One of the most common breast procedures is a mastopexy, or breast lift, which is performed to reshape and lift breasts that have sagged as a result of pregnancy, aging, weight loss, gravity, or other causes. Patients can achieve a lifted breast contour by trimming excess skin and tightening supportive breast tissue. Following a breast lift, the breasts sit higher on the chest and feel firmer. During the procedure, the nipple and areola can be repositioned or resized in order to further improve the appearance of the breasts.
Many patients choose to combine a breast lift procedure with an augmentation or reduction in order to achieve optimal results, since a breast lift does not change the fullness or shape of the breasts.
Breast lifts, of mastopexies, are common surgical procedures that reshape sagging breasts as a result of aging, weight loss, gravity, or pregnancy. The procedure works by trimming excess skin and tightening the tissue for a lifted, more youthful curve. The nipple and areola can also be repositioned or resized during this procedure to further enhance the appearance of the breast.
Since a breast lift does not change the shape or fullness of the breasts, many patients choose to combine this procedure with a breast augmentation or reduction in order to achieve their desired results.
Breast Lift Procedure
This outpatient procedure is done under general anesthesia and usually takes one to three hours. Depending on the size and shape of the breasts, as well as the degree of sagging and amount of excess skin, your surgeon will determine an appropriate incision approach for the procedure.
After the incisions are made, breast tissue is removed and reshaped to achieve the desired breast contour. The nipple and areola may be moved higher on the breast or resized as well. Finally, any excess skin is trimmed to create a tighter, more defined appearance. When the breast lift is complete, the incisions are closed with stitches and tend to heal well.
Candidates for Breast Lift
For women looking to enhance the appearance of their sagging breasts, a breast lift is a safe and effective procedure, though there are some restrictions on eligibility. The best candidates for a breast lift are women who:
- Drooping breasts
- Breasts that have lack volume or shape
- Flat or elongated breasts that Nipples or areolas that point downward
- Asymmetrical breasts
It is important for breast lift candidates to be in good overall health, have realistic expectations for surgery, and maintain a stable weight. Women who are planning to have children are recommended to postpone this procedure since pregnancy and nursing can offset the effects of a breast lift.
Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lifts usually take between one and three hours, and are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will decide upon an appropriate incision approach for your procedure, depending on the degree of sagging, amount of excess skin, size and shape of the breasts.
Types of incisions include:
- Two doughnut-shaped rings around the areola in a doughnut shape, which is and ideal procedure for women with small breasts who want minimal scarring.
- Incision around the areola and down to the breast crease to create the shape of a lollipop
- A lollipop shape with another incision along the crease of the breast for an anchor shape. This incision is ideal for breasts with considerable sagging
Following the incision, tissue of the breast is removed and reshaped to achieve the desired breast contour. The nipple and areola may be resized or moved higher on the breast as well. Finally, excess skin is removed to create a more defined, tighter appearance. Following the surgery, the incisions are closed with stitches, and tend to heal well.
Free Consultation with Vernon Hills, North Shore and Chicago Breast Lift Doctor
If you would like to learn more about getting a breast lift, or if you would like to combine this procedure with a breast augmentation or reduction, call now to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ritacca at (847) 367-8815. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.