Breast lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that reshapes the breasts by removing loose skin and tightening the leftover tissue to create a more youthful and healthier look. This body contouring surgery is reserved for women who have lost breast shape and volume and who are experiencing breast sag due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Huge advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this treatment so successful that new statistics from the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Smita Ramanadham, a plastic surgeon in New Jersey, performs this surgery at our welcoming facility. By implementing the most advanced methods, Dr. Ramanadham can choose the correct technique according to the degree of sag present, as well as the desired outcome.
You may come to our practice believing you are a candidate for breast augmentation using implants, but after a private assessment, you may discover that breast lift surgery is what you need. This is dependent on the level of sag that is shown. Breasts that point downward most often need a lift to reduce skin looseness and lift the breasts to a higher position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts appear stretched, a lift surgery can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health and at a healthy weight.
A breast lift takes approximately two hours or more and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of this procedure is dependent on the complexity of breast ptosis. The surgical technique used for cosmetic breast lift surgery typically falls under two categories — the technique is defined by the nature of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the most commonly used methods. After making the incision, any loose and excess skin is removed along with fat and tissue that is not needed. The remaining skin is then tightened and the breasts are lifted so they appear healthy. In most situations, the size of the areola is decreased to be symmetric with the new breast. At this time, an implant or a fat transfer can be placed within the breast if this was discussed with Dr. Ramanadham prior to surgery. If the lift is the only surgery being performed and if breast size is a worry, silicone or saline implants can be implemented at a different date.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The recovery for breast lift surgery is more extensive than a breast augmentation. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to reduce swelling. A small tube is also inserted near the incision site to help with excess draining that can often occur after a surgical procedure. After surgery, the swelling will diminish within the first week. Dr. Ramanadham or a member of her team will provide detailed at-home treatment care instructions to help your healing process. Aesthetic results after a surgical breast lift become evident after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your chest wall. Your breasts will look and feel natural, and you will feel younger and more healthy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Ramanadham will pay attention to your wants and aesthetic goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Following that, she can better estimate your price. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your appearance, so it is important to concentrate on looking for a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Ramanadham, rather than the lowest prices. To help make cosmetic surgery affordable, our practice will help you find low-interest medical financing.
- Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, an augmentation with implants or both depends on your unique concerns and goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Ramanadham will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.
- Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Ramanadham can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so she can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.
- How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you may start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors, such as significant weight loss or gain, can change your results; therefore, it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also jeopardize your results, which is why Dr. Ramanadham suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
- Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Ramanadham will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help. In your surgery, she will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for better symmetry.