Breast Lift Mobile, AL
Mastopexy is the medical term for a breast lift. Sagging breasts or breasts that may be a little too low are an all too common consequence of pregnancy, breast feeding, weight fluctuations and the aging process. Fortunately there is an excellent procedure that will lift the breasts and giving you a more youthful look. Mastopexy is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore is not covered by insurance. In 2010 there were 121,377 breast lifts performed in the US according the The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
How is the Surgery Performed?
A breast lift is performed so that surgical scars are on the lower aspect of the breast and therefore are well hidden by clothing or a bathing suit. The breast tissue is lifted on the chest wall and held in place as the skin is tightened around it. Dr. Proffitt usually takes 2 hours to perform a breast lift. Frequently an implant, either saline or silicone, is inserted under the muscle to add fullness to the entire breast or just the upper portion. This will restore fullness often lost through the aging process or pregnancy. Dr. Proffitt does not use drains. The nipple remains attached at all time to the underlying breast tissue, although the diameter of the areola may be reduced if necessary.
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Where is the Surgery Performed?
Breast lift procedures are done as an outpatient either in a hospital’s outpatient surgery department or in an outpatient facility. Dr. Proffitt performs breast lifts under general anesthesia with the supervision of a board certified anesthesiologist.
How Long is the Recovery?
After surgery, Dr. Proffitt will provide a surgical bra which will remain until your first postoperative appointment in 2 to 4 days. At that time your bandages will be removed and you will be fitted into a support bra, which you will wear the support bra for 6 weeks. At the 2 weeks, three sutures on each breast will be removed. The rest of the stitches are absorbable.
In 2 weeks you may return to most normal activities. However you should still avoid lifting any weight over 10 pounds and strenuous activities for another 4 weeks.
Surgical incisions may remain red looking for two to three months.
What are the Risks?
- If you smoke, you must stop all nicotine products for at least 6 weeks prior to surgery. This includes nicotine patches and gums, and electronic cigarettes. Nicotine compromises blood supply and may result in loss of breast tissue or nipples.
- As with all surgeries and although rare, infection and bleeding are always a risk.
- Change in nipple sensation
What Will Be My Result?
A more youthful and perkier appearance.
More Information About Breast Lifts – by Dr. Randy Proffitt
What is breast lifting?
A breast lift, otherwise known as a mastopexy, is a procedure used to elevate the breast. This is most commonly requested by patients because they have breasts that are sagging, or have lost some of the perkiness in their breasts. Women who have lost perkiness through pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight gain and loss are probably the most common people seen for this procedure.
How long does a breast lift, or mastopexy, require to be performed?
Usually it takes me approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours to perform the procedure. Frequently I will place an implant, whether it is saline or silicone, during the procedure to add fullness to the upper part of the breast. Adding an implant adds 10-15 minutes to the procedure time.
Who is the best candidate to have an implant along with a mastopexy?
Most women, who are requesting a mastopexy or breast lift, often desire to have fullness on the upper part of the breast in addition to positioning the nipple where it used to be when they were younger. For those women who do not desire larger breasts but still want fullness and cleavage, a small implant will suffice. A lot of women desire to have a breast lift with the hope of not having to wear a bra after the procedure. Although I don’t recommend this as routine, the renewed perkiness will allow a patient to occasionally go without a bra.
How is this procedure performed?
The procedure basically lifts all the breast tissue and tightens the skin around the breast and places the breast in a more elevated position. To do this, some of the skin on the undersurface of the breast is removed and the skin that is remaining is freed up from the rest of the breast tissue and after the breast tissue is moved up with the nipple attached then the skin is re-draped and sutured in so that the scars are at the level of the nipple and below. A lot of women think that the nipple is totally removed or detached from the breast tissue and this is not true at all. The nipple remains attached to the breast tissue at all times. Therefore with the nipple attached, nipple sensation remains intact as well. It is important to relate that some women to report decreased sensitivity in the nipple.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure?
When I see patients who are interested in a breast lift, the first thing I need to know is what the level of the nipple is in relationship to the crease (inframammary fold) underneath the breast. If the nipple is at the same level as the crease under the breast or higher, frequently a breast lift is not necessary. Sometimes an implant alone or what I call a crescent elevation of the nipple will bring the nipple up ½-1 inch without the accompanying scars of a formal breast lift. If, however, the nipple position is below the inframammary fold (the nipple points down) a formal breast lift is required with the resulting scars around the nipple, extending from the nipple down to the crease under the breast and then a scar within the crease. This scar is often referred to as an anchor scar. These scars, although they will never completely go away, usually heal to an acceptable level so that most women are not dissatisfied with them.
What are the realistic expectations for a patient having a procedure?
Most women, who reach the stage where they are seeking a surgical correction of their saggy breasts, are willing to put up with some scarring of the breast to achieve it. The majority of my patients are very pleased with their outcome. The more a patient knows about both the surgical and healing process the more realistic the expectations and therefore the more satisfied the patient is with the outcome.
How long does it take a patient to recover from a breast lift?
The general rule of thumb is that the patient should not lift more than 10 pounds for 3 weeks, they should not raise their arms or reach above their heads for 3 weeks, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks. I also ask patients not to drive for one week. Most patients return to work after about one to two weeks.
When you’re ready to discuss breast lift surgery in Mobile, call the office of board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Randy Proffitt. You can reach us by email or by phone at 251-344-0322. Our practice is located t 6317 Piccadilly Square, Mobile, AL 36609. View a map to our office.