Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Atlanta, GA
A number of factors can cause the breasts to sag, including pregnancy, excessive weight loss and aging. Unfortunately there is not a magic cream, bra or exercise that can correct sagging breasts or reverse the effects of gravity. Breast lift surgery is the only way to restore youthful perkiness to the breasts. If you live in Atlanta, Alpharetta or nearby area and are considering breast lift surgery, consider Dr. Marisa Lawrence, a board-certified plastic surgeon. As a woman and a former plastic surgery patient herself, she understands the expectations, hopes and concerns of her breast lift surgery candidates.
What is a Breast Lift?
Breast lift raises, firms and shapes breasts that sag or droop downward. The result is a perky, youthful looking bustline. Breast lift itself does not augment the size of the breasts, but it can be combined with the placement of breast implants to improve the size, shape and position of the breasts. Or, it may be combined with breast reduction for women with large, pendulous breasts that sag uncomfortably.
What Happens During Breast Lift Surgery?
The specific incision pattern and surgical technique used to lift the breasts depends on several factors and personal preferences. Dr. Lawrence will recommend her preferred approach to your case. It will depend on how much your breasts sag, how much excess skin you have and the position of your nipples.
If Dr. Lawrence chooses to perform what is called an anchor lift, she will make three surgical incisions: one around the areola, one running vertically down from the areola to the crease of the breast, and one running horizontally beneath your breast. If Dr. Lawrence utilizes the “lollipop lift” approach, she will make an incision around the perimeter of the areola and another one running vertically down from the areola to the crease of the breast. If she takes the donut lift (or Benelli lift) approach, she will make an incision around the perimeter of the areola.
Through the incisions, Dr. Lawrence removes excess skin and moves the nipple/areola to a higher position on the breast. She may reduce the size of the areola, if that is something the two of you discussed prior to surgery. Breast skin that was previously located above the areola is pulled down tightly across the breast mound to reshape it. Then, the incisions are sutured.
What is the Recovery Period After a Breast Lift?
Your breasts will be swollen and bruised after surgery. Dr. Lawrence will probably advise you to wear a compression garment to minimize the swelling. You may also have a temporary loss of sensation, but this is normal. You should avoid lifting anything over your head for at least four weeks, but you will be able to return to work within a week and return to your normal activities within a few weeks. Your final results will become evident about six months after surgery.
What are the Risks of Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift is a safe procedure when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, and complications are infrequent. However, there are risks with any surgery. Breast lift risks include asymmetry, permanent loss of sensation (particularly in the nipples), scarring, infection and reactions to the anesthesia. During your surgical consultation Dr. Lawrence will discuss these and other risks with you in greater detail, and will address any concerns you may have.
Learn More About Breast Lift Surgery in Atlanta
If you are unhappy with the way your breasts sag, contact us today to learn more about breast lift surgery. One of our staff members will assist you in scheduling your breast lift consultation. Our office is proud to treat the residents of Atlanta, Alpharetta and surrounding communities.