The Breast Lift surgery, also known as the mastopexy, or “boob lift”, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the size and appearance of the breasts by achieving symmetry and proportionate size.
Within this article, we will touch upon the benefits, ideal candidates, recovery, pricing and so much more about the mastopexy procedure.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure which can serve various purposes for women suffering from by loss of elasticity and firmness in the breasts, also known as ptosis.
The results of sagging breast can be brought by a variety of factors including weight loss, breastfeeding, and age related volume loss. The mastopexy serves to improve the overall appearance of ptosis, leading to a contoured, plump, and reshaped breast
Popularity of the breast lift surgical procedure has heavily increased within recent decades. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 90,000 mastopexys were performed within 2013 alone.
Women often experience a loss of volume as they age. The effects of gravity and elasticity loss often lead to a flattened and sagged appearance. A breast lift aims to restore breasts that have experienced volume loss meanwhile, helping those suffering from the emotional distress brought on by any of these factors.
Therefore, in addition to reversing the side effects brought on time and age, the mastopexy cosmetic procedure comes with the added results of increased self-esteem and confidence.
When to consider a breast lift procedure
The ASPS claims that individual who experience some of the symptoms listed below should consider this reconstructive surgery:
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag or have lost shape and volume
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower
"Mastopexy surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.”
The ideal candidate for the mastopexy procedure is someone who is realistic about the expectations from surgery, in good health standing, and is undergoing this procedure for her own pleasure. This procedure is ideal for anyone experiencing sagging of the breast tissue brought on through weight loss, pregnancy, or age related factors.
When you decide you are ready to begin the breast lift procedure journey, schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. William Rahal to evaluate which breast lift method would be ideal for you.
How is a breast lift done?
Mastopexys are performed through a variety of different techniques and incision methods. Most breast surgeons have mastered a specific method, but some individuals may benefit more from a specific technique due to their situation and ideal result.
In selecting an ideal breast lift procedure for your needs, note that the techniques vary by the incision method. These incisions include “lollipop”, “anchor”, “crescent” and the circumareolar (Benelli) methods.
The crescent lift procedure is known as the most minimally invasive mastopexy methods. The nipple is position when removing a crescent shape of from the top of the areola.
The crescent method is tailored to women who have usual sitting breasts but are specifically suffering from downward facing nipples. The crescent breast lift is performed by creating an incision on the northern end of the areola in the shape of a crescent moon. This allows the surgeon to remove excess skin between the breast and nipple, which causes the downward appearance.
Peri-Areolar / Donut / Benelli Lift
This method is performed on women who will benefit from a minor mastopexy as opposed to the more invasive options. The technique works by executing a circular opening throughout the entire nipple. The breast lift surgeon then crafts the desired breast appearance by removing the excess skin around the nipple. The nipples are then stitched back into the breasts leaving them in a natural state, lifted and full.
Inverted T / Anchor Lift
The anchor method is ideal for individuals with a longer distance from the crease of the breasts to the nipple. Also, this incision technique is best for those who suffer from a significant “droop” appearance in the breasts. The incision is done similarly to the lollipop but continues along the lower sides of the breasts. Although this method is considered to be the most invasive, the anchor incision allows for the surgeon to work with most breast surface area, providing the best results.
Vertical / Lollipop Lift
The lollipop method is tailored to women suffering specifically from large, hanging, or sagging breasts. This technique is named “lollipop” because of the incision made around the areola (nipple) leading down the lower center of the breasts. The lollipop incision allows plastic surgeons the ability to provide tightening and lift techniques.
Scarless breast lift
Many surgery centers claim to offer a “scarless breast lift” but only offer false hope to patients that desire this procedure. When the scar-less procedure is advertised, they usually fail to mention that the reason they appear scarless is due to treatments done after the procedure is complete and the patient is healed.
For example, some of these cosmetic offices offer skin rejuvenation radio frequency treatments that help lessen the appearance of scars but do not totally eliminate them. Other doctors ensure that using mesh after the procedure helps heals the wound so that scarring is minimized; however, the research is still inconclusive if mesh truly helps minimize scar appearance.
Scarring After a Breast Procedure: Removing scars is nearly impossible, but you can certainly minimize the appearance. Applying sunblock to your scars will help prevent darkening of the scars, even though it is under your swimsuit. You may also use topical gels specifically for scars, such as Mederma.
Combining Breast lift with other procedures
It also differs from a breast reduction which reduces the size of the breast for a more proportionate appearance. However, combinations of these procedures at once are often seen in women undergoing breast surgery.
