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Breast Lift 

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is an effective procedure for raising and reshaping sagging breasts, improving breast appearance, and enhancing self-confidence. It involves removing excess skin, tightening tissue, and repositioning the nipple-areola complex.

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In a youthful breast, specialized ligaments help to suspend the breast tissue off the chest wall giving the breast a pleasing roundness and upper pole fullness. Breast growth associated with pregnancy or weight gain stretches these ligaments. After pregnancy or significant weight loss, when the breast volume decreases, these ligaments remain stretched allowing the breast tissue to migrate low on the chest giving a deflated appearance. The stretched skin also causes the nipple and areola to descend on the breast surface. Lifting the breast, re-suspends the breast tissue on the chest returning fullness to the upper aspect and removing excess skin. The nipple and areola are brought to the center of the breast for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. A breast lift can be combined with placement of an implant to increase overall volume. A breast lift versus an augmentation is dependent on specific breast measurements. Dr. Hill will make these measurements and combine them with each individual patient's wishes to determine the best option to provide a great outcome. Consultations are free and focus on patient education so an informed decision can be made.

Who is a candidate for a breast lift?

A breast lift is often sought by individuals who experience breast ptosis (drooping) due to factors like aging, significant weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure, differing from a breast reduction. Patients should be at a stable weight, as large weight fluctuations can influence the results. 

Incision Pattern

There are several ways a breast lift can be performed. Most commonly, and inverted T or anchor incision pattern is used to lift and re-suspend the breast tissue on the chest. With this incision pattern, an incision is made around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease. This incision pattern allows for a greater lift of the nipple-areolar complex. 

Post-operative Recovery

Immediately postoperative it is common for patients to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. It is important to wear a compressive bra for four weeks after surgery and avoid strenuous activities. Three weeks after surgery, patients may begin light aerobic activity and slowing increase activity levels in the weeks following. Final results will appear over several months, as the breasts settle into their new shape. 

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