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Breast LiftBreast Lift (Mastopexy)

Over time, the effects of gravity along with the loss of the skin's natural elasticity begins to have an effect on the appearance of a woman's breasts. These factors, combined with pregnancies and nursing will often cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness.

A breastlift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). Breast implants inserted in conjunction with a mastopexy procedure can increase both firmness and size. Breast reduction in conjunction with a mastopexy can create a rejuvenated and perkier-looking breast.

To recover, most patients plan to take one to two weeks away from work and other obligations to recover following breast lift surgery. For the first few days, you will need help completing your daily activities. Gradually, you may ease back into your normal routine, although actions such as lifting your arms above your head, heavy lifting, or bending over should be restricted. Strenuous exercise must be avoided for six weeks.

The amount of skin removed can affect the healing time. The breasts may not settle into their final shape, size, and position for up to six months, although the initial results of the procedure will be apparent almost immediately. Following breast lift surgery, the breasts will appear less droopy than before. However, weight gain, pregnancy, and aging can cause further changes in the size or appearance of the breasts.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lifts

Q: Will a breast lift take care of stretch marks?

A: Stretch marks are scars. They are produced by distension of the skin. Some of those stretch marks will be removed with the extra skin, especially at the lower part of the breast. Those located on the upper breast will remain. The stretch marks that remain may be tightened and smoothed out somewhat.

Q: What are the surgical techniques used in breast lift surgery?

A: All methods so far invented rely on actual skin removal. Perhaps the most important characteristic of an attractively-shaped breast is the balance between the volume of the breast, and the surface area of the skin holding that volume. If these two are in the correct proportion, then usually an attractive shape results. When there is a mismatch, that is there is too much skin for the breast volume, then the breast is too "relaxed" or "droopy" or "saggy" with a downward descent below the normal level. Correction of this problem then requires either increasing the volume, as with an implant, or decreasing the skin area - either via breast reduction or breast lift. The use of an implant is discussed in detail elsewhere. Removal of skin must always result in a scar someplace on the breast.

Q: Can the nipple lose sensitivity from a breast lift surgery?

A: Yes, although complications under the skilled hand of Dr. Poulos are rare, there is always the possibility of loss of nipple sensation. Virtually every breast lift requires cutting around the nipple. Nerves grow back slowly, so usually we allow two years for the sense of touch to return to normal, and if not by then, it probably will not.

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Milford, MA 01757
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