Age, pregnancy, and nursing can all lead to a drooping or sagging of the breasts. While implants can help fill out and reshape a breast, breast lift is an excellent alternative for women who do not want implants or whose condition can’t be corrected with implants. A breast lift restores the breasts to a lifted position with a nipple that is appropriately sized and positioned. To learn more about breast lift, please contact Glendale breast surgeon Paul Angelchik, MD, today at 602-761-7887 to schedule an appointment.
What is breast lift?
A breast lift procedure, also called mastopexy, involves a combination of tissue removal and skin tightening to lift a drooping or sagging breast to a more youthful, lifted position. In doing so, the nipple and areola are also repositioned to a more aesthetically pleasing location on the breast. The procedure may or may not be combined with breast augmentation, depending upon the client’s aesthetic goals.
What does breast lift treat?
Breast lift specifically addresses a condition called ptosis, which is a sagging of the breast. Ptotic breasts sag when layers of the skin and certain ligaments become stretched and weakened. Ptosis may occur as a result of pregnancy, or it may simply be a consequence of aging. Regardless of the cause, a breast lift procedure can restore the breast to an elevated position.
What can I expect?
In a breast lift procedure, Dr. Angelchik carefully makes incisions in the breasts and removes tissue from key areas if necessary. If the breast lift is combined with augmentation, then the implants are also placed at this time. The surrounding skin is tightened and sutured closed in such a way as to minimize scarring. Our breast lift before and after gallery offers a few examples of the types of results possible with breast lift.
What is recovery like?
Recovery from breast lift surgery is similar to other cosmetic procedures. You’ll need to get plenty of rest for the first few days after your surgery, and for about a month, we’ll ask that you refrain from lifting anything heavier than about 10 to 15 pounds. Upper body exercise needs to be minimized during the recovery period so that your breasts have ample opportunity to heal. Dr. Angelchik will prescribe pain medication and, if appropriate, muscle relaxants as well. After a period of about 2-3 weeks, any minor bruising should disappear.
Breast lift is the procedure of choice for women who desire a perkier, youthful appearance without necessarily enlarging the breasts. To learn more about breast lift procedures and to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon in Glendale, please contact Paul Angelchik, MD, today at 602-761-7887. Dr. Angelchik serves clients in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa and Peoria, Arizona.