BREAST LIFT SURGERY (MASTOPEXY)
The breasts are comprised of ligaments and connective tissue, and as the elasticity of the breast tissue decreases, the ligaments and skin begin to stretch, which can lead to the condition of breast ptosis (the medical term to describe breasts that sag or droop). Every woman will experience some degree of breast ptosis as she gets older; however, there are a number of factors that can exacerbate this condition:
- Breast size (larger breasts tend to sag more than small breasts)
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
- Weight loss—as the breasts decrease in size during the weight reduction process, the skin and ligaments are often unable to conform to the new shape of the smaller breasts, giving the appearance that the breasts are ‘empty’ or sagging.
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Breast lift surgery is designed to treat and correct the condition of breast ptosis by lifting and reinforcing the internal support structures of the breasts. Mastopexy procedures can effectively raise the position of the breasts, tighten the surrounding breast tissue, and remove excess skin in order to create the appearance of youthfully firm, perky breasts. Breast lifts can also be employed to treat breast-related aesthetic issues such as: enlarged areolas, asymmetrical breasts (breasts that are different sizes), and downward pointing nipples.
Mastopexy is a highly technical procedure that requires precision, accuracy and a keen eye to artistic detail. At Muse Plastic Surgery, located in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Wright Jones is a talented plastic surgeon who takes pride in keeping up with the latest developments in the ever-evolving field of breast surgery, in order to provide his patients with cutting edge surgical techniques and beautifully natural breast lift results. Along with his professional staff, Dr. Jones has worked to create a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your breast lift experience.
BREAST LIFT PROCEDURAL OPTIONS
There are four primary breast lift surgery techniques, and during your initial consultation, Dr. Jones will assess the severity of your breast ptosis in order to determine the best option to fulfill your surgical objectives:
- Full Mastopexy (Anchor lift or Inverted-T lift): suitable for patients who present with severe breast sagging, the full lift involves an anchor-shaped incision extending from the base of the areola to the bottom of the breast. A crescent-shaped piece of skin is excised from where the breast meets the rib cage, and the nipple is re-positioned to a more aesthetically desirable position.
- Vertical Mastopexy (Lollipop breast lift): appropriate for patients with moderate breast sagging, the vertical lift employs a straight incision from beneath the areola to the breast crease, and the excision of a donut-shaped piece of tissue from around the areola, followed by the re-attachment of the residual breast tissue to the areola.
- Benelli Breast Lift (Donut mastopexy): corrects mild to moderate ptosis with a similar, but less invasive technique than the vertical lift.
- Crescent lift (Nipple lift): a suitable option for patients with mild breast sagging, the crescent lift involves the removal of a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above the areola and the elevation of the nipple to a more appropriate position.
It is important to mention that breast lift surgery does not increase the size/volume or fullness of the breasts. If your surgical goals include augmenting your breast size, as well as lifting your breasts, Dr. Jones may recommend having a breast augmentation performed in conjunction with you breast lift procedure.
BREAST LIFT RECOVERY
After your mastopexy is complete, Dr. Jones will cover your incisions with dressings or bandages, and will place a small drain to siphon away any excess fluid or blood. For the initial phase of your recovery, you will need to wear a support bra or elastic bandage to support to your breasts and to minimize post-operative swelling. Your initial mastopexy results will be noticeable immediately after surgery, and will continue to improve over the next 2-3 weeks, as any residual swelling and bruising subsides. Your surgical scars will gradually fade until they are barely discernable, and you will be able to slowly resume your normal daily activities as it becomes comfortable to do so; however, you should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for the first few months after your breast lift surgery.
CONTACT MUSE PLASTIC SURGERY
At Muse Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jones focuses not on changing the core aesthetic components of his patients, but rather on using cosmetic enhancement procedures to help them become the absolute best that they can be. Dr. Jones believes in the importance of having well-informed patients, and will take the time to explain all of your mastopexy options and procedural details so that you feel completely comfortable about your surgery.
If you would like additional information about breast lift surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the Muse Plastic Surgery office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Jones.