What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift ( also known as mastopexy) is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to raise the breasts and reshape the breast tissue, it works by removing the excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to create a contoured and reshaped breast.As women get older they can experience changes in the of their breasts such as loss of firmness and elasticity, leading to sagginess. Other situations that can change the shape of breasts are:
During this situation, the ligaments that support the breasts stretch out as the breasts get fuller which contributes to sagging breasts.
Weight fluctuations can lead to loss of elasticity and saggy skin. Even gravity can stretch out the ligaments of the breast and lead to sagginess. Although the mastopexy is not going to change the size of the breast as breast implants do, it will reshape them to provide a more youthful appearance. Many women have self-esteem issues due to their saggy breasts and breast lift surgery is capable of helping them regain confidence and love their breasts again.
How is a good candidate for this procedure?
Although Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and diet, healthy individuals who are approximately 30% from their ideal goal weight and have a good amount of elasticity in their skin along with a good muscle tone are ideal candidates for this procedure. Both men and women are able to have this procedure done as it is used to remove fat pockets that are hard to get rid of merely with exercise and dieting. Patients should also not smoke, or stop smoking approximately two weeks before the surgery as this can create complications and heighten the percentage of risks involved with the procedure. Ideal patients for this procedure should also keep a positive outlook on exercise and dieting. It is very important to maintain a stable and steady weight before considering this procedure. If you are planning on dropping a significant amount of weight though, or becoming pregnant, liposuction might not be a good idea since the skin can lose a lot of its elasticity and create saggy skin over the abdomen.
How Can you Prepare for a Breast Lift Procedure?
Any woman who is planning to undergo a breast lift procedure should follow these steps:
Physical Exam and Lab test:
The doctor will examine the breasts of the patient, check the positions of the nipples and areolae, and the skin tone. The patient should also get lab testing to make sure the hemoglobin, electrolytes, creatin, and IRN are at normal levels.
Schedule a mammogram:
To explore the internal condition of the breasts and detect any future change in the breast tissue.
Avoid certain Habits and Medications:
Two weeks before the surgery the patient should avoid drinking alcohol because it can increase bruising, stop smoking because the nicotine can prolong the recovery and increase the chances of post-surgical complications, avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen because they can increase the risk of bleeding, and herbal supplements because they can interact negatively with the anesthesia.
Discuss the Expectations:
A breast lift surgery is an important procedure that can improve the confidence of a woman so it is important to set the expectations with the doctor, talk about how the breasts will look like after the surgery, the benefits and risk, the changes of nipples and breast sensation, as well as scarring.