If you’re happy with the size of your breasts, but wish they appeared higher and firmer, you may benefit from a breast lift. With a breast lift, Dr. Karaca can restore a perkier, more youthful appearance to sagging, pendulous breasts, and reverse what gravity, aging, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding have done to your chest. Unlike breast augmentation, breast lift procedures can be performed at any age, but it is ideal that candidates wait until the age of 17 when the breasts have fully developed.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift or mastopexy is a procedure where the nipple is repositioned higher on the chest, and excess skin is removed to reshape and contour sagging breasts. The remaining skin is tightened and sutured to create a lifted and firmer shape. In cases where the breasts droop or sag severely, also known as ptosis, the patient may opt to undergo a breast augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift to add volume and restore fullness to the breasts.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
The benefits of having a breast lift range from improved self-esteem to better fitting clothes. Firmer, shapelier breasts can add a more youthful contour to your chest and proportion to your overall figure. While patients with larger, heavier breasts can benefit from a breast lift, the results tend to last longer when performed on women with smaller breasts because breasts that are lighter in weight and aren’t pulled down as much by gravity over time. For women with smaller breasts where the degree of sagging is mild to moderate, a minimally invasive approach to a breast lift, such as a doughnut mastopexy, may be sufficient for lifting and firming the breasts.
Is A Breast Lift Right For Me?
If you’re unhappy with the loss of firmness and projection in your breasts or if your breasts have elongated, causing your nipples to point downward, mastopexy may be a viable solution.
Over time, age, gravity, heredity, pregnancy, breastfeeding and fluctuations in weight can cause a woman’s breasts to sag. A breast lift is the ideal surgical solution to restore breast elasticity and eliminate sagging from any of these factors. Women who have lost suppleness in their breasts or women who lacked ample breast volume to begin with may choose to undergo breast augmentation at the same time as their mastopexy to restore fullness and enhance their newly lifted breasts.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Mastopexy is usually performed under a general anesthetic and requires two to three hours to complete on both breasts. During the procedure, Dr. Karaca makes two to three incisions to form an anchor shape around the areola and down the natural contours of the breast. These incisions act as a guide for the new, higher positioning of the nipple and areola and enables Dr. Karaca to remove excess skin and breast tissue. Once the excess skin and breast tissue are removed, the remaining skin above the areola is pulled taut around the new position of the nipple, and the incisions are closed to form a firmer, new breast shape.
Breast Lift Recovery
Following the procedure, dressings are placed over the incision and a post-operative bra is prescribed to reduce swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin drain is placed under the skin to siphon any blood or fluids that may collect in the breast tissue.
A few days after your surgery, Dr. Karaca will remove your dressings during a follow-up visit and permit you to shower. A week after the procedure, he will remove the drain and permit you to resume light physical activities. Swelling, bruising and discomfort usually subside within three weeks, at which point the support bra is no longer needed.
Mild to moderate exercise and normal physical activities can be increasingly resumed as the breasts heal. Any loss of nipple sensation or hypersensitivity in the nipple and areola will gradually improve over time. Within a few months, the incisions will begin to fade, your breasts will settle into a more natural-looking shape and any discomfort in your back, neck or shoulders should completely diminish.
Can Breast Implants Be Inserted During A Breast Lift?
A breast lift does not increase the size of the breasts, so breast augmentation (implants) are recommended for women who want to completely rejuvenate the projection, shape and size of their breasts. Combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift is a very common practice, and it’s the ideal time to add volume to the breasts and eliminate the need for any additional procedures. If you’d like to augment your breasts at the time of your breast lift procedure, Dr. Karaca will assist you in selecting the ideal type and size of breast implants to achieve your desired aesthetic look.
Can I Breastfeed After Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery should not inhibit a woman’s ability to breastfeed. However, if you plan to get pregnant in the future, it’s best that you defer your mastopexy until you’ve given birth because pregnancy and lactation may diminish the outcome of the surgery.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in Detroit?
A breast lift is considered an elective, cosmetic procedure, so it’s unlikely that patients will receive coverage from health insurance providers for the cost of surgery. Dr. Karaca accepts payment in the form of cash, personal checks, and credit cards. He also provides financing options to assist patients with the cost of the procedure.
If sagging breasts are aging you beyond your years or preventing you from wearing the clothing of your choice, a breast lift can correct these problems. At Birmingham Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Ahmet R. Karaca, M.D., performs breast lifts and other restorative breast procedures to improve the contours of the chest and balance the overall figure. We welcome women from Detroit, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding areas to contact us and find out how a breast lift can help them achieve their desired look.