Over time, the shape and elasticity of a woman's breast change due to many factors including pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations and the effects of gravity. A breast lift (Mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape drooping breasts to renew your figure with an elevated and more youthful breast contour. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The best results are usually achieved in women with small to moderate size breasts. If your breasts are small or have lost volume breast implants can be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift to increase both their firmness and size. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Some of the benefits of a breast lift include:
• Correction of drooping breasts
• A more youthful appearance
• Increased self-confidence
• Better clothing options
Your consultation with Tarak H. Patel, M.D.
Your breast lift consultation will serve as the first step toward making the decision to elevate your breasts. Based in Tacoma, WA, Dr. Patel will address all of your questions and expectations. He will examine your breasts and discuss the variables that may affect the procedure including your age, the size and shape of your breasts and the condition of your skin. Together, you will determine if the addition of breast implants will be a part of your treatment plan.
He will also review your medical history to ensure that you do not have any existing health conditions that may increase your risk of complications. The ideal candidate will be in good physical and emotional health. It is important that Cascade Plastic Surgery patients have realistic expectations. View Dr. Patel's patient before-and-after photo gallery here:
Understanding your breast lift procedure
The amount of scarring involved will depend on what type of lift is performed. This will be determined by the amount of drooping that needs to be corrected.Crescent:
This half-moon shaped incision around the areola benefits Cascade Plastic Surgery patients with minimal drooping.Periareolar:
Patients with mild drooping often have this type of incision, a full circle incision around the areola.
Often referred to as the "lollipop" incision due to its shape, the top of the “lollipop” is a circle around the areola, and the base is a central incision from the bottom of the areola to the base of the breast. It is often selected for patients with moderate to intermediate drooping.Inverted T (Anchor):
Patients with more severe sagging may need this type of incision. This incision adds an incision in the fold of the breast to the vertical ("lollipop") incisions described above
Healing is a gradual process, Dr. Patel recommends that Cascade Plastic Surgery patients strictly follow their personalized recovery plan. Some swelling, bruising, and soreness can be expected after breast lift surgery, and you can take pain medication, if necessary, to ease any discomfort. Activity modification is encouraged for several days after surgery and patients must avoid lifting and reaching over their head for approximately 4 weeks. Most breast lift patients return to work within 2 weeks, although exercise cannot be resumed for 6 weeks. The final results of the surgery should be revealed within six months. Complete recovery is usually 6 to 12 months after the breast lift procedure.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Patel today.
Phone: University Place (253) 671-7203 or Puyallup (253) 841-7930