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Cleveland Breast Lift at Plastic Surgeons of Akron
Women’s breasts can change over time and the youthful shape and firmness can often be lost. Your breasts’ supporting ligaments and skin have the tendency to stretch and sag with age, allowing the breasts to sag and appear droopy. These changes can result from weight fluctuations, breastfeeding, pregnancy, gravity, and aging. Heredity may play a role as well.
For our patients in Cleveland breast lift surgery can reverse and correct sagging breasts. Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgeons of Akron to learn how you might benefit from a breast lift.
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What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, known medically as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to change the shape and profile of your breasts towards a more youthful and lifted appearance.
During a breast lift, your surgeon raises your breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping breast tissue. The resulting breast profile enhances the female figure by making your bust line firmer, more uplifted, and more youthful in its appearance.
Breast lifts will not significantly change the size of your breasts. However, combining a lift with breast augmentation (which can increase breast size) or breast reduction is possible. Breast lifts are considered among the safest cosmetic surgery procedures and carry a very high patient satisfaction rate.
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What are the benefits of breast lift surgery?
Many women report that their breast lift has boosted their appearance, self-image, and self-confidence. You might choose to have a breast lift if:
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Are you a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
Breasts of any size can receive a breast lift. However, women with smaller sagging breasts can expect to have longer-lasting results. Larger breasts are heavier, making them more likely to begin sagging again.
Typically, our Cleveland breast lift candidates should be in good overall health, without any chronic condition that could cause surgical complications. Non-smokers are preferred.
Selecting the Right Doctor
When considering a breast lift, selecting a surgeon that’s right for you is the most critical decision you will make towards maximizing the safety and results of your procedure. Don’t settle for anything less than a board-certified plastic surgeon. Plastic Surgeons of Akron founder, Dr. John C. Pedersen, has more than 18 years of experience as a Cleveland board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Pedersen is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Preparing for Your Breast Lift Surgery
You will need to provide your doctor with a full medical history, including the results of any breast biopsies or mammograms. In addition, your doctor may order a baseline mammogram in advance of your procedure to help track post-surgical changes in your breast tissue.
If you are a smoker, you should stop. Your doctor will also direct you to suspend the use of any supplements or medications (such as aspirin) that can elevate bleeding.
Remember to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and make sure you have some help around the house for a few days.
Your Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lifts are performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. In many cases, general anesthesia is preferred, although the procedure is sometimes done using sedation and local anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between one and three hours.
The specific technique your surgeon chooses for your breast lift will determine the location of your incisions and resulting scars. Your doctor will likely place stitches deep within your breasts to lift them and secure their new positions. Your areolae can be reduced in size if desired. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and tissue and shift your nipples to higher positions.
Your doctor might make incisions:
Finally, your doctor will bring your breast skin together and close your incisions with skin adhesives, surgical tape, or stitches.
After your breast lift, your breasts will be covered with gauze and a surgical support bra. Small tubes may be placed at your incision sites to drain away excess blood and fluid. The doctor will remove those tubes within a few days. And your doctor will make an appointment with you to remove your stitches (if they are not dissolvable), usually one to two weeks after your procedure.
Your breasts will be swollen and bruised for about two weeks, and you may experience some numbness for up to six weeks. Ask your doctor when it’s OK to resume your normal activities.
Wear the surgical support bra throughout the day and night for three or four full days. After that, your doctor will likely direct you to wear a soft support bra for three or four weeks.
It's essential to avoid significant weight changes to maximize and maintain your results.
Your results may be hidden by swelling for several weeks. However, when your surgical bra is removed, you’ll notice reduced breast sagging and a more youthful, and perkier breast appearance. Expect to see about 75 percent of your desired final results in approximately three to four months.
If you're interested in achieving a perkier, more youthful appearance with a breast lift Cleveland plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon C. Pedersen, is ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have concerning the surgery. Schedule a consultation today with Plastic Surgeons of Akron, serving all of metro Cleveland, OH.
What are the risks of breast lift surgery?
Breast lifts are an especially safe cosmetic procedure. But any surgery there are possible side effects and risks. These can include scarring, infection, excessive bleeding, complications from anesthesia, poor wound healing, and allergic reaction to materials and medications.
Rarely changes in breast sensation and total or partial loss of areolae and nipple tissue have been reported.
How painful is a breast lift?
Most breast lift patients rate their pain level as "moderate." You will be under general anesthesia during your surgery, and a nerve block can also be performed to reduce your post-operative discomfort. The doctor prescribes pain medication as indicated and appropriate.
What is a good age to get a breast lift?
There are no hard-and-fast age restrictions, but women should not seek breast lift surgery until their breasts fully develop. Usually, women in their 20s and 30s opt for breast augmentation to increase their breasts' fullness, size, and projection. In their 40s and beyond, women lean more towards a breast lift to restore the size, shape, and position. Women over 40 tend to combine augmentation with a lift.
Does breast lift surgery interfere with breast-feeding?
No. Breast lift should have no impact on breast-feeding. If you have breast-fed before your surgery, you should be able to after it.
Will my scars go away?
They will fade, and the use of over-the-counter scar treatments can often hasten the pace of that fading. But, no, your scars will never completely disappear.
Will my bra size change following a breast lift?
A breast lift (or mastopexy) will typically reduce your bra size by one cup size. However, the cup size loss isn't usually the result of a volume loss. The removal or repositioning of excess skin and sagging breast tissue naturally reduces the cup size, which many women consider a good thing.
Can I go braless after a breast lift?
Yes, you may start going braless about six weeks after your surgery. But save that for "special occasions" and do not go braless daily.
Will insurance cover my breast lift?
Since a breast lift is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not cover the costs.
How long does breast lift last? Will I need future surgeries to maintain my results?
On average, breast lift results last between 10-15 years. But at some point, you will need additional surgery to maintain your results. The longevity of results will depend on your size, skin type and quality, changes in your weight, and pregnancy.
Can I receive a breast lift without implants?
Yes, you absolutely can receive a breast lift without implants. Breast lifts are generally performed to lift nipple position, breast tissue, or both. Increasing the size of the breasts is done with a breast augmentation. These surgeries can be combined if you wish, but they don’t have to be.
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