Reasons to Consider a Breast Lift
While there are many reasons to consider having breast lift surgery, some of the most common are:
- You have sagging or drooping breasts that have lost their shape, gotten flatter and longer, or lost volume.
- Your nipples, when your breasts are unsupported, fall beneath your breast creases.
- Your nipples and areola point downward.
- Your breasts are uneven and one falls lower than the other.
- Your areolas have stretched and are no longer in proportion to your breast.
While a breast surgery will not increase the size of your breasts, it will give them a fuller and more perky appearance. Mastopexy surgery can also be combined with breast augmentation if you are looking to lift and increase the size of your breasts.
How Does Mastopexy Work?
A breast lift is the only cosmetic procedure specifically designed to lift and reposition the breasts. At Hess and Sandeen, we use a wide range of techniques to accomplish the desired result and give you the look you want. The best approach for you will be determined based on: the size and shape of your breasts, the degree of breast sagging, skin quality and elasticity, the amount of extra skin, and the size and position of your areolas. While every surgery is different, every one of these procedures attempt to correct excess amounts of skin and reshape the breasts to create a more enticing and youthful appearance.
During the procedure, your surgeon will elevate your nipples are and reposition the skin around your breasts, dramatically changing the shape and firmness of them. While some procedures can result in loss of sensation, during a breast lift the nipples remain attached to the breast tissue. As a result, nipple sensation is usually preserved.
Recovery From Breast Lift Surgery
Every patient is different, and placement and size of incisions varies depending on which techniques are used to perform the lift. After surgery you may experience swelling, discomfort, tenderness, and bruising. These symptoms are easily managed with medication. Your breasts will have bandages and you will most likely have to wear a support or sports-type bra to hold them in place. Your surgeon may insert small tubes at the incision sites to drain any excess fluids. These are typically removed within a few days.
Like any surgery, your body will need time to recover. Most patients return to work within 7-10 days. The exact amount of time will depend on the extent of your plastic surgery, the physical demands of your work, and your pain tolerance. Patients are cautioned not to resume full physical activity too early and refrain from your full daily activities for at least two or three weeks. During this time you should avoid pushing, lifting, pulling, or any other strenuous exercise. You typically will be able to resume more demanding exercise after about six weeks. The incision lines from your breast lift, while permanent, will gradually fade, and the marks that are left are easily concealable underneath bras and bathing suits.
Will My Insurance Cover Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, therefore most insurance companies will not cover it or its complications unless it is done as part of a reconstruction from a mastectomy. It is always a good idea to check with your insurance company in advance so you know which costs you will need to pay. Hess and Sandeen offer financing through Care Credit to help you accomplish your goal of a younger-looking, more confident you. Call our office for more information and financing options.