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 two primary breast lift techniques are a Wise pattern mastopexy and a vertical mastopexy. These breast lifts vary 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. The breast lift procedure itself will elevate the breasts, reshape the breasts, and improve the symmetry between the breasts. Some women desire added fullness in conjunction with a lift. This is referred to as a “mastopexy augmentation.” For these patients, a breast lift is performed at the same time as a breast augmentation with 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.
What type of anesthesia is used for this procedure?
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.
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.
I am interested. What do I do next?
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.
*Individual results may vary