Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, can help restore the firmness and shape of breasts that have started to sag because of age, gravity, or pregnancy and subsequent breastfeeding. By removing excess skin and fat, the breasts will appear perkier and more youthful. Many patients choose to undergo breast augmentation at the same time as the breast lift. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Firouz specializes in breast lift surgeries and tailors each surgery to the individual patient's goals.
Who Is a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Women opt for a breast lift for a variety of reasons. A board-certified plastic surgeon may determine that the procedure is appropriate in the following situations:
- age or gravity are causing the breasts to sag,
- the breasts have lost volume and firmness because of pregnancy and breastfeeding,
- the breasts have lost suppleness following significant weight loss, or
- the nipples and areolas are not properly aligned.
What to Expect During Mastopexy Surgery
Plastic surgeon Dr. Firouz may perform a breast lift using a variety of techniques based on the patient's situation and the desired results. The most frequently used method involves making an anchor-shaped incision under the breast. The excess skin is removed, the breast is reshaped, and the areola and nipple are repositioned.
Patients with smaller breasts may be suitable candidates for a procedure that uses a less extensive incision. An example of this is the concentric mastopexy. This procedure involves making doughnut-shaped incisions around the nipple and areola to excise the excess skin. These modified techniques allow for faster recuperation and minimize the loss of nipple sensation.
Recovery Following a Breast Lift
Breast lifts are safe when performed by a qualified surgeon. Patients rarely experience complications; however, it is important to follow the surgeon's post-operative care instructions. Minor discomfort is to be expected; however, the doctor will prescribe medications to alleviate any post-operative pain. Patients should limit their movement, avoid strenuous activity, and rest as much as possible following the surgery. Immediately following the procedure, the breasts are bandaged to protect the incisions and limit breast movement. It is important to follow the doctor's directions for caring for the incisions to ensure proper healing and to reduce the chance of infection. Once the incisions are sufficiently healed, the surgeon will remove the bandages and prescribe a specialized bra designed to protect and support the breasts. The bra is typically worn for several weeks. The doctor will determine when it is appropriate to return to work and other daily activities.
Women considering a breast lift should schedule a consultation with a qualified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. Dr. Jimmy Firouz has extensive experience in helping patients choose the procedure and technique that will provide the most natural results. Dr. Firouz takes the time to address all of his patient's concerns prior to the procedure and provides post-surgical follow-up to ensure the best possible results.
Contact Dr. Jimmy Firouz’s Beverly Hills office today at 310-274-4321 to schedule your consultation.