5 Facts About Breast Lift
A breast lift (mastopexy) changes the breast shape by removing excess skin andreshaping breast tissue for raising your breasts. Dr. Ritesh Anand specialises in breast lift surgery, assuring long-standing results. Here are the top 5 breast lift facts.
There are 5 popular breast lift options.
- The Lollipop Lift
- The Anchor Lift
- The Donut Lift
- The Crescent Lift
- The Scarless Lift
Its name comes from the shape of its incision made in your breasts. We make a circular incision around the areola and a straight incision from the areola’s bottom down to your breast crease.
It’s the oldest lift technique. It can correct moderate sagging and goes for women disinterested to comb a breast lift with implants.
It’s required for extreme sagging breasts where less invasive procedures won’t work well. Only a bit varying from the previous lift, the anchor lift includes an extra horizontal incision along your breast crease.
Often done with breast reduction for reducing the volume and reshaping the contours of your breasts, it’s best suitable for women needing a major lift.
It’s the best for moderate to mild breast sagging. This fairly non-invasive method involves one circular incision around your areola. It repositions your nipples and areolas higher on your breasts and tightens your breast skin.
If you want breast augmentation, we combine this lift with implants for increasing breast size and reducing any sagging.
It’s even less invasive than the previous one. A semi-circular incision is made along the top areolar half. It’s perfect for minor adjustments to your areolas and nipples.
It’s the best for the mildest sagging and generally done alongside breast augmentation.
Here, we use specialised cosmetic methods like smart lipo and thermage for minimising the incision size and concealing any scarring. It’s often performed with breast implants for enhancing the lift’s effect.
Since it involves the least cutting, it’s appropriate if you have very mild breast sagging. However, it can effectively increase the breasts’ lost volume.
Certain complications are associated with a breast lift
- Bruising, swelling and pain
- Wound healing issues
- Reduced or increased sensation
- Damage to deeper structures
- Allergic reactions
- Anaesthesia risks
These scars due to your surgery are initially red, then purple and pale over 12-18 months. Sometimes, they become thicker, wider, painful or red. You might require surgery for correcting them.
Heavy bleeding is rare but probable after surgery. You might need to stop it with a blood transfusion, etc. Before surgery, we would discuss any medications which raise the risks of bleeding. It’s vital to control high blood pressure.
If there’s an infection from a wound, you might require another operation or antibiotics. If there’s discharge from the nipple, you must inform us pre-surgery since it can raise the risk of infection.
After treatment, your breasts would swell and bruise a little. This may take weeks to settle. Long-term pain is unusual.
It happens when fluid accumulates in your breasts. It may require to get drained by a needle pierce through your skin or another operation.
The wound edges may come apart, especially at the scar ends. It can usually be corrected by dressing your wounds. However, more surgery may be necessary for removing the unhealed tissue.
It’s where deep stitches peep through your skin. These are easily removed.
It happens when some breast tissue, fat, nipple or skin dies if the blood supply has ceased during operation. Then you might need another operation. Necrosis may cause an irregular surface or lumpiness in the affected region. If fat hardens, it might interrupt with mammograms later.
After treatment, changes in breast sensation is common, usually numbness around the scar and reduced or increased nipple sensation. It’s rarely permanent or causes breastfeeding trouble.
Scar ends may be irregular. These might improve gradually or you’d require a small operation for correcting them.
The surgery can rarely harm deeper structures like your lungs, muscles, nerves, etc. temporarily or permanently.
Allergic reactions to surgical solutions, stitches or tapes are rare. These may need additional treatment.
Allergic reactions to anaesthesia may cause chest infection, blood clots, stroke, heart attack, etc.
Results are prominent almost immediately.
Results appear immediately after treatment. The ultimate results would appear over the next few months as breast shape and position keep settling. Incision lines are permanent but fade gradually. Results are long-lasting. However, from age and gravity, breast shape may change later.
Recovery is not very long.
After a breast lift:
- After 2 weeks, you may start light activities. Avoid heavy lifting.
- In 6 weeks, you may resume normal exercise.
- Take about 2 weeks off from work.
You can combine a breast lift with other breast procedures.
You can receive your breast lift with breast reduction or augmentation for achieving the desired breast shape and size.