A breast lift is a procedure done to address sagging and uneven breasts to create a more youthful breast appearance. This procedure is often combined with a breast augmentation or a breast reduction to help ensure the best aesthetic results.
Pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations, gravity, aging, and heredity can all take a toll on the shape of the breasts. If you are dealing with sagging or stretched breasts that have lost their shape, a breast lift may be able to help. Ideal candidates will be healthy, nonsmokers with a positive outlook on their procedure. A consultation with Dr. Cusimano is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you.
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The Breast Lift Procedure
When it comes to breast lift surgery, there are a number of incisions patterns and techniques to choose from. These incisions may include:
The Anchor Incision
includes incisions around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. This incision is best for women with a severe degree of sagging.
The Lollipop Incision
includes incisions made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. Women with a moderate degree of sagging can often benefit from this incision.
The Donut Incision
includes an incision around the perimeter of the areola. Women with mild-to-moderate amounts of sagging can benefit from this incision.
Once the appropriate incision is made, Dr. Cusimano will remove excess breast skin and shift the nipple and areola to a higher position. Skin is tightened, and the breasts are brought up to a more youthful position.
What to Expect After a Breast Lift
Following your breast lift procedure, you will be placed in a compression garment, and you may have some surgical drains. It is important that you wear your compression garment during recovery to help reduce swelling and support your new breasts. Redness and swelling are the be expected, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Most patients are able to return to work within a week or so, depending on the job.