Bucks County Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, conveniently located in Doylestown, Newtown and King of Prussia, PA offers a variety of surgical breast procedures designed to restore healthy, attractive physical contours. Whether you are interested in breast enhancement, breast lift, breast reconstruction, or breast reduction, Bucks County Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Doylestown, Newtown and King of Prussia can help. Below is a list of various breast surgery procedures and treatments that we offer; contact our office for additional information.
The recovery period after the breast lift surgery (or mastopexy) usually takes less than one week. While there is only mild discomfort after a breast lift, Dr. Skalicky and Dr. Shafran will provide pain medications for a peaceful recovery.
A mastopexy, sometimes referred to as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure created to lift sagging breasts. The procedure can improve drooping and the decrease in volume which may result from age, gravity or pregnancy. Mastopexy is often combined with a breast augmentation for additional volume and upper pole fullness (fullness in the upper portion of the breast). Ideal patients for a mastopexy include women who are healthy with a loss of shape of the breast and nipple malposition.
As we age, our skin begins to lose some of its natural elasticity. As a result, many women will notice a change in the appearance of their breasts. For women with smaller breasts, this change may be subtle, as their breasts begin to droop slightly downward. For women with larger breasts, however, their breasts may begin to sag and alter in shape significantly.
Fortunately, plastic surgery offers a potentially ideal solution in the form of breast lift surgery. A breast lift allows women to achieve more sensuous contours by elevating sagging breasts and giving them a perkier, more youthful projection. Women generally emerge from surgery looking younger and fitter and feeling more attractive and confident. A breast lift is an excellent option for any woman whose breasts have begun to droop; however, it is particularly popular among mothers who wish to regain their pre-pregnancy figures, often as part of a comprehensive “mommy makeover” plan.
Breast lifts should not be confused with breast reductions. While the goal of the latter is to make disproportionately large and heavy breasts smaller and lighter, the goal of breast lift surgery is simply to return breasts that have lost their youthful look to a more flattering position on the chest, aesthetically pleasing from all angles. In fact, many women choose to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation involving implants in order to elevate and enlarge their breasts simultaneously. Whatever your personal goals, you will want to entrust your breast lift surgery to a plastic surgeon with the experience and skills to customize your procedure to your satisfaction.
Candidates for Mastopexy / Breast Lift
Candidates for breast lift surgery here at Bucks County Plastic Surgery & Dermatology include women in King of Prussia and its nearby towns whose breasts have lost volume and elasticity. Women often seek a breast lift after experiencing significant weight loss, pregnancy or aging, which can all cause breasts to sag. Mastopexy can have enormous benefits for your appearance and quality of life, although it is not right for everyone. At your initial consultation, your doctor will determine whether you are a good candidate for a breast lift.
Aside from those described above in King of Prussia, Newtown, Doylestown and other parts of Bucks County, ideal breast lift candidates are women in good health who are seeking a remedy for drooping breasts. It is important to have realistic expectations about the results of breast lift surgery. Although a breast lift can be performed on any size of breasts, women with smaller breasts typically enjoy the greatest benefits.
Ideal candidates for a breast lift:
- Are over the age of 18
- Have drooping breasts (breasts with stretched skin and less volume than in the past)
- Are physically healthy and emotionally stable
- Are not be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are not be planning to become pregnant
- Are at a stable weight with no plans for major weight loss
Breast Lift after Pregnancy
Pregnancy and breastfeeding are two of the most common causes of drooping breasts. Therefore, many women begin to consider a breast lift after they have children. Most doctors recommend that you postpone mastopexy until after you have finished having children. Although breast lift surgery will not hinder you from becoming pregnant, future pregnancies could alter your results and cause your skin to stretch further. By waiting to have a mastopexy, you are more likely to extend the results of your surgery.
Breast Lift after Massive Weight Loss
Massive weight loss can give you a new lease on life. However, because the excess weight will stretch your skin, weight loss can also leave you with drooping breasts. Once you have achieved your goal weight (or have come close to it), a breast lift can restore firmness and the shape of your breasts. To avoid a second surgery, you should postpone mastopexy if you plan to lose further weight.
After sizeable weight loss, you may have excess skin across other areas of your body. In addition to a breast lift, you may want to discuss additional body sculpting procedures with your surgeon. These could include a tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift or even a full body lift.
The breast lift procedure will vary slightly for each patient, but for the most part, it will follow the steps outlined below. Mastopexy will typically take between one-and-a-half and three-and-a-half hours, depending on your needs and the extent of the lift.
After you have been sedated, your surgeon will carefully create the incisions, according to your surgical plan. Although breast lift surgery will leave some scars, your doctor will work to minimize scarring, placing the incisions in the natural folds of your breasts.
Reshaping Your Breasts
Through the incisions, your doctor will trim away extra tissue and reshape the underlying tissue to create a natural and proportionate shape. If your areola has become stretched, your surgeon will reshape this area and remove tissues from the perimeter. Then he or she can lift your nipple and areola, placing them at a more youthful position on your breasts. Finally, your doctor will re-drape your skin, bringing some of the tissue that was above your areolas down to the lower portion of your breasts.
Closing the Incisions
To keep the skin in place and to retain the new shape of your breasts, your doctor will place several sutures, extending into the deeper breast tissue. However, these sutures are dissolvable stitches, made with materials that your body can easily absorb.
Bandages and Compression Garments
To aid in recovery, your doctor will bandage your breasts. You will also need to wear a compression garment or bra. When you reduce the movements of your breasts, they are more likely to keep their new shape. These garments will also minimize your discomfort, and they will prevent your incisions from opening up.
Your doctor may also place drains just under your skin to eliminate excess fluid and reduce swelling and bruising. Our surgeons do not typically use drainage tubes. However, if your doctor recommends these devices, you must be sure to clean and change them, as instructed. Because you will have a limited range of motion for the first few days, you may want to find someone who will help you change your drains and keep your bandages clean and dry.
Breast lifts are life-changing procedures that give women a more youthful appearance and a confidence boost. You can look and feel better, and finally get into those new outfits that you’ve added to your online shopping cart.
And remember – Looks are important, but safety is paramount. When deciding to get a mastopexy (breast lift,) always go to an experienced, highly recommended doctor. To learn more about our staff and their qualifications, call us today!