About Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. Many women have found that by changing the appearance of breasts that are sagging, drooping or have lost volume over time, they can experience an increase in self-esteem and confidence. Breast lift surgery may be appropriate for women whose breasts have changed following pregnancy, weight loss, breast feeding, or the natural aging process.
Breast lift surgery (or breast mastopexy) is an elective cosmetic breast surgery to lift and improve the fullness of the breast. There are several different breast mastopexy techniques, each with their own risks and benefits. Your 8 West Clinic plastic surgeon is an expert breast mastopexy surgeon who will choose from a variety of techniques depending on each patient’s physical characteristics and objectives.
While a typical result of a breast lift includes lifting and improving the fullness of the breasts, it will not achieve an increase in volume. For women whose objectives include more volume, they may be candidates for a breast lift and breast augmentation performed at the same time.
Breast Lift Incisions
The placement of skin incision and scar patterns that your 8 West Clinic plastic surgeon uses in breast lift surgery depend on a number of variables including the amount of excess skin, elasticity, and degree of elevation required.
About the Short Scar Vertical Breast Mastopexy Technique
The short scar vertical incision breast lift is commonly called the LeJour mastopexy, vertical breast lift or lollipop lift. This technique is sometimes used for women with medium to large breasts who have moderate to severe breast ptosis.
The short scar vertical incision approach will require a scar around the areolar (pariareolar) and a vertical scar that extends from the centerline incision. The shape of the scar resembles a lollipop. The vertical scar can be quite visible, even after healed, and patients need to evaluate their tolerance for scarring carefully before they proceed with surgery.
About the Donut Mastopexy Technique
Doughnut mastopexy is a type of breast lift surgery that requires less skin removal and a shorter recovery period than with a standard “anchor” technique commonly used in breast reduction surgery. While a shorter recovery period is attractive, patients should consider that the doughnut technique may not be a good option for women with larger breasts.
During a donut mastopexy breast lift, your plastic surgeon makes two circular incisions around the circumference of the areola. A doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed and the remaining skin is reattached to the areola.
Breast lift Surgery Options
Every woman’s breasts are different. Only through a consultation with your expert breast lift plastic surgeon can your needs and objectives be properly assessed. There are several different types of breast surgery that may be appropriate for you:
Breast augmentation surgery involves the placement of saline or silicone filled implants behind the breast to increase the size and the shape.
Breast Mastopexy (Lift)
Breast lift surgery can be accomplished using different scar patterns, depending on each patient. Short scar approaches may be appropriate for women with small to medium breast with moderate to sever breast ptosis, while the donut incision approach may be more ideal for women with mild to moderate ptosis.
Breast reduction surgery may be more appropriate for women whose breasts are very large. The short scar vertical technique to breast reduction may be appropriate for women whose breast are droopy, while the anchor pattern approach can reduce sag and droopiness on the lower half of the breast, resulting in perkier breasts.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift
Breast mastopexy surgery in Vancouver is most commonly performed on people aged 18 years of age and older who are bothered by the size and shape of their breasts.
Ideal Candidates for Cosmetic Surgery
Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic surgery. Ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery:
- Internally motivated to have cosmetic surgery
- Have realistic expectations
- Comprehend the potential risks and complication
- Motivated to follow pre and post operative instructions
- Can comfortably afford the cost of cosmetic surgery
Physical Features that might make you right for a breast lift
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you are bothered by any of the following physical features:
- Drooping or sagging breasts
- Breasts that have lost volume over time following breast feeding or weight loss
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you are in general, in good health:
- You have normal blood pressure
- You are not taking blood thinners, or your family physician can safely recommend that you stop taking them for two weeks
- You are not pregnant of breastfeeding
Recovering from Breast Lift Surgery
Following breast mastopexy or breast reduction, it is expected that you will experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising which can last from two to three weeks. You can control any pain experienced during the first week of surgery with oral pain medication, after which time it is typically not necessary.
Prior to your surgery, your patient care team will provide detailed pre and post surgery instructions to ensure that you are properly prepared for the surgery and the recovery period. You will be advised not so sleep on your stomach for three weeks following surgery, and to wear a surgical bra for the first week or so. The surgical bra will be replaced by a sports bra which you will be encouraged to wear at all times for several weeks.
It is common to experience some loss of feeling in the nipples, which is caused by swelling. This numbness usually subsides along with the swelling over the next six to eight weights weeks, although sometimes it is permanent.
The following information will give you a sense for what kinds of activities are safe during the recovery period.
Time Off Work
- Most people take one to two weeks off work
Back to Normal Activities
- You can resume normal activities, such as light household work and taking a gentle stroll, the day after surgery
- You can resume light fitness activities, such as jogging or yoga, three to four weeks after surgery
- You can resume vigorous fitness activities, such heavy weight training or high impact cardio, four to six weeks after surgery
- You should avoid bending over and lifting heavy objects for two weeks after surgery
- You will experience swelling and bruising for up to two weeks following surgery
- Your incisions fill fade over time, but will never completely go away – however the benefits of breast lift surgery outweigh the scarring for the majority of people
- You will feel comfortable in a bikini roughly four weeks after surgery, although your scars will still be red and raised at this time
Risks & Complications of breast lift surgery
All surgeries have associated risks. Your plastic surgeon will review the risks and benefits of the surgery in detail during your surgical consult. In general, complications of breast lift surgery, while not expected, include:
- Risk of infection
- Risk of bleeding
- Risk of poor wound healing
- Risk of patient dissatisfaction with cosmetic result
- Risk of loss of nipple sensation
- Risk of scarring
Combination Breast Shaping Procedures
Vancouver breast mastopexy surgery is often combined with liposuction or tummy tuck surgery. This combination is particularly popular with mothers who are frustrated by the body changes that occurred as a result of pregnancy.
What Cosmetic Breast Surgery is Right for You?
While the information on this site is extensive, it is not designed the replace the skill and expertise of a board certified plastic surgeon. Use the information to help you explore the possibilities and educate yourself about the typical recovery period of cosmetic surgery. While this site provides general information about cosmetic surgery as it related to the average person, it cannot be used as a tool for people to decide which surgery is best for them. Only a thorough consultation with board certified plastic surgeon can provide the specific information required to make an informed decision about surgery.
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