A mastopexy, often known as a breast lift, is a surgical operation that is used to elevate or raise drooping breasts. This technique can restore the form of your breasts as well as give them a more youthful appearance. At Christopher Tiner M.D. Plastic Surgery in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Tiner has been serving the region for almost a decade. Dr. Tiner has treated hundreds of standard cosmetic cases, weight-loss patients, breast cancer survivors, and infants with congenital deformities. There’s no better-qualified surgeon to give you the boost in confidence and self-esteem you’re looking through a lift.
What Does a Breast Lift Do?
Increase Your Confidence
We live in a competitive society where physical beauty is far more important for both men and women than it was years ago. Breasts that do not appear young, perky, or shapely might make you feel self-conscious or uneasy in public. This can have an immediate influence on not just your sexual life, but also your social life.
Low self-esteem can also make you feel socially awkward and apprehensive in a variety of social situations. You’re doing a lot to boost your confidence and overall quality of life by having breast lift surgery.
Improve the Look of Your Breasts
The most effective technique to improve the overall look of your breasts is to have a lift. Your breasts will look better clothed and unclothed since they’ll stand taller and rounder. This will give you a bustier appearance while also increasing your cleavage. The overall form and contour of your breasts will appear more symmetrical.
Reduced Breast Irritation
When the breasts droop, they might irritate the skin beneath them. Low-sitting breasts can cause chafing and even rashes, causing pain and, in severe cases, infection. We will remove superfluous skin while we raise your breasts to help separate the tissue from the skin beneath.
Give You New Options in Clothes
With your newfound confidence after a lift, you may feel moved to experiment on some new wardrobe alternatives after surgery. A full bust looks wonderful in a variety of clothing styles, and you can even go bra-less without worrying about sagging breasts the way you used to.
Improve the Position of Your Nipples
This can also cause the overall curvature of the breast to point towards the ground. This might give them an older look. By elevating the breast, we are not only pulling the tissue up but also shaping or altering the position of the nipple so that it rests closer to the center of your breast. This will give them a more appealing shape and appearance, and they will also look better if you opt to go braless.
Things to Consider Before Surgery
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular operations used to increase the size of a woman’s breasts. If you’ve always wanted bigger breasts but aren’t too worried about their form, you might not require a breast lift. Breast augmentation surgery, on the other hand, may be advantageous.
It is critical that you understand the differences between these two treatments so that you can select the one that is best for you and your circumstances. Every situation is unique, and we address each one in its own way.
When the nipple rests at or below the breast crease, it may signal that you may benefit from a raise. Sagging tissue causes volume loss, which can cause the nipple to droop and grow bigger.
We raise the tissue up while also relocating the nipple to enhance the overall look of your breast.
Breast volume relates to how full or round they seem. When we lose or gain weight, it can have an effect on the look of our breasts, and many individuals experience weight gains and losses throughout life, causing their breasts to change size.
As a result, our breasts can become flatter than we would want over time. Breast implants can restore volume to your breasts and, when combined with a lift, can improve their overall look.
Be sure that you consider a lift for the right reasons. No one should be talking you into it. If you’re feeling pressure from friends, a partner, or family, that’s not a good reason to change your body. You should have a lift because it’s what you want. Your goal should be to improve your confidence and enjoy an appearance that satisfies you alone.
Am I a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
This treatment is appropriate for a wide range of individuals. Ideal candidates were born with drooping breasts or developed them as a result of any number of causes. Many people’s breasts droop as they age, lose weight, or after pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause the breasts to expand, resulting in a deflated look when breastfeeding is finished.
Most importantly, you should be aware that if you are unsure if a mastopexy is correct for you, you may request a consultation. We will examine the situation, consult with you, and assess whether this operation is the best solution.
Planning for a Lift
Everyone is different and has a distinct concept of what size and shape they want their breasts to be. We will collaborate with you, take measurements, and identify potential factors that may affect you after the surgery.
During this session, you should feel free to ask any and all questions you have. Some things about your preparation will be unique to you, including factors related to your age and family history. Once you’re cleared for surgery, we’ll give you all the specific guidelines you need to be fully prepared in the days leading up to your procedure.
Dr. Tiner will use his training and expertise throughout the operation to modify the breast tissue and also make place for an implant (if you are receiving one). The treatment usually takes two to three hours and consists of an incision around the areola and a vertical incision beneath the breast tissue.
Patients are given a special bandage or surgical bra, and while your breasts may feel uncomfortable for a few days, they should not be painful. Prescribed medicine alleviates any pain. You should be able to remove the bandages within a few days, and any numbness in your breasts or nipples should go away within a few weeks.
Things to Know About a Breast Lift
It’s Not the Same Things as Breast Augmentation
A lift is not the same as an augmentation. The augmentation increases the volume of the breast, and a lift lifts the breast to a new posture. Because these treatments often complement the other, many women choose to get both at the same time.
Keep in mind that breast augmentation may also raise your breasts, since they will be fuller and have more volume, causing them to naturally lift up. This does not always restore the form and contour as well as a lift can, however.
You Won’t Be Bed-Ridden for Weeks
Within a few hours of surgery, the majority of patients are able to stand and walk. You should be able to get up and walk around straight away as long as the soreness is controlled with pain medication and the anesthetic has worn off. Heavy lifting, pushing, tugging, or training should be avoided for at least four weeks after surgery. It is absolutely OK to engage in routine, everyday activities.
Your Breasts Will Appear Larger At First
Many people who get breast surgery notice larger breasts right away. This can often be due to simple swelling. Swelling is a natural response of the body to this surgery, and it will go down quickly.
It Is Not Highly Painful
The excellent news is that a lift is not a highly painful treatment and just requires modest pain medication afterward. When you combine a mastopexy with an augmentation, you will naturally experience some discomfort, but it will not be unreasonable or unbearable.
Keep in mind that every situation has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will differ from person to person. Your own pain tolerance will also have an influence on how you feel, and we will discuss all this with you during your consultation. We can help you with a plan to ensure you are comfortable.
Call Us to Learn More
If you’re considering a lift, call us at Christopher Tiner M.D. Plastic Surgery in Pasadena, CA today. We would love to talk through everything with you and help you get started on a look that’s right for you.