Breast Lift (mastopexy)
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a reshaping and raising of your breasts to correct the “droopy” shape. By also raising the nipple’s position and reshaping excess skin, you are left with firmer, natural-looking breasts.
BEFORE & AFTER
What is Involved in Dr. Bray’s Breast Lifts?
Like all other cosmetic surgeries Dr. Bray performs, he looks at the body holistically, taking careful steps to ensure the patient’s satisfaction. As such, Dr. Bray consistently double-checks angles, measurements, comparisons, and meticulously chooses the correct incision type for you. Because an anchor lift leaves a large scar, and a periareolar lift does not allow for enough manipulation of the breast tissue, Dr. Bray prefers a lollipop incision. A lollipop incision provides more accessibility and limited scarring. However, Dr. Bray will assess your body to choose your best option.
Dr. Bray works to preserve as much of the natural breast volume as possible, reduce scar length, and create an internal bra to give breasts their natural, firmer, youthful shape. While some surgeons remove excess skin entirely, Dr. Bray actually uses it to tighten and shape the breast, while maintaining its volume and still decreasing the areolas’ size. However, he may use strategic liposuction to enhance the curves on the outer breast. In addition to this, he usually performs a lollipop incision that allows more manipulation of the breast tissue, while also limiting scarring. Dr. Bray never uses staples so as not to leave track marks, and works to keep the scar as narrow and flat as possible. This is coupled with keeping the tension underneath the skin, which not only improves scar quality, but also acts as a natural, internal bra.
How Does Dr. Bray Perform a Breast Lift
First, Dr. Bray will perform a consultation to examine your body, ensuring a balanced composition, potentially advising additional surgeries such as a breast reduction or asymmetry correction. He will also assess your ideal goals, expectations, possible complications, while evaluating measurements and angles. On the day of surgery, anaesthesia will be administered to relax you, entirely relieve any pain, and put you to sleep.
Depending on the incision type, Dr. Bray will make an incision around the areola, extending from the bottom of the areola to the breast’s crease. Dr. Bray will then reshape and lift your breasts, assisted by liposuction if needed. At the same time, he will move your areolas to your desired position, while also reducing their size. It is important to note that Dr. Bray does not simply remove the sagging part of the breast, unlike most surgeons. Instead, he lifts and re-positions itit to reshape the breasts, maintain their volume, and provide a shapelier, firmer, youthful look.
Finally, Dr. Bray closes the incision with stitches, skin adhesives, sutures, or surgical tape that is safely dissolved into the body or removed after 1-2 weeks. To avoid track marks, he never uses staples.
What You Should Know About a Breast Lift
Depending on what is involved in the breast lift, cost can vary. We have payment plans available for those who prefer not to pay entirely upfront.
Like any surgery, a breast lift has risks of complications, including bleeding, infection, blood or fluid collecting in the breasts, poor healing of incisions, blood clots, loss of feeling in the breast or nipple, or thick, painful scarring. However, these are rare and Dr. Bray takes the utmost precautions, and provides his patients with exceptional pre- and post-operative care.
Typically, the best results are achieved for women with small, sagging breasts. Although any size breast can be lifted, results may not last as long with heavier breasts. The majority of women decide to get a breast lift because nursing and pregnancy have left their skin stretched with less volume in their breasts.
There are three types of breast lifts: a peri areolar donut lift, a lollipop, and the anchor lift. An anchor lift leaves the most scarring horizontally along the breast crease, which Dr. Bray usually only performs if a patient has had one before. A periareolar leaves the least amount of scarring but does not allow Dr. Bray to shape the breast as much. Therefore, Dr. Bray will only perform this if the patient is looking for a very minimal breast lift. The lollipop provides limited scarring, while also allowing the most amount of reshaping – Dr. Bray performs this most often. Dr. Bray will assess your breasts to choose your best option.
When you meet with Dr. Bray for a consultation, be clear about your ideal breast size and shape goals. It is also important to ask about realistic expectations, as larger breasts tend to fall quicker over time.
Preparing for a Breast Lift
Medical conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, thyroid problems, diabetes or the regular use of certain medications may affect your surgery. If any of this applies to you, be sure to mention it to Dr. Bray during your consultation.
There should be no smoking of any nicotine, vape or marijuana products for at least 6 weeks before your procedure. Continuing to do so may adversely affect your surgical outcome. We also advise against consuming alcohol at least a week prior to surgery.
Follow Dr. Bray’s instructions concerning diet, hygiene and medications. Before any kind of surgery, your stomach should be empty, which is why you should avoid eating or drinking after midnight the day before your surgery.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to allow easier change of outfits before and after surgery. Please arrive without any jewelry, makeup and nail polish on the day of the procedure. If you wear contact lenses, please switch them out for glasses.
Plan enough time for your recovery. Taking a few days off from work will be essential. Patients usually require between 3 and 7 recovery days.
For your own safety, please make arrangements to have someone else pick you up after surgery. By law, you cannot drive immediately after your surgical operations.
In line with COVID-19 regulations, we have reassessed our cleaning and sterilization protocols. Upon arrival in our office we conduct symptom screenings with a questionnaire and check our patients’ temperature. We also require mask wearing for our staff and patients. COVID-19 testing before surgical procedures is mandatory in order to protect our staff. Please inform yourself regarding testing centers in your area and arrange for testing prior to your surgery.
We require a number of lab tests, diagnostic tests and medical evaluations leading up to your surgery. The nature of these tests will vary according to the procedure, your age, health, history, and other key health factors. Make sure to run all the necessary blood work and receive clearance before any surgical procedure. Necessary testing may change based on procedure, age, health, history and other factors.
It’s of utmost importance to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet, supplements and medications. Stop drinking alcohol and smoking of any kind. Avoid exposure to sick people and quit taking blood thinning medications, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and a number of supplements. Post-surgery preparations should be made, such as arranging transportation, getting time off from work, stocking up on food and anything else you will need post-surgery and making sure someone will stay with you during the first two days after the procedure.
Figure out what you are going to wear, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding pre-surgery fasting and any other preparation measures. Go to bed early and get well rested before your big day. We also recommend getting your house in order and buying ice packs to help with swelling after the surgery.
What Should I Expect After a Breast Lift?
After your surgery, you can expect to be swollen and sore for a few weeks afterwards.. Although soreness, bruising, and swelling should alleviate after a few weeks, your breasts may take 2 to 12 months to reach their intended shape. Dr. Bray will prescribe you pain medication, but it is also important to hold an icepack on your breasts to reduce soreness and swelling. It should be noted that a relative or friend will need to stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery.
You will be required to wear a surgical compression bra over absorbent dressings to reduce swelling and potential complications. Dr. Bray recommends wearing the compression bra for approximately 6 weeks after surgery, at which time you can switch to a supportive sports bra. All sutures will be invisible, underneath the skin surface, and dissolve over time such that no suture removal is required. Plan to take a week off work after your surgery and limit your activities to non-physical ones and get lots of rest.
Potential Complications From a Breast Lift
Potential risks and complications with Breast lift include:
- Excessive swelling
- Excessive bruising
- Excessive scarring
- Loss of sensation in the nipple
- Asymmetric issues
RECOMMENDED SURGERIES WITH A BREAST LIFT
*INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MAY VARY
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