As women age, the may experience a sagging of the breasts, which has lost volume as the skin becomes less taut. This can also occur after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
A breast lift (also known as mastopexy) is a surgery that raises and reshapes sagging breasts. The procedure may also include reducing the size of the areola. During the same surgery, the breast lift in Philadelphia can be combined with breast augmentation using saline or silicone implants to restore breast volume.
Breast Lift Surgery: Why Is It Performed?
Over time, the effects of gravity along with the natural loss of the skin’s natural elasticity begin to have a negative effect on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. These factors combined with pregnancies and nursing will often cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and fullness. For some women, this may occur at a relatively young age because of genetics and other factors. Through breast lift surgery, a more youthful shape and position can be restored to the patient's breasts.
Breast Lift Techniques and Procedures
Traditionally, a breast lift requires three incisions that form an anchor shape: one around the areola, one vertical incision from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease under the breast, and one incision in the natural curve of the breast crease.
Other techniques may involve a lollipop shaped incision. Skin and tissue is removed as necessary and glandular tissue is excised and sutured to produce a shapelier breast that sits higher on the chest. In many cases, the breast lift surgery is combined with breast augmentation to achieve the best outcome.
The general goal is to restore the youthful position of your breasts while minimizing scars as much as possible. The procedure generally takes about 1.5 – 3 hours and is performed while you are under a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with sedation.
After Breast Lift Surgery: What to Expect
Recovery time is about 7-14 days, during which time patients are instructed to wear a special surgical bra. Movement will need to be limited during this time to ensure proper healing. Strenuous physical activity should be limited for at least 4 weeks. Medications are prescribed to minimize discomfort during your recovery.
As you recover, you will begin to experience the benefits of your breast lift surgery. Not only will your breasts appear more youthful in shape and position, but the fit of bras and clothing will also improve. Others will see the benefits, too, and will likely take note of your increased self-confidence.
If you are located in Montgomery County or Bucks County, and desire to learn more about Dr. Genter’s breast lift surgery in Philadelphia – its risks, benefits, cost, or whatever questions you may still have – contact Dr. Genter’s office in Montgomery and Philadelphia county.