Breast Lift The Woodlands
Breast lifts are a common surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the breasts and the remaining skin is tightened to give breasts a higher, firmer, and more contoured appearance. Also known as mastopexy, this procedure lifts sagging breasts, addresses asymmetries, and generally allows the breasts to be in better proportion with the rest of the body.
Why Do People Choose Breast Lifts?
The overall shape of the breasts changes with age as the skin and fat begin to stretch and elongate, and this makes them lose their youthful look. Pregnancy, aging, hereditary conditions, and major fluctuations in body weight can cause changes in the natural shape of the breasts.
Women who wish to improve the shape and firmness of their breasts due to any one of these reasons can opt for mastopexy surgery.
One thing that should be kept in mind about mastopexy is that it is not meant for augmenting the size of the breasts. For that type of enhancement, breast augmentation is required.
Good Candidates for Mastopexy
Women who are in overall good shape are typically suitable candidates for the breast lift. There’s a simple way to detect sagging and decide if it’s time for a mastopexy: If the breasts are sagging to the extent that the nipples are below the crease, it might be time to consider the procedure.
Your Breast-Lift Consultation
A pre-surgical evaluation is required before the surgery can be carried out. Dr. Gill will conduct a physical examination and take pictures for medical records and to clearly show the difference after the procedure.
During this consultation, your medical history will be discussed, as will any plans for future pregnancies. Dr. Gill will make recommendations regarding the procedure, taking your needs and current health into consideration. He will also speak with you regarding the recovery process.
The Mastopexy Procedure
At the start of mastopexy surgery, a series of incisions are made. The position and size of the incisions and the amount of skin and fat removal depend on a number of factors, such as pre-existing shape and curves of the breasts, the position of nipples and areolae, the degree of sagging and skin elasticity, and the quality of skin around the breasts.
There are three basic incision patterns. The first, the periareolar incision, is made around the areola in two concentric circles. This is ideal when a smaller degree of breast sag is being experienced.
The second incision option, the lollipop incision, is made around the areola and then vertically down to the breast fold. This option makes the most sense when dealing with a moderate degree of sag.
The third incision option, the anchor incision, is made around the areola, vertically down to the breast fold, and then across the fold in a horizontal curve. This incision is ideal for those who are experiencing a dramatic degree of sagging and need a lot of tissue removed.
Once incisions are made, excess fat and skin are removed and the remaining skin is tightened. If required, the areolae can be resized or repositioned. The incisions are then closed with the help of surgical sutures.
The Recovery Process
After your breast lift, you will need to wear a supportive post-surgical bra to support your healing breasts. Bras with underwire could damage the tissues, so they must be avoided.
If you feel any discomfort, you may be able to take pain-control medication as prescribed by Dr. Gill. Taking time off from work will be necessary. After a time, you will need to come back in for a follow-up visit, where your stitches will be removed.
Some degree of change in the breasts will be immediately visible after surgery, but because there will be post-surgical swelling, it will take about one to two months for the results to be completely visible.
Find Out More About the Breast Lift
To schedule your breast-lift consultation and learn more, schedule an informative consultation with Dr. Gill by contacting us today.