More and more women in the Houston area are choosing to have a breast lift to counter the inevitable effects of aging, gravity, and childbirth. If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts but are not happy with their position on your chest, a breast lift might be all you need to regain your youthful silhouette.
The first step in deciding whether breast lift surgery is right for you is to arrange an initial consultation with breast lift surgeon, Dr. Bryan Correa. He has seen many women who are unhappy with how age or gravity have affected their breasts and can recommend the best options to restore a youthful shape to your breasts. He is a highly trained plastic surgeon performing high quality breast lifts.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple and tightening the surrounding tissue. The result is a reshaped breast, located higher on the chest.
Why consider a breast lift?
The overall goal of any cosmetic breast surgery is to achieve beautiful natural looking breasts that create a balanced appearance. Receiving a breast lift from Dr. Correa may be helpful in giving you a balanced appearance. A breast lift might be right for you if you have:
- Sagging breasts that lack volume;
- Breasts that are flat or hollow at the top;
- Breasts that are asymmetrical – one breast lower than the other;
- Nipples that fall below the fold of the breast or are pointing downward;
- Enlarged areolas.
Although in a standard breast lift no breast tissue is removed, often due to their new position they appear slightly smaller and often require a smaller bra size after surgery. If volume is a concern, then during the breast lift surgery breast implants can be used to provide more volume. Alternatively, if you prefer a slight reduction in the size of your breasts, breast lift surgery can accomplish this by removing some of the breast tissue.
Methods of breast lift surgery
Breast lift surgery is done by removing excess skin from the breast and repositioning the nipple. If the areola is enlarged, it can be reduced at the same time. There are four incisions used in this type of surgery depending on the degree of sagging.
The “anchor” or “wise-pattern” incision
This technique is one of the most common and is used for cases of moderate-to-severe cases of sagging and excess skin. The incision goes around the areola, vertically down to the chest and horizontally along the crease.
The “lollipop” lift or “vertical scar mastopexy”
This method is used for women who have a mild-to-moderate amount of sagging. The incision goes around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease; it avoids the horizontal incision in the breast crease.
The “donut” lift or “periareolar incision”
As the name implies, this incision is circular and goes around the areola. It is suitable for women with mild sagging.
The “crescent” lift
This method is used for women with a very slight degree of sagging. A crescent shaped piece of skin is removed from the area just above the areola. The skin is then reattached creating a slight lift.
Combined breast lift and augmentation
Dr. Correa will review all of the options available once he has a clear understanding of what you are trying to achieve from breast lift surgery. He goals is to give you the best breast lift possible, with the exact results you are looking for. For many women, a breast lift may not produce the shape or volume that they anticipate. In women with very flat and/or pendulous breasts, or patients with small breasts that have started to flatten and droop, a breast lift alone will not produce the firm bust line they are seeking. In these cases, breast augmentation with implant placement can be done during the surgery, giving a better long term outcome.
Breast lift recovery
For the first few days following surgery you should relax at home, avoiding any unnecessary activity. Take your prescribed pain medication as needed. After a few days you will be able to do light activities but you must avoid all exercise, heavy lifting, or strenuous activity. You can return to work in about a week and will probably experience increased fatigue during this time. Get as much rest as possible during the first few weeks.
Swelling and bruising are normal functions of healing and will decrease over time. Use ice packs as directed to help decrease swelling and bruising. Care for the incision sites as you are instructed and contact us should you notice any unusual swelling, develop a fever or note any redness of the incision.