If you feel that your breasts are saggy, low-hanging or lost shape, then you may be a good candidate for a breast lift. The effects of gravity, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and general aging can cause the skin on your breasts to lose its elasticity. This results in breasts that lose their firmness and shape, and begin to sag. Fortunately, this downward trend can be rectified with a breast lift, clinically known as mastopexy. A breast lift removes excess skin on and around the breasts to raise, reshape, and firm up the breasts. Nipples and areolae may be repositioned and the areolae may also be reduced in size.
By the nature of the procedure, breast lifts decrease volume in the breasts. Dr. Sasson will discuss this phenomenon with you during your consultation. You may opt to have breast augmentation performed during your breast lift to replace lost volume. This combination of the two procedures can effectively compensate for the “slipping” effect that can occur when implants are placed into sagging breasts. A breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation if the patient also wants an increase in breast volume or size.
A mastopexy involves taking into consideration multiple factors, which you will discuss with Dr. Sasson in your consultation. These include your breast size and shape, the firmness of your breasts, the position of your areolae, and your skin’s elasticity.
After your surgery, healing is a gradual process. Although you may be up and about in a day or two, don’t plan on returning to work for a week or more, depending on how you feel. And avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks. Dr. Sasson and his trained staff will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. You may be instructed to avoid strenuous sports for about a month. After that, you can resume these activities slowly. If you become pregnant, the operation should not affect your ability to breast-feed, since your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact.
In your initial consultation, it’s important to discuss your expectations frankly with Dr. Sasson, and to listen to his opinion. Every patient–and every physician, as well–has a different view of what is a desirable size and shape for breasts.
Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
There are three common incision patterns for a breast lift. The first is around the areola.
Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease.
Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.