Dr. Lohner sees patients from Bryn Mawr, Main Line, Rosemont, Philadelphia, and other cities throughout Pennsylvania for breast lift surgery.
Considering a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure performed to alleviate sagging breasts and loss of firmness due to age, nursing, and other factors. Many women lose breast volume after pregnancy, and all women naturally lose skin elasticity and size as they grow older. Patients who elect to undergo a breast lift often have implants inserted at the same time to increase volume and firmness. A breast lift can, at least temporarily, counteract the forces of aging and help to enhance a woman’s appearance and self-confidence.
The ideal candidate for achieving best results from a breast lift is a woman with relatively small, sagging breasts. Though mastopexy leaves a woman’s milk glands and ducts intact, those who plan to have children may want to wait to have the procedure because pregnancy and nursing will reverse many of the effects of the procedure. By the same token, the results of a breast lift will also be shorter term for women with larger, heavier breasts.
The Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift may actually involve a number of separate procedures. The full breast lift normally requires the surgeon to make an incision around the areola, vertically from below the nipple to the breast crease, and along the crease. There will be scarring in all of these areas, from light to severe depending on the patient and her lifestyle (for example, smoking tends to increase the visibility of scarred tissue).
After the incision is made the surgeon moves the areola and nipple up higher on the breast and removes skin and tissue from the lower portion. The areolas are often reduced in size during this procedure, if so desired by the patient.
Modified breast lifts are offered by some surgeons, usually with the goal of reducing scarring and recovery. These techniques require smaller or fewer incisions and generally produce less change to the size and shape of the patient’s breasts. A few common names for these procedures are “donut lift” (concentric mastopexy), “lollipop lift,” and “crescent lift.” Modified lifts often include implants as part of the procedure.
Breast Lift Recovery
Mastopexy is a serious operation. Even though it is commonly performed on an outpatient basis, it may take one to two days before you feel well enough to be on your feet. Most patients are unable to work for at least a week and will be restricted in their activities for up to a month or more. After four or five weeks, patients can gradually resume all of their pre-operative activities.
It is very important during the recovery process to follow your doctor’s instructions precisely; doing so can improve your final appearance, speed up recovery, and minimize permanent scars.
Potential Breast Lift Complications
Like any major surgery, a breast lift operation can result in a negative reaction to anesthesia, infection, and post-operative bleeding. The body’s normal response to surgery causes inflammation and swelling, which can lead to dry skin and some loss of feeling or numbness in the breasts and nipples. These symptoms are usually temporary and subside within the first two months after the operation.
How to Gain the Most from a Breast Lift
To achieve and maintain the best possible long-term benefits from a mastopexy procedure, you should choose a reputable, qualified surgeon. Ask him or her for a complete description of what you are about to undergo, and request to see photos of previous patients who have gone through the same procedure. Make sure you are comfortable communicating your expectations clearly to the surgeon you choose, and remember that the results won’t last forever. If you follow these guidelines you are likely to be happier with your outcome and your final appearance.
The content of this Web site is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or instruction. If you have more questions about Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr breast lift surgery, other cosmetic treatments, or plastic surgery procedures, please call Dr. Lohner’s Main Line Pennsylvania office and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation.