WHAT IS Breast Lift Surgery?
Mastopexy (also known as a breast lift) is a body contouring procedure that reshapes the breasts by trimming away excess skin and tightening the healthy tissue to produce a more youthful and healthier appearance. This cosmetic surgery is offered to women who have lost shape and volume in their breasts and those who have sagging due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Revolutionary advancements in breast lift surgery have lead to stunning results for many women worldwide. In fact, this surgery is so effective and successful that new stats by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal around a 70% increase in its demand over the last 20 years. Dr. Joseph Tamburrino, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Doylestown, PA, performs this breast lift surgery at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery. By integrating state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Tamburrino can choose the appropriate approach to suit your unique situation. The technique used will depend on your level of skin laxity and goals.
WHO GETS BREAST LIFT SURGERY?
You may visit Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery hoping to get implants only to discover that a breast lift may actually better suit your body and goals. When breasts have experienced a certain degree of skin laxity, it's important to excise the unwanted skin and lift the remaining healthy tissue because sagging skin is not treated with implants or fat transfer. Breasts that have lost elasticity typically need a lift to correct skin irregularities and bring the breasts higher up on the chest wall. When you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a surgical lift can improve their appearance. To be considered for breast lift surgery, you must be in good overall health.
HOW IS A BREAST LIFT DONE?
A breast lift takes usually 2 – 4 hours to complete and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this procedure depends on the size of your breasts and the degree of sagging. The approach used for mastopexy surgery generally falls into two categories with the inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the vertical incisions being the most commonly utilized.
Once an incision is made, excess skin is removed, along with breast tissue and fat that is not desired. The remaining skin is then tightened, and the breasts are lifted so they appear healthy and younger. In many cases, the size of the areola is decreased to match the new placement and shape of the breast. At this time, an implant can be inserted if an augmentation is a part of your breast lift treatment plan. If the lift is the only procedure being performed but breast fullness and shape become a concern later on, breast implants can be considered as a future treatment.
What To Expect
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more lengthy than surgery with implants only. After the procedure, you will be fitted with a medical compression bra to reduce swelling. A small tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess drainage that can often occur after mastopexy. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within the first week. Dr. Tamburrino or a member of his team will provide detailed, at-home incision care instructions to help with your healing process. Results after a breast lift treatment begin to take shape after a few weeks as your newly shaped breasts take their higher placement on your chest wall. The breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel younger, prettier, and more comfortable in your body.
BREAST LIFT FAQS
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your specific goals and your level of skin laxity. In many patients, a breast lift will enhance the shape and fullness of the breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Tamburrino will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then make a decision whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Typically, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted upward during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Tamburrino can incorporate an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so he can choose the ideal incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you may start to see loose and sagging skin over time. Factors like significant weight gain or loss can change your results; therefore, it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Tamburrino recommends patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Tamburrino will assess the appearance and condition of your breasts during your consultation and talk about how a lift can help. During your lift surgery, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.
Breast lift surgery has changed the lives of many Doylestown, PA patients. If you're faced with hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prevent you from wearing the clothing styles you desire, a breast lift at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery may be ideal for you. During your initial consultation, a thorough examination will be performed by Dr. Tamburrino, and together, you and he will discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. We will then design a tailored treatment plan to transform your breasts and create the youthful look you want. Our team encourages patients to get in touch with Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery and speak to a patient coordinator to schedule your consultation.