Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
For many women, the effects of the natural aging process, pregnancy, and weight loss can be profound on the volume and skin of their breasts. Many women can suffer a loss of volume to their breast tissue, especially in the upper part of their breasts, and decreased elasticity of the skin. Over time this can lead to gradual drooping, or ptosis, of the breast. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is usually recommended to women not only to restore a more youthful and desired breast shape, but also to re-establish the proper position of the breasts. Women generally combine this procedure with an augmentation to achieve optimal results in the appearance of their breasts.There are three main types of breast lifts depending upon the degree of sagging (ptosis).
- Crescent: This is always combined with an augmentation procedure. The crescent lift is used for minimal ptosis. The incision is on the upper ½ of the nipple.
- Peri-aereolar: This is useful in moderate ptosis and is also commonly combined with an augmentation. The incision is completely around the nipple.
- Full or “Inverted T”: This is used for severe ptosis. The incision is around the nipple, vertical beneath the nipple and along the fold of the breast.
Any of the above lifting procedures may be combined with an augmentation procedure to add volume to the breast.
How do I prepare for surgery?
In your initial consultation with Dr. Antimarino, make sure to discuss your expectations for the procedure. This is the time to discuss your concerns and your goals as he will design a surgical plan specifically for you.
You may want to come in with a list of questions that you want to be answered before the procedure. This will eliminate any confusion and will provide you with the most comfortable experience at Bellissimo Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa.
The use of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or other supplements that may increase bruising should be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Lastly, you will also want to read through our patient resources, such as our note of privacy policies and surgeon checklist, to better educate yourself about the entire surgical process.
SURGERY: A breast lift is a routine outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The procedure can last 1-3 hours, depending upon the type of lift required and whether an augmentation is performed simultaneously.
What can I Expect After Surgery?
Patients are sent home with a light dressing and a post op compression bra. Patients will wear a sports bra for approximately 3-4 weeks after surgery. Most patients return to work within one week and most may resume their normal exercise routine within 3 weeks.
For a more detailed discussion and to answer all your surgical questions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Antimarino today.