Pregnancy and breastfeeding often take their toll on the shape of the breasts. This is mainly due to excessive enlargement and stretching of the breast tissues and skin. After pregnancy, breast volume is lost while the stretched skin remains unchanged resulting in the typical saggy deflated shape. Similar changes are also noted in cases of weight gain followed by weight loss.
Women with sagging breasts often feel a loss of feminine appeal and become self-conscious. Most patients are under the impression that an augmentation with breast implants at most will be required to correct their problem. Unfortunately only minimal sagging can be corrected by augmenting the breasts with implants. If implants are used in breasts that are already sagging the result will most likely be poor. This is because the weight of the implant will cause further stretching and sagging of the breast skin.
Mastopexy is an operation that removes the excess skin and lifts the breasts and the nipples to their normal, youthful position. One can compare the breast skin to a bag that contains not enough breast tissue. While we cannot create breast tissue, we can certainly trim and tailor the overstretched skin to fit snuggly around the existing breast. Lifted breasts usually look rounder, firmer and perkier. The surgical technique is designed to hide incisions as much as possible. The operation is performed under general anesthesia. All suturing is performed beneath the skin; therefore there are no stitches to be removed. Recovery is 7 to 10 days. Upper body exercises, jogging and aerobics should be avoided for 6 weeks. Patients are advised to stay away from anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin, Advil, Ibuprophen and Motrin, starting 2 weeks prior to surgery and continue avoiding such medications 10 days post operatively.
I am very excited about my unique breast lifting technique which I perform on patients who are having breast implant surgery and have mild to moderate sagging. The technique lifts the breasts and nipples internally without the need for any additional scars. This is performed through the same small incision through which the implants are inserted. Internal Mastopexy cannot be performed as an individual procedure for breast lifting. It is only performed in conjunction with breast implants. However, patients who have had breast implants previously and are noticing that their breast tissues are sagging over their implants may also benefit from the Internal Mastopexy operation. This technique significantly enhances and improves the end result of Breast Augmentation by raising and relocating the sagging nipple and areola, in comparison to basic Breast Augmentation. Recovery time is 7 to 10 days. Activity restrictions for this procedure are similar to Breast Augmentation.
For detailed information regarding Internal Mastopexy, please refer to the featured article on Internal Lift (Internal Mastopexy) on our website.
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