Breast LiftWhat is breast lift?
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to change the shape of your breasts. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and breast tissue is reshaped to raise the breasts. A breast lift won’t significantly change the size of your breasts. However, a breast lift can be done in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction. A breast lift can be done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. The procedure typically takes two to three hours, and patient can go home on the same day.The Procedure There are various techniques used to remove breast skin and reshape breast tissue vary. The specific technique that plastic surgeon chooses will determine the location of the incisions and the resulting scars.
- Around the areolae — the darker area surrounding the nipples
- Extending downward from the areolae to the breast creases
- Horizontally along the breast creases
As a woman gets older, her breasts change — losing elasticity and firmness. There are many causes for these kinds of breast changes, including:
- Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts might stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching might contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy — whether or not you breast-feed your baby.
- Weight loss or weight gain. Changes in your weight can cause your breast skin to stretch and lose elasticity.
- Gravity. Over time, gravity causes ligaments in the breasts to stretch and sag.
A good candidate for breast lift would be:
- a woman whose breasts are sagging.
- a woman whose nipples point downward.
- a woman who is unhappy with the size of her areolae.
- a woman who has one breast that hangs lower than the other.
Risks Associated with Breast Lift
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation. While sensation typically returns within several weeks, some loss of feeling might be permanent. Erotic sensation typically isn’t affected.
- Irregularities or asymmetry in the shape and size of the breasts. This could occur as a result of changes during the healing process. Also, surgery might not successfully correct pre-existing asymmetry.
- Partial or total loss of the nipples or areolae. Rarely, the blood supply to the nipple or areola is interrupted during a breast lift. This can damage breast tissue in the area and lead to the partial or total loss of the nipple or areola.
- Difficulty breast-feeding