About Your Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Commonly referred to as a breast lift or boob lift, mastopexy surgery raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
Enhancing your appearance with a Breast Lift
A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:
- Weight fluctuations
Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is youthful and uplifted.
What Breast Lifts don’t do
Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller, consider breast lift and augmentation surgery. If you want smaller breasts, consider combining breast lift and reduction surgery.
Is A Breast Lift Right For Me?
Breast lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
A Breast Lift is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- You do not smoke
- You have realistic expectations
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag, have lost shape and volume
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower than the other
What happens during breast lift surgery? Your Breast Lift (mastopexy) surgery can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on:
- Breast size and shape
- The size and position of your areolas
- The degree of breast sagging
- Skin quality and elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during breast lift surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
There are three common incision patterns:
Around the areola
Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease
Step 3 – Reshaping your breasts
After your doctor makes the incisions:
- The underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness.
- The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height.
- If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter.
- Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.
Step 4 – Closing the incisions
After your breasts are reshaped and excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisionsare closed.
Some incision lines resulting from breast lifts are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.
Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.
Step 5 – See the results
The results of your breast lift surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade.
Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realize the fulfillment of your goal for breasts which have been restored to a more youthful and uplifted position.
Breast lift results will be long-lasting
The final results of your breast lift will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent, but will continue to fade over time.
Your mastopexy results will be long-lasting. Over time, your breasts can continue to change due to aging and gravity. But, you’ll be able to retain your new look longer if you:
- Maintain your weight
- Keep a healthy lifestyle
Special note: While a breast lift does not usually affect breast function, if you are planning to become pregnant, discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed.
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Breast Lift Surgery with Dr. John Michael Thomassen
A Breast Lift (Mastopexy) is a surgical procedure that plastic surgeons use to lift and reshape pendulous breasts. Dr. John Michael Thomassen performs Breast Lift procedures on a regular basis at his surgery center in Fort Lauderdale. Once complete, a Breast Lift provides the patient with a breast profile that appears uplifted and more youthful.
Changes to the Breasts Are Common
As time passes, the breasts become less firm and lose their youthful shape. These changes occur due to a loss of skin elasticity.
Loss of skin elasticity and firmness of the breast can occur due to:
- fluctuations in weight;
- pregnancy and/or breastfeeding;
- genetics; and/or
Another common issue is enlarged areolas, Dr. Thomassen can address this problem during a Breast Lift in Fort Lauderdale as well.
Who Should Consider a Breast Lift?
A Mastopexy is a good option for individuals who:
- have maintained a stable weight for a considerable amount of time;
- do not smoke;
- have nipples and areolas that fall beneath the breast crease and point downward (when unsupported);
- do not intend to become pregnant or lose a substantial amount of weight;
- are not happy with the way their breasts look because they have lost volume, sag and/or appear elongated;
- have enlarged areolas; and/or
- have one breast that appears longer than the other.
A Breast Lift will not round out the upper portion of the breast or increase/decrease their size. Individuals who would like fuller breasts should speak with Dr. Thomassen about having a Mastopexy with an Augmentation; likewise, individuals who would like smaller breasts should inquire about having a Breast Lift in conjunction with a Reduction.
An Initial Consultation with Dr. Thomassen in Fort Lauderdale
When patients visit Dr. Thomassen at his Fort Lauderdale office for the first time:
- Dr. Thomassen will ask about their medical history. He will also want to know about the patient’s family history, especially in reference to breast cancer.
- Patients need to bring their most recent mammogram and/or biopsy results with them, as well as a list of their current medications. In addition, patients will be asked about their use of herbal supplements and vitamins.
- Patients who drink alcohol, smoke tobacco and/or use recreational drugs should mention this to Dr. Thomassen during their initial consultation; furthermore, if a patient has any allergies to medications or latex, this should also be disclosed.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Thomassen might:
- Take pictures of the breasts. These pictures will be placed in the patient’s file. He may use the photos for comparison purposes following the procedure, as well as for reference while planning the patient’s Mastopexy.
