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All you need to know about breast lift

What is a breast lift?

Fact: No women feels comfortable with sagging breast.

 

That’s why it’s not a surprise that the procedure has outpaced breast implants 2-to-1 and have grown 70% since the year 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, aims to restore the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support a new breast contour.

 

The procedure helps boost a women’s self-image and confidence after significant changes and loss of skin elasticity of the breast following pregnancy, aging, weight loss, breastfeeding, or aging. 

Who is an ideal candidate for breast lift surgery?

As a rule of thumb, an ideal candidate for a breast list is a patient that is in good overall health and does not have any chronic diseases that may greatly affect their safety and the outcome of the surgery. 

You may be a candidate for a breast lift surgery if:

  • You have sagging breast

  • You have unsupported breast and nipples falling below your breast creases

  • One of your breast is lower than the other

  • You are able to maintain a stable weight

  • Your areolae have stretched out and is out of proportion to your breasts

If you're considering pregnancy, you might delay getting a breast lift. During pregnancy your breasts could stretch and offset the results of the lift.

If you smoke, your plastic surgeon will ask you to stop at least four weeks prior to surgery. 

What are the possible risks of a breast lift surgery?

Breast lift is a major surgery and have some potential risks that include:

  • Hematoma

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Scarring, usually fades within time

  • Blood clots

  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation

  • Poor healing of incisions

  • Breast asymmetry

  • Fluid retention

  • Difficulty breast-feeding

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia

  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications

  • Possibility of revisional surgery

Make sure you address these risks with your plastic surgeon prior to the procedure. 

What types of breast lift are avaiblable?

Plastic surgeons have several incision techniques for breast lift surgery.

The one for you will depend on your breast profile, like the amount of excess skin to be removed, and your personal goals. 

Vertical lift 


Also called a “lollipop” lift, it is commonly used to correct moderate sagging and provides extensive reshaping. 


The incisions run vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframmamry fold and around the egde of the areola. 


Crescent Lift

The technique provides minimal scarring and corrects minimal sagging

Your plastic surgeon may use this technique is you have only a small amount of sagging to correct. The incision is small and runs halfway around the top half of the edge of the areola. Usually performed when the patient is also having breast implants. 

Peri-areolar lift

Also called a “donut” lift, this technique is used to correct mild sagging with a single scar.

The incision is circular and runs around the edge of the areola and is usually performed with breast implants. 

Inverted T

Also called “anchor” lift, this technique involves an extensive reshaping to correct severe sagging. 

The procedure is performed on women that have great sagging and downward breast.

 

It involves three incisions: one around the edge of the areola, one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and one along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease. 

The technique is used in combination with a breast reduction. 

How is a breast lift surgery like?

A breast lift is performed using several techniques depending on the specific profile of your breast (degree of sagging, size, shape, skin elasticity)

In general, a breast lift surgery involves the following steps:

Anesthesia

At the surgery room, you are medicated with general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. 

Incisions

Your incision pattern depends on your breast profile. The most common are around the areola; around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease; and around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.

Reshape

After the incision, your plastic surgeon then reshapes your breast by removing excess tissue, lifting, and repositioning (or reducing) your areola. 

Incisions closing

The surgery ends with the closing of the incisions with stitches, sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.

In most cases the incision lines fade and significantly improve over time.

What should I expect right after breast lift surgery?

You should expect to have your breast covered with a gauze and a surgical support bra. 

A drain is oftentimes placed at the incision sites to prevent excess blood or fluid.

Expect some level of pain, soreness, swollen and bruised breast. 

Patients may also experience some degree of numbness in the nipples, areolae and breast skin.

What should I expect in a breast lift recovery?

Your plastic surgeon will advice you to sleep on your back or your side to keep pressure off your breasts. 

He will remove the bandages after a few days. Some stitches dissolve but others are removed by your surgeon.  

Your breasts may be swollen and sore for a few weeks after your surgery.

The support garment should be used for three or four weeks following surgery. Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal.

Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for two to four weeks after your surgery.

Ask your surgeon when it’s the time to resume washing your hair, showering, or sexual activity.

What results should I expect after breast lift?

You should expect an immediate change in your breast contouring after becoming firmer and rounder.

 

Maintaining a stable weight helps retain your results. Your breast results and setting take a few months. 

How much does a breast lift cost in the Dominican Republic?

In the Dominican Republic, the cost of a breast lift ranges 3,800 and 4,200 dollars for an all-inclusive package that covers hospital and doctor's fee, local transportation, lab test, basic medication, consultation, and recovery house. 

Air fare, compression garment, and insurance is not included. 

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