With time and factors such as gravity, pregnancy, and breast feeding, a woman’s breasts may begin to sag. The skin can lose its elasticity, and the breasts’ firmness, volume, and shape can change. In some cases, the sagging or loss of volume is quite pronounced; in other cases, only a slight lift is needed to return the breasts to their original shape.
Restoring Youthfulness to the Breasts
Lifting the breasts can counteract the effects of time, nursing, aging, etc., returning a more youthful fullness to the breasts. There are several versions of breast lift — or mastopexy — procedures, with differing incisions and techniques used. Every woman’s body and experiences are unique, and the choice of breast lift procedure is best determined after careful consideration and dialogue between you and Dr. Vela.
Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift is not a “lunchtime” type of procedure. It’s normally done under general anesthesia, with the patient fully sedated and unconscious, although it is possible to have a breast lift done with lighter anesthesia. Breast lift surgeries usually last from 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours.
In most breast lift procedures, the excess stretched-out skin and tissue are removed from the breast, and the remaining skin and tissue are re-sutured in place to literally lift the breast. The differences in breast lift surgeries are often based on the type of incision made to remove the skin. There will be a scar after a breast lift procedure, but the scar won’t show under a bra.
Combination Lift and Other Procedures
Other surgical procedures can sometimes be performed at the same time as a breast lift surgery, such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, and nipple reduction. Your needs and desires regarding your breasts are of paramount importance, and Dr. Vela will help you arrive at the best option for your particular circumstances.
Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery
A woman who is healthy and who has sagging of the breasts may be a candidate for a breast lift. Women who are planning to have and/or breast feed a child may want to wait until after to have a breast lift.
Arrange a Private Consultation
A breast lift can be a wonderful change for a woman, restoring her breasts to their full contour. If you have any questions about breast lift procedures, contact us to schedule a private consultation— we will be glad to answer all of your questions and address your concerns.