What Is A Breast Lift?
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is performed to correct breasts that have sagged or lost volume and firmness. A breast lift can be very effective in reducing sagging to give you the appearance of perkier, more youthful-looking breasts. Several things will cause breasts to lose their firmness over time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and aging are common causes. Even if you have not had children or lost any significant amount of weight, you can expect your skin to lose elasticity as you age. When skin loses its elasticity, your breasts are often the first casualty.
Candidates For Mastopexy
Women who are satisfied with the volume of their breasts but who want to raise, re-contour, and add perkiness and firmness to their breasts are ideal candidates for a breast lift. If you are planning on having more children in the future, you may want to wait to have your breast lift since future pregnancies may adversely impact the results of your procedure.
Mastopexy Consultation With Dr. Stanley Foster
At your breast lift consultation, Hartford plastic surgeon Dr. Stanley Foster will measure your breasts and torso to determine the ideal position for your breasts following the procedure. He will then provide you with a detailed explanation of how the procedure will be performed and review all possible risks and complications with you. Your consultation is also an opportunity for you to ask Dr. Foster any questions you may have about the procedure before you decide to move forward.
Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift procedure (also called a mastopexy) involves the removal of excess skin, which allows the breasts to be reshaped and “lifted.” Most breast lift surgeries involve three incisions; one around the areola, one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold (the natural crease under the breast), and one that runs horizontally along the inframammary fold.
Once these incisions are made, Dr. Foster can then remove the skin above and below the areola, allowing the areola to shift upward. At no time are the areolas or nipples detached from important underlying tissue. This decreases the chance that you will lose sensation or have difficulty with breastfeeding in the nipples and be able to breastfeed after your surgery.
How Long Will The Results Of Breast Lift Surgery Last?
There are several factors which impact how long your breast lift will last, including:
- The technique used
- Your skin tone
- Future fluctuations in weight
- Whether or not breast augmentation was performed in conjunction with your breast lift
- Future pregnancies
In general, your results should last for a long time. However, it is important to understand that the results are not permanent. Over time, you will experience sagging again due to the forces of gravity. Wearing supportive bras, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding extended sun exposure can help you increase the duration of your results.
Recovery time is significantly shorter and less painful. Visible scarring is the main concern for most patients. Scarring of the incision around the areola is rarely noticeable since any scars tend to blend in well with areola tissue. Scarring along the inframammary fold is also unnoticeable since the incision is made along the natural crease. The vertical incision from the areola to the inframammary fold carries the highest risk of visibility. Dr. Foster takes extra time to ensure that this scar is sutured properly to minimize any visible scarring. If proper care is taken during recovery, this scar should be barely noticeable once healing is complete.
Breast Lift Before & After
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When Can I Resume Normal Activities After My Breast Lift?
You will need to rest for several days following your procedure. However, Dr. Foster recommends light movement around the house as soon as you feel up to it. It is important that you do not lift anything over your head for at least 4 weeks after your breast lift, and you should avoid strenuous activity for at least three weeks.
Can I Breastfeed After My Breast Lift?
In most cases, you should be able to breastfeed following your breast lift. It is important to discuss any future pregnancy and breastfeeding plans you may have with Dr. Foster at your initial consultation so that he can adjust your procedure accordingly. However, it is important to understand that future pregnancies may counteract the results you have achieved from your procedure. In general, Dr. Foster recommends waiting until you are done having children to undergo a breast lift.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been thinking about taking the next steps in exploring breast Lifts, call (203) 577-6550 to schedule a free consultation with top plastic surgeon, Dr. Stanley Foster at his office located in Middlebury, Connecticut.