Breast Lift Dallas
Over time, the effects of gravity and the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity begins to adversely effect the appearance of a woman’s breasts. Factors that may result in a heavy, droopy, sagging breast include:
- Changes in Weight
A breast lift, or mastopexy, surgically raises and reshapes sagging breasts. There are several techniques available depending on the degree of flaccidity (ptosis), size of the areolas, breast shape and quality of the breast skin. Dr. Light spends considerable time evaluating each patient to determine which incision type and technique is best suited for them. Generally, the more lifting that is required, the larger the incision. Sometimes the patient requests a larger breast in addition to an elevated breast. In these cases a breast augmentation with implants will be done at the same time.
The crescent incision is used when there is a small amount of breast lifting to be performed. In reality this is not a breast lift’ at all but a slight nipple re-position. This involves removing a small, crescent shaped section of skin above the nipple to ‘slide’ it up 1 or 2 centimeters. The amount of lifting is small, so this technique is used only occasionally.
The doughnut incision (peri-areolar) involves two incisions around the areola in a circular fashion. The breast is reshaped followed by removal of a ‘doughnut shaped’ piece of skin around the nipple which makes the ‘skin envelope’ around the breast more snug while elevating the breast as well. This technique is only used for small breast lifts as well.
The vertical incision achieves greater breast lifting. It involves an incision that surrounds the areola and also extends downward onto the lower portion of the breast – shaped kind of like a lollipop. This approach lets us totally reshape the breast and has lots of lifting power. While the scar is larger, it is very acceptable to most women and they are far more thrilled with the new shape and location of their breasts than they are concerned about any the scar
The anchor incision is reserved for ladies with very low hanging breasts needing a big lift. The incision also extends under the breast – resulting in an anchor or T-shaped scar.
What is the recovery from mastopexy like?
It all depends on if breast implants are used. If the breast lift is performed in conjunction with breast implant placement, the recovery time is similar to a breast augmentation (about 4 – 6 weeks). If no implants are used, the recovery can be closer to 2 – 3 weeks, although this varies per individual. Most patients wear a special support bra for 4 weeks after surgery. Ladies can return to work in a few days.