade over time and are easily covered by a bra or swimsuit. Smoking can increase the risk of poor healing and wider scars.
Planning Your Surgery
In your initial consultation with Dr. Anigian, it's important to discuss your expectations. Every patient has a different view of what is a desirable size and shape for breasts.
Dr. Anigian will examine your breasts and measure them while you're sitting or standing. He will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure, such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin. Dr. Anigian will also talk to you about whether an implant is advisable and where the nipple and areola will be positioned.
Depending on your age and family history, you may be required to have a mammogram before surgery. You'll also get specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
This procedure usually takes two to three hours. Dr. Anigian’s technique varies by patient, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions.
The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast.
Dr. Anigian will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. Healing is a gradual process. Although you may be up and about in a day or two, don't plan on returning to work for a week or more, depending on how you feel. Avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks.