Surgery for Sagging Breasts – Drooping Breasts
Breast lift surgery or mastopexy is performed to raise and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening surrounding tissue. Several factors can affect the appearance of breasts which include pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, aging, gravity and heredity. A breast lift can also reduce an enlarged areola as well.
You are a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you are physically healthy and able to maintain a constant weight, are a non-smoker, have realistic expectations, are self-conscious about the appearance of your breasts, have nipples and areolas which point downward, have stretched skin or your breast appear to be uneven.
During your consultation for breast lift surgery you should be prepared to discuss with your surgeon why you want to have the surgery and what your expectations are. You will also discuss any medical conditions you have and current medications you are taking. Your doctor will also want to know about any previous surgeries you’ve had or if your family has a history of breast cancer. The surgeon will evaluate your general health and potential risks. The surgeon will then take detailed measurements of your breasts, taking note of the skin quality and placement of nipples and areolas. Photographs will also be taken of your breasts for your medical record. You will discuss options and a course of treatment. You will also discuss possible outcomes and what you should expect after surgery. Your surgeon will discuss anesthesia to be used and the possible risks.
Before the surgery you may be required to stop taking certain medications or to alter current medication use. You may also need to get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to detect any changes in the breast tissue. You will be instructed to stop smoking far in advance of surgery if you are a smoker. You will receive special instruction for the day of your surgery, post-operative care and follow-up.
During surgery, you will either receive intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will then make then proper incisions around the areola that will allow him to reshape your breasts. Once the appropriate changes have been made and reshaping is complete, the surgeon will suture the incisions. You will be able to see the results of the surgery immediately thereafter.
As with any surgery, there are risks involved such as the risk of infection, scarring, changes in the appearance of the breasts, a reaction to anesthesia, skin discoloration, breast asymmetry, fatty tissue deep in the skin could die, accumulation of fluid, excessive breast firmness, partial or total loss of the nipple and areola, pulmonary or cardiac complications, persistent pain and the chance of revisional surgery.
You may be required to wear bandages for the first few days after your surgery. Healing time can vary and your surgeon will be able to give you a good idea of recovery time.
It is important to choose a reputable and experience surgeon. Your surgeon should be board certified in plastic surgery. Being comfortable with your surgeon is as important as the surgery itself. Take care of sagging breasts or drooping breasts with a local surgeon today.