Many things can contribute to the loss of elasticity and firmness of the breasts. If your breasts are sagging due to aging, pregnancy or weight loss, then you may be thinking about whether a breast lift is right for you.
Here are seven things you should know about a breast lift, which is also called a mastopexy:
- A breast lift lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. Nipples are repositioned and the areola, which is the darker skin around the nipple, can be reduced at this time as well.
- If you also lack volume, you will need implants in addition to a lift. A breast augmentation can be performed at the same time.
- The incision that will be recommended depends on the condition of your breasts. If you need a slight lift, you may need a smaller incision. If you need a more involved lift, your incision type will be more significant. Your plastic surgeon will help you determine which approach would be best.
- There are three incision types. The circumareolar is made around the nipple areola complex, and the final scar will be hidden. The circumvertical or lollipop incision goes around the areola and then vertically to the natural crease of the breast. The final patter is anchor shaped and encircles the areola, down vertically to the crease and along the crease of the breast.
- This outpatient procedure usually takes about two hours with one hour in recovery right after surgery. You’ll need someone to drive you home and care for you, especially initially after surgery.
- One of the perks of a breast lift is that there is minimal discomfort that resolves within a few days. You will want to follow your surgeon’s post-surgical instructions closely for optimal recovery and healing.
- The swelling will resolve in the first 2-6 weeks after surgery. Scars will continue to fade and improve with time.
If you are interested in learning more about breast lift surgery and whether you are a good candidate for surgery, call our office at 801-571-2020 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Watterson.