Breast Lift

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There are three common incision patterns for a breast lift. The first is around the areola.

 

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Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease

 

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Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease

Mastopexy

Patients of a certain age, or who have lost a large amount of weight may choose to undergo a breast lift to correct breasts that have begun to sag or have lost volume. In his Tucson plastic surgery practice, Dr. Alfaro offers breast lift surgeries to women who struggle with this problem. By removing loose tissues and skin that lead to the appearance of aged breasts, Dr. Alfaro is able to help women realize breasts that look younger and fuller.

In some cases, a breast lift may be performed as a part of a suite of body contouring surgeries, which patients often find a necessity after bariatric surgery.

What to Expect During a Breast Lift

What is it?

Surgery to lift sagging breasts by removing loose skin and excess tissues. Restores breasts to a more youthful position.

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient

Surgery time:

1-3 hours

Recovery time:

1-2 weeks

How a Breast Lift Works

Several techniques can be used in a breast lift. The technique for you will be determined by your breast size and shape, the size and position of your areolas, the degree of breast sagging, and your skin quality.

Anesthesia is administered first, either IV sedation or a general anesthetic. There are three incision patterns that may be used: 1) around the areola 2) around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, and 3) around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.

After performing incisions, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped. The nipple and areola are elevated. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by removing skin at the perimeter. Loose breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of skin elasticity. Next, the remaining skin is tightened and the incisions are closed. Incision lines are concealed in the natural breast but can remain visible on the breast surface. They are permanent, but usually fade over time. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin at the end of the surgery.

After a week and a half, you may return to Dr. Alfaro to have your sutures and surgical tape removed. Any scarring will continue to fade and flatten over time, but it can be up to a year before you can experience the final result. The results of your breast lift will be long-lasting, but age and gravity will continue to play a role in the appearance of your breasts.

Breast Lift FAQ

What is mastopexy?

Mastopexy is another name for breast lift surgery, which raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue.

What problems can breast lift address?

Mastopexy can treat sagging breasts that have lost shape and volume. It may be right for you if 1) your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape 2) when unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease, 3) your nipples and areolas point downward, 4) you have stretched skin and enlarged areolas, 5) one breast is lower than the other.

How is a breast lift performed?

Several techniques can be used in a breast lift. The technique for you will be determined by your breast size and shape, the size and position of your areolas, the degree of breast sagging, and your skin quality.

What should I expect during recovery from breast lift?

Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You will wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts during healing. A thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid that collects after surgery. You will be given instructions about aftercare, medications, and follow-up appointments.

What are the risks of breast lift surgery?

Breast lift risks include: an unfavorable scar, hematoma, infection, poor healing, changes in sensation, anesthesia risks, contour irregularities, discoloration, swelling, bruising, damage to deeper structures , allergies to materials, breast asymmetry, fat necrosis, fluid accumulation, excessive breast firmness, loss of nipple and areola, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, blood clots, pain, and need for revision surgery.

Scheduling Your Breast Lift in Tucson

To remedy breasts that sag or have lost youthful volume, we encourage you to look into a breast lift. Board certified Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro is eager to hear from you. Please call our office today at (520) 323-9720 to schedule your consultation.