When you decide you are ready to evaluate your options for breast cosmetic surgical procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rahal to evaluate which methods would be ideal for you.
Breast lift and reduction
If women are experiencing sagging breast in combination with excessive volume brought on by pregnancy, weight loss, or age related factors, they may decide to undergo and lift and reduction at the same time. A highly trained surgeon can bring up the breast tissue all while decreasing its size for a more natural appearance.
Breast lift and augmentation
If women are experiencing sagging breast in combination with deflated volume brought on by pregnancy, weight loss, or age related factors, they may decide to undergo and lift and augmentation at the same time. Through use of a breast implant, a highly trained surgeon can bring up the breast tissue all while increasing its size for a more voluptuous shape.
Mastopexy: The surgical process
A lift mastopexy surgery is considered a major cosmetic procedure due to the incisions and extraction of skin tissue. Therefore, this surgery must be performed under general anesthesia to ensure comfort and painless procedure. While receiving general anesthesia, the patient is intubated by way of a certified anesthesiologist who inserts a breathing tube through your throat.
Throughout the procedure, the anesthesiologist will administer intravenous medication to ensure you stay sedated throughout the procedure.
At first you will feel at ease and calmed at the intravenous medication begins. After you are relaxed, the general anesthesia will be administered. This is the moment in which you will not remember feeling or consciousness throughout the procedure. Your blood pressure and pulse will remained at a low level and monitored during the entire process.
Rest assured that Dr. William Rahal provides the highest trained anesthesiologists in the Beverly Hills Area. Our anesthesiologist team constantly overlooks the patient’s vital functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing at the time of the procedure.
The breast surgeon creates either a circular incision around the areola or an anchor style incision around the breast and nipple. Once the incision is made, it is pulled upward so that the doctor can work on reducing the breast tissue. During this process, the nipple remains intact with its nerve and blood supply in order to avoid loss of nipple sensitivity.
The incision is then sutured to bring together the reduced breast size. By laying the sutures, the breast surgeons are able to create new support for the newly formed breasts. Although the scarring is permanent, through the use of specific gels, the patient can lessen its appearance.
Recovery after Breast Lift
Before the surgery, each patient receives a thorough explanation as to what actions will aid in their healing process and what items or movements they should avoid. Patients will be shown how to properly take care of wounds in order to illicit the best results. As with other breast procedures, recovering from the mastopexy may take some time.
Pain and discomfort is to be expected within the first two to three weeks post-operation. However, this pain will be managed by the pain prescriptions provided by Dr. Rahal. Patients must wear a pressure garment to aid in the healing process until told. After the pressure garment is no longer needed, the doctor will provide you with a bandage and or/sports bra to be worn until further notice.
Why choose Dr. Rahal for your Breast Lift procedure?
We always suggest that patients perform thorough research when deciding which plastic surgeon to perform any procedure on their body. Remember that the results for cosmetic procedures are supposed to be durable; therefore, you should be very comfortable with your doctor. We suggest looking into the doctor’s educational history, training, and previous work such as before and afters.
The best mastopexy doctors take the time to listen to your desires based on your initial consultation. They will properly evaluate you in determining if you an ideal candidate for this procedure. After the evaluation, they will discuss what breast incision and technique best suits your body composition. And finally, together with a patient, they will decide on the goal from the procedure.
Dedicated surgeons will also provide you with individualized instructions for post- operative care. They will be willing to display some of their work such as before and after pictures so that patients can get a better sense of the surgeons’ technique. The best breast doctor will also be at the patient’s disposal by willing to address any questions or concerns a patient may have.
Your Initial Consultation
At the initial consultation, Dr. Rahal will perform a physical exam and run through your complete medical history to ensure that you are an ideal candidate. He may also recommend a mammogram to track any possible changes in breast tissue.
Dr. Rahal also uses Vectra 3D imaging to show you computer generated images of how your results will look.
The ASPS states that your surgeon may also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Examine your breasts and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, and placement of your nipples and areolas
- Take photographs
- Discuss your options
- Recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of mastopexy surgery and any risks or potential complications
- Discuss the use of anesthesia during your mastopexy
- Be sure to ask questions!
We always suggest coming into the office in a comfortable outfit. You will be taking off your shirt and bra in order to show the surgeon the amount of breast tissue he has to work with; therefore, we recommend wearing lose fitting clothes.
If you are interested in the Breast Lift procedure, give Dr. Rahal's office a call at (424) 512-1902 so that you can embrace your beauty once again!