Make recommendations as to which anesthesia he would like to use during the patient’s procedure.
- Answer questions related to a Breast Lift (Augmentation and Reduction, when applicable).
- Discuss complications and/or risks related to the procedure(s) the patient is interested in learning more about.
Preparing for a Mastopexy in Fort Lauderdale
Dr. Thomassen may request that his patient has a routine physical prior to the Breast Lift surgery. Patients may also need to discontinue taking certain medications prior to their Mastopexy procedure at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale.
The Breast Lift Procedure
A Breast Lift at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale is an outpatient procedure. The length of time the surgery lasts depends on the number of procedures Dr. Thomassen is performing; however, most procedures are complete within two and a half hours. Since patients will receive anesthesia during their Mastopexy, they need to bring a driver with them on the day of their procedure.
Patients receive either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. These medications ensure that patients remain comfortable throughout their Mastopexy.
2. The Incisions
The location of the incisions is determined by various factors, including:
- the shape and size of the breasts;
- the patient’s skin quality (elasticity and extra skin)
- the location and size of the patient’s areolas as well as
- the amount of breast sagging Dr. Thomassen needs to address.
The three incision patterns frequently used during a Breast Lift:
The Anchor, Keyhole or Inverted-T Incision
An incision is made around the patient’s areola and then vertically down to the breast crease. Once the breast crease is reached, a horizontal incision is made along the breast crease itself.
The Periareolar Incision
Dr. Thomassen makes an incision around the areola itself.
The Lollipop Incision
An incision is made around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease.
3. The Breasts Are Reshaped
Following the creation of the incisions, Dr. Thomassen will:
- Gently lift and reshape the breast to improve its firmness and contour.
- Reposition the nipple and the areola to a natural-looking, more youthful height on the breast.
- When necessary, excess skin is removed from around the perimeter of the areolas.
- In order to compensate for the loss of elasticity, any excess breast skin is removed.
4. Layered Sutures Are Placed Deep Within the Patient’s Breasts
Once Dr. Thomassen reshapes the breasts and removes the excess skin, he tightens the skin that remains and closes the incisions. In order to ensure that the newly lifted breasts remain supported and to reshape the breasts themselves, sutures are placed deep within the patient’s breast tissue.
5. The Outer Incisions Are Closed
Dr. Thomassen closes the outer incisions using surgical tape, skin adhesives and/or sutures. Although some of the incision lines will be concealed within the natural contours of the breast, others will be visible. While incision lines are permanent, in the majority of cases the lines will fade substantially with time.
6. Surgical Bra or Compression Garment Placement
Depending on the procedures performed, patients receive a soft surgical bra or compression garment.
7. Initial Breast Lift Results
Breast Lift results are visible immediately following the procedure. As time passes, inflammation resolves and the incision lines fade.
8. Recovering from a Breast Lift in Fort Lauderdale
To attain the best results following any plastic or reconstructive surgery, patients need to follow the post-op instructions they receive.
- Patients who have a Breast Lift alone experience minimal discomfort; whereas, patients who have a Breast Lift with an Augmentation or Reduction should expect to experience moderate discomfort for approximately two days following their procedure.
- The majority of patients can return to work within five days of their Mastopexy.
- Following a Breast Lift, light exercise is usually allowed after two weeks and full exercise at the end of four weeks.
If a patient has a Breast Lift in conjunction with an Augmentation or Reduction, restrictions will vary from those listed above.
9. Final Results
As the breasts settle, patients will realize their final results. These results are evident within a few months of the procedure. Even after a Mastopexy, gravity and aging can cause a patient’s breasts to continue changing; however, patients who maintain their weight and follow a healthy lifestyle, will enjoy long-lasting Breast Lift results.
Individuals who would like to know more about the various cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive procedures available at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale should contact the office today.
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