For many women, their breasts represent their femininity and are a symbol of beauty and youth. However, aging, genetics, and significant changes in the body (such as major weight loss) can affect the appearance of the breasts. When the position of the breasts has changed and they’ve begun to droop from their place on the chest, the only solution is breast lift surgery. Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, can restore the appearance of the breasts to a more natural and youthful position.
Women will find that a breast lift can correct multiple concerns they may have about the appearance of their breasts. The procedure can lift breasts that have started to sag, reposition nipples that fall below the inframammary fold, reorient nipples that point downward, and even correct enlarged areolas.
The technique that Dr. Conrad uses for a breast lift depends on the severity of breast sagging (or ptosis). Dr. Conrad regularly performs four breast lift techniques:
Partial Breast Lift
A partial breast lift gives a slight lift to the breasts and is appropriate for patients with minimal breast ptosis. With this type of lift, Dr. Conrad makes an incision above the areola and adjusts the skin and tissue. He also repositions the areola upward, as necessary.
The Benelli Lift is also known as the donut lift due to the incision shape. Dr. Conrad makes an incision around the areola. He then removes any excess skin that surrounds the areola and repositions the nipple higher on the breast. Excess tissue is also removed before Dr. Conrad closes the incision.
The lollipop lift is similar to the Benelli Lift in that an incision is made around the areola. However, an additional incision is made down the front of the breast, which allows Dr. Conrad to make adjustments to the shape of the breast. He also repositions the nipple and areola and removes excess skin and tissue before closing the incision.
Also called an inverted T, the anchor lift uses the same incision as the lollipop lift but with the addition of an incision along the crease where the breast meets the chest (the inframammary fold). This provides Dr. Conrad with greater access to the underlying breast tissue, which gives him the ability to better lift and shape the tissue. As with the other techniques, he removes excess skin and tissue before repositioning the areola higher on the breast.
While each recovery is different, most patients find that they are able to resume their regular activities after about two weeks. Light activities can be resumed sooner, but more strenuous activities should be avoided until Dr. Conrad clears the patient.
Swelling is a common side effect of breast lift surgery, but a surgical bra worn after the procedure can help to minimize this. Dr. Conrad will provide detailed post-operative care instructions to reduce the risk of infection and aid in the healing process. It is essential to your post-surgical healing to follow these instructions.
The new positioning of the breasts will be apparent immediately following surgery; however, the full appearance of the breasts may be hidden by the surgical bra and any swelling. The final results of the breast appearance will become clearer as the swelling subsides.