Mastopexy, also known as breast lift, surgically lifts and reshapes the breast.
The human body goes through many changes during every stage of life. For women, the changes in the appearance of their breast can be a significant factor in their self esteem and the way they present themselves to the world. If the effects of aging, changes in weight, or the normal effects of gravity has changed your breasts in such a way that you are not happy with them, a breast lift might be the solution for you.
At Arkansas Plastic Surgery, we have served the central Arkansas region for over 20 years. Our mission includes restoring, refining, and enhancing your natural beauty. We advocate for patient education, privacy, and overall satisfaction with your surgical outcome, no matter what procedure you seek.
For more information on breast lift, please contact our office in Little Rock, Arkansas to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
Arkansas Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery, often also referred to as mastopexy, can restore the shape of flat or sagging breasts. It is a surgical procedure that raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Gravity, genetics, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuation, and aging can cause your breasts to sag and lose their shape. You can have lifted, more shapely, natural breasts as a direct result of breast lift surgery.
A breast lift is a highly individualized procedure, and your personal goals and desires should be discussed thoroughly with your surgeon. The team at Arkansas Plastic Surgery in Little Rock, Arkansas will talk with you in great detail about options for a breast lift in order to meet your individual desires and expectations. Breast lifts may require a small breast implant to restore upper fullness.
Each patient has different needs, and we understand scarring is often a concern. During your consultation, our surgeon will explain which incision may be right for your needs and the special steps you can both take to minimize scarring. Through new techniques, it is often possible to significantly shorten your scars, creating a more natural look.
Breast Lift Surgery Procedure
For your comfort and safety, you will be under general anesthesia for this outpatient procedure. Incisions are usually placed under the breast, around the nipple areola, and vertically from the nipple to the breast crease. Through new techniques, it is often possible to significantly shorten your scars.
During your breast lift surgery, your surgeon may also reposition your nipple to a more natural height and reduce the size of your areolas to result in a more youthful, natural appearance. Once both breasts have been reshaped during surgery, your surgeon closes the incisions and the aftercare process begins.
Following your breast lift surgery, you will wear gauze and a surgical bra. Swelling and bruising subsides with a few days, and a softer support or sports bra can be worn as you continue healing. Recovery depends on the extent of your breast lift. You can usually return to light activities within a day or two and full activities within 3-4 weeks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BREAST LIFTS
Will I have scarring?
Anytime skin has to be removed, as is the case with a lift, there will be scarring. However, the scars are placed so that they are well hidden and fade significantly over time.
How long is my recovery time?
We recommend that you take a minimum of five days off work to recover from your breast lift. You will also need to limit stretching or lifting for about three weeks following surgery.
Do I need to stay overnight?
No. All of our procedures are done on an outpatient basis. You will be able to go home afterward, but you will need a designated driver.
How do I pay for a breast lift?
Breast lift surgery is considered to be a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. We do accept credit cards, and we also work with financing companies to provide monthly payments that fit into most budgets. Visit our financing page for more information.
Will my procedure last?
The question of how long a breast lift will last is not simple to answer. Some people enjoy results for many years, while others request a touch-up procedure after just a couple of years. Your body’s response to a breast lift, like any other medical procedure, is individual, and depends on genetic factors, lifestyle, overall health, dietary practices, and the surgical procedure.
Will my breast/bra size change?
Your breast size will not be significantly impacted by a breast lift. However, we can do a breast reduction or breast enlargement in conjunction with a breast lift, if you would like. Talk to your doctor about your options during your consultation.
Will my breasts look like they did before pregnancy?
Your unique body will have its own response to a breast lift procedure, and there are no guarantees that your breasts will look exactly as they did before. However, your breasts will look more firm and youthful.
Do I need a lift if I have a breast enhancement?
This will vary from patient to patient. Most patients who have had enhancement will not need a lift later, unless they have had a significant weight fluctuation after the implants. Many patients who come in for a lift, are also looking for upper fullness of the breasts. Breast augmentation in addition to the lift is the best way to achieve those results.
How do I know if a breast lift is right for me?
The decision whether or not to get a breast lift is a very personal one. A breast lift can help if your breasts sag, your nipples fall below the creases of your breasts, your nipples point downward, your areola are large in proportion to your breasts, or one of your breasts is larger than the other breast.
A breast lift may not be for you if you are considering having a baby in the future. This is because breasts tend to stretch during pregnancy, and you may lose the results of your breast lift. Breast feeding is also a consideration. Although women who have a breast lift can still breastfeed, they sometimes experience difficulty in producing enough milk.
Is a breast lift safe?
The decision as to whether or not to get a breast lift should be weighed by considering both benefits and risks. Like any surgery, a breast lift comes with inherent risks, which include:
- Risks associated with anesthesia
- Potential bleeding problems
- Slow or poor healing
- Permanent or temporary loss of sensation in the nipples
- Irregularities in breast shape or symmetry
- Fat necrosis
- Loss of nipple or areola
- Possibility of need for follow-up surgery