A breast lift, also called mastopexy, can correct the sagging of your breasts caused by aging, pregnancy, and nursing. The procedure reshapes the flattened tissue of your breast into a more youthful placement and projection.
Considering a Breast Lift
A breast lift may be beneficial for women who suffer from:
- Loss of breast volume
- Sagging breasts
- Asymmetrical breasts
Women who are planning to have more children should wait to have a breast lift until their family is complete because pregnancy will counteract any benefits gained from the surgery.
Many surgeons encourage women to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation. However, Dr. Garcia prefers that patients have a breast lift first and wait three to six months to consider breast augmentation. Many women are happy with their appearance after having a breast lift and do not need a breast augmentation.
Preparing for a Breast Lift
To prepare for your breast lift, you should thoroughly research the procedure and meet with Dr. Garcia to get all of your questions answered. There should be no mystery involved with your breast surgery.
During your consultation with Dr. Garcia be prepared to discuss your reasons for seeking a breast lift and what you expect to achieve through the procedure. Understanding your motivations for surgery and setting realistic expectations for your results will ensure that you are satisfied with your surgical outcome.
Knowing the Risks
Dr. Garcia is an accomplished plastic surgeon with decades of experience. However, every surgery comes with risks. Although rare, bleeding and infection after the procedure could increase scarring. Some patients experience a permanent loss of feeling in their nipples or breasts, and in a few cases women are dissatisfied with uneven nipple positioning. Your risk of complications is significantly reduced by following Dr. Garcia’s advice before and after surgery, such as quitting smoking.
Understanding the Procedure
During your breast lift, Dr. Garcia will make an incision in the breast for the new location of the nipple. Excess skin is removed, and the nipple and areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple) are moved to the new location. To help maintain nipple sensation, the nipple is always left attached to the breast tissue.
Dr. Garcia reshapes the breast by redraping the skin surrounding the areola and stitching it into place. Sutures in the breast tissue extend vertically from the areola down to the lower crease of the breast to maintain the new breast shape. If you are experiencing only minimal sagging, you may benefit from a modified procedure with less extensive scarring.
The breast lift procedure takes about one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours. For the first two weeks of your recovery, you will be limited to light activity, but should be able to return to most normal activities by four weeks after surgery.
Do you want to correct breast sagging and regain a more youthful appearance? Call Julio Garcia, MD, Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic today at (702) 470-0547 to schedule your consultation. We welcome patients throughout the Las Vegas area and throughout the world.