Breast Lift

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Breast Reconstructions
Breast Reductions
Breast Augmentations

Procedure

Preparation
Post-Surgery

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If your breasts require minimal correction, the concentric or peri-areola technique may be an option for you.

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The vertical incision technique is generally performed when a more moderate lift is necessary.

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In some cases, where a larger degree of correction is necessary, the anchor or keyhole incision may be used.

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With each of these techniques, once the incisions have been made excess breast tissue, skin, and fat is removed.

Breast Lift Jacksonville FL

Breast Lift Surgery in Jacksonville Florida

Welcome to Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery’s guide to breast lift surgery. The information provided here may help you better understand the anatomical problem associated with breast drooping and how we could address the problem surgically. This will be covered in much more depth during your private consultation with one of our six board certified plastic surgeons.

A Mastopexy, commonly called a “breast lift” procedure, is performed to counteract the effects associated with gravity, aging, weight loss, and pregnancy. For women with stretched skin, drooping breasts, and a loss of volume in the upper region of their breasts, a breast lift can return the breasts to a more youthful shape and position. This procedure enables women to gain self-confidence, enhance their self-esteem, and expand their wardrobe choices. Physically healthy women, with realistic expectations are good candidates for the breast lift surgery procedure. Breast lift, or breast reduction surgery for MEN, also called reduction gynecomastia is similar and can be found (***under the Male Surgery Section.)

Procedure

Breast lift surgery, at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery is always performed under general anesthesia and can last between two and three hours. Breast implants may be used in conjunction with a breast lift to improve the final shape and volume.

There are several different surgical techniques that can be used to accomplish a breast lift, depending on the amount of lift desired.

Concentric Technique for Breast Lift Procedures

If your breasts require minimal correction, the concentric or peri-areola technique may be an option for you. With this technique, a circular incision is made around the areola border. This is the only scar needed and also accomplishes the task of reducing the areolar size. Implants may be placed through this incision as well.

Vertical Incision for Breast Lift Procedures

The vertical incision technique is generally performed when a more moderate breast lift is necessary. It begins similarly to the concentric technique; except that additional incisions are made that come down from both sides of the incisions around the areola border and end at the breast crease. This is commonly called the “keyhole” lift. Implants may be placed through this incision as well.

Anchor Incision for Breast Lift Procedures

In some cases, where a larger degree of correction is necessary, the anchor or Pattern of Wise incision may be used. In this technique, the incisions roughly resemble an old-fashioned anchor, circling around the areola, down the breast and across the breast crease. While this does leave the greatest amount of surgical scar, the degree of improvement and cosmetic correction is well worth it. Most patients tell us that they would definitely undergo this again if given the choice.

With each of these techniques, once the incisions have been made excess breast tissue, skin, and fat is removed. The nipples are moved to their new higher locations, and the skin is tightened to give an improved shape to your breasts. The incisions are closed using very fine stitches (all internal) and then taped to help reduce scarring. You will also be fitted with a support bra or elastic bandages to help you heal and make you feel more comfortable.

Preparation for your Breast Lift

After your personalized consultation, should you decided to proceed with breast lift surgery, here are some suggestions to help you prepare for surgery.

  • Provide us with a complete list of all your medications, vitamins, and herbals which you are taking (even if you don’t think they’re important).
  • Every woman has a unique perspective on what she regards to be the best shape for her breasts. These desires will affect the way your breast lift is performed. It is very important to try and find pictures off of our website or from the internet that look like what you would want after surgery.
  • Buy several comfortable sports bras or coobie bras in various sizes to try on after your surgery. Keep the tags on and return the ones that don’t fit.
  • Discontinue using Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Vitamin E, Fish oil, and any other medications that may thin the blood as these could cause problems with blood clotting. If you’re not sure, ask your surgeon.
  • Stop smoking for at least two weeks before and one week after surgery, as nicotine can impair circulation and healing.
  • Don’t drink alcohol in excess for two weeks before your breast lift, and one week after surgery.
  • Drink lots of water in the days leading up to your breast surgery.

 

After surgery, to make your recovery easier and more comfortable, be sure to:

  • Arrange for someone to take you home and take care of you for at least the first 36 hours.
  • Place your pre-filled prescriptions within easy reach of where you will be resting.
  • Place plenty of pillows and a bed wedge nearby so that you can keep your back elevated.
  • Have several loose fitting, button-down blouses or zip up hoodies ready to wear to make it easier to get in and out of.
  • You will also want to avoid raising your elbows above shoulder level during the first few days after surgery.

What to Expect after Surgery

You should expect some bruising, swelling, and pain for the first week or two. This will be worse for the first 72 hours and will improve quickly over the next few days. Stitches will come out (if necessary) or be absorbed on their own between a week and ten days. Swelling may linger for as long as one to three months. Pain medication will be prescribed as needed thereafter to control the discomfort. Severe pain is not normal, and we would want to know about it immediately.

The recovery process is different for everyone, however, within a day of your breast lift, you should be up and walking around. You may shower on the second or third day following surgery. For the first week you should plan on being out of work and away from your usual activities. Over the next two or three weeks your breasts may be sensitive and strenuous physical activities should be limited. You will need to wear a support bra for about one month. Following this period, you may gradually return to activities such as lifting and exercise.

While there will always be permanent scars, they will be well hidden while wearing clothing, even a swimsuit in most cases. Though the scars may be red and raised for several weeks or months, they typically fade with time. Scar medications will sometimes be prescribed to help fade the scars quicker.

 

It is important to understand that, though a breast lift will make your breasts much more youthful in appearance, the procedure does not stop the continued effects of gravity and aging. It is likely there will be some reoccurrence of sagging with time. Wearing a well fitted bra will certainly help prolong the results. Nevertheless, at some point, touch-up procedures may be required to maintain a youthful look.

You will be provided a printed copy of these before and after instructions with your surgical packet.

Please be sure to look at our “Before and After” photos to get a better idea of the results you may achieve. If you have any remaining questions or are ready to schedule your breast lift consultation, you may “Contact Us(link)” so that we may help you schedule.

**PVPS staff 2015