What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to improve the look of sagging breasts as a result of aging, weight loss, nursing, loss of elasticity, firmness, and other factors. When a patient undergoes a breast lift surgery, the surgeon will contour the breasts as the tissues are tightened, reshaped and extra skin is removed. Breast lift surgery has become increasingly popular over the last few years.
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Are you a candidate for breast lift?
There are certain characteristics that define the ideal candidate for breast lift surgery. Though breast lift surgery can give you a confidence boost, it’s not the answer to a perfect life. It’s very important to understand the reason behind having this cosmetic procedure. If you are doing this for external factors; such as wanting to please someone else or to mask a different issue, you may want to think things through a bit more. It’s also important to openly and honestly discuss your expectations with your surgeon. The ideal candidate of a breast lift procedure is someone who is physically healthy, realistic about the results she wants, and is doing this for her own benefit.
Breast lift surgery techniques
• Crescent Lift
The crescent lift procedure is the least invasive procedure. The nipple position is improved by removing a crescent of skin from the top of the nipple area. This incision is also known as a Partial Mastopexy.
• Benelli Lift
A Benelli lift, or Circumreolar Lift, is a doughnut shaped incision made around the areola. Circular tissue is then removed around the border of the areola and in some instances, excess skin is also removed. This technique allows the surgeon to move the nipple to a higher position.
• Lollipop Lift
A Vertical Scar Mastopexy, commonly called the Lollipop Lift, is similar to the Benelli lift but is meant for women with a higher degree of sagging. In this procedure two incisions are made, there’s a circular incision around the areola and an incision that goes from the bottom of the areola vertically to the crease beneath the breast, creating the shape of a lollipop.
• Anchor Incision
The anchor shaped incision, also called the Mastopexy Lift, is one of the most common techniques for a breast lift and is used to lift breasts with with down-facing nipples and excessive sagging. This technique takes the Anchor Incision a step further by adding additional incisions along the breast crease to create an anchor shape. Though this is the most invasive technique, it produces dramatically positive results for women who have significant drops to their breasts.
Just like many other surgeries, there is a recovery period after a breast lift surgery. Prior to the procedure, it’s wise to make arrangements with family, friends, and work, to make sure you have the support you need post surgery. Allowing yourself plenty of time to heal is an important step. Your surgeon will advise you of the activities you can and can’t participate in for the first few weeks. Usually after the first two months you can return to full impact activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the surgery take?
Depending on the initial state of the breast and the technique used, the procedure can take between one to three hours to complete.
How long do the results last?
Though a breast lift will have some lasting power, unfortunately its not a permanent solution for the effects of aging and gravity. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wearing a bra will help slow down the process and reduce the amount of future sagging.