Breast lift or mastopexy is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape the breasts by eliminating excess skin and fat and tighten the area, which results in a firmer, more uplifted, fuller and more youthful contour. Age, pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight loss and other factors can cause the breasts to sag. Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors can ultimately affect the shape and firmness of the breasts. During mastopexy excess skin and fat are removed, then the breast is raised and lifted. It also involves repositioning of the nipples and areolas. This procedure is not permanent, and cannot permanently delay the effects that cause the breasts to sag. However, undergoing a mastopexy can help a woman achieve a more youthful breast contour.
There are many reasons why women choose to undergo a mastopexy. Some women have adequate size breasts, but they are not well positioned. Then there are those who lack substance or firmness in their breasts. A mastopexy can even help women correct a condition where one breast is firm and well positioned, while the other is not. There are other conditions that qualify for wanting a breast lift, however, those still thinking about pregnancy should consider waiting before undergoing this procedure. Breast lift surgery can be performed alone, or in conjunction with breast augmentation to add more volume to the breast.
Dr. Wim Danau begins the breast lift procedure by making an incision around the areola, which is the dark-pigmented area surrounding the nipple. He continues incision down under the crease of the breast and removes excess skin. He then tightens the skin of the breast area, reshapes the breasts, and relocates the nipples to a higher position. The entire breast lift procedure typically takes less than two hours to complete and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia is generally used during mastopexy surgery.
Most of our breast lift patients will experience some bruising and swelling for two to three weeks after breast lift surgery. These side effects should fade as the breasts continue to heal. Any residual pain and discomfort can be reduced with medication. As with any surgical procedure, there will be some scarring from the operation. However, Dr. Wim Danau will make every effort to make scarring as minimal as possible. Breast lift scars typically fade to thin white lines over a period of months. Patients can usually resume normal daily activities about a week after surgery, although strenuous activities in the first few weeks of recovery should be avoided because they can put pressure on the breasts and slow the healing process.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with this surgery. These include:
The numerous benefits of a mastopexy make it one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the nation. The benefits of undergoing a breast lift procedure include:
Also, a breast lift can bring the entire body into proportion, giving you a newly contoured appearance. Dr. Wim Danau is well-trained in several breast procedures, including breast lift, breast augmentation with breast implants. In addition, he specializes in female and male breast reduction. Our before-and-after photos of some of our previous patients can help you get a better idea of the aesthetic results that can be achieved through these procedures.
A mastopexy is a relatively simple cosmetic surgery procedure that can do wonders for the look of your entire body. To schedule a breast lift consultation today, please contact Dr. Wim Danau. A breast lift can also be combined with other procedures, such as tummy tuck or liposuction, for a more complete makeover.
More information is available on the website of the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.