A breast lift (mastopexy) is performed to return breasts to a more youthful shape and position. Over time, breasts can begin to sag for a number of reasons. Breasts tend to lose their shape and fullness due to a loss in skin elasticity. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can be a result of:
- Significant weight loss/gain
Since a breast lift does not change the overall volume of the breast, it is often paired with a breast augmentation or breast reduction to achieve the best results. This should be considered when considering a breast lift, and should be discussed with Dr. Swail prior to the procedure.
Breast Lift Procedure
There are 3 different incisions for a breast lift, and they will vary depending on a patient’s breast size and shape, size and position of areola, amount of correction needed, and skin elasticity. Dr. Swail will do a full examination prior to the procedure to determine which incision location will be appropriate, given the patient’s unique needs.
Once the incision location is determined, Dr. Swail gently lifts and reshapes the underlying breast tissue. Once the desired contour is achieved, any excess skin is removed to restore a more youthful skin elasticity. Depending on the amount of correction necessary, the nipple and areola may be repositioned to a more natural height. In cases where areolas have become enlarged, they can be reduced by excising skin at the perimeter.
Breast Lift Results
The results of a breast lift procedure are immediately visible following the procedure. Over time, swelling and incision lines will fade. Following the procedure, dressings and bandages will cover incision and a support bra or elastic bandage will support the breasts during the healing process. The elastic bandage or support bra will also help to minimize swelling and help to reduce recovery time.
Dr. Swail meets with each patient personally to discuss their desired outcomes and expectations prior to each procedure. This allows Dr. Swail to design a customized procedure to achieve great long-lasting results, following a breast lift procedure. It is at this time that Dr. Swail discusses the different incision locations to determine which options will deliver the best results.