Gravity, decreasing skin elasticity, weight gain and loss, pregnancy, and nursing aren’t kind to a woman’s breasts. These factors can cause the breasts to sag, droop, and lose their firmness. But a breast lift with Dr. Aydin can lift your breasts back to their former position, lifting your spirits along with it.
A breast lift, clinically known as mastopexy, removes excess skin on and around the breasts to raise, reshape, and firm up your breasts, returning them to a younger profile. In the procedure the size of the areolae can also be reduced.
Would I benefit from a breast lift?
If you look at your breasts in the mirror and long for the days when they were higher, firmer, and rounder, a breast lift could be a good procedure for you. A breast lift can also be used to correct breasts that aren’t symmetrical.
The goal is to counteract the effects of weight gain and loss, gravity, and nursing, and that’s why it’s important to consider if you want to have more children in the future. If you do, Dr. Aydin advises patients not to have a breast lift until after that child is born and you’re finished breastfeeding. Why? The effects of pregnancy and nursing will counteract the results of your breast lift.
A breast lift doesn’t affect the size of the breasts and it doesn’t change the fullness or roundness in the upper portion of the breasts. Women who want to change the size or roundness of their breasts can opt to have breast augmentation or breast reduction done in combination with their breast lift.
Generally, a breast lift can be a good procedure if you have some or all of these existing issues with your breasts:
- Your breasts have lost their shape or volume
- Your breasts sag
- The skin on your breasts is stretched
- Your breasts are flat, elongated, or pendulous
- Your nipples point downward
- Your breasts are asymmetrical
There are different methods used in mastopexy. In your consultation with Dr. Aydin, you’ll discuss your options. The size and shape of your breasts, the amount of excess skin, degree of sagging, and other issues will dictate which method is best.
Three incision types are common. In cases where the patient has smaller breasts with minimal sagging, Dr. Aydin will often use a donut-shaped incision around the areola. This is called small-incision mastopexy. Otherwise, the incision will either be in the shape of a lollipop, moving around the areola with a single line running down to the breast crease at the bottom of the breast; or in the shape of an anchor, running around the areola, down to the breast crease, and moving outward in both directions along the breast crease.
Once the incision has been made, Dr. Aydin lifts and reshapes the breast tissue to a new, higher contour. The nipple and areola is relocated to a higher position, and extra skin around the perimeter of the areola can be removed if desired. The last step is to remove excess skin that is a result of decreasing elasticity.
After your breast lift, your incisions will be covered with bandages and dressings. You will wear a surgical support bra for the first few days, and then this will be replaced with a softer support bra that will need to be worn 24-hours-a-day for one month. Your pain usually only lasts a couple days; swelling will last a couple weeks. Most patients can return to work one full week after surgery, but any exercise or heavy lifting needs to be avoided for six weeks to allow the scar tissue to reach its maximum strength. There will be scarring, but this will fade dramatically with time.
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