Generally, there is more pressure on women than on men to have an attractive figure. Paradoxically, it is the women who have to undergo significant bodily changes especially due to pregnancy. The breasts are often left sagging and with lost volume while the tummy is left protruding.
Recovering your pre-pregnancy shape requires a lot of effort but there is only so much that you can do. The shape or projection of your breasts cannot be restored through exercising and that is why cosmetic surgery is ever so important! A mastopexy is a breast procedure that will restore your breasts to their attractive and youthful shape.
There are different techniques which are used to carry out a mastopexy and your surgeon will consider certain things in order to determine the technique that will be most suitable for you. The size and position of your nipples and areolas as well as the size and shape of your breasts will determine the technique to be used.
Other considerations include the quality of your skin and the amount of excess skin on your breasts. The severity of sagging will also have to be considered. The different procedures include the donut lift, the crescent lift, the vertical lift and the inverted T lift.
Crescent And Donut Lifts
The periareolar or crescent lift involves the smallest incision which is made on the upper part of the areola. This incision is used when only a small amount of skin is to be removed and it results in a slight lift of the breast. When the circumareolar or donut lift is performed, an incision is made around the edges of the areola and a donut shaped skin is removed.
The breast is lifted slightly and the size and shape of the areola can be adjusted as required. A saline implant can be inserted through the incision in order to increase the size of the breast.
Vertical And Inverted T Lifts
A vertical lift is where an incision is made around the areola and then vertically down the breast to the crease. This is also known as a lollipop lift and is used on women who have larger breasts and have sagging skin that needs to be removed. The incision around the areola is used to lift the nipple to a higher position while excess skin is removed from each side of the vertical incision.
The inverted T lift is where the incision is made around the areola, down to the crease of the breast and along the crease horizontally. This incision allows the surgeon to get rid of excess skin and reshape the breast to give it a significant lift.
Recovering From Breast Lift
After going through the breast lift procedure, the incisions will be dressed and the surgeon may require you to wear a support bra or an elastic bandage. These are worn in order to reduce the swelling and also to support the breasts during the healing process. Drains may be put under your skin to get rid of fluid build up. You will be instructed on how to care for your breasts until you are due for a follow up appointment. You may be given medication to relieve the pain and possibly medicine that you will apply on the wounds.
Dr. Kourosh Tavakoli is a renowned plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic breast procedures and has performed over one thousand mastopexy procedures.