Breast Lift Surgery – Mastopexy
Over time, most women experience loss of firmness in their breasts due to the lessening of skin elasticity over time. Pregnancy and weight loss can also cause breasts to sag and loose fullness. Breast lift surgery, also called a mastopexy, doesn’t require changing your breast size to regain a taut and fuller contour; it can simply help you regain the breasts that feel more like yours. To learn more about this procedure, we invite you to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with a skilled surgeon at one of the East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery offices in Hoboken, Ridgewood, and Englewood. Our specialization in breast procedures and the ECAPS Center for Breast Reconstruction have helped our doctors to rank among the most respected cosmetic surgeons in New Jersey.
What happens during breast lift surgery?
A mastopexy usually involves raising the nipple and the areola, and removing excess tissue to reshape and support the breasts. Reshaping is achieved by removing excess surrounding tissue. But there are many different techniques for breast lift surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon will determine which methods will help you achieve your goals based on your body shape and breast tissue.
Am I a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
You may be a good candidate for a mastopexy if one or more of the following are true:
- Your breasts are fully developed and you are in good physical condition to withstand surgery.
- You have nipples and areolas that point downward and/or are stretched out.
- One of your breasts is lower than the other.
- You are bothered knowing that your breasts sag or lack shape and volume.
- Your breasts are pendulous or have a flat, elongated shape.
During your one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at one of our ECAPS offices in New Jersey, you will go over these considerations in order to ensure that your surgery is a success. You should be prepared to discuss your full medical history during your consultation, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances.
Breast Lift: Mastopexy Surgery Considerations:
The following factors are also important to consider prior to undergoing breast lift surgery:
Age: Breast lift surgery can be performed on women of any age, but to achieve the optimal outcome it is recommended that you wait until breast development has stopped.
Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause unpredictable changes in your breasts, and may affect the long-term results of your breast lift. Inform your plastic surgeon if you plan to get pregnant soon. Note: Breast lift surgery does not typically affect your ability to breastfeed.
Weight Loss: Your plastic surgeon will likely suggest that you complete your weight loss goals before you undergo any breast surgeries. Weight loss can affect your final results.
Surgery and Recovery
Breast lift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. This means you can get your breast lift in Ridgewood, Hoboken, or where ever you are most comfortable. After observation following your surgery you will probably be released home. You will be walking immediately following surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings or a surgical bra, and drain tubes may also be necessary to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You should be able to remove your dressings several after the surgery.
You must not lift, bend, pull, or push anything or engage in any strenuous activity for at least two weeks following your mastopexy. Swelling and discoloration will likely occur, and you may experience loss of sensation in the nipple area. This feeling may take up to a year to return to normal. Please note that not all recoveries are the same, and your healing process may vary depending on your individual situation. Your East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery surgeon will be there to support you through every step of the process—from initial consultation through recovery.
How Do I Prepare for My Procedure?
You will be provided with a detailed list of pre-operative instructions before your procedure. The instructions will include medications to avoid prior to your procedure, along with a list of products that you cannot use before your procedure, such as cigarettes and other nicotine products. It is important that you adhere to these instructions and call our office if you have any additional questions.
Other than that, try to get as much rest as possible prior to your procedure. Being rested and relaxed will greatly benefit you during your recovery.
Can I Combine My Breast Lift with Another Procedure?
Most women can have another breast enhancement procedure as well as a procedure on another area of the body at the same time as your breast lift. Many women choose to combine their breast lift with a breast augmentation to simultaneously enhance the size, shape, and projection of their breasts.
Also, during a package of procedures called a mommy makeover, a breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction can be performed simultaneously. This is ideal for women who have given birth and want to return to their pre-pregnancy bodies.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Because a breast lift is indeed a surgical procedure, some pain and discomfort are to be expected. However, patients have varying pain tolerances and the majority of patients state that the breast lift procedure produces only minimal pain.
You may experience a feeling of soreness around your breasts for the first few days after your procedure. If you need help managing your pain, we can provide you with a prescription for pain medication that is tailored to each individual patient.
Will I Still Be Able to Breastfeed?
There is a chance that you will experience some difficulty breastfeeding after your breast lift procedure. However, the risk is very small and can be reduced even further by utilizing different techniques and approaches. During your consultation, you will be able to discuss any concerns you may have with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
Will the Procedure Leave Noticeable Post-Surgical Marks?
The procedure requires the use of multiple incisions, which means that there will be some post-surgical marks once you have fully healed. Our board-certified plastic surgeons use extreme care and precision when making and closing the incisions to ensure that any post-surgical marks are well-hidden and barely noticeable in most cases.
There are multiple incisions patterns that you can choose from that produce different post-surgical marks. If the patient has minimal sagging, the incision can be made around the areola, where it will be well-hidden. If the amount of breast sagging is severe, additional incisions may be required along the bottom of the breast.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The longevity of your results depends on a number of factors. Aging, weight loss, pregnancy, genetics, and other factors have a significant impact on your results. Aside from any issues that may arise from these factors, most patients can expect their results to last for several years.
How Long Will It Take to Perform the Procedure?
The procedure length will depend on the type of lift performed and the amount of breast sagging that needs to be corrected. A breast lift can take anywhere from one and half to three hours to complete. This time will increase if another procedure is performed at the same time.
How Long Will It Take to Recover?
It can take up to six weeks to fully recover from your procedure. You will be able to perform a majority of your normal tasks after the first few days following your procedure, but you will need to wait six weeks before engaging in more physically demanding activities such as running. If your job does not require physical labor, you can return to work after a few days.
Do I Need to Have My Procedure Performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?
Plastic surgeons who have been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have undergone rigorous training in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and must pass a series of written and oral examinations. This intense training and education ensures that they fully understand how to perform the procedure and how to produce natural-looking results that complement that patient’s anatomy.