During a woman’s lifetime her breasts will undergo changes. With pregnancy, breast feeding, fluctuations in weight, and aging, a woman’s breast will naturally loose volume. They may sag and develop stretch marks. The breasts lose their youthful shape and elasticity. Many women spend months or even years exercising their chest muscles in hopes of tightening the skin in the breast area. Yet other women in the hopes of regaining a youthful appearance spend countless of dollars applying various creams. Unfortunately, few, if any of these measures are effective in restoring the youthful appearance of the breasts.
Plastic surgery can offer excellent results by way of a breast lift, also called mastopexy. A mastopexy reshapes raises and tightens the breasts by removing excess skin and tissue. Depending on the patient’s preference, a mastopexy may be combined with breast augmentation surgery to increase the fullness of the breasts.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift, or mastopexy?
You are a good candidate if
- You have realistic expectations
- You have fully matured or developed breast
- If you feel that your breasts are no longer as perky as they once were
- You want to improve the balance of your figure
- You want to enhance your self-image and self-confidence
The primary goal of a mastopexy is to elevate the nipples so that the breasts appear more youthful and firm. This is accomplished by removing excess skin and shaping breast. Breast surgery and especially mastopexy is a highly individualized procedure. Every person is different, and a woman must be careful in selecting the right plastic surgeon. Dr. Deowall Chattar-Cora, of Elite Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is especially trained for breast procedures. Dr. Dee is dedicated to taking into account different techniques that use a variety of incisions that take into consideration a woman’s unique features.
How is a breast lift (mastopexy) performed?
At Elite Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Dee approaches breast surgery with attention to details. Because every patient’s body and expectations are different, he does not believe that all patients should receive the same procedure. Dr. Dee always listens to his patients’ wishes so that he can realistically meet their goals. This begins by taking your medical history during your initial consultation. Then a thorough physical examination focusing on the quality of your skin, breast tissue, the size and position of your nipple areola area, and your chest wall anatomy is performed.
If you decide to have a simultaneous augmentation, Dr. Chattar-Cora, works with you to choose the best implants for years to come. Since today’s implants come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and materials, it is easy for patients to be overwhelmed with all the options. During your consultation Dr. Dee will review these issues with you so that you can make an informed decision.
A mastopexy is usually an outpatient procedure, so please arrange to have someone pick you up and drive you home after your procedure and stay with you at least 24 hours after your procedure. Depending on which procedure you choose, the actual surgery will take about two to four hours.
What is the recovery? What results can I expect?
Immediately after your procedure you will spend time in the recovery room and will be discharged home after you meet all health and safety criteria. If your surgery is an outpatient procedure, please arrange to have someone drive you home afterwards and stay with you at least the first night following surgery.After the surgery, your breasts may be bruised, swollen and sore for one to two weeks. You’ll need to wear a surgical bra after your operation. You will be allowed to shower the day after your surgery. With time the swelling will improve, the incision will fade and become less noticeable, and your breast appearance will continue to improve. After mastopexy surgery you may experience some change of breast and nipple sensation, however sensation gradually returns.
The results of your surgery will be long lasting, but your breasts will continue to change due to aging and gravity. You will be able to maintain the results of your mastopexy by following a healthy lifestyle and watching your weight.
Are there risks with mastopexy?
Some risks that may be associated with a breast lift surgery include:
- Changes in the sensation of the nipples or breasts
- Problems with wound healing
However, these risks are unusual and Dr. Dee takes extreme care to minimize the chance that they happen to you.
What is the cost of a mastopexy?
The cost of breast lift surgery varies based on which procedure is chosen, if an implant is used and the cost of any additional surgery. We offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask. The cost may include the following:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Cost of the implant (if used)
The details of these will be explained during your consultation with Dr. Dee. Combined with financing plans, the surgery can be very affordable. So be sure to call 210-265-1924 for your appointment today, or contact us by email.
Your satisfaction involves more than a fee. When choosing a plastic surgeon for your breast surgery, remember that your comfort with the surgeon and his or her willingness to be honest is as important as the final cost of the surgery. Dr. Dee takes his time to understand your goals and desire for the best long term outcome.
For breast lift surgery, Elite Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is the right place. Dr. Dee Chattar-Cora will consult with you on all aspects of the procedure. Most health insurance plans will not cover cosmetic breast surgery, related complications, or another surgery to revise the appearance of your breasts. Some carriers even exclude breast diseases in patients who have breast implants. You must carefully review your health insurance policy.
What will my follow up be?
You will be seen in our office within one week after your surgical procedure. Pain is usually controlled with the medication you are provided. All your routine follow-up care is included in the original surgical fee and covers one year of routine visits.
If an implant is used during the mastopexy, will the implants increase my risk of cancer?
The simple answer is no. To date, there is no evidence linking implants and breast cancer.
Will the implants affect a mammogram? Can having a mammogram cause implants to burst?
You should alert the mammography technician to the fact that you have implants. Special techniques are used and extra views of the breast may be required to see as much of the breast tissue as possible. Because the breast is compressed during mammography, it is possible for an implant to rupture, but this is rare.
Will having my breast lifted make asymmetrical (different) breasts more symmetrical?
If your breasts have slightly different shapes before surgery, they may remain asymmetrical after surgery; however every attempt is made to make you as symmetrical as possible. Breast shape asymmetry may require additional procedures.
Will I lose any sensation in my nipples or skin?
Nerves that supply skin or nipple sensation may be cut or bruised during any type of breast surgery. Although this is unusual, nerve damage can occur no matter how carefully the surgery is performed. If sensory loss occurs, the nerves can take up to two years to recover. In rare situations the sensation can be lost permanently.
Call today for your detailed consultation with Dr. Dee at 210.265.1924