What is a Breast Lift?
A surgical breast lift is a cosmetic treatment that recontours the breasts by reducing excess skin and pulling tight the remaining tissue to produce a firmer, younger appearance. This life-changing surgery is offered for women who have lost breast fullness and shape and who have breast sagging due to aging, significant weight loss, or nursing. Medical breakthroughs in breast lift surgery have made this procedure so effective that new stats released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show around a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Julio Sosa, a board-certified plastic surgeon in West Bloomfield, MI, offers this cosmetic breast surgery at Bloomfield Plastic Surgery. By utilizing the most advanced methods, Dr. Sosa can decide on the proper technique, depending on the level of sag present in addition to the desired aesthetic goal.
Who is a Candidate for a breast lift?
You may visit Bloomfield Plastic Surgery hoping to get breast implants; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is a better option. This will be based on the severity of breast sagging that is present. Breasts and nipples that point down usually need a breast lift to correct skin irregularities or raise the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If your nipples point downward and your breasts look elongated, a breast lift can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.
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What to expect during a breast lift
Breast lift surgery takes about 2 – 4 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. The timeframe of this surgery depends on the condition of your breasts. The method used for mastopexy surgery generally falls within two categories — these are based on the location and type of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the preferred types. Once the incision is made, any loose skin is carefully trimmed away along with breast tissue and fat that is not desired. The skin left behind is then pulled tight, and the breasts are brought up and lifted so they look younger and healthier. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reduced to match the new shape of the breast. It is during this time an implant can be inserted inside the breast if this was agreed upon with Dr. Sosa before surgery. If a breast lift is the only technique being performed and if breast fullness and shape are a concern, breast implants can be done at a later date.
How long is recovery after a breast lift?
The overall recovery period for a mastopexy is more lengthy than breast augmentation surgery. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to assist with swelling. A tiny tube will also be placed near the surgical area to assist with excess drainage that can sometimes occur after surgery. The post-surgical swelling will decrease within several days. Dr. Sosa or a member of his team will provide specific, at-home incision care instructions to assist your healing process. Results following a breast lift treatment begin to take shape after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your chest. The breasts will appear natural, and you will feel healthy and beautiful.
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Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your unique concerns. Often, a breast lift can improve the form and fullness of your breasts without implants. Dr. Sosa will assess your physical condition and also listen to your goals during your consultation, then decide whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up as part of the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, then Dr. Sosa can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This can be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the best incision pattern and technique to use in your breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Sosa will assess the appearance and condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a breast lift will be able to help you. During your surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for symmetry.
Plan Your Procedure
Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of so many women in the West Bloomfield area. If you have drooping breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or prevent you from wearing the clothes you want, a breast lift at Bloomfield Plastic Surgery may be the right surgery for you. During your first consultation, a thorough physical exam will be given by Dr. Sosa, and your goals for surgery will be discussed. We will establish a tailored surgical plan to help transform your breasts. We invite you to contact Bloomfield Plastic Surgery and learn more about how to schedule your first visit.
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