Rejuvenate, Raise and Reshape Sagging Breasts With Breast Lift Surgery
Nearly all women develop sagging breasts or empty breasts at some point in her life. Aging and pregnancy are two of the main causes of breasts losing fullness. Often, the breast loses fullness in the upper part of the breast. The fatty breast tissue is heavy. Therefore, it sags downward toward the lower portion of the breast.
Sagging breast skin can affect the position of the nipple as well. Sagging breasts often have a nipple-areola complex that is too low on the breast, furthering the appearance of drooping breasts. The nipple may also point downward in some cases. A breast lift can reposition the nipple to a desirable location in addition to tightening and lifting the breast skin.
The degree of sagging can vary greatly between patients. Skin laxity, age, breast size, number of pregnancies, and heredity all play a role. For example, a woman in her late 30s with large breasts and multiple pregnancies is likely to notice more severe breast sagging than a new mother in her 20s with tight skin and modest bust size. No matter the degree of volume loss and sagging, a breast lift aims to restore the breasts to a more youthful appearance.
How Does Breast Lift Surgery Work?
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is designed to tighten loose breast tissue so that the breasts appear perkier and lifted as they did before childbirth or aging. A breast lift uses incisions in order to reshape sagging breasts. These incisions vary depending on the degree of sag of the breast.
For the latest techniques for breast lift Akron plastic surgeon Dr. Pedersen is skilled in all three of the latest breast lift techniques, each designed to give the patient an attractive end result. These include:
Doughnut breast lift technique
This method works best to correct minimal breast sagging. The concentric technique, also known medically as the periareolar technique, involves a doughnut-shaped incision around the areola border. Excess skin is trimmed away and nearly sutured closed.
Removing excess breast skin in this way has a beautiful lifting effect on the breast overall. It is also colloquially known as a “doughnut breast lift” due to the rounded shape of the incisions.
The benefit of this procedure is that the scar is less noticeable than the lollipop or anchor technique. The breast lift scar is located around the nipple.
Lollipop breast lift technique
This method works best to correct moderate to severe breast sagging. The lollipop breast lift technique is similar to the concentric technique, but the incision is extended downward. This is also known as a vertical breast lift incision. After Dr. Pedersen creates the circular incision around the areola, he will then make a vertical incision from the base of the areola complex toward the breast crease. This has an improved lifting effect for women with more advanced breast sagging.
While it provides a more dramatic lifting effect, the scar is more noticeable. However, women that wish to correct drooping breasts find this is a small price to pay in order to achieve the greater goal of breasts that look more flattering on their body.
Anchor breast lift technique
This method works best to correct more severe cases of breast sagging. With this technique, incisions are made both around the areola to preserve the nipple, as well as on the upper and lower portion of the breast in a shape that resembles an anchor or keyhole. This method is also known as a keyhole breast lift incision. It has the best lifting effect of all the breast lift techniques, but the incisions are more extensive.
All of these types of incisions are specifically designed to minimize scarring. If patients also want more breast volume, Dr. Pedersen can insert breast implants during breast lift surgery.
Learn more about your breast lift options when you schedule an in-depth consultation with us. We are committed to answering your questions and providing the expert treatment you deserve.
Common Characteristics Of The Ideal Breasts
While the definition of the ‘perfect breasts’ varies considerably from patient to patient, there are several traits that dictate what desirable breast shape and size look like.
Youthful breasts tend to have a perky appearance. They have a cosmetically proportional upper and lower pole fullness, with the majority of the breast tissue located in the lower part of the breast. The breast shape often resembles a teardrop. From the side view, there is a natural slope to the breast along the upper pole and a full, rounded shape at the bottom.
Women that have not yet developed sagging breasts may be able to achieve cleavage with the aid of supportive bras and shaping bras, depending on the size of the breasts. Meanwhile, women with sagging breasts have difficulty creating cleavage due to loss of upper breast fullness.
