Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
If sagging breasts detract from your appearance. a breast lift procedure performed at Menard Plastic Surgery may provide the ideal solution. Tuscaloosa area residents can benefit from the experience and expertise of Dr. John Menard, a trusted and respected plastic surgeon and diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
What is a Breast Lift?
A mastopexy, more commonly known as a breast lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that offers highly customizable techniques to help patients achieve firmer, more youthful breasts. Unavoidably, skin loses elasticity as you age, causing the skin to lose its tightness and begin to sag. A breast lift procedure can help to reverse this sign of aging in the breasts by trimming away excess skin and reshaping the breasts to diminish that drooping appearance. The procedure is very commonly combined with breast implants to help patients achieve ideal results.
The Benefits of a Breast Lift
A breast lift procedure is recommended for women who have lost volume or elasticity in their breasts due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or overall effects of aging. Patients can also enjoy the following benefits:
- Fuller, rounder, perkier breasts
- Reduced appearance of stretched, hanging skin
- Firmer, more supple skin
- Re-aligned nipples and areolas to provide the most natural appearance possible
How Involved Is The Breast Lift Procedure?
Each patient will be able to sit down with Dr. Menard to discuss the breast lift procedure and which techniques will be the best to help achieve the ideal results. The actual surgery typically lasts around two to three hours depending on the extent of the procedure. The placement of the incision will vary based on your unique procedure plan and whether you chose to combine any additional enhancement procedures. Whenever necessary, Dr. Menard will reposition the nipples and areola to a more natural position on the breasts once the excess skin has been removed and the breast has been reshaped.
Who Can Be a Candidate for a Mastopexy?
To successfully undergo a breast lift surgery, patients must be in good general health with no immediate medical conditions, have realistic expectations and fully understand the risks associated with surgery. Women who have lost volume or elasticity in their breasts, as well as women who naturally have smaller-sized breasts, may be ideal candidates for the breast lift procedure. Thanks to advances in surgical technology, a number of techniques are available to help customize each procedure to maximize results and minimize recovery time.
What Can I Expect After a Breast Lift?
The recovery process following a breast lift is fairly short as no muscle work is necessary. Patients can usually return to a light duty job in 3-5 days. Your first day or two, you may need some assistance getting home from the hospital and around the house. Minor pain and discomfort can be expected following a surgical procedure and can be successfully managed with oral medications prescribed by your surgeon. You will be able to begin lower extremity exercises soon after surgery, and begin a full exercise program in 4-6 weeks. Usually after a mastopexy your results are readily evident.
If you’re ready to lift your spirits and self-esteem by lifting those saggy breasts, contact Menard Plastic Surgery. Located in Tuscaloosa and led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Menard, we serve women in the Tuscaloosa area.