Many women find as they age, their once firm breasts begin to sag, especially following pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. Also referred to as mastopexy, breast lift surgery is geared to reshape and reposition sagging breasts.
While regular exercise and a balanced diet help to maintain weight and increase muscle tone, surgery is the only way to significantly lift sagging breasts. During the procedure, excess skin is removed, breast tissue is reshaped and the areola and nipple are repositioned to enhance the appearance of the breast.
Am I a candidate for a breast lift?
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you suffer from breast ptosis and are unsatisfied with the shape of your breasts. Your breasts’ appearance may be classified accordingly:
- Mild droop: nipple level with crease
- Moderate droop: nipple below crease
- Severe droop: nipple lowest point on breast, points down
If you are considering breast lift surgery, you should quit smoking at least 6 weeks prior to surgery. Also, it is recommended that women wait until after pregnancy to receive breast lift surgery.
How are the breasts lifted?
Surgery lasts approximately 1-3 hours, and it usually takes place in an outpatient facility. You will most likely receive general anesthesia, though local may be administered for small incisions.
Incision location depends on a number of factors, but the three most common sites are around the nipple, vertically beneath the nipple and horizontally along the breast crease. Your surgeon will also select the shape and extent of the incision. Among the incision options are the following:
- Periareolar = Full circle around the areola
- Crescent = Half circle around the areola
- Lollipop = Periareolar + vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast fold
- Inverted T or Anchor = Lollipop + horizontal incision along the breast fold
Next, the surgeon accesses the underlying tissue, then reshapes and lifts it to improve shape and texture. The nipple and areola are repositioned to create a more youthful appearance, and excess breast skin is removed. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.
What should I expect after breast lift surgery?
After surgery, the incisions and dissolvable sutures will be covered with gauze or tape that will be removed within about 1 week. You will be given a special bra to wear 24 hours a day for the first 3-4 weeks as your breasts heal. Activity should be limited for as long as 6 weeks, though initial recovery is typically achieved within 1-2 weeks. Expect some changes in nipple sensation, as this side effect is common.
Request an appointment online or give us a call if you would like to learn more about the risks and benefits of breast lift surgery. Surgeons Korentager, Ponnuru, Hendrix, De Souza and Bhavsar are available for consultation. You can reach our Kansas City office at 913-588-2000.