For more than twenty years, I have been performing cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery on men and women from all around the world, and during that time one of the most popular body contouring procedures has been mastopexy, or breast lift surgery. According to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of breast lift procedures performed in the United States each year has nearly doubled since 2000, making it one of the most popular procedures available. As a board certified plastic surgeon, I have always considered my duty to keep my patients fully informed about all aspects of their surgery, and so here are some of the things that you should consider and expect when undergoing a breast lift with me.
A breast lift is designed to help women who have experienced stretching of the breast skin and of the nipple along with a general relaxing of the underlying muscles, which frequently occur after pregnancy and/or breast feeding. This is why it is usually performed as part of a mommy makeover. The procedure works by moving the nipple upward, re-shaping the glandular tissue to more completely fill the upper portion of the breast, and then removing excess, sagging skin to give the breast a more lifted appearance. However, in my experience, it is also common for women in America to want their breasts to be lifted and enlarged all at the same time. While it is certainly possible to combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation, careful planning is required, both while selecting the most appropriate implant and while selecting the most appropriate operation in order to ensure that all of the variables are taken into account. Listen as I explain the complexities involved in this video interview:
After undergoing a breast lift, or any other cosmetic plastic surgery procedure for that matter, it is vitally important that you carefully follow all post-operative instructions and maintain realistic expectations about your final results. While recovering from plastic surgery, there will be bruising, tenderness, and scarring. While these will all eventually fade, the healing process is not always quick or effortless. In some cases the scars from a breast lift will remain red and visible for anywhere from twelve months to two years, depending on the individual patient’s healing ability. Making sure that you attend all of your scheduled check-ups, so that any concerns can be caught and remedied early, and that you follow all of my after-care instructions are the best ways to ensure that you achieve optimal breast lift results.
If you are interested in learning more about breast lifts, breast augmentation or about any of the body contouring cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that I perform, contact me, Dr. Jim Namnoum to schedule a consultation today or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news and updates.