When people think about breast enhancement plastic surgery, the most common thing people think of is breast enlargement. This is understandable, as breast enlargements are the most popular plastic surgery procedure. If you are happy with the amount of natural breast tissue that you have, but are less happy with your shape, asymmetry, or an overall lack of perkiness, a better option may be a mastopexy, or breast lift. In Lubbock, Dr. Jane Rowley offers this plastic surgery procedure to women looking for a breast lift to restore their youthful shape in a way that it still all you.
While breast implants are popular, breast lift procedures are on the rise. Since 2000, breast lifts have seen an increase in frequency of 70% since 2000, outpacing the increases in breast implants by 2-to-1. This may reflect the parallel trend that women getting breast implants are choosing smaller, more natural-looking sizes. It indicates that more women are satisfied overall by their breast size, and are simply looking to restore the perky fullness that they may have enjoyed when they were younger.
What is a Breast Lift?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a mastopexy is a procedure that “raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.” As part of the procedure, the areola and nipple are also repositioned. It’s typically an outpatient procedure, taking about 90 minutes to two hours, but performed under general anesthetic. It can performed in an office operating suite, surgicenter, or hospital. Most patients can expect to need about 5 to 10 days off work and 4 to 6 weeks for a full recovery and return to full activity.
Why Consider a Breast Lift in Lubbock?
As women age, breasts will naturally begin to change, losing their youthful look and feel. This may be caused by:
- Weight loss
While some of these factors only affect some women, no one is exempt from all of them. Aging and gravity affect us all. And the fact is that your breasts can’t keep their youthful appearance forever, no matter how much you exercise and eat right. Some of the aesthetic concerns women who are candidates for a breast lift have, are:
- Stretched skin and enlarged areolae
- Droopy or saggy breasts
- Breasts with a flatter, elongated shape
- Pronounced stretch marks
- Nipples that point down
- Nipples that fall below the breast crease when unsupported
- Asymmetry between breasts
Remember, a breast lift will not change the overall size of your breasts, only the shape. If you want larger or smaller breasts, then you should consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction. The great thing about cosmetic surgery is—you are in charge, and you get to choose what you want for your body.
What Do You Need to Do Before You Get a Mastopexy?
There are two things to consider when answering this question. First, make sure you are physically prepared for your procedure. If you smoke, you simply must quit. If not permanently, than at least for several weeks to prepare for the surgery and for several weeks after to aid in your recovery. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, which reduces your body’s ability to fight off infection. Nicotene also directly impacts the blood flow to the tissues. Also, you should be maintaining a stable weight for some time. For more information about preparing for a breast lift in Lubbock, see our post about “Making the Most of Your Lubbock Plastic Surgery Experience.”
Second, closely consult with your plastic surgeon. There you will discuss your goals for this procedure: why you are considering the procedure, and what you hope to get out of it. Your plastic surgeon can help you have an accurate expectation of what the results of the procedure will likely be. Everyone wants to look like a supermodel, but every body is different, and the same procedure, and even the same size and type of implant will look different on every patient’s body. Your surgeon will also want to have a detailed discussion about your medical history to reduce the possibility of complications. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have. If you’re not sure what to ask, here is a helpful list of questions you should consider.
Third, your plastic surgeon will likely request a full lab test to make sure there are no conditions you are not aware of before the procedure. Also, it is recommended that you get a baseline mammogram that will be compared to one after the procedure, to see if there is anything to be aware of in your breast tissue.
Women with Breast Lifts are Very Happy with their Results
“I am a 20-year-old who underwent a breast lift procedure due to a lot of sagginess that inhibited me from feeling comfortable and also hindering what I could and could not wear. After losing weight from my chest after having a large bust, they began to droop. My areola area was very large and my right breast was larger and hung lower than my left breast. . . It has now only been two weeks’ post operation and I am comfortable to move around, pain free, and my breasts look 100 times better than what they did, which I am so grateful for.”
A breast lift in Lubbock can have a similar positive effect on your self-image and give you more confidence when your breasts are given back their youthful look. Dr. Jane Rowley and her staff are committed to helping you be the best self you can be and help give you the body you can truly appreciate and enjoy. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation.