A mastopexy, more commonly known as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure through which sagging breasts can be made to look more youthful and perkier. This procedure not only improves the appearance of the breasts but also helps swimsuits and bras fit better.
Sagging breasts can be a result of pregnancy, nursing, gaining/losing weight, aging, or the constant pull of gravity. These same causes may also contribute to unsightly stretch marks and enlarged areolae. All of this may affect a woman’s self-esteem and cause her to lose confidence in herself.
A breast-lift surgery can remove excess skin, reshape the breast tissues, and raise the nipples and areolae. Dr. Tirre can contour the breasts to give them a more youthful look.
Ideal Candidate for a Breast-Lift Surgery
The ideal candidate for a breast-lift surgery should have the following attributes:
• Be above the age of 18
• Have breasts that droop downwards
• Be physically and emotionally healthy
• Not be planning a pregnancy anytime soon
• Be at a stable weight with no immediate plans for major weight loss
• Have breasts that are asymmetrical in position
• Have breasts that have lost volume
• Have downward-facing nipples
Types of Breast-Lift Surgeries
A breast lift usually takes two to three hours to be performed. General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation will be administered before the procedure.
When it comes to breast-lift techniques, there are three main options:
• Inverted-T Lift – Standard anchor-shaped incisions are traditionally made during this type of breast lift surgery. Three incisions are made: one around the border of the areola, the second vertically down to the base of the breast, and the third along the breast crease. The inverted-T lift reduces sagging of the lower half of the breast and can provide the highest degree of lift. Women with larger breasts make the perfect candidates for this technique.
• Lollipop Lift – The lollipop lift/vertical mastopexy requires an incision to be made around the areola. A smaller incision will run down to the breast crease. The procedure is less invasive than the inverted-T lift but offers more access than the donut lift. It is a very common option.
• Donut Lift – The donut lift involves making a circular incision that runs around the edge of the areola. It involves less tissue removal than the other lift options and therefore results in faster recovery.
The Recovery Period
Patients can resume their ordinary schedule a week or two after the procedure. They must avoid any strenuous activities for several weeks. Additionally, they must wear a post-surgical support bra and sleep on their back. Full results can be seen as soon as swelling subsides, which can take up to a month.
Make an Appointment by Contacting Dr. Tirre’s Office
Dr. Conrad Tirre, an experienced and respected board-certified plastic surgeon, is the perfect choice for your breast lift. Contact Dr. Tirre’s office if you would like to arrange a consultation and learn more about the details of the procedure and the recovery process.