Breast Lift
(Mastopexy)

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift which is also known as mastoplexy removes excess skin around the breast and restores volume and more youthful looking contours. Breast firmness and elasticity is lost naturally as women age.  Additionally, firmness and elasticity can be lost when nursing after childbirth, or if they have a significant loss of weight.

These situations leave women with a sense of insecurity about the look of their breasts, and they seek these procedures to regain shape and positioning of their nipples.

 

What Happens Before a Breast Lift Procedure?

Initial Consultation

Dr. Z will meet with every patient to go through all the details for this kind of procedure. Patients come to learn what is right for their personal circumstances, and they can deliver their wishes for the intended results.

As with any plastic surgery, the surgeon will need to understand the goals the candidate wishes to achieve. Any family history of breast cancer, or if the patients has undergone any mammograms or biopsies for any earlier concerns should be highlighted and discussed.

All surgical procedures of this type can be affected by medications, herbal supplements, tobacco or recreational drugs as well as alcohol consumption. Dr. Zuriarrain will explain that all these needs to be abstained in the run up to any procedure.

He will take pictures for reference and for before and after shots while he delivers a thorough examination to check the skin elasticity and quality. Measurements will be taken before he will discuss the options which are open to candidates.

Risks of Breast Lift Surgery

Because of the personal nature of this procedure, patients do need to understand all the potential complications and risks. Some of these can stem for not mentioning things in the initial consultation.

Risks in a breast lift comprise:

  • Deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary and cardiac complications.
  • Internal accumulation of fluids
  • Fat necrosis where tissues die
  • Asymmetry of the breasts, shape and contour irregularities
  • Changes in breast or nipple sensations
  • Infection or bleeding

There are many others, and Dr. Zuriarrain does all he can to be sure none of these occur. With board certification, he has spent years becoming a world leader in procedures of this type.

Breast Lift Procedures

Breast Lift Incisions

In a breast lift, there are four incisions a surgeon can use. Here is a rundown of each.

  • Inverted T incisions are the oldest of all the breast lift techniques. These are good options for women who are suffering from sag or severe ptosis. This is where there needs to be a significant amount of skin removed from the breast.
  • Crescent Lift takes its name from the skin which sits above the areola. This will be excised during the procedure, and is commonly used to raise the position of the nipple by a small degree.
  • Donut incisions deliver less scarring. The incision runs around the perimeter of the areola, where a second incision is made on the outside of this. This donut shaped piece of skin will then be removed.
  • Lollipop incisions run vertically on the breast to reduce the effect of sagging. Keyhole shaped incisions are made on the breast to remove excess skin, yet preserving the nipple in the process.

Each incision has pros and cons, and Dr. Zuriarrain will explain these during the consultation phase.

Reshaping the Breasts

Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will reshape the breasts. Breast tissue will be raised and reshaped to deliver more firmness and a new breast contour.

Both the nipples and the areola will be situated in a more natural and youthful position. If there are large areolas, then these can undergo reduction at the same time.

Because there is often a reduction in skin elasticity through aging, excess breast skin will be removed as compensation.

Dr. Zuriarrain will then close the incisions, and where possible, they will be hidden in the natural contours of the breasts. Some will be visible, yet these can fade over time.

After a Breast Lift Procedure

Patient will feel some soreness after these procedures because of the breast weight pulling on the closed incisions. It will be recommended to wear special softened bras to alleviate this and deliver support.

Many patients can return back to work after a week as long as they stick to light activities.

How to Get Started

Choosing a certified team to work with is the first step to a smooth breast surgery. You want a team that helps make your wishes come true and is able to answer all of your questions. You also want to make sure they know all the cutting edge techniques and the best ways to get you the look you want without any extra incisions.