As a symbol of femininity, beauty and youth, the breasts are often the subject of concern and improvement in plastic surgery. Many women draw confidence in their appearance from a nicely contoured figure, so when that curvature falls out of balance, it is understandable that a loss of confidence and body satisfaction may follow.

Factors like age, pregnancy and weight loss affect the breasts over time. Even in the most attentive and healthy women, breast tissue eventually begins to sag and lose volume, and the nipples can descend into a downward-pointing position. Severely sagging breasts lose their firmness and take on an “empty” or “deflated” appearance.

A mastopexy, commonly known as a breast lift, was designed to correct these changes and restore a perky, youthful bust. If you are excited to hear more about how a breast lift can help you, contact our expert surgeons at Crantford Costa Plastic Surgery in Charleston at 843-722-5904 or through our online contact form. We are ready to provide you with the care and artistry you deserve.

Why Consider Breast Lift?

A breast lift was named for its unique ability to reverse the natural loss of volume and skin elasticity that affects anyone with breasts. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your bust and would like to regain pride in your contours, a breast lift may be an ideal solution. A breast lift can correct the following conditions:

  • Sagging (ptosis) after aging, pregnancy or weight loss
  • Deficient volume after weight loss or breastfeeding
  • Downward pointing or drooping areolas/nipples
  • Asymmetry or unusually shaped breasts
  • Disproportionate breast sizes
  • Overly large nipple-areola complexes

Who Is a Good Candidate for Mastopexy?

No two women are identical when it comes to their concerns and goals, so our surgeons work with each patient to develop a unique treatment plan. You may benefit from a breast lift procedure if you are bothered by any of the aforementioned conditions and you are in good mental and physical health. It’s important to understand what a breast lift can and cannot achieve and set your expectations accordingly.

It is also important to consider any preexisting medical conditions, such as obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes, that could increase your risk of developing complications during the surgery. Smoking can also increase this risk, so you will be asked well ahead of time to stop tobacco use altogether. You should carefully consider whether you are able to take off enough time from work to rest and heal. Otherwise, you could be risking poor wound healing and more intrusive scarring. If you plan to have children, it may be wise to postpone surgery because pregnancy and nursing can reverse a breast lift’s effects by stretching the skin.

Mastopexy does not increase breast size or improve upper pole fullness. Women who desire larger, more rounded breasts or enhanced cleavage may want to consider a breast augmentation together with a breast lift instead of a breast lift alone.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Mastopexy?

Can Breast Lifts Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Breast lifts are often combined with procedures like breast augmentation, breast reduction and liposuction. Each of these procedures increases the impact of a breast lift and supplements the final results to create a more comprehensive and youthful appearance.

In addition to providing more dramatic results, combining multiple procedures is more practical than having them done individually. When procedures are done together, you save money on surgical and facility fees, limit the amount of time you are under anesthesia and reduce your downtime for recovery. The results of multiple surgeries often become much more than the sum of their parts.

What Happens During a Consultation?

Every breast lift begins with a thorough consultation with your surgeon. This is important to help you feel more comfortable and at ease with the process. When you come to this initial meeting, we recommend bringing a full list of questions or concerns you have so that they can be answered in the early stages. You should also come with a clear vision of what you would like to achieve with this surgery.

After speaking with you about your goals and concerns, reviewing your medical history and conducting a physical examination, your surgeon will develop a full surgical plan that is tailored to meet your specific needs. In some cases, they may recommend combining procedures so that your goals are more effectively realized.

What Is Involved With a Breast Lift?

What Is Involved With a Breast Lift?

The procedure always begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. General anesthesia is usually recommended, but IV sedation is also available in certain cases. Once you have been “put under,” your surgeon will begin the breast lift, which will take between one and three hours.

Four types of breast lifts can be performed depending on your level of breast sagging and volume loss:

A crescent lift includes an incision around the top side of the areola and is only appropriate for women with a very small degree of sagging. Usually, this technique is performed alongside a breast augmentation.

A donut lift involves a circular incision completely around the areola and is used to correct a mild degree of breast ptosis.

A lollipop lift is used for patients with a moderate amount of sagging breast tissue. It involves an incision around the areola and from the areola to the bottom fold of the breast, providing more opportunity for tissue excision.

An anchor lift is the most extensive technique. This procedure includes the two incisions from the lollipop technique with an additional incision that goes around the bottom fold of the breasts. This is the best option for patients with severe breast ptosis and who need dramatic correction to the size and shape of their breast anatomy.

Once your procedure has been completed and your breasts have been reshaped, your surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and wrap you in bandages.

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What Is the Recovery Timeline for a Breast Lift?

Full breast lift recovery can take anywhere from six to eight weeks, but most of our Charleston patients can resume the majority of their daily activities around the two- or three-week mark. Strenuous exercise and activities should be avoided until cleared by your surgeon.

You will be given a list of instructions to follow when you are sent home from surgery. In order to ensure the safest and most comfortable recovery possible, you should follow these directions exactly. Your surgeon will observe your progress in follow-up appointments and make additional recommendations as necessary.

What Results Can a Breast Lift Achieve?

Patients who undergo breast lift surgery can expect to achieve more shapely breasts that sit higher on the chest. Their breasts will also feel firmer and their nipple-areola complexes may have been repositioned and resized. This new, perky appearance will create better contours throughout the body, especially if the breast lift is combined with other procedures.

These improvements will last for years to come, and while breast sagging will continue to progress over time, the results will always be better than if the surgery was never performed in the first place. You may elect to undergo a revision procedure at a later date to restore youthful contours once again.

Request a Consultation and Restore Your Breast Appearance

If you are tired of living with a deflated chest and would like to find your way back to a perky bust, we invite you to come speak with one of South Carolina’s premier plastic surgery practices, Crantford Costa Plastic Surgery. Get started today by calling 843-722-5904 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve a figure you truly love to see.

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