Breast Lift or mastopexy is a procedure that elevates and reshapes the breast into a more youthful appearance. Many patients seeking breast lift surgery have developed ptosis (sagging) of breast tissue as the result of pregnancy, nursing, aging, or significant weight loss. However, some patients develop ptosis (sagging) when they are younger during their breast development. In all of these cases, a breast lift may provide significant improvement to the shape and position of the breasts.
A breast lift may be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation. During breast augmentation, breast implants are placed to add volume to the breasts. Breast augmentation does not lift the breasts, however breast augmentation can help fill in excess and loose skin for some patients seeking a breast lift. Patients with smaller breasts with excess skin are the best candidates for breast augmentation and breast lift performed at the same time.
Breast Lift Consultation:
The breast lift consultation involves a thorough history and physical exam. Information about the patient’s cup size, desired cup size, history of pregnancy, history of breast cancer will be gathered. Other important and relevant questions will be asked in order to understand the patient’s desires and goals. The exam will involve numerous measurements to assess the shape, size, and position of the breast compared to the body and the other breast. Asymmetries and the amount of ptosis will be documented. These measurements are critical in determining the surgical plan.
After the exam, Dr. Bray, Jr. will make recommendations regarding breast lift. Depending on your anatomy, he may recommend a lift with or without an implant. The type of incision used to perform the lift will also be discussed. Your anatomy will influence the type of incision which will provide the best result. Patients who have more ptosis and sagging skin will likely require a longer incision, while patients with less ptosis may achieve their goals with a smaller incision.
Breast Lift Procedure:
The breast lift procedure involves removal of excess skin and shaping of the breast tissue. The procedure is usually performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility in the South Bay of Los Angeles. The incision may be placed around the areola only or around the areola and extending vertically toward the fold under the breast. Occasionally the incision may be placed in the fold underneath the breast. The incision selected will be based on your anatomy and the amount of ptosis present.
After skin incision, the breast tissue will be shaped. The breast tissue will be placed in a more elevated position. For women with larger breasts the breast shaping may involve removal of a small amount of breast tissue. This small resection may result in a longer lasting result after breast lift in patients with larger breasts. Patients who wish to increase the volume of their breasts will have an implant placed at this time. The implant will reduce the amount of excess skin which must be removed.
Dr. Bray, Jr. will perform careful and meticulous closure of your incisions in order to optimize healing. A breast dressing will be placed, and you will be able to go home the same day.
After the Breast Lift Procedure:
Dr. Bray, Jr. will see you in the office on the following day. He will remove all dressing and change you into a comfortable sports bra. You will follow-up again one week after surgery. At this time the breasts will be evaluated for healing. The sutures(stitches) that Dr. Bray, Jr. places will dissolve and are all placed underneath the skin. He will not need to remove these sutures. You will then return one month, three months, six months, and one year after surgery.
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