Over time, gravity pulls all body tissues downward and the breasts are no exception. Breast Lift (mastopexy), with or without the placement of breast implants, helps to lift and reshape the breasts giving them a more aesthetic and natural shape without reducing their size.Request an Appointment
Breast Lift Morehead City, Jacksonville NC
Breast Lift Surgery in Jacksonville, NC
There are several different types of Breast Lift (mastopexy). The approach appropriate for you will be determined at the time of your consultation with Dr. Klainer. The three most common types of breast lift incisions are 1) around the areola only, 2) around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and 3) around the areola vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease, the “anchor incision”. Depending on the patient’s desire the use of a breast implant at the time of the lift may further improve the shape and final outcome, as well as potentially decrease the number of incisions necessary.
The choice of breast lift (mastopexy) will be determined based upon your breast size and shape, the size and position of the areola, the degree of breast sagging and skin quality and elasticity. During your consultation your options will be reviewed, type of incisions discussed, and if recommended the benefits of the addition of breast implants.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery and Downtime
Before your Breast Lift (mastopexy), and for your safety, Dr. Klainer may require you to undergo lab tests or a medical evaluation. Depending on your particular situation, new medications may need to be introduced or your current medications may need to be adjusted. All breast lift patients are required to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before surgery. Patients are also instructed to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as these items have been known to increase bleeding and bruising.
The Breast Lift (mastopexy) procedure is performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia and takes approximately 2-3 hours. After Dr. Klainer makes the breast lift incisions, the underlying breast tissue is repositioned and reshaped to enhance your breast contour and firmness. The nipple and areola are then moved to a natural, more youthful looking height, and excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity. To dispel a common misconception, the nipple is never actually removed, rather it remains attached to the breast tissue so that the nerves are not cut and sensation is preserved.
After the breast lift incisions are closed, some incision lines resulting from the breast lift surgery are concealed in natural body folds. Others may inevitably remain visible on the breast surface, although these lines will fade and significantly improve over time.
Upon completion of your breast lift bandages will be applied to the surgery site and then you will be wrapped in ACE wraps for support; these are removed the next day in the office. You will be required to wear a sports bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. In most instances, normal activities can be resumed 10-14 days. Light activities, like driving, can commence once you are feeling better and are off pain medication. Although every breast lift surgery varies, most patients can resume regular activities, including vigorous exercise, in the third week after surgery. After one month, scarring from the breast lift may still be noticeable, however, in the following months the scars will gradually fade. You will be given instructions on how to treat the scars to give the best healing potential; also certain lasers can be used to speed and improve scar healing if desired.
Discomfort levels resulting from Breast Lift surgery vary but are often not extreme. Most discomfort is manageable with medication and sensible post-op care. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Klainer should any problems arise.