Breast lifts are needed if the breast has sagging or ptosis or if the nipple position is too low on the breast mound. Patients that have had children, breastfed or have had significant weight loss may be candidates for a breast lift. With age the breast becomes softer and tends to sag more with loss of skin elasticity. Age is not the only factor contribute to sagging, genetics play a role and lifestyle choices. Whatever the reason may be, a breast lift can restore that youthful look and perkiness with a drastic improvement in overall physique. Breast lifts can also be combined with tummy tucks in a procedure called “mommy makeover” in effort to rejuvenate the body to its pre-pregnancy state.
Candidates for Breast Lift
Breast Lift candidates are generally healthy and nonsmokers. Active smoking increases the risks of failure of wounds to heal and loss of nipple or skin. A patient that has quit smoking for at least 4 weeks prior to surgery may be a candidate. Patients that have droopy breasts or low nipple position meaning the nipple is at or below the inframmamary (IMF) crease are candidates for a lifting procedure. Grades of drooping or ptosis are 1 to 3. With grade 3 being the most severe. There is also pseudoptosis or false ptosis. This is where the nipple is in good position but much of the breast tissue has descended down make the lower pole with full and no upper pole fullness.
Breast Lift Techniques and Scars
There are many different techniques used to lift the breast or nipple position. Some of these include periareolar lifts, vertical lifts or wise pattern lifts. These techniques result in different scar patterns. The type of lift you need depends on your surgeon’s assessment during consultation and how much breast ptosis or sagging there is. This ptosis can be graded 1 to 3. Grade 1 being the lowest to 3 being large amount of ptosis. If a large amount of extra skin is present a wise pattern or anchor type scar is usually necessary to achieve the tightest envelope needed for a more aesthetic looking breast. Small lifts may require only a periareolar incision which is a scar around the nipple 360 degrees. Nipple movement can be based on different pedicle which include superior, superomedial, inferior, medial and lateral. This choice is dependant on your plastic surgeon and amount of distance the nipple may need to go up.
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Preparing For A Breast Lift
Breast lift is an invasive surgery, which means that patients have to go through a preparatory phase for the procedure. This phase consists of the initial consultation with Dr. Parikh, and following any pre-surgical instructions given to you in the weeks leading into the surgery.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Parikh will ask you about your medical history. You should maintain honesty and transparency as this information helps determine your suitability for breast lift surgery. Make sure you provide Dr. Parikh with information about any past surgical procedures and present medical conditions (if any). Also, provide a complete list of medications that you are taking.
Dr. Parikh will also provide you with instructions that you will need to adhere to in the time leading up to the procedure. These instructions will require you to stop the use of certain medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin, along with any medications that contain them. They are blood thinning medications, and consuming them may lead to greater bleeding during and post-procedure.
It is also essential to avoid drinking alcohol or using tobacco products for a couple of weeks before the surgery. These substances are known to trigger inflammation and may interfere with the recovery process. We also advise that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet to ensure that there are no major weight fluctuations in the time leading up to the procedure.
It’s vital that you follow Dr. Parikh’s instructions in the time leading into your breast lift surgery. Not following the instructions may increase the risks of developing complications during the recovery phase, which may require you to opt for corrective treatments later on. Also, remember to wear comfortable and loose clothing on the day of the surgery.