Breast Lift Austin, Texas
Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure performed to reshape and support the breasts that have sagged and lost volume as a result of aging, pregnancy, weight loss, and gravity. The breast is reshaped by a combination of removing breast skin, repositioning the nipple areolar complex, and contouring the shape of the breast. As a result of a breast lift or mastopexy, the breasts are more youthful and firmer. The nipple and areola are typically resized during this procedure to further enhance the appearance of the breast.
What Are My Options For A Breast Lift?
There are numerous options offered to the patient who inquires about a breast lift with Dr. Trussler. The type mastopexy procedure depends on the patient’s goals, including the choice for reduced, equal or larger volume breasts, as well as the amount of sag in the breast, the firmness of the breast tissue being lifted, the size of the areola, and any previous breast procedures.
The types of mastopexy offered by Dr. Trussler include:
Standard Breast Lift (Mastopexy) with a vertical or inverted T scar pattern which reshapes the breast and repositions the nipple making it more youthful and at least one half cup size smaller.
Breast Lift with a Breast Implant (Mastopexy-Augmentation) with a vertical or inverted T scar pattern which reshapes the breast and repositions the nipple over a silicone or saline breast implant which adds volume to the breast.
Periareolar Breast Lift with a Breast Implant repositions and reduces the size the nipple areola over a silicone or saline breast implant which adds shape and volume to the breast with a scar around the areola.
Mastopexy with Auto-Augmentation repositions the breast tissue to give volume without the use of a breast implant through an inverted T scar pattern, as well as repositions the nipple areola.
A breast lift is a common procedure for many women seeking to enhance the appearance of their breasts, especially after having children. The ideal candidates for a breast lift are healthy, non-smoking women without a personal or significant family history of breast cancer who have:
- Sagging breasts
- Breasts that have lost shape or volume
- Breast that has sagged over breast implants
- Breasts that are flat or elongated
- Nipples or areolas that are enlarged
- One breast lower than the other
- Breasts that have been overstretched by large breast implants
Women considering a breast lift should take into account the type of scar pattern and the acceptability of a breast implant when sorting through mastopexy options. Not every patient is a candidate for every type of breast lift that Dr. Trussler offers, though during the consultation process the right breast lift for you will hopefully meet your expectations. It is recommended that women still planning to have children postpone this procedure, as pregnancy and nursing can stretch the lifted breast. A breast lift does not negate the need to wear a bra after the procedure, though some supportive relief is commonly provided with firmer, lifted and smaller breasts.
A breast lift procedure is commonly performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and usually takes two to three hours depending on what type of lift is to be performed. A breast lift is commonly part of a Mommy Makeover procedure which is a phrase typically used to define a grouping of breast and abdominal procedures that can help correct the effects of pregnancy.
In all breast lift procedures, the incisions are made around the nipple areola to reduce its size and facilitate the ability to move it upwards. In a standard breast lift, the excess breast skin is removed and then tightened around the repositioned nipple. In a mastopexy augmentation procedure, the breast is reshaped after the implant is placed under the muscle and then the excess breast skin is removed and tightened around the repositioned nipple. In an auto-augmentation, the breast tissue is wrapped around the nipple areola to give the appearance and firmness of a breast implant. The breast skin is then tightened around the repositioned nipple. The majority of breast incisions are closed with stitches under the skin. Dr. Trussler does place deeper supportive sutures which help support the breast over time. The nipple areola is sized so that they are round and equal in size. These incisions are closed with stitches that need to be removed though limit any scarring around the areola.
After Care & Recovery
After any type of breast lift procedure, patients will likely experience mild soreness and swelling for a few days. The nipple areola will have a non-adherent gauze placed on them that will be removed in 2 days. Surgical drains are typically not used in this procedure unless in some cases of previous breast implant removal.
The breasts will be supported in a soft surgical bra for about three weeks or until healed. A sports bra can be substituted, but underwire bras are discouraged until the breast is completely healed which is commonly 6 weeks. Any stitches will be removed after one or two weeks. Most patients will be able to return to work within a week, although exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month. Breast implant exercises are not needed in lift and implant procedures because they can disrupt internal supportive sutures. Dr. Trussler will provide you with specific instructions for your individual recovery.
The results of a breast lift are visible immediately after surgery and will continue to improve as swelling subsides and scars fade. The breast shape will evolve over a three month period especially in the cases of mastopexy augmentations. Scar treatment will be initiated at the 3-week visit and may be continued for 3 to 6 months after the operation, or until the scar softens and fade. As previously mentioned a bra must still be used after a breast lift procedure, but cup size and need for support may decrease in the standard breast lift patient.
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Whether you have a question or would like to set up a consultation, Dr. Trussler and his staff are here to help. Please fill out our contact form, or call our office at 512-450-1077 to schedule an appointment. Start your breast lift journey today!