If you suffer from breast sagging, a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) can bring your breasts back to a more youthful, high position. This surgery can also tighten the entire area if the skin and tissue have become lax. Sagging is a natural process that occurs as we age, and it can also occur in younger women due to genetics, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or weight loss.
In some cases, there may not be enough breast tissue to create the round shape you desire. A Breast Augmentation/Breast Lift combination can both lift the breasts to a higher location while also increasing their size and enhancing their shape. This involves breast implants and requires no additional incisions. If you are interested in this combination surgery, please see our Breast Augmentation page for information about breast implants.
Dr. Clinton can discuss these options with you during your examination and consultation. If you are happy with the size of your breasts, Mastopexy may be sufficient to provide you with your desired result. Dr. Clinton is a great listener and is empathetic to your concerns. Most importantly, he has the training and experience to evaluate your case carefully and create a unique surgical plan for you.
He trained at Vanderbilt and Duke – two of the country’s most prestigious universities – and he spent years in trauma care before focusing on the field of aesthetics. He also performs many reconstructive surgeries every year. As a result, he has the experience to work on even the most complex of cases.
What Happens During a Breast Lift?
The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis using a light general anesthetic. The amount of lifting required to achieve the desired result will dictate the position and length of the incisions.
A periareolar incision may be made around the areola (the dark circle surrounding the nipples). In some cases, a vertical incision running from the bottom of the areolas to the breast crease may be required. Finally, an inframammary incision under the crease of the breasts may also be necessary. Most patients need only what is often called a “lollipop” incision, which involves the periareolar and vertical incisions without the inframammary incision.
Scars are covered by a bra, bathing suit, and the most revealing of tops. Over time, the scars will become less noticeable, and the goal is that even without clothes, the scars will not be conspicuous.
In lifting the breast tissue higher on the chest, Dr. Clinton will remove stretched skin, if necessary, to reshape the breasts. If your areolas have stretched or become misshapen, they can be reshaped and/or resized, if necessary.
After the appropriate time in our recovery area, you can go home in the care of a friend or family member. You will not be able to drive due to the effects of the anesthesia.
Breast lift and enlargement, also known as mastopexy with implants, is intended to improve the appearance of small, saggy breasts, usually in patients after multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from a Breast Lift?
We will send you home with written instructions for how to take care of yourself after your surgery. You will also be evaluated no later than the day after your procedure and monitored during your recovery period. We encourage you to call us if you have any questions at all.
Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected after surgery. Swelling is usually the last side effect to go away. If you experience pain, you can take oral medications. Non-prescription meds are often sufficient, but if you need something stronger, you may use the prescription provided in your surgery packet.
You may wear a soft sports bra or a camisole top with a built-in shelf bra for a period of time, and you will be more comfortable sleeping on your back for approximately four weeks. You must avoid heavy lifting and any strenuous activity or “straining” for two weeks.
Most women return to work within a week to ten days, but we will discuss this with you based on your individual case. We will provide you with a post-operative plan to help you return to all normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.
Results from breast lift surgery can be long-term, but they are certainly impacted by weight loss/gain, environmental factors, and the natural aging process. After nine months, mammograms can continue as normal.