Many women begin to experience unwanted and unflattering changes to their body as they age. Excess or sagging breast skin can also cause the nipple-areola complex to droop below the natural breast crease. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that addresses breast skin laxity by lifting and reshaping the breasts to produce an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Pregnancy, weight loss, and breastfeeding can cause a woman’s breasts to lose elasticity, which leads to sagging and a lack of firmness. Breast lift surgery can treat sagging breasts by removing excess skin and restoring the bust to a perkier, more youthful appearance.
When a woman’s breasts begin to sag, her figure may look unbalanced. Enlarged nipples and areolas that point downward can also make her chest appear unflattering. Breast lift surgery can address these issues to create a more balanced, natural-looking silhouette.
Women who struggle with drooping breasts may feel embarrassed and self-conscious about their appearance. Breast lift surgery can not only reshape the breasts to a more favorable position, but it can also have a positive impact on your body confidence and overall quality of life.
Dr. Hung will determine which technique will best suit your needs based on the extent of sagging you have. He will discuss the size and shape of your breasts, your incision options, and other details during your consultation.
During your procedure, an incision is made around the areola, through which the underlying breast tissue is lifted, and excess skin is removed. The remaining tissue is then tightened and reshaped, and the nipple-areolar complex is also adjusted to produce a more balanced bust.
If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts and desire a larger bust, Dr. Hung can perform breast augmentation in addition to your breast lift surgery. Combining these procedures will address the loss of upper pole fullness to enhance your overall results.
Following your breast lift surgery, you will be asked to wear a surgical bra to support your new breasts. Swelling and bruising will occur but should subside after a few weeks. You may also experience some pain during your recovery, and Dr. Hung will prescribe medication to alleviate the discomfort.
Make sure you avoid all strenuous activities or exercise for at least one month, as returning to an active lifestyle too soon can result in further swelling or bleeding. Dr. Hung recommends light activities around the house that will not put any stress on your breasts to prevent blood clots from developing. You can return to work one week after your surgery.
You will see immediate improvement after your breast lift surgery. However, it could take several months to one year before your final results become apparent.
The degree of scarring will depend on the technique used during your breast lift surgery. Any visible scarring can be hidden with clothing and will likely fade over time.
The cost of your breast lift procedure will depend on several factors, including anesthesia fees, surgical fees, and techniques used. Dr. Hung will provide you with a cost estimate during your consultation.
The best candidates for breast lift surgery must be in good health, have realistic expectations of their results, and not plan to have any more children. During your consultation, Dr. Hung will go over your past medical and pregnancy history while also examining the condition of your breasts.
While a breast lift often makes the breasts more compact, it does not significantly decrease the size. Breast lift surgery removes excess skin and tightens the internal tissue so that the breasts sit higher on the chest and project outwards. It will not remove fat or glandular tissue. If you are looking to change the size of your breasts, consider an additional breast enhancement procedure like breast augmentation or breast reduction.
A breast lift will require incisions around the areola and, in some cases, move the areola (either keeping it attached or detaching it from the breast). This process can sever the connection between the milk duct and the nipple, either reducing or eliminating the ability to breastfeed. There is no guarantee that you will or won’t be able to breastfeed following a breast lift, and many prospective mothers are recommended to wait until after they have had their children if breastfeeding is a significant concern.
Breast lift surgery restores youthful-looking, perky breasts. Unfortunately, even though this surgery addresses breast sagging, it cannot prevent future sagging (ptosis) from occurring. Eventually, the natural aging process and weight fluctuations will impact the look of your breasts. Even though your breast tissue will continue to age, your breast aesthetics will always be better than if you didn’t have the surgery.
Breast lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia with sedation. It generally takes between one and three hours to complete depending on the extent of correction needed.
Some risks and side effects associated with breast lift surgery may include: