Many women notice sagging of their breasts as they get older. Many factors play into the severity of the problem, such as naturally larger breasts, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, prior (large) breast implants, significant weight gain and loss, genetics, and lifestyle (i.e. not wearing supportive bras). Sagging, deflated breasts can be displeasing and be a source of discontent.
Breast lift can solve these problems, reshaping the breasts into a more youthful position! It is a combination of removing skin excess, restoring a higher nipple position, and repositioning the remaining breast tissue. Dr. Lisa Hwang customizes the surgery to your individual wishes and anatomical needs to help you to turn back the hands of time...in exchange for a few scars.
Aging, pregnancy/breastfeeding, and massive weight loss can contribute to drooping of breasts over time. Women blessed with naturally large breasts, unfortunately, see these effects more frequently. Women who have undergone prior breast augmentation with oversized implants may also notice sagging, as the weight of the implant takes a toll on their native tissues.
To achieve an aesthetic result, a small amount of breast tissue is often removed during breast lift. More breast tissue can be removed if a breast reduction is desired.
As breasts begin to sag, their shape also changes with loss of projection. They become longer and flatter. They transform from round and perky to long and pendulous. As skin stretches, breasts lose firmness and become floppy.
Breast lift removes skin excess and reshapes the remaining breast tissue to form a rounder, perkier breast that sits higher on the chest, where they started.
Breast augmentation can be performed at the same time to further enhance the volume of the breast and to create more fullness in the upper breast.
Some women notice enlarged or downward pointing areolas. In severe cases, the areola has dropped to a position at the bottom of the breast, way below the inframammary fold. These changes often exacerbate breast asymmetry.
Breast lift corrects the areola size, shape, and position, restoring a more youthful position above the level of the inframammary fold, centered on top of the newly-shaped breast mound.
breast lift. Mastopexy.
PLEASE NOTE: As safety is our priority, we recommend that your breast cancer screening mammograms are up-to-date.
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the extent of the breast lift, surgery may take between 2 to 3 hours. Different incisions are used to treat increasing problem severity: 1. a circle around the areola 2. the "lollipop" (circle + vertical line to the bottom of the breast) 3. the "anchor"(circle + vertical line + horizontal line along the bottom of the breast). Dr. Lisa Hwang will discuss your anticipated scars beforehand.
After breast lift, some discomfort, bruising, and swelling are expected. Bruising should resolve by 2 weeks and swelling by 4 weeks. A properly sized, supportive bra is recommended during recovery. If subpectoral breast augmentation is performed concurrently, the chest muscle will be tight and cause additional discomfort.
Dr. Lisa Hwang generally recommends that her patients take one week off work. People with more sedentary jobs can return sooner than those with more physically demanding jobs. Avoid heavy lifting over ten pounds for 3 weeks.
risks & Complications.
Risks of breast lift include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, delayed wound healing, changes or loss of nipple sensation, and bad scarring. There is a possibility that you may need future surgery, especially if performed with breast augmentation.