Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, removes excess breast skin to raise, reshape, and firm your breasts. The nipples and areolas are repositioned, and the areolas sometimes may be reduced in size. Implants may also be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift to increase breast volume. If you are considering mastopexy, we want you to be thoroughly informed about the procedure. Below is some helpful information. A personal consultation with Dr. Newen is the best way to obtain the additional information you will need.
Am I good candidate for breast lift?
Loss of skin elasticity, gravity, weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and other factors may affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift performed alone to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful looking breasts. Patients who lack upper pole volume of the breasts may choose to add implants in conjunction with the breast lift to increase their breast size.
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts that are pendulous
- Breasts that lack firmness
- Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease.
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but it is usually recommended when breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. This should be examined if you are considering breast lift surgery. Since milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed; however, you should discuss this with Dr. Newen. The nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying tissue, and this usually allows for the preservation of sensation and the ability to breastfeed.
How is breast lift surgery performed?
There are many variations to the design of the incision for breast lift surgery. The size and shape of your breast, size of your areolas, and extent of sagging are factors that will help determine the best technique for you. Sometimes, it may be possible to avoid the horizontal incision beneath the breast. Sometimes, a lift can be done with just an incision around your areola. Dr. Newen will discuss with you the appropriate technique that he feels will suit your needs best.
Significant complications from breast lift surgery are very rare. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks. The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis during your consultation with Dr. Newen. After surgery, there may be a temporary feeling of pain, swelling, and bruising. The types of symptoms experienced and the duration of the symptoms vary in patients.
Your surgical experience
Our goal is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible. If you’re a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. You will be provided with complete preoperative and postoperative instructions. Most patients can go back to work 5 days after surgery.
Breast lift surgery is performed at Huntington Surgery Center, our outpatient surgery facility located within The Image Center. Please be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure and stay with you for at least 24 hours.
For more information
For more information on breast lift or to schedule a consultation, please call our office at (714) 230-2430.