Time often robs the breasts of their firm shape and perkiness. Sagging breasts are a telltale sign of aging. Breasts can also sag due to genetic reasons, major weight loss, and the constant downward pull of gravity.
The appearance of the breasts should not be neglected. Mastopexy surgery is a way to remove excess skin in order to to lift the breasts and reshape them, giving them a perkier and more youthful appearance.
A breast lift is aimed at raising the position of nipples and reducing breast sagging. The areolae are also resized to make them more proportionate to the modified breasts.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Mastopexy?
Patients who have noticed that their breasts have lost volume and shape are good candidates for mastopexy surgery. If your nipples point downwards and your areolae have become disproportionate to your breasts, mastopexy may be right for you. It can also be helpful in situations where one of the breasts droops and creates a lopsided appearance.
If you are pregnant or considering it, it is better to delay mastopexy surgery until after childbirth and breastfeeding are complete. This is because the breast stretching that results from pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter the outcome of the procedure.
A breast lift works better on smaller rather than larger breasts, as larger breasts have a tendency to sag again due to their weight.
What to Expect During the Mastopexy Procedure
A mastopexy is done under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Dr. Bennett will choose the appropriate incision technique based on the position and size of your areolae, the degree to which the breasts sag, the shape and size of the breasts, and your degree of skin elasticity.
Mastopexy incisions can be made:
• Around the areola
• Around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
• Around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease
Excess skin is removed with a scalpel, and the underlying breast tissues are reshaped. This lifts nipples and areolae to an optimal level. The incisions are then closed with sutures. Sutures are deeply embedded in the tissues and support the new shape of the breasts.
Before you undertake the surgery, be aware of what to expect. The sensation in breasts can undergo some temporary changes. A breast lift can also diminish the size of your breasts slightly.
It will take a while for your breasts to settle into their new contours, since the tissues will be healing for a time. You can see a marked improvement in appearance almost immediately after surgery, and once the bruising and swelling have disappeared, you will be able to see the final appearance of your lifted breasts.
Make an Appointment for a Consultation
Dr. Della Bennett is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped numerous patients achieve their cosmetic goals. If you would like to speak with Dr. Bennett and find out more about mastopexy surgery, schedule a one-on-one consultation by contacting our office. Dr. Bennett will be happy to answer any questions you may have.