What Is Breast Lift Surgery?
As we age, our bodies face the inescapable battle of gravity and loss of skin elasticity which ultimately leads to breasts sagging. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that restores the youthful perkiness and size to counteract the natural effects of aging.
The breast lift procedure works by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue – reshaping the breasts to create perkier breasts that restore confidence.
Drooping breasts come in infinite shapes and sizes, and there are a variety of techniques a surgeon can use to get the best result for each unique appearance. The core concept for all breast lifts remain the same: a reshaping/elevation to create a more attractive breast.
What To Expect Post Breast Lift Surgery?
Just like any other surgical procedure, the recovery time for breast lift surgery varies from woman to woman and depends on the patient’s overall health. But what can you expect in the days and weeks that follow your surgery? Egozi Plastic Surgery Center has put together a general timeline and a guide to follow to aide your post-surgery recovery:
Breast Lift Surgery Recovery Process
Immediately after your breast lift surgery, your chest will be fitted with a compression garment and you will be discharged home. Mild swelling and bruising maybe expected in the first couple of days. Patients are typically able to return to activities of daily living the next day. A full return to work and normal activities can be expected within 2-5 days (depending on how physically strenuous the job is) and swelling and bruising will begin to fade over the course of 10-14 days. Typically, most patients return to heavier physical activity after about 3 weeks. Your incisions will take around six weeks to heal and it is at that point that Dr. Egozi will discuss gels and treatments to minimize the visibility of the incisions. The breast shape and incisions continue to improve over the course of 3 months, at which time you should see what Dr. Egozi saw in the operating room.
What You Should Avoid After Breast Lift Surgery
As with any type of surgery, how you take care of yourself after the breast lift procedure is just as important as the quality of the surgery itself. Dr. Egozi will always provide breast lift patients with a detailed set of post-surgical care instructions to easily follow. These include:
- Avoid straining, bending and lifting.
- Sleep on your back or your side to keep pressure off your breasts for about the first week.
- Sponge bathe the first two days and then shower.
- Avoid strenuous activities for 3 weeks.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery
A breast lift is an appropriate choice for women who have experienced breast sagging and want to return to a perkier, youthful appearance. Breast sagging can be accelerated by pregnancy and weight fluctuations, so these experiences can bring on the need for a breast lift. Breast lift surgery can also be used to elevate and shape nipples and areola that point downward, out of proportion areola and uneven breasts. Every patient is different but the ideal candidate for breast lift surgery is in good health, not planning to have any more children and at a stable weight.
Breast Lift Surgery Procedure
During your initial consultation with Dr. Egozi – he will discuss your goals and you and he will agree on a breast lift technique that will best suit you. Breast lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia at Dr. Egozi’s state of the art surgery center. Taking into account your specific build and goals, Dr. Egozi will use his artistry and skill to develop and reshape the breast to provide a perky youthful appearance. The procedure typically takes two hours to complete but, if paired with breast reduction or breast augmentation, it may take slightly longer.
Breast lift cost
The cost of breast lift surgery varies from person to person based on how much correction is required. Fees are based off of the estimated surgical time. Dr. Egozi‘s staff will provide you a detailed quote at the time of your consultation. For those with mild to moderate droop to the breasts, the procedure will typically take less time. Those with larger and heavier breasts may require more advanced surgical techniques to achieve that perky, youthful appearance we all desire. During your consultation, Dr. Egozi will run through the different techniques available to your unique situation.
The Three Approaches to Breast Lift Surgery
There are many ways breast youth can be restored. The method your surgeon chooses will be decided upon during your initial consultation. The decision will be based on factors such as breast size, amount of excess skin, areola size, and severity of skin laxity. The three main approaches to breast lift surgery include periareolar incision, vertical breast lift and inverted t-incisions.
1) Periareolar Incision
The periareolar incision technique uses a single circular incision made around the edge of the areola. Many women ask about this technique. It is usually used when the patient has minor sagging or wants to reduce the size of the areola.
2) Vertical (lollipop) Incision
The vertical breast lift technique uses circular incisions made around the areola, and is completed with a vertical incision from the areola down to the breast crease. This minimally invasive lift helps women with only moderate breast droop. This incision resembles a lollipop and usually heals very well.
3) Inverted-T Incision
The inverted-T incision, also referred to as a keyhole incision, is the technique of choice for breasts that need more improvements. The technique uses the vertical incision method with the addition of a horizontal incision at about the fold of the breast. The horizontal incision is well hidden in the crease and helps elevate the breast by “hemming” and essentially shortening the vertical distance of the skin sagging and laxity. This technique is best assigned to patients with significant sagging and yields the most dramatic breast reshaping transformation.