A famous quote from Donatella Versace speaks of a woman’s self-image as being the ultimate say on her emotional well-being: “Women’s bodies are curvy, sensual, it’s about being happy to be a woman- and sexy is always good.”
Being curvy comes from having shapely breasts and hips. Pregnant women have voluptuous and perky breasts, but they notice immediate sag post-delivery. Women who have lost a dramatic amount of weight may also notice this sagging.
Many women develop a negative self-image when the breasts start to sag. Happily, breast shape and perkiness can be restored through breast lift surgery, or mastopexy.
Mastopexy for Firmer Breasts
Mastopexy corrects droopiness of the breasts through surgical uplifting of the breast tissues. The specific technique used for the procedure is dependent on the angle of lift and degree of reshaping necessary to minimize the noticeable “pancake” affect associated with breast ptosis (droopiness).
Skin is elastic in nature, and when it loses its flexibility, there is an evident appearance of sagging. On a cellular level, droopiness is triggered by degradation of collagen and elastin proteins. On the face, loss of elasticity shows as wrinkles, fine lines, and jowls. With the breasts, it shows in the form of drooping.
Correction of loss of elasticity in the breast is done using mastopexy. The procedure does not add volume to the breasts and is specific to contouring; increasing breast volume is specifically achieved through breast augmentation.
The Mastopexy Procedure
Mastopexy is performed by a plastic surgeon, and the duration depends on the amount of tissue to be removed and the technique used. The general outline of the procedure includes an incision made in the skin of the breast. The incision gives access to the underlying tissue for easy removal.
The type of incision defines the relocation of the nipple-areolar complex. When a lot of tissue must be removed because there is a greater degree of sag, the incision pattern is larger. When less tissue needs to be removed, the incision pattern is smaller.
During the procedure, the nipple-areolar complex is raised to sit higher on the breast, and the areola may be resized to fit the breast’s new proportions. Nipple sensation is typically preserved regardless of the length of incision. At the end of the procedure, the incisions are closed using sutures.
Is Mastopexy Right for You?
A breast lift is right for you if:
• Because of breast sagging, you shy away from wearing clothes that accentuate the breasts and are now left with a limited, boring wardrobe.
• Your breasts look asymmetrical or do not point in the natural direction.
• Your self-confidence has started to diminish because you’ve developed a negative body image.
• Your breasts look deflated and have lost natural suppleness.
Candidates must also be over the age of 18 and must not be pregnant or breastfeeding. They must not plan on becoming pregnant and should be emotionally and physically healthy. Women who’ve experienced drastic weight loss are ideal candidates for mastopexy.
Recovery from Mastopexy
Since mastopexy is an invasive surgery, patients are advised to rest and refrain from physical activities post-surgery. Rest speeds up the healing process. A surgical bra should be worn for a few weeks after the procedure. Additional specific recovery instructions are given by the surgeon during the consultation.
Looking Into Mastopexy Surgery?
Are you looking into getting mastopexy surgery to revitalize your breasts? If so, contact the office of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Conrad Tirre for an informative consultation.