The effects of aging, gravity, weight gain, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can take a toll on the body, especially in the breasts which over time gradually lose their shape and firmness. To address such concerns, breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, helps to lift and firm breasts that may have begun to sag or droop with age. A breast lift raises the breasts to a higher position by removing excess, sagging skin and tightening the surrounding breast tissue to give a firmer, perkier appearance. For those of you who are considering mastoplexy, I have shared some common questions my patients typically ask before/after undergoing surgery:
Q: Who is a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
A: The ideal candidate for breast lift surgery is an individual who is physically healthy, maintains a stable weight, and is satisfied with their breast size, but whose breasts are pendulous, saggy, lack firmness, and have irregular nipple placement. Most commonly, patients seek breast lift surgery after the changes that come with pregnancy and childbirth. As a mother myself, I understand the effects that breastfeeding, childbearing, and the overall signs of aging can have on a woman’s body.
Q: How is breast lift surgery performed?
A: During a breast lift procedure, excess skin is trimmed and the underlying breast tissue is then reshaped and lifted to improve breast contour and shape. Based on each individual case, the nipple and areola may also be reduced and/or repositioned to a more natural-looking position. Excess skin will also be removed in order to reshape the breast and improve breast appearance.
Typically, a breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation if you desire more fullness in the upper portion of the breast and/or you would like your breasts to be a bit larger. Based on patients’ size and what they can support, any size breast implant can be useful for this purpose. Breast augmentation surgery is performed by surgically inserting saline or silicone implants to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. During consultations, I use Vectra® M3 Imaging to allow my patients to virtually preview their potential plastic surgery results using three-dimensional simulation technology which can help in the decision making process.
Q: What is the difference between a breast reduction and breast lift?
A: A breast reduction procedure decreases the size of the breasts in order to create more manageable sized breasts that won’t inhibit daily activities or cause physical pain. A breast lift is meant to restore the natural shape and proportion to sagging breasts, but doesn’t change the overall size of the breast. It is common for me to perform breast lift surgery in conjunction with a breast reduction.
I often receive numerous questions regarding breast surgery and I will do my very best to answer each and every one of them. If you are interested in a procedure I perform, please contact my office to schedule a consultation today. Additionally, Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including CareCredit℠, to assist you. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Allyson Maske, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.