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Over time, the effects of gravity along with the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity begin to have an effect on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. These factors, combined with pregnancy, nursing, and any weight gain and weight loss will often cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness. Breast lift procedures can help address these concerns.
A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola and improve its shape. For some women, breast implants may be used at the same time as the mastopexy to restore a more youthful firmness and size.
There are many different types of mastopexy procedures and you and your plastic surgeon will choose the one that best you and your needs. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and many women are back to their daily routines within a week.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
In breast lift surgery, the breasts are raised by removing excess skin and tightening the tissue to reshape and support the contours of the breasts. A woman may be a candidate for this procedure who has:
- Sagging breasts that have lost shape and volume
- Flatter, elongated, or pendulous breasts
- Nipples that fall below the breast crease when unsupported
- Nipples and areolas that point downward
- One breast lower than the other
- Stretched breast skin and enlarged areolas
Breast Lift Before & Afters
How Is a Breast Lift Procedure Performed?
A breast lift can be performed with different surgical techniques and incision placements. The most appropriate technique for you will depend on the size and shape of your breasts, the position and size of your areolas, the degree of sagging, the amount of excess skin, and your skin quality and elasticity. Our skilled surgeons at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery can recommend the best surgical approach for you.
This surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Your procedure may involve one of the 3 most common incision placements:
- Lollipop: Around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
- Extended Lollipop: Around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and partially along the horizontal breast crease
Through the incisions, breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve firmness and contour. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a more youthful location on the breast. An enlarged areola can be reduced by removing skin at the perimeter. Excess breast skin is removed, the skin is tightened, and the incisions are closed. Incision lines will fade over time, and most will be concealed in the natural contours of the breast.
Breast Lift Benefits
A breast lift is a popular cosmetic surgery, with 101,264 procedures performed in 2016, as reported by the American Society of Plastic surgeons (ASPS). It makes the breasts higher and firmer, which can help improve self-confidence and self-esteem. It lifts the breasts, which can make them appear fuller, and can also be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation.
This procedure is popular among women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy profile after childbirth and is often included as part of a “mommy makeover.” It allows women to achieve more feminine contours by elevating drooping breasts to create a more youthful, perkier projection.
At Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, we are known for our quality of work in breast procedures. We take the time to explain the procedures in a comfortable environment and help you choose the right treatment option to meet your goals. If you are searching for a skilled breast lift plastic surgeon, schedule a consultation at our North Carolina practice.
Recovery and Care
Immediately following your surgery, the first step is to relax in our recovery room, overseen by our licensed registered nurse. You can remain there until you are fully awake, at which point you will be released to go home. Transportation should be arranged beforehand, as you will not be permitted to drive for 24 hours following the surgery.
While we recommend waiting a full week before returning to work, some patients are able to do it in 5 or 6 days, provided the work does not require physical strain. Normal bras and bikini tops may be worn once two weeks have passed. Exercise and any sort of strenuous activity are prohibited for the first five days following surgery. Light exercise may be resumed at this point, but more vigorous physical activity should not take place until three weeks since surgery.
Your relationship with our office is not over once the procedure is complete. For the weeks and months following the surgery, we are at your disposal—you are more than welcome to call whenever you like with any questions or concerns. Additionally, there will be several follow up appointments with your surgeon to check on the healing process. This will include information regarding breast health, including self-examination, exercise, sleeping habits and any future need for imaging or mammography.