Women may experience significant changes in their breasts after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Over time, the breast’s shape and firmness will significantly decrease. Aside from pregnancy, weight fluctuations, heredity, and the aging process can also rob the breasts of their youthful appearance. The skin naturally loses elasticity, which causes the breasts to droop, sometimes taking on a pendulous look. The diminishing volume will often pull the nipples to a lower position. Although large breasts may be increasingly prone to sagging, any woman can experience these problems. The changes are permanent, but a breast lift can dramatically restore a more youthful appearance to the chest.
A Breast Lift at the Naderi Center:
A Mastopexy, more commonly called a breast lift, is a surgical procedure created to raise sagging breast tissue. The technique can significantly improve the look of drooping, deflated breasts by raising the tissue to a more youthful position. The breast lift will eliminate excess skin and tissue, as well as reposition the nipples.
The Mastopexy is a procedure that alters the breast’s shape. By combining a breast lift with a breast augmentation, optimal improvements can be seen in both volume and upper pole fullness.
Mastopexy can address changes in breast tissue that occur during:
- Extreme weight gain and loss
The Naderi Center is the leading cosmetic surgery center in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. areas. Serving patients for more than ten years, the experts at the Naderi Center consistently bring women the safest and most effective aesthetic treatments. Dr. Erica Anderson’s breast augmentation procedures are among the most sought after treatments performed at the Naderi Center today.
The Ideal Candidate for a Breast Lift:
Any woman who is unhappy with sagging breasts may make a good candidate for the Mastopexy procedure. On average, women looking at the breast lift have experienced pregnancy or dramatic weight changes; and many of these ladies are in their late 30s or 40s. An ideal candidate for a breast lift will be in overall good health and hold realistic surgical expectations. A woman considering a Mastopexy should also be a nonsmoker. Assistance with smoking cessation can be obtained during the breast lift consultation with Dr. Anderson.
The Breast Lift Consultation:
Women interested in the Mastopexy procedure are encouraged to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Anderson. At this time, the surgeon will review the medical history, current medications, and perform a brief physical evaluation. She will also have an in-depth conversation about a woman’s long-term aesthetic goals. After Dr. Anderson explains the available techniques for a breast lift, she will answer any questions that remain. Dr. Anderson will also use this time to show before/after photographs of her recent breast lift patients. Once the decision has been made to move ahead with the Mastopexy procedure, Dr. Anderson will create a personalized surgical plan. A patient coordinator will be available at this time to discuss payment options and financing plans.
The Mastopexy Procedure:
Dr. Anderson will perform her breast lift technique as an outpatient procedure at a local, accredited surgical center. Using general anesthesia, the procedure can take from two to four hours. If the breast lift will be combined with additional techniques, the surgery may be longer to complete.
To begin, Dr. Anderson will create an inverted T incision: circling around the areola, running downward from the nipple, and then horizontally across the breast crease. From this incision, she will excise unwanted fatty tissue and lax skin. Dr. Anderson will reshape and reposition the nipple and areola. Once the desired corrections have been made, Dr. Anderson will pull remaining tissues tight, and place sutures allowing the area to properly heal.
Complications and Risks of a Breast Lift:
The breast lift is a common procedure and is considered a safe technique. As the Mastopexy is a surgical procedure, there is always a chance complications can occur. Although rare, these may include bleeding, infection, unexpected scarring, delayed wound healing, and asymmetry. During the consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will further discuss the chance for complications during the breast lift process.
Women can expect a normal breast lift recovery to take seven to ten days. Most patients will be ready to return to work or school in less than a week. Strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise should be avoided for six to eight weeks.
Bruising and swelling will be seen after a Mastopexy, but these will resolve naturally over the following one to two weeks. While there may be mild to moderate discomfort, Dr. Anderson will provide the appropriate pain medications during the recovery period. Some women will note temporary numbness across the nipple and incision lines; this is normal and will most likely resolve over time. A surgical bra or support garment will need to be worn for several weeks following the Mastopexy, to ensure the breasts heal appropriately. Dr. Anderson will let the patient know when a normal bra can be worn again.
Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation with Dr. Erica Anderson:
To find out if a Mastopexy is the right procedure for your situation, contact the Naderi Center to schedule a breast lift consultation. Dr. Anderson is available for a consultation at both locations. Contact the Herndon, Virginia office at 703.481.0002 or the Chevy Chase, Maryland office at 301.222.2020. The Naderi Center is easily reached by patients throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Those outside of the immediate area may request an online consultation with Dr. Anderson.
Q – What is a breast lift?
The breast lift is a specialized surgical procedure designed to raise sagging breast tissue and nipple areola complex. The technique lifts tissue to a more youthful position.
Q – Can the breast lift be combined with other techniques?
Combining the Mastopexy with the placement of breast implants can provide optimal breast rejuvenation results. The breast lift alone will tighten skin and raise breast tissue, but not improve the volume. When the two procedures are performed together, a more youthful chest can be restored, however there are higher risks involved when combining these two procedures. This should be discussed during your consultation and at times, Dr. Anderson may recommend staging the two procedures.
Q – Will a breast lift result in scarring?
The Mastopexy does result in a scar along the incision lines. These scars will fade over time, although will remain visible. However, the scars are easily concealed under clothing.
Q – can I return to work after my breast lift?
Most of Dr. Anderson’s breast lift patients are feeling well enough to return to work in three to five days.
Q – Can I exercise after my breast lift?
Women are encouraged to postpone vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for six to eight weeks after their Mastopexy procedure.