About Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a cosmetic treatment that recontours the breasts by trimming away excess skin and surgically tightening the remaining tissue to result in a firmer, younger, more lifted appearance. This contour improving surgery is typically offered to women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who have breast drooping due to aging, significant weight loss, or nursing. Outstanding advancements in breast lift surgery have made this procedure so effective and successful that new stats by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor offers this procedure at RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA. By utilizing the latest methods, Dr. Sasmor can decide on the appropriate technique based upon the level of sag present, keeping in mind the desired result.
You may visit RiverSong Plastic Surgery desiring breast implants; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is a better option. The reason is due to the amount of sagging that is present. Breasts that have lost elasticity usually need a skin removal and tightening surgery to correct skin irregularities and bring the breasts to a perkier position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a breast lift can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a good weight.
Breast lift surgery usually takes 2-3 hours and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this treatment depends on the nature of breast size and sagging. The method used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories — these are based on the location and type of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the most used patterns. The incision is first completed, and any loose skin is excised, generally breast tissue and fat are conserved to "fill" the new breast shape. The skin is then pulled snug and the breasts are positioned higher with the nipple in a more natural position. Breasts look healthy and younger. At this point, an implant can be inserted in the breast if this was decided upon with Dr. Sasmor ahead of surgery. If a breast lift is the only procedure being performed but size and shape are a concern, augmentation surgery with implants can be done at a later date.
What To Expect
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more lengthy than a surgery with implants only. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to help minimize swelling. A drain may be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess fluid leakage that can sometimes occur after surgery. The post-surgical swelling usuallyresolves within several days. Dr. Sasmor or a member of her team will provide in-depth, at-home incision care instructions to help with your healing process. Results following a breast lift will be visible immediately. The breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel healthy and beautiful.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
In your initial consultation, Dr. Sasmor will listen to your needs and goals before developing your unique treatment plan. After that, she can estimate your costs. When done well, a breast lift can significantly improve your physical appearance so it's important to focus on using an experienced surgeon with extensive training, like Dr. Sasmor, over costs. To help make surgery easier to afford, RiverSong Plastic Surgery can help you obtain low-interest financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your specific goals. For many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Sasmor will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals during your consultation, then recommend whether you would be most pleased with a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Sasmor can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so she can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you could begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors, like significant weight gain or loss, can alter your results so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Sasmor recommends patients consider the timing of surgery and pregnancies.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Sasmor will assess the appearance and condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a lift can help you. During your lift surgery, she will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.
Surgical breast lifts have transformed the lives of so many Newburyport, MA individuals. If you have hanging, sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a breast lift at RiverSong Plastic Surgery may be the right surgery for you. During your first consultation, a thorough breast assessment will be given by Dr. Sasmor and your desired outcome will be discussed. We will establish a tailored plan for treatment to help transform your breasts. We encourage you to contact RiverSong Plastic Surgery to learn more about scheduling your consultation.