Breast Lift Surgery
What is breast lift surgery?
As women age, the size and firmness of their breasts change. This can be due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, gravity, heredity and other factors.
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is a procedure that is designed to lift up the breasts by removing excess skin and then tightening the surrounding tissues to reshape and provide support for the new breast contour.
The procedure has increased significantly over the years, up 70% since 2000, doubling the breast implant surgical procedure.
It can help you regain your youthful shape and firmness, and reduce enlarged areolas as well.
Breast lift surgery is not designed to increase the size of your breasts – if that is desired then a breast implant is required as well
Are you a candidate for breast lift surgery?
As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for a breast lift procedure. They include:
- Your weight is stable
- You’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts or feel that they’re sagging or have lost their shape
- Your breasts have become elongated
- Your nipples and areolas are pointing down
- Your skin has stretched and your areolas have enlarged
- One breast is now lower than the other
- You have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
- You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
Cost for breast lift surgery
Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.The costs involved in this procedure include facility fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
The Recovery Process
Dr. Jimerson will prescribe pain medications to keep you comfortable after the procedure. He will also discuss when you can drive, exercise and resume normal activities and exercise.
You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your incisions following your surgery. Swelling will present for a few weeks following your breast lift procedure.
Dr. Jimerson has several options to use during the breast lift surgery, which will depend on your breast size and shape, the current position of your areola, how much your breast is sagging the quality of your skin.
Options include an incision around the areola; around the areola and then vertically down to the breast crease; and an incision around
the areola, down to the breast crease and then horizontally along the breast crease. After the incision is made, the breast tissue is reshaped and lifted to enhance the breast contour and firmness. The nipple and areola is repositioned to a natural, more youthful position. If required, Dr. Jimerson will reduce the areolas by excising skin along the perimeter. Finally, excess skin is removed from the breast to make up for the loss of elasticity.
The incisions are then closed, and sutures are placed in layers deep within the breast tissue to provide support. In addition to sutures, Dr. Jimerson may use skin adhesives and surgical tape to close the incision.
Risks involved in breast lift surgery
Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Scarring •Poor wound healing • Deep fatty tissue necrosis • Changes in nipple or sensation in the breast •Numbness or skin sensation changes • Persistent pain • Skin loss • Recurrent looseness of skin • Possible need to revise the surgery • Problems with sutures that may require removal • Deep vein thrombosis • Potential partial loss of nipple or areola
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your surgery.Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Breast lift surgery preparation
What happens prior to the breast lift surgery? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.Avoid taking medications that can increase bleeding, like aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and various herbal supplements;
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
While a breast lift is a long-lasting procedure, factors like aging, weight change, gravity and hormonal changes can change the appearance of your breasts. Stay fit and maintain your weight after your procedure.
Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results.
Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Schedule your appointment
The best way to determine if arm lift surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment, click here.