Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery
Factors such as pregnancy, gravity, and age can cause breasts to droop and appear deflated. For women who are happy with the size of their breasts but would like to elevate their position on the chest, breast lift surgery at Soma Plastic Surgery can restore youthful perkiness to your bust.
Soma Plastic Surgery is located in Lake Mary, Florida, and serves the North Orlando and Altamonte Springs areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Papanicolaou and find out if breast lift surgery is right for you.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, restores sagging breasts to a more cosmetically appealing position. Many women seek this surgery because pregnancy and breastfeeding have caused their breast tissue to stretch, or because the natural aging process and gravity have caused the skin to droop. Significant changes in body weight can also cause these changes in the breasts.
Multiple techniques are used to lift the breasts, but typically Dr. Papanicolaou makes an anchor-shaped incision that follows that natural contours of the breast. Incision placement will be discussed with you during your consultation, but Dr. Papanicolaou will make scars as discreet as possible.
During breast lift surgery, excess skin is removed and the nipple is repositioned. When applicable, the darkened area around the nipple can also be reduced. Breast lift surgery is a standalone procedure but can also be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
Generally, the best candidates for breast lift surgery are healthy women who have realistic expectations for surgery. Women who are planning future pregnancies may be advised to hold off on having surgery, as results can be compromised if the breast tissue is stretched again. During your consultation, Dr. Papanicolaou will evaluate your breasts and help you determine which surgical options are right for you.
What is Recovery Like?
After surgery, a support bra or elastic bandage will be worn over your gauze dressings in order to protect the breasts as they heal. The breasts will be bruised, swollen and uncomfortable for a few days, but pain should be minimal. Sutures will be removed in a week or two, but gauze and a sports bra will need to be worn continuously for at least six weeks until the breasts are completely healed.
Although you may feel better after a day or two, it is often advised to wait at least a week before returning to work. More strenuous activities should be resumed gradually, depending on how you feel and on the advice of Dr. Papanicolaou.