The breast lift procedure, formally known as a “mastopexy,” is simply designed to lift the breast. Several factors influence a gradual drooping of the breast. As you age, the skin throughout the body loses a degree of elasticity, decreasing the skin’s ability to return to normal shape. The typical changes that occur with pregnancy and breastfeeding stretch the breast skin, leaving the breasts expanded and at a lower position. After breastfeeding, asymmetrical breasts also bother many women. Patients who have lost significant weight also are faced with the problem of looser breast tissue. This breast droop that develops is referred to as “breast ptosis.” Therefore, the goal of a breast lift is to get rid of excess breast skin and reposition the breasts in a more superior and ideal position, restoring the natural shape and positioning of the breasts.
The breast lift procedure itself will elevate the breasts, reshape them, and improve the symmetry between them. There are a few different breast lift techniques based on the incision patterns. During your consultation with Dr. Coscia, he will perform a physical exam with measurements of your breasts that will help guide the decision for the type of breast lift used. The benefits of each technique will be discussed thoroughly.
Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift
A vertical or “lollipop” lift corrects moderate breast sagging through a circular incision around the edge of the areola and an additional incision running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease.
Wise Pattern or “Anchor” Lift
A Wise pattern or “anchor” lift corrects extensive breast sagging through three incisions: a circular incision around the edge of the areola, a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease and a horizontal incision along the breast crease.
Some women desire added fullness in conjunction with a lift. The combination procedure to lift the breasts and add implants is referred to as a “mastopexy augmentation.” For these patients, a breast lift is performed at the same time as breast augmentation with the insertion of implants. This is a great procedure to gain both improved breast shape and positioning and increase fullness to the upper border of the breast.
Frequently, general anesthesia is utilized with the assistance of a board certified anesthesiologist. However, it is also possible to have this procedure performed under IV sedation with the injection of local anesthetic. During your consultation with Dr. Coscia, you will discuss these options and determine what is optimal in your case.
What Should I Expect After Breast Lift Surgery?
After surgery, you will be sent home in a surgical bra to wear for approximately six weeks. This allows appropriate healing of your breasts during the initial healing phase. Most patients return the day after surgery for initial evaluation and further instructions followed by additional visits throughout your recovery period. Typically, a week off from work is all that is needed. Dr. Coscia will also discuss various postoperative activity restrictions in order to protect the breasts during the initial healing phase.
Will there be scarring?
The amount of scarring depends on the incision technique used. Dr. Coscia will recommend the breast lift approach that is most likely to give you the best results with the least amount of scarring possible. He can also provide recommendations for scar management products or techniques to help scars fade as much as possible after surgery.
Are there breast lift financing options?
Yes, breast lift with Dr. Coscia can be financed through CareCredit or M-Lend Financial Services.
Are results permanent? How long do they last?
Breast lift “resets the clock” on sagging, but it does not prevent the breasts from undergoing natural age-related changes after the procedure. Your breasts will continue to age and eventually sag, but they should not look noticeably saggy for many years. Having children or fluctuating significantly in weight could accelerate sagging after breast lift.
Do I need to wait until after I have kids to have a breast lift?
For the best and most lasting results, it is wise to postpone breast lift until you are finished having biological children. It is also wise to wait until you are at your target weight and do not plan to gain or lose a substantial amount of weight (i.e., more than 10 pounds or so) after surgery.
Will the procedure make my breasts smaller?
Breast lift won’t significantly change the size of your breasts (only their position). If you desire smaller and perkier breasts, you should explore the option of a breast reduction.
Does a breast lift reduce areola size?
Yes, breast lift can reduce oversized or stretched-out areolas if you desire.
How do I prepare for a breast lift?
To prepare for breast lift, you should stop taking certain medications that can increase the risks of surgery. And if you smoke, you must quit several weeks before surgery. You may be asked to undergo a mammogram or a medical exam to get a clean bill of health.
How do I ensure the best results?
To increase the likelihood that you are happy with your results, you should select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon to perform the operation. You should clearly communicate your desired results to the surgeon and make sure you have a clear understanding of what to expect and what you can do to ensure you heal properly from the operation.
Learn More About Breast Lift
If you are considering a breast lift and want to discuss whether implants alone, a breast lift, or a combination of the procedures is needed to achieve your desired result, please call and set up a consultation with Dr. Coscia at your convenience.
Dr. Coscia’s practice also serves the Roseville, Rocklin, and Loomis areas. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our call his Granite Bay 916-773-5559 or Sacramento 916-929-1833 locations to request a consultation today.
*Individual results may vary