Breast Lift, also known as Mastopexy, is a procedure for women who have lost the shape of their breasts due to breast feeding, weight loss, age and gravity. Breast lift surgery raises and firms the breast by removing excess skin and tightening the breast tissue to reshape and support the new contour. Patients often combine breast lift surgery with breast augmentation in order to lift and enhance the size of their breasts.
Breasts that have lost their shape can negatively affect a woman’s self-confidence and self-image.
Reasons for considering a Breast Lift
A Breast Lift is a procedure you should consider if you want to:
- Lift breasts that have fallen due to age
- Create symmetrical areolas and nipples
- Reshape and contour breasts after weight loss or breast feeding
Are you a good candidate for a Breast Lift?
A good way to determine if you could benefit from a breast lift, is placing a pencil in the crease underneath your breast, if the sagging tissue holds the pencil in place without the use of your hands, you could benefit from a breast lift. You are a good candidate for a Breast Lift surgery if:
- You are physically healthy
- You have realistic expectations. It is very helpful to look at Before and After pictures to assist you with you expectations and your decision process.
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too saggy or droopy
- Have nipples and areolas that point downward
- You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging
- You are ok with having slight scars on your breasts
- You are well informed about how the procedure is performed and the potential risks
- Are not planning on breastfeeding
- You do not smoke. If you are a smoker, you are strongly encouraged to refrain from smoking for at least a week prior to your surgery date and continue to refrain from smoking for two weeks or until your incisions have healed. This is very important since it will promote faster healing and reduce the risk of infection.
What a Breast Lift Surgery won’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 a Breast Augmentation in conjunction with a Breast Lift.
If you want smaller breasts, consider a Breast Reduction in combination with a Breast Lift.
Our physician will assist you in making these decisions.
How is the procedure performed?
Our expert CRNAs will place the patient under IV sedation. The Breast Lift procedure usually takes about two hours. Incisions are made based on the individual breast size and shape. These incisions help to remove excess skin and tissue therefore lifting the breast. Normally the areola and nipple are placed higher than before, and the lower breast tissue and skin and brought together to tighten the lower pole of the breast. The incision lines are permanent but in most cases fade and improve significantly with time.
Some women do not need an extensive mastopexy. These women can go through a smaller procedure known as the concentric or Bennelli mastopexy. In this procedure, a small area of skin is removed from around the areola. More recent techniques have been changing for minimal incisions and nipple sensation reducing surgeries.
Where is the surgery performed?
The surgery is performed in Estetica Institute’s accredited surgical center, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Our surgeries are performed at our state of the art surgical ORs by a highly trained staff of professionals who all maintain the highest credentials. Our facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
How long does the surgery take?
Typically, Breast Lift procedures take about two hours to perform. The patient will recover for about a half-hour after the procedure, and then may go home.
Can I drive myself home?
You cannot drive yourself home after the surgery. We suggest that you arrange for a ride home with a friend or relative. We are happy to help you arrange for a ride and some overnight help if necessary.
What happens after surgery? What is the recovery process?
After having a breast lift surgery, you need to stay home and get a lot of rest. You will be sent home with a package of instructions. Early activity is encouraged, and you may shower two days after the procedure. A simple but secure surgical bra is placed after the surgery. This bra can be changed to a bra of your choosing about one week later.
After just a few days of prescription pain medication, over the counter pain relievers can subdue any aches and pains the patient may still be experiencing. After the procedure, patients should follow the directions of the doctor to avoid any post-operation problems. After seven days, the patient will return to the facility to have her sutures removed.
Our caring and highly trained staff is here to help from your initial consultation through your recovery. The doctor is just a phone call away 24-7 for you after any surgical procedure.
Plastic surgery is very safe when performed by board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons in a surgery center that is licensed, like Estetica Institute. However, each patient must be viewed as a case-by-case basis and should be cleared prior to undergoing plastic surgery, no different than any other operation. Plastic surgery in itself is safe for the majority of patients that we see. Our patients have a formal history and physical examination and a full set of laboratories done prior to general anesthesia when the surgeon considers it necessary.
During your consultation, our surgeon and patient coordinator will discuss the potential risks, complications and side effects of the surgery. The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
For more information about breast lift procedures in Palm Beach Gardens performed by the expert physicians at Esthetic Institute or to schedule an appointment, please call 561.776.9555.
Dr. Greg DeLange is a highly trained and experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and then completed his Surgery Residency at the University of Texas. After completing a year as Chief Resident, he followed his General Surgical training with an additional two years of Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the prestigious University of Florida Shands Hospital. Dr. DeLange has performed over 20,000 Plastic Surgical cases and is certified by the distinguished American Board of Plastic Surgery.