About Breast Lift Surgery
A surgical breast lift is a body contouring procedure that reshapes the breasts by reducing loose skin and pulling tight the leftover tissue to produce a more youthful and healthier look. This body contouring surgery is offered for women who have lost breast fullness and shape and who are experiencing breast sagging due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Medical breakthroughs in mastopexy techniques have made this treatment so effective that new statistics released by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal around a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Raj Sawh-Martinez, a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon in Lake Mary, FL, performs this cosmetic breast surgery at his private practice, Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. By implementing the most advanced methods, Dr. Sawh-Martinez can choose the proper technique, depending on the degree of sag present in addition to the desired aesthetic goal.
Breast Lift Ideal Candidates
You may come to Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery hoping to undergo breast augmentation with implants, but after a private assessment, you might discover that breast lift surgery is what you really need. This is because of the severity of breast sagging that is sometimes present. Breasts and nipples point down most often need a breast lift to reduce skin looseness and raise the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts look elongated, a lift surgery can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health and at a stable weight.
Breast Lift Surgical Technique
A breast lift takes about two hours or more and is performed using general anesthesia. The duration of this surgery is dependent on the severity of breast sag. The surgical technique used for mastopexy surgery typically falls within two categories — the technique is defined by the nature of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the preferred methods. Once the incision is made, any loose and excess skin is carefully trimmed away along with fat and tissue that is not desired. The skin left behind is then tightened and the breasts are brought up and lifted so they appear younger and healthy. In most situations, the size of the areola is reduced to be symmetric with the new shape of the breast. It is during this time an implant or a fat transfer can be placed inside the breast if this was discussed with Dr. Sawh-Martinez before surgery. If the lift is the only technique being performed and if breast fullness and shape are a worry, breast implants can be implemented at a later date.
What To Expect with Breast Lift
The overall recovery period for a mastopexy is more extensive than breast augmentation surgery. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to reduce swelling. A tiny tube is also inserted near the surgical area to help with excess drainage that can often occur after a surgical procedure. After surgery, the swelling will decrease within the first week. Dr. Sawh-Martinez or a member of his team will provide specific, home treatment care instructions to help with your healing process. Aesthetic results after a breast lift treatment become evident after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your chest. Your breasts will appear natural, and you will feel younger and more confident.
Breast Lift Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Sawh-Martinez will assess your wants and goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Afterward, he can estimate your out-of-pocket costs. When performed well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your body so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Sawh-Martinez, rather than low prices. To help make surgery affordable, our staff will help you find low-interest financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your goals and body type. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Sawh-Martinez will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision about whether you would benefit most from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Typically, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Sawh-Martinez can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With proper post-surgery care, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you might start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors, such as significant weight loss or gain, can change your results; therefore, it is best to remain at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Sawh-Martinez suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Sawh-Martinez will evaluate the appearance and physical condition of your breasts in your consultation and talk about how a lift will be able to help. During your lift, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for symmetry.
Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of thousands of Lake Mary, FL women. If you experience drooping breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prevent you from wearing the clothes you want, a mastopexy at Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial consult, a thorough physical exam will be performed by Dr. Sawh-Martinez and your goals for surgery will be discussed. We will customize a tailored surgical plan to assist in transforming your breasts. We invite you to contact our facility to speak with our patient coordinator to schedule your first visit.