The endless pull of gravity isn’t kind to our breasts. Add to that the fluctuating size and stretching that accompanies pregnancy and breastfeeding, or the gain and loss of a good deal of weight. Your breasts now appear flatter, wider, and sit much lower on the chest. The nipples may even point more downward. What happened to the higher, perkier breasts of your youth?
Fortunately, you can regain them with a breast lift with Dr. Hunsaker at Cosmetique Cosmetic Surgery.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, clinically known as mastopexy, has the goal of returning the breasts to a higher position on the chest. To accomplish this, excess skin and sometimes fat is removed, tissue is repositioned, and the nipples and areolae are usually repositioned higher on breasts.
If the patient feels she has lost too much volume, the breasts can easily be augmented during the procedure by placing implants.
Breast Lift Candidates
A breast lift can be a good procedure if you have some or all of these existing issues with your breasts:
- Your breasts have lost their shape or volume
- Your breasts sag
- The skin on your breasts is stretched
- Your breasts are flat, elongated, or pendulous
- The nipples point downward
- Your breasts are asymmetrical
A breast lift doesn’t affect the size of the breasts; it simply brings them back up to a higher position. A lift doesn’t change the fullness or roundness in the upper portion of the breasts. If you want to add fullness or size, adding implants to the breast lift procedure will accomplish that.
The breast lift operation is performed under general anesthesia or heavy sedation combined with a local anesthetic. Every woman has different patterns of sagging in her breasts. The larger the degree of sagging, the wider the base of the breasts becomes. This usually makes the breasts the most flattened, as well. Dr. Hunsaker uses three incision patterns for this procedure, depending on your unique needs:
- Areola incision - Also called a small-incision mastopexy, a donut-shaped incision is made around the areola. This method creates minimal visible scarring, but is only appropriate for women with minimal sagging who don’t need much excess skin removed.
- Lollipop incision - This incision circles the areola and then drops straight down, ending at the breast crease. This method allows moderate removal of excess skin and fat.
- Anchor incision - This method circles the areola, drops down to the breast crease, and then extends outward in both directions, similar to the shape of an anchor. The anchor incision allows for the most skin removal and tissue adjustment, but it also creates the largest scar.
In each method, Dr. Hunsaker lifts and reshapes the breast tissue to compensate for sagging and stretching. The nipples and areolae are moved to a higher position to match the new profile of the breasts. Extra skin can be removed around the areolae to make them smaller. The final step is to trim away excess sagging skin. If you’ve opted to augment your breasts, at this point pockets are created and the implants are placed using the incisions made for the lift.
Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation
A breast lift simply brings the breasts back up to a higher position on the chest. It does this by removing excess fatty tissue and trimming excess skin. Breast augmentation doesn’t provide a lift of the breasts; it simply adds volume to the breasts by inserting either silicone- or saline-filled implants. A breast lift can include augmentation if the patient would like to either return volume or simply increase the breast size.
What Are the Risks with Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lifts include risks involved with surgery: bleeding or the formation of a hematoma, reaction to anesthesia, infection, and slow incision healing.
Risks related to this particular procedure include:
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation (these usually revolve within a few months)
- Irregularities in breast contour or shape
- Breast asymmetry
- Necrosis of fat tissue
- Fluid accumulation
- Possibility of the need for revision surgery
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in a breast lift, contact Cosmetique Cosmetic Surgery. Call us at (305) 279-4700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsaker. Our practice serves Miami, FL and surrounding areas.