Nobody likes having drooping breasts. Drooping breasts can be a result of several factors, including breastfeeding and pregnancy, the aging process, gravity, sudden changes in weight, and genetics. These can also cause size asymmetry and enlarged areolae.
These issues are quite common. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, you may need a mastopexy. Also known as a breast lift, this procedure firms and lifts breasts in order to achieve a younger and perkier appearance. Asymmetries are corrected, and the areolae are made more proportional.
During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the surrounding tissues of the breasts are tightened. This helps to lift and contour the breasts.
GOOD CANDIDATES FOR MASTOPEXY
The best candidates for mastopexy surgery are women with sagging breasts who want to restore perkiness to their breasts. Candidates should have realistic expectations for the procedure.
Smokers are advised to quit smoking at least a month in advance of mastopexy surgery to aid in healing after the operation. People who regularly take anti-inflammatory pain medications are also asked to stop taking them before the procedure to avoid increased post-surgical swelling and bruising.
WHAT THE PROCEDURE ENTAILS
A breast lift is typically performed under general anesthesia in order to keep the patient comfortable and free of pain and discomfort.
There are several kinds of breast-lift surgeries depending on the types of incisions made during the procedure:
• A donut breast lift involves two concentric circles around the areola and are best for removing a small to moderate amount of tissue.
• A lollipop breast lift involves a circle around the areola and an incision down to the breast fold. These are best for removing a moderate amount of tissue.
• An anchor lift involves a circle around the areola, an incision down to the breast fold, and a curving horizontal incision across the breast fold. These are ideal for removing a large amount of tissue.
Once the incisions are made, excess skin is removed and the breasts are recontoured to restore symmetry and perkiness. The remaining skin is tightened, and the incisions are closed with sutures.
HEALING AFTER MASTOPEXY
Dr. Chevray may prescribe pain medication to help you deal with the pain in the initial few days. You should be able to resume your daily activities in about two weeks. However, be careful not to not indulge in any strenuous activities.
You can expect minimal aching, swelling, and bruising; these will go away on their own after a time and are nothing to worry about. The final results of the procedure will be apparent anywhere between two to twelve months from the date on which the procedure was completed.
If you want to retain the results you’ve received from the surgery, you must maintain a regular diet and exercise regimen to control fluctuations in weight.
RESTORE THE YOUTHFUL LOOK OF YOUR BREASTS
Put an end to sagging and asymmetry – contact the office of Dr. Pierre Chevray to find out more about mastopexy surgery. Dr. Chevray, a board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of knowledge, will be happy to tell you more about the procedure during a consultation.