Women who experience weight loss, or go through a pregnancy, typically experience a bit of sag in their breasts. With age, a woman's skin also loses its natural elasticity and vigor. Once these processes take their toll, it's impossible to rejuvenate the breasts to their original shape and form.
Breast Lift Surgery - what you need to know
Sagging breasts with loose skin are not complimentary features that women seek out. Without adequate support, clothes may no longer fit properly, bathing suits can be horrifying, and women can lose their self-confidence.
If you have breasts that just don't have the same kind of firmness and shape anymore, don't give up just yet. A breast lift surgery can cure your problems and restore your peace of mind. For years now, breast lifts have been a popular procedure for the restoration of breasts. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were some 89,931 breast lift surgeries in 2010.
The first step begins with you. A careful introspection should reveal whether or not you truly need a surgery. If your appearance is something that you can live with, then a surgery could end up being more time and money than it's worth. However, if you are frequently concerned and reminded of the appearance of sagging breasts, then the only way to do something about it is a breast lift. It's a personal choice, and once you've made it, the next thing to do is find a surgeon.
Breast Lift aka Mastopexy
Also known as a mastopexy in the medical world, a breast lift is similar to other types of lifts in cosmetic surgery. The main idea is to remove a discreet patch of skin and pull the remaining skin together for a firm, youthful look. Results are usually immediate and satisfying, though there is a lengthy recovery period involved.
As women age, their skin becomes more inelastic and loose. That can translate to saggy breasts after pregnancy and serious weight loss. Saggy breasts present a number of embarrassing problems that are difficult to overcome. Clothes are harder to find, bathing suits don't look right, and a woman is more self-conscious of her appearance. If you've experienced any of these problems, then maybe it's time to consider a mastopexy, or breast lift.
A mastopexy is a cosmetic surgery procedure that raises the elevation of a breast, bringing the nipples to a higher position. It can also help to shape the breast into a more proportionate form. It can also be performed in conjunction with some sort of breast augmentation. The combination of the two generally provides a full, shapely bosom that any woman can be proud of.
Types of Breast Lifts
There are there main kinds of mastopexy breast lifts, below a few are presented;
- The traditional breast lift is the concentric mastopexy. This technique requires circular incisions around the areola (nipple region). Skin is then removed around the incision until the appropriate amount is reached. The surgeon can then bring the nipple up and suture everything back in place. This method is perfect for women who want a flatter, rounder breast shape. It's not the best procedure for large breasts or serious cases of breast sag. This requires circular incisions around the nipple. The results can often be spotty.
- A vertical mastopexy / breast lift, or short scar breast lift, is ideal for mild amounts of sag. Here, a vertical incision is made descending from the nipple to the crease where the breast meets with the chest. Skin is removed from around the incision and the bottom of the breast is tightened. This has the effect of raising the breast without having to operate directly around the nipple. Benefits of this technique include less scarring and an easier surgery. These are popular among women with less sag and who don't want large scars.
- The anchor mastopexy / breast lift is by far the most common, invasive, and scarring of the breast lift techniques. It's only required for women with large amounts of sag and women with larger breasts. An incision is made all along the bottom of the breast that rises towards the nipple and creates a keyhole shape. All of the skin within the keyhole is removed and the remaining skin is sutured together. This provides the maximum lift possible but also leaves the most scarring. Women typically can't wear low-cut shirts if they receive an anchor mastopexy. The scars around the nipple make that impossible without showing some scars. This is the most popular technique because it provides the maximum lift. The incision (shaped like a keyhole around the nipple) runs down to the crease and across to the sides. Unfortunately this technique also leaves the most obvious scarring.
Depending on your situation, one technique will be right for you. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon today to discuss your options. The breast lift surgery can be combined with a breast augmentation that could further enhance the size and appearance of the breasts.
As with any surgery patients will have more or less obvious signs of surgery for the remainder of their lives. However, the peace of mind that a breast lift can provide should far outweigh the prospect of scars if a patient moves ahead with the surgery in the first place. In fact, the surgeon can discreetly choose the location of the scarring when he or she makes the incisions.
If your breasts are succumbing to gravity and beginning to sag a little, it's a good time to consider a breast lift surgery. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon today for more information about this safe and popular procedure. Thousands of women have already done it, why shouldn't you? A fresh new look and a great-looking chest is something that you deserve.
Inpatient Breast Lifts
Most breast lift surgeries are done as an inpatient procedure in a hospital. This requires general anesthesia and the addition of an anesthetist to the operating staff. For lighter surgeries it is still possible to do a breast lift as an outpatient procedure in the surgeon's office. In an outpatient procedure only require local anesthesia is required and the patient does not need to stay in the facility overnight. Some highly skilled surgeons can do any kind of breast lift as an outpatient procedure. They're cheaper and faster than a lengthy hospital visit.
Outpatient Breast Lifts
A breast lift can be done as an outpatient procedure in a local surgeon's office. Depending on the complexity of the lift, it could take anywhere from an hour to several hours. In the end, patients walk away with firmer breasts, a higher nipple position, and reduction of the areola size.
There are many plastic surgeons around, but the right one for you should have a good background and history of successful patients. During your consultation, the plastic surgeon will be able to provide better insight into your needs and goals. Many women have misconceptions about what a breast lift can actually do. A board-certified plastic surgeon can help you clarify your expectations.
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