A Breast Lift Can Help You Achieve a More Youthful Form
Sagging and drooping breasts, whether caused by aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss, can impact the confidence of some women, detracting from their overall appearance and quality of life.
Breast lift surgery at our Little Rock, AR, cosmetic surgery practice can elevate the breasts, resulting in a more youthful shape and feel. Dr. Michael Devlin is committed to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals while providing you with friendly, personalized care.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
Women often seek out a breast lift procedure (also called mastopexy) after having kids or once the effects of aging have caught up with their bodies. It is recommended that you do not plan on having future kids after your surgery in order to maintain long-lasting results. However, there are no complications or special risks with a breast lift that can affect future pregnancy if you decide to have more children.
A breast lift can create firmer, more youthful-looking breasts and enhance the proportions of your entire figure.
Women who have experienced massive weight loss can also benefit from a breast lift. Once the skin around the breasts has been stretched, it often loses the elasticity to tighten back up once the weight has been lost. This may lead to sagging breasts, which can be improved with a breast lift.
Breast Lift Surgery can benefit you in the following ways:
- Create symmetry between the breasts
- Reposition the nipples higher on the breasts
- Create firmer, more youthful-looking breasts
- Reduce the size of the areolas/nipples
While a breast lift procedure can help with these imperfections, it cannot increase breast size. Dr. Devlin often combines breast lift surgery with breast augmentation for a fuller, firmer look. Often breast reduction surgery includes a breast lift for women who have excess breast tissue. Dr. Devlin will discuss your options with you during your consultation.
Dr. Michael Devlin performs breast lift surgery under general anesthesia. It usually takes an hour and a half to three hours, depending on the extent of work being done. For example, incision placement can vary, due to how high the nipple needs to be lifted.
The type of incision and residual scar left on the breast are determined by the amount of skin it is necessary to resect to achieve the desired lift. For breast lift surgery patients who require a minimal amount of tightening, the surgical scar may be confined to a circle around the areola. In a moderate breast lift surgery, this areolar scar may be combined with a vertical scar to maximize reshaping. If you are receiving a breast implant during your breast lift surgery, the implant will be placed under the breast tissue and in some cases under the muscle of the chest wall.
For patients requiring a substantial amount of tightening of the breast, an anchor-shaped incision is made, following the breast’s natural contour. After excess skin and tissue are removed, both the areola and nipple are repositioned and the breast is lifted and reshaped. Stitches are often placed around the areola, down from the nipple to the underside of the breast, and along the crease below the breast. Tissue glue is then placed on top of the stitched area. All of the stitches that are used are dissolvable.
Post-breast Lift Surgery Recovery
After surgery the incisions will be dressed and wrapped, and a surgical bra will be worn 24 hours a day for the next few weeks. Your breasts may be uncomfortable and swollen for a few days. Any discomfort you may have will be easily relieved with medication that is prescribed. Post-surgical swelling will cause some numbness to your breast skin and nipples, but this loss of sensation will fade during the next few months.
Following breast lift surgery, you may be up and moving in a couple of days. Most patients return to work after one week. You will not be able to wear an underwire bra for six weeks following the procedure. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least 3 weeks following surgery. Normal, light activity may be resumed about one to two weeks after the procedure. It is important to follow all instructions provided by Dr. Michael Devlin after your procedure to ensure you will heal properly.
As with any other surgery, breast lift surgery presents some possible complications or reactions to the anesthesia. Bleeding and infection following breast lift surgery are not common but can occur. Breast lift surgery does leave permanent scars. The scars do fade over time and are most noticeable the first year after surgery. Poor healing is more common in smokers.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about the breast lift procedure and how it can benefit you, contact Dr. Devlin to schedule a consultation.
“Dr. Devlin helped me rewrite the ending to my journey from fat to fabulous. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Lisa Bordeaux, from a Google+ Review