As we age, our bodies go through dozens of changes. For many women, one of the most prominent of these changes is sagging breasts. At Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport, CT, our mission is to help you love the way you look and feel. Today, we highlight one of our most popular cosmetic procedures: mastopexy. Keep reading to discover 11 things everyone considering a breast lift should know.
Frequently Asked Questions About a Breast Lift
1. What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, known in the medical community as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure performed to alter the shape and position of your breasts. During this procedure, excess skin is removed, the breast tissue is reshaped to achieve a more desirable contour and the breasts are lifted. We can also reposition your nipples and reduce the size of your areolas. We will review all of your aesthetic goals during your initial consultation.
2. Will the Size of My Breasts Change?
Mastopexy does not drastically change the size of your breasts. However, some women find that they have to buy bras with a smaller cup size due to the amount of excess skin that was removed.
3. What If I Want Smaller Breasts?
If you want breast tissue removed, you will need a breast reduction. This procedure removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts. Breast fat removal is achieved via liposuction.
4. What If I Want Larger Breasts?
If you want larger breasts, you will need a breast augmentation in addition to your mastopexy. Breast augmentation typically involves implants made up of silicone or saline encased within a hard silicone shell. However, there is now more customizability in breast augmentation than ever before.
For example, gummy bear implants are quickly taking the breast augmentation world by storm because of their safety, flexibility, comfort and natural appearance. Moreover, analogous fat grafting may be performed to enlarge your breasts. Also known as fat grafting, this process involves using liposuction to suction fat from one part of your body, processing the fat for transfer and then injecting it into strategic locations in your breasts.
5. Am I a Good Candidate for Mastopexy?
Generally, the best candidate for mastopexy does not smoke, does not have an active infection at the incision sites, is free of diabetes and heart conditions and wishes to alter the resting position of her breasts.
6. Do I Need Mastopexy?
You may need mastopexy if, when your breasts are unsupported, your nipples fall below the creases of your breast. You may also need mastopexy if your nipples and areolas point towards the ground, your areolas are disproportionately large compared to your breasts or one breast rests lower than the other one does. Finally, you may need mastopexy if your breasts have lost volume or shape or they have become longer and flatter.
7. Can I Get Pregnant After Mastopexy?
Absolutely! During mastopexy, your nipples are not removed from the underlying breast tissue. Thus, you will still be able to nurse your infant should you become pregnant in the future. Even better, science has shown that mastopexy does not make it impossible to produce enough milk for your nursing infant.
8. Are My Breasts Too Small for a Lift?
At Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group, we have lifted breasts of all shapes and sizes. Smaller-chested women can absolutely experience sagging due to rapid weight loss, nursing, aging or any number of other factors. In fact, women with smaller breasts tend to have longer-lasting results.
9. When Will I See the Results of My Procedure?
The results of mastopexy can be seen immediately after the procedure. However, it takes a couple months for your breasts to settle into position as their shape changes. Depending on the extent of your lift, among several other factors, you can expect to see your final results within two to 12 months.
10. How Long Will My Results Last?
In general, you can expect the results of your mastopexy to last around a decade. Among the factors which affect the longevity of your results are your age, diet, skincare routine and lifestyle choices.
11. Can I Smoke After My Procedure?
You must go at least two weeks before and after your procedure without smoking. Ideally, you should go at least six weeks pre- and post-op without consuming any form of nicotine. Nicotine elevates your blood pressure, which reduces the efficiency of blood flow. This may affect the results of your procedure.
If you need help to quit, ask us for local smoking cessation resources. If you go a total of 12 weeks pre- and post-op without smoking, consider never smoking again. Among other things, smoking is harmful to the elastin in your skin. Elastin is an essential fiber that keeps your skin tight, smooth and youthful.
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Sagging breasts can occur due to age, childbirth, nursing and rapid weight loss, among other factors. Particularly if one breast rests lower than the other, sagging breasts can lead to a lack of confidence. To learn more about a breast lift, contact the dedicated medical professionals at Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport, CT today to schedule your initial consultation. Our experts will help you determine the best body contouring procedures to love the way you look and feel. We can’t wait to help you change your life.