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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic surgery. Ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery:
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you are bothered by any of the following physical features:
You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you are in general, in good health:
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 long lasting.
The following information will give you a sense for what kinds of activities are safe during the recovery period.
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:
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.
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.
To find out which surgery is most appropriate for you, please request a consultation.