Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
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Is Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Right for You?
A breast lift (mastopexy) can give you a more youthful silhouette and the confidence to match. Many women tell us that they feel ‘matronly’ because they can’t go braless or wear nice bathing suits. A breast uplift can improve the projection or ‘perkiness’ of the breast and allow you to feel that you don’t always need to wear a bra. It can restore a woman’s sense of confidence in how she feels physically – with and without clothing.
Women looking for ways to enhance the appearance of their breasts have a number of options available to them today, including a mastopexy (or breast lift). Our patients often choose a breast lift when they are bothered by drooping, sagging breasts that affect their confidence and prevent them from wearing certain types of clothing. Dr. Hall-Findlay and Dr. MacLennan have provided our patients with breast lift procedures for more than three decades that produce a more youthful upper body profile. We take care to personalize every surgery to give our patients the best possible results for their unique proportions.
Dr Hall-Findlay is known around the world for her modifications of the vertical breast reduction procedure and she has adapted this method (often called the “Hall-Findlay” technique) to the breast lift. She gives teaching courses on all aspects of aesthetic breast surgery numerous times throughout the year and she has performed surgery for demonstration purposes on every continent except Antarctica.
Her method not only uses shorter scars (lollipop rather than anchor scars), but it also gives a better shape (with more projection) and it has a more long-lasting shape (avoids bottoming-out with time).
The Right Procedure
If you’re comfortable with your breast size but would like a lift, then a mastopexy alone may help. While breast reduction removes skin and breast tissue, a mastopexy removes skin and rearranges breast tissue. We move the nipple, rather than removing it, to create a natural appearance with minimal disruption to the breast. We will then remove the excess skin and correct the sagging breast tissue, creating a more youthful projection and profile.
A mastopexy can raise sagging breast tissue, but it can’t raise the breast itself (the breast footprint) up higher on the chest wall. For patients who would like to improve fullness as well as breast projection, we may recommend combining the lift with breast augmentation to provide the desired result. We can also add liposuction in the area in front of the armpits and along the sides of the breast to enhance the breast shape.
Other patients may be concerned about a ski-jump type of slope in the upper half of the breast, even if they are happy with their breast size. In this case, we may recommend a reduction-augmentation (minus-plus procedure) that removes tissue in the lower portion of the breast and uses an implant to add fullness to the upper part.
The Right Patient
The best candidate for breast uplift surgery is a woman who is close to her ideal body weight, healthy, and a non-smoker. Patients must quit smoking before their surgery, because nicotine can interfere with blood supply and the healing process. It is important to have realistic expectations of the results that we can achieve with uplift surgery. Some patients are hoping for a “double push-up bra” look which can only be achieved with certain brassieres. Scarring is inevitable, but we will carefully place incisions to minimize visible scarring.
The Right Reasons
Many of our patients may have felt good about their breasts during pregnancy, but now feel deflated. Good candidates are often tired of feeling like they need to always wear a bra due to breast sagging. Many of our patients do not want to accept these changes; it’s time for them to invest in themselves. The newly positioned breasts may take time to settle but the technique that we use (lollipop) is long lasting. Patience with the process is important for a satisfactory outcome.
The Right Time
Being in good health, both physically and mentally, is required for optimal results, and it may be appropriate to wait. Your own schedule is an important consideration as well. While recovery from a breast uplift is surprisingly easy, you will need time off to heal after surgery. It takes one to two weeks to get back to normal activities and three to four weeks to return to a more active lifestyle. Patients with small children often worry about lifting them or being hit or kicked. Fortunately, while lifting may be uncomfortable, it won’t damage your results.
“Our focus is to give you as natural a result as possible, while taking into account your particular issues and desires. What’s right for one woman may be very different from what another is trying to achieve. When you come in for a consult, we can use our experience to give appropriate recommendations for your individual circumstances – information that is sometimes hard to figure out from the internet. We want to work with you to determine what’s best for you and how we can help you accomplish your goals.”