Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A Mastopexy (also known as a Breast Lift) removes excess skin and tightens surrounding tissue which helps to effectively raise the breasts to a higher position, provides a better shape, as well as enhanced support and firmness with or without the use of breast implants.
New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000.
Pregnancy, weight changes or aging can all affect the volume or position of your breasts. Breast lifts can be a very rewarding solution to women experiencing varying degrees of drooping.
Recapture That Youthful Look
A breast lift raises the breasts to a more youthful and “perky” position on the chest. This includes moving the areola to a higher position on your breast.
Some of the reasons women choose a breast lift:
• Breasts are elongated, flat, or stretched
• Breasts are uneven
• Areolas are enlarged or point downward and are low on the breast
• Nipples are at or below the crease of the breast
Leader In VASER Hi Def Breast Lift
Dr. Broadway is a leading pioneer in the VASER Hi-Def Breast Lift. This procedure utilizes VASER technology. This “internal” breast lift can be helpful in mild cases of sagging as it stimulates the skin allowing it to contract, similar to “shrink wrap.” This works better in conjunction with breast implants.
Breast Lift Surgery:
Your tailored breast lift surgery will depend upon your:
- Breast size and shape
- Size and position of your areolas
- Degree of breast sagging
- Your skin elasticity
You will be administered medication for your comfort during your mastopexy procedure. Anesthesia will discuss your options with you, and the type of anesthesia selected will be based on the length of your surgery, your health and your age. Your safety is our number one concern, and Dr. Broadway only uses MD anesthesiologists.
One of several common breast lift incisions will be made to reposition your breasts.
Breast Lift Incision Options
The crescent incision is created by a short line along the upper half of your areola. This is the least invasive breast lift method, but it is not commonly used since it cannot accomplish the same degree of lift as other breast incision types. A crescent incision is most often used in conjunction with a breast augmentation in women who only have a small degree of sagging.
This incision is made around the perimeter of your areola. These incisions are most effective when there is a mild to moderate degree of breast sagging. However, when the peri-areolar incision is used by a skilled cosmetic surgeon in conjunction with a breast augmentation, it can still produce great results for patients who have more pronounced sagging.
This incision is made around the perimeter of your areola and then vertically down to the breast crease, making the shape of a keyhole or lollipop. This technique produces the best results if you have a moderate degree of sagging that cannot be sufficiently helped by a peri-areolar technique. The vertical incision allows for shaping of the breast to give a more conical appearance to the breast.
The Anchor Incision
This incision is made in three steps. First, a circular incision is created around your areola. Then an incision is created vertically down from your areola to your breast crease. Finally, a horizontal incision is created along your breast crease.
While this is the oldest breast lift incision technique, it is also the most aggressive and this method is generally used in women who have a high degree of ptosis (breast sagging) that cannot be adequately fixed by other, less invasive incision methods.
This incision is also commonly used if a woman is combining her breast lift with a breast reduction.
Reshaping Your Breasts
After your breast lift incision is made, Dr. Broadway will:
- Lift and reshape the underlying breast tissue to improve your breast shape and firmness.
- Raise your nipples and areolas to a higher, more natural height.
- Reduce enlarged areolas by removing excess skin at the perimeter (if needed).
- Remove excess breast skin.
Once your breasts are reshaped and lifted, any remaining skin is removed and your incisions are closed.
Some breast lift incision options will result in scarring visible on the breast. These incisions are permanent, but will fade and improve significantly over time. We can assist your healing with scar treatments that will help to minimize the appearance of any scars.
Breast Lift Recovery
Once your breast lift surgery is complete, your breasts will be wrapped in supportive dressings to help support your breasts while they heal. You may be asked to wear a support bra to minimize swelling and to further support your breasts as they heal.
Post Op Instructions:
Your post-op instructions may include:
- Medications to apply or take orally to help heal and reduce any chance of infection.
- How to care for your breasts
- When to come in for a follow up appointment with Dr. Broadway
Your first week of recovery should be completely devoted to recovery.
You will be able to return to normal activities after 2-4 weeks. Bruises, swelling, and tenderness will continue to resolve during this period. However, you should avoid strenuous activity for at least four weeks.
Complete healing is typically reached within 12 weeks.
Breast Lift Risks
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor healing of incision
- Breast asymmetry
- Fluid accumulation
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation
Am I A Good Candidate For A Breast Lift?
If the size or shape of your breasts concern you, a breast lift may be a good option. You should also:
- Be in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations
- Be a non-smoker
- Maintain a healthy weight
Combine Breast Lift & Breast Augmentation
A breast lift in combination with breast implants can give your breast a more youthful look. The breast lift repositions the tissues, while the implant gives more overall volume, especially at the top of the breasts. This combination can make a dramatic improvement.
How To Prepare For Your Breast Lift Consultation
Be prepared to discuss:
- Surgical goals
- Previous surgeries
- Family history of breast cancer
- Current prescriptions or medications
- Alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Any medical conditions
After evaluating your general health status, Dr. Broadway will examine your breasts and take detailed measurements of your breast size, shape, skin elasticity and desired outcome. After answering all of your questions, discussing your result goals, taking photos and anesthesia options, you will be provided with a tailored breast lift plan.
Good Questions For Your Breast Lift Doctor:
Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
How many years of breast lift training have you had?
What are the risks and complications associated with a breast lift?
What medication will I be given after surgery?
Will I have dressings on after surgery? When will they be removed?
Are the stitches removed? If so, when?
When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
When can I return to work?
When should I return for a follow-up appointment?
Frequently Asked Breast Lift Questions
How Long Will A Breast Lift Last?
A breast lift can be expected to last for many years. Body changes, such as weight fluctuations or pregnancy can affect the size of the breast as well as the skin envelope. This may also affect the breast lift result.
Should I Have A Breast Lift Or A Breast Augmentation?
A breast lift will raise your breast position and help reshape sagging breasts, but the procedure does not add volume. A breast augmentation however, will add volume and shape using breast implants. Breast implants may not restore the position of sagging breasts (on their own without a lift).
Women frequently combine a breast lift and a breast augmentation to achieve optimum results.
Can I nurse following a Breast Lift?
It is usually possible to nurse following a breast lift. During most breast lift surgeries, no damage to the nerves, milk ducts or glandular breast tissue occurs as only skin and fat are removed. However, there is still a possibility that a mother will have decreased milk production or difficulties nursing following the procedure.
If I Am Planning To Have Children In The Future, Is A Breast Lift A Good Idea?
Generally, you may want to wait to have a breast lift if you are planning on having children in the near future. This procedure will not interfere with the success of a pregnancy in any way but you will lose the results of a breast lift during pregnancy if you decide to breastfeed. To have longevity with your results, you should consider a breast lift when you are not planning to become pregnancy.