Dr. Derek Steinbacher, performs breast lift in patients who have lost breast volume, and have skin excess, where the nipples have drooped, or point downwards. Breast augmentation is not sufficient alone for these patients – but may be considered in conjunction with a breast lift.
What is a breast lift?
The breast lift procedure, also known as a mastopexy, is a breast sagging treatment that involves lifting the breasts by removing excess and stretched skin that can leave the breasts with a deflated or lowered appearance. It may also be used to reverse the breast’s descent after significant weight loss or body changes that occur after pregnancy. In addition, it can address the proportion and symmetry of the breasts or address an enlarged or unusually-shaped areola to provide proper balance and a more aesthetic look.
Breast lift is performed to address sagging (ptotic) or deflated breasts. Breast “Ptosis” and deflation can occur after significant weight loss, with aging, or following pregnancy with breast feeding. The mastopexy (“breast lift”) procedure reverses the descent following pregnancy and/or weight loss, and “Lifts” the breasts up to a position more consistent with younger perkier breasts. This procedure provides opportunity to make a stretched or enlarged areola smaller, and more proportional as well.
A breast lift will improve position, proportion, and symmetry, boost a woman’s confidence, and serve as a surgical corset or support. An aesthetic cosmetic breast involves a host of considerations and personal preferences, so having a trusted surgeon walk you through these choices /options and to perform the procedure is an absolute must. A breast lift may be performed with natural breast augmentation, using a patient’s own fat or tissue.
Breast implants and lift (breast augmentation mastopexy) may both be required in certain patients. This is especially the case when the breasts are deflated (saggy, ