A Breast Lift or Dermal Mastopexy can create a beautifully shaped breast:
Technical skill, experience and an understanding of the aesthetics of the female breast are required to achieve a satisfactory breast lift result. (Contact Dr Seckel)
Most women in my practice consult me for a breast lift because:
- They have sagging breasts after pregnancy
- They have sagging breasts after weight loss
- Their breasts have always sagged
- They have triangular shaped breasts
- They have tubular shaped breasts
- They have “bottomed out” breasts after breast augmentation
- They just don’t like the look of their breasts
By far the greatest number of women I see who are seeking breast augmentation and or lift are women who have had their children and are unhappy with what has happened to their breasts after having children. During pregnancy the breast is full and very feminine looking. After childbirth the actual breast gland atrophies, gets smaller, and the skin that has been stretched during pregnancy sags and allows the breast to drop.
What bothers my patients most is the lack of breast fullness and cleavage. They just want to be able to fill out their bathing suit and look good in today’s fashions.
Frequently my patients chose to have a Tummy Tuck to tighten the lower abdomen at the same operation. Some call this a “Mommy Makeover”.
The Breast Lift or Dermal Mastopexy Procedure
Many women who only have a small amount of breast sag, called glandular breast ptosis, can restore their breast shape and firmness with a breast augmentation or breast implant alone.
For women who have more severe breast sagging, called breast ptosis, a breast lift or dermal mastopexy is required. This decision is made based on your breast anatomy. Generally if your nipple is below the inframammary crease (IMC), the skin fold beneath your breast, a breast lift is required.
The Breast Lift can create a beautiful youthful breast shape, however many women are reluctant to have a breast lift because of the visible breast lift scars.
The Lollipop Lift or Lollipop Breast Lift is a procedure designed to minimize breast lift scars. The lollipop breast lift involves a circular scar around the areola and a vertical scar running straight down the breast beneath the areola so it looks like a lollipop when viewed from the front.
In my experience women are so pleased with their new breast shape after the breast lift; they are not concerned about the scars. Typically after healing the scars are pale and not distracting from the beautiful breast shape as you can see in the photo above.
You will not have visible sutures which can create suture marks following surgery. I use buried sutures to close your incision. Buried sutures dissolve, do not need to be removed, and produce less noticeable breast lift scars.
I do not usually choose the peri-areolar breast lift, a lift done with only a scar around the nipple. The results are usually disappointing as breast folds or areolar folds are created around the areola with this technique and the folds or puckering of the breast lift scar does not always disappear.
When we meet I will talk with you and ask you to explain to me the specific goals you hope to achieve for your breasts. I will examine you and tell you my findings and recommend the breast lift or augmentation procedure which I believe is best for you.
I will discuss the procedure, your recovery, and expectations and answer your questions. Photos of your breasts will be taken. You will be given an estimate or quote of the cost of the procedure. Financing plans are available.
The pre operative visit is the time when we will sit down and clearly define your goals. We will discuss what you hope to achieve and what I believe I can achieve with the breast lift or breast augmentation procedure.
You will also undergo a history and physical exam to make certain that you are healthy and have no medication allergies or contraindications to surgery. An EKG (electrocardiogram) may be done if you have a history of heart problems or have reached a certain age. You will also be given prescriptions for post operative medications.
You also will be asked to read and sign surgical consent forms which outline the risks, potential complications, limitations and expectations of breast lift surgery.
The Breast Lift is done with you asleep under general anesthesia. Very experienced, superb anesthesiologists will be taking care of you’re your safety is my first concern. We use modern, very safe anesthesiology techniques, and take precautions to avoid nausea after surgery.
The Breast Lift is done as an outpatient or day surgery. You will go home the same day after surgery. The operation takes about 2 hours. You will be placed in a special support bra after surgery. You may have small drains placed beneath the skin which will be removed in a day or two, but usually drains are not required.
After you wake up you will be taken to the recovery room where a nurse will be taking care of you. The nurse monitors you, makes certain you are comfortable and checks your vital signs. You will spend 1-2 hours in recovery. After that, as soon as you are comfortable, able to drink and eat a bland food such as crackers or cookies, and able to go to the bathroom, you will be discharged. The nurse will escort you by wheel chair to your car.
We require that someone bring you to the surgery center and take you home, and that you have someone staying with you the first night after your surgery.
Post op- What to expect
In the recovery room you will be given medications to control any discomfort you are experiencing following your surgery. You also will have medications to take for discomfort at home. You will experience discomfort in the breast area for the first 3-4 days after surgery. Generally there is minimal discomfort following breast lift surgery.
Most patients are quite comfortable by day 5 post op and some are able to return to work. Generally full recovery takes 2 weeks. I ask you to wait 3 weeks before heavy weight lifting or aggressive work outs.
A Consultation with Dr Seckel
I can tell you a great deal more about breast lift and how it would work for you if I see you in person. Call me to set up a consultation or contact me by email. If you would like to email me your photos I can email you my thoughts about which procedure I would most likely recommend for you. For more information on breast lift read my blogs about breast lift.
I look forward to meeting you.