Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast lift surgery, medically known as mastopexy, restores aging and pregnancy-altered breasts to a more youthful state. Genetics, aging, weight loss, and pregnancy can all lead to breast ptosis (sagging). During this procedure, Dr. Careaga lifts and tightens the breast tissue to reshape the contour and projection of the breasts to increase a woman’s confidence and self-image.
Why Choose Careaga Plastic Surgery?
Careaga Plastic Surgery provides cutting-edge technology in an immaculate and serene setting that is ideally suited to your cosmetic needs. The dedicated and professional staff at Careaga Plastic Surgery have an abundance of experience in the beautification industry, and Dr. Daniel Careaga has had years of higher education, training, and experience, which is evident in his extensive career as a plastic surgeon. At Careaga Plastic Surgery, you can expect the best possible aesthetic results in the safest and most comfortable setting.
Breast Lift Surgery Can Correct
With the rapid gain and loss of volume during pregnancy and breastfeeding, your breasts often have difficulty reverting to their previous form. Many women turn to breast lift surgery to return their breasts to their pre-pregnancy shape and size.
With time, your breast skin and tissue lose their structure, strength, and elasticity. When this occurs and gravity also takes its toll, your breasts may experience severe elongation and sag. Breast lift surgery returns the breasts to their natural height and position on the chest.
Breast Ptosis After Weight Loss
Women who experience significant weight loss are often left with excess, sagging skin on the breasts that hinders their confidence and self-image. Breast lift surgery can aid these women so that their weight loss transformation is complete.
Breast Lift Options
Dr. Careaga performs breast lift surgery as an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia. The surgery takes between one and three hours, during which Dr. Careaga removes excess skin from the lower portion of the breast to lift and re-contour your breast shape.
Inverted-T Lift Incision
Dr. Careaga uses a breast lift incision known as the inverted-T, or anchor lift. This is the gold standard of breast lift incisions. Here, three incisions will be made. The first is made around the areola, the second is a vertical incision from the areola to the bottom pole of the breast, and the third is a horizontal incision made along the lower curve of the breast. If a lesser degree of breast ptosis is present, fewer or smaller incisions may be used. The technique positions the breasts higher on the chest.
Nipple and Areola Repositioning
If your breast ptosis has caused your nipples and areolas to droop and point downward, they may be repositioned to a higher level on the front of the breasts. Nipples are generally not removed during this procedure but remain attached to the breast tissue to maintain sensation. Overly large areolas can also be reduced during this step.
Although breast lift surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure, it is often combined with either breast augmentation or breast reduction. For patients who have experienced a loss of volume in the breasts due to aging or pregnancy, breast implants can be placed during the time of your lift. If the cause of your breast ptosis is partially due to overly large or heavy breasts, a breast reduction can remove excess breast tissue with the same incisions as your breast lift.
After your procedure, you will be wrapped in bandages and a specialized bra. This support bra should be worn for two to three weeks. You may experience bruising, swelling, and loss of sensitivity during the first few weeks. This will fade with time. Any discomfort can be alleviated with oral pain medication.
There will be visible scars at the sites of your incisions; however, Dr. Careaga does his best to make these incisions as inconspicuous as possible, and even if they seem noticeable at the beginning, they will fade with time. Typically, the anchor lift results in minimal visible scarring.
The cost of your breast lift will depend on the extent of your procedure as well as anesthesia, surgical, and facility fees. Dr. Careaga and his staff will provide you with an accurate cost estimate of your procedure during your consultation.
Although you will feel like yourself after two or three days, you should take a week off of work and avoid any strenuous activities (especially any upper body exercises) for at least six weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the results of a breast lift permanent?
The results of a breast lift are long lasting but not permanent and will not halt the aging process. Future pregnancies and gravity will eventually affect the appearance of your breast lift. That being said, your breasts will always remain better than if you didn’t have the surgery.
Am I a candidate for a breast lift?
Candidates for breast lift surgery experience some level of breast ptosis that proves dissatisfying. Patients should have realistic expectations of their results and be in good physical health.
How will a future pregnancy affect my breast lift?
Most patients put off having breast lift surgery until after they are finished having children. There is a chance that pregnancy after a breast lift will alter the appearance of your breasts. You may experience additional sagging and alterations in size and shape. In most cases, women who’ve had a previous breast lift are still able to breastfeed as long as the nipples are not removed during the surgery. If you think this might be a future concern, please inform Dr. Careaga during your consultation.
How should I prepare for my surgery?
Before your operation, you will meet with Dr. Careaga for a pre-operative appointment. During this appointment, you will complete lab work and go over all pre- and post-operative instructions. You should avoid all blood thinners (such as aspirin, vitamin E, and ginkgo biloba) for two weeks and avoid smoking for at least one month.
What risks are associated with this surgery?
While risks and complications are rare with breast lift surgery, they can include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Changes in nipple sensation
- Poor scarring
- Breast asymmetry