Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Women who feel unhappy as a result of having sagging breasts, or breast ptosis, can restore their confidence and breast aesthetics with breast lift surgery. Many factors can cause the breasts to droop, including aging, genetic predisposition, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. The severity of breast ptosis is graded on a scale of one (mild) to four (severe), and all degrees of the condition can be addressed with the appropriate breast lift technique. At his elegant Cleveland, Ohio practice, Dr. Matt Goldschmidt performs breast lift surgery utilizing the most advanced and sophisticated techniques to provide his patients with the youthful breasts they desire.

Candidates

The ideal candidates for breast lift surgery must have realistic expectations of the procedure and be in good overall health. Patients who wish to undergo any surgery must also refrain from tobacco use for several weeks before and after their scheduled procedure. Women may consider breast lift surgery if they have any of the following concerns:

  • Breast ptosis or sagging
  • Nipples that point downward
  • Deflated breasts
  • Asymmetrical breasts

Breast Lift Techniques

Breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin and reshaping the remaining tissues to produce fuller, firmer breasts. During this procedure, the nipple and areola may be repositioned or reduced, if necessary. Depending on the severity of their breast ptosis, patients have the following breast lift incision options:

Periareolar (Doughnut)

  • Two concentric incisions are created around the areolas.
  • The areolas may be reduced using this technique.
  • This approach is ideal for patients with mild breast ptosis.

Lollipop

  • An incision encircles the areola and follows down the lower breast tissue to the breast crease.
  • The areolas may be reduced and slightly repositioned using this technique.
  • This approach is ideal for patients with moderate breast ptosis.

Anchor

  • An incision encircles the areola, continues down the lower portion of the breast, and follows along the breast crease.
  • The areolas may be reduced and repositioned using this technique.
  • This approach is ideal for patients with severe breast ptosis.

Procedure

Breast lift surgery is typically performed using general anesthesia. Usually, this outpatient procedure lasts a couple of hours. During your surgical consultation, Dr. Goldschmidt will devise a unique breast lift plan that reflects your aesthetic goals and anatomical needs.

Recovery

Patients are advised to get out of bed and take short walks as soon as they are able. Doing this promotes circulation, which helps reduce the risk of developing blood clots. Patients tend to encounter the most discomfort during first few days of recovery, but pain can be managed with prescription medication. Rigorous movement and exercise must be avoided for several weeks. Patients may resume working one week after their breast lift procedure as long as their occupation does not involve heavy lifting or strenuous activity.

Results

Patients should see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of their breasts immediately after their breast lift procedure. Residual swelling may obscure the final results for about one month. There is always a risk of developing visible scars, but any scarring usually fades over time. Dr. Goldschmidt places all breast lift incisions in discrete locations that can be concealed by undergarments and clothing. Breast lift surgery results are considered permanent, but aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancies that occur after your procedure can alter the outcome.

Complications

Experiencing significant difficulties after breast lift surgery is rare. Following all aftercare instructions helps minimize the risk of potential complications. Some of the most common risks associated with breast lift surgery include:

  • Blood clots
  • Changes in sensation
  • Bleeding or hematoma
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Abnormal reaction to anesthesia

For more information about breast surgery or to schedule your breast lift consultation with Dr. Matt Goldschmidt, please call 216.350.3175.