The bust size differs tremendously among women. A breast size that looks great on one woman may not be suitable for another. In addition, some women prefer larger breasts while others prefer a more modest breast size. Regardless of breast size preference, the ideal breasts match the patient’s body frame and chest wall size. In order to enhance breast size, some women choose to have a breast lift with implants. These are the considerations Akron breast lift surgeon Dr. Pedersen keeps in mind as he reshapes the breast according to your preference with a breast lift.
A Breast Lift Has Many Incredible Benefits
Improving the contours of your breast has several advantages. These include:
Improve Breast Shape & Confidence With A Breast Lift
During a consultation, Dr. Pedersen’s goal is to listen carefully and understand what each woman hopes to achieve with breast lift surgery. Each breast lift Akron plastic surgeon performs is specially customized to the patient’s needs.
Dr. Pedersen understands that each woman’s body is as unique as her preferences. We strive to provide you the best breast lift Akron has to offer, so call 330-379-1204 today to book a consultation with Dr. Pedersen to learn what breast lift surgery can do for you.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is intended to help achieve a more youthful, perky bust. As this part of the body is so susceptible to gravity, aging, and overall laxity as time goes by, it is not uncommon for many women to start seeing sagging develop in their breasts over time.
As such, the procedure appeals to many women of varying ages, with and without children. To be eligible for the procedure, you must be over the age of 18 and in good general health with a solid understanding of the potential results, as well as any risks or complications.
A breast lift is not intended to help restore lost volume or enhance naturally small breasts. It won’t increase volume, but it can help patients gain a rounder, more flatter breast shape. If you desire a fuller bust in addition to helping lift sagging breasts or correct drooping nipples, you may consider combining your breast lift procedure with implants or a fat transfer.
How Soon Can I See Results?
While the breast lift results are immediate, patients will have to wait patiently while the area heals and incision scars fade to successfully see the new shape and placement of their breasts. This can take a few weeks, with most inflammation and redness subsiding noticeably over the first few months. With proper care, a good exercise regimen, and a healthy diet, you can help to maintain the results for many years to come. Giving yourself ample time to heal can also help to ensure results look more natural and reduce the risk of complications.
Can I Combine a Breast Lift with Other Procedures?
Absolutely! The most common combination patients opt for is a breast augmentation with lift. This is the ideal way to achieve a lifted bust while restoring lost volume, increasing shape and size, and ensuring a more symmetrical figure.
You can also opt for other procedures, such as a fat transfer which uses donor fat from other areas of the body, such as the tummy or thighs, to provide a two-in-one enhancement. A breast lift, both with and without implants, is also a popular technique used in a mommy makeover, as it targets a common concern many mothers and older women face.
What Are the Risks of a Breast Lift Procedure?
As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, your health and safety should be the number one concern. Dr. Pedersen will discuss in detail any risks, concerns, or complications that you should be aware of before scheduling a breast lift procedure. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and make informed decisions when choosing the best method to take.
Common risks surrounding a breast enhancement such as a lift include:
When seeking breast lift surgery, discussing price can be an important factor for many patients. Understanding the costs can help you make an informed decision and determine if the commitment is something you are capable of making. The cost of a breast lift varies considerably across the United States.
At Plastic Surgeons of Akron, our final cost will be based on many things, including surgeon fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, hospital or facility costs, compression garments, and more. The techniques and unique needs of each patient are also taken into consideration. During their consultation, patients will be able to review all the different costs associated with the procedure. Dr. Pedersen will help you determine if it is best to combine other treatments at once, as well.
During this consultation, patients can also inquire about financial assistance and the type of financing options available for a breast lift. While insurance typically does not cover this procedure, some exceptions include breast reductions and lift or something with a medical need.
While breast surgery such as augmentation, lifts, reductions, or a combination of all three, can potentially affect your ability to breastfeed. It is often recommended that women wait until they are finished breastfeeding before getting a cosmetic enhancement like breast lift, but it is not always necessary.
If you are planning to undergo another pregnancy in the future and would like the option to breastfeed, you can discuss this with your surgeon to determine the best approach to preserve the milk ducts. It may still come with some risk, but an experienced surgeon can often help deliver results that allow you to enjoy your life and look no matter what comes.
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