Mastopexy (Breast Lift) The Woodlands
Mastopexy, also known as the breast lift, is a cosmetic procedure used to lift breasts that have lost their tightness and firmness and that have fallen secondary to aging. Breast lifts give the breasts youthful qualities like tautness and perkiness and places them back in their normal position.
Throughout their lives, many women experience issues such as breast sagging (ptosis) and asymmetry. These changes come about as a result of factors like heredity, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, breastfeeding, aging, and gravity.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for the Breast Lift?
It is important to feel good with the body that you have and many women see a huge increase in self-esteem after having a breast lift procedure. While considering a medical procedure, you must decide whether or not the procedure is right for you. You may be an ideal candidate for mastopexy if you fulfill any of the following criteria:
- Pendulous breasts when you are in your twenties
- Breasts lacking in firmness and that are sagging below the normal anatomic position
- Downward-pointing areolae
- Breasts that are asymmetrical in shape or size
How Is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?
All breast lift procedures are customized specifically for the patient based on their desired type and degree of change. The surgery generally takes anywhere from one to four hours to complete.
Generally, the surgeon removes extra skin from the breasts during the procedure, lifting and reshaping them, while at the same time moving the areolae to a higher position. The size of the areolae can also be altered in order to better fit the new proportions of the breasts.
Breast Lift Incision Types
After general anesthesia is administered, the surgeon creates an incision. The type and location of the incision for your procedure will be discussed during your pre-operative consultation. It will primarily depend on the amount of tissue that needs to be relocated or lifted.
The anchor incision is performed when removing a great deal of tissue. To create this incision pattern, an incision is made around the perimeter of the areola, along with a vertical cut traveling down to the breast crease. A curved horizontal incision is then made in the breast crease.
The lollipop incision, or vertical breast lift, is for women with moderate sagging. This type is made around the perimeter of the areola and then vertically down to the breast crease.
The donut, or periareolar, incision pattern involves making a circular incision around the perimeter of the areola. It is suitable for correction of less breast sagging than the lollipop incision.
The crescent incision is performed in the case of minor breast sagging and involves a crescent of tissue removed at and above the top border of the areola.
Regardless of the incision method used, the incisions are closed with sutures after the operation is complete.
Breast Lift Recovery
Following the breast lift procedure, the client will wear a surgical bra in order to support the healing breast tissues. This bra will be worn for several weeks. The client should expect to miss about three to five days of work and should be able to get back to strenuous activity in six weeks and after cleared to do so by the plastic surgeon.
Find out more about your breast lift incision options, the healing period, and more – contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Lind. located in The Woodlands Texas, but also serving Houston, Conroe, and College Station.