Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
While breast augmentation or breast reduction is used to increase or decrease the volume of the breasts, a breast lift can elevate and reposition the breasts, giving them a firmer, smoother appearance. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations can leave excess skin around the breasts, causing a “sagging” effect. Gravity and the natural aging process can also cause the skin to lose elasticity and negatively impact the overall shape of the breasts. With breast lift surgery (also known as mastopexy), Dr. Kevin Cook can restore the firmness and position of the breasts, resulting in a more youthful and “perky” appearance. Some of our patients at Midland Plastic Surgery Center also seek breast lift surgery to improve the position of the nipples, reduce the size of the areolas, or to serve as an additional procedure to breast augmentation for a more comprehensive rejuvenation.
Benefits of Breast Lift
Breast lift surgery offers numerous benefits for patients who are looking to significantly enhance the appearance of their breasts, including:
- Eliminating loose, sagging skin and a “drooping” appearance
- Elevating the position of the breasts
- Tightening and smoothing breast skin for a more youthful appearance
- Rejuvenating the breasts after pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Reducing the size of the areolas
- Repositioning the nipples
Dr. Cook can custom-tailor breast lift surgery to accommodate your unique cosmetic goals. Breast implants can also be used to further enhance the shape and volume of the breasts for results that cannot be achieved with a breast lift alone. If you would like to discuss your individual concerns with Dr. Cook, please schedule a consultation today.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Cook will carefully listen to your personal concerns and expectations to better understand your individual desires. During this one-on-one consultation for a breast lift procedure, he will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and determine the appropriate procedures for you. By fully educating you about the benefits and risks of breast surgery, Dr. Cook enables you to make well-informed choices about your body and your health.
Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lift surgery lasts approximately one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half hours, depending upon the extent of the procedure. Typically, excess skin is removed via an incision around the areola that extends down toward the crease of the breast; however, there are a number of techniques that can be performed for this surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Cook will help you determine the one that is right for your needs. Once the excess skin has been removed, the remaining skin will be tightened and the breasts lifted to a higher position. Dr. Cook is experienced with breast lift procedures, and will make every effort to ensure any residual scarring is as light as possible.
Recovery And Results
After breast lift surgery, patients will experience some soreness and swelling. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with oral pain medication. A compression garment or sports bra worn in the weeks following surgery can aid in the healing process. Most patients are able to return to their normal levels of activity after five to seven days; however, Dr. Cook recommends patients avoid strenuous upper body exercise or heavy lifting for at least six weeks.
Dr. Cook aims to make the results of breast lift surgery look not only beautiful, but also natural. This procedure has helped women all over the world achieve firmer, “perkier” breasts along with more confidence in their appearance.
To learn more about the benefits of breast lift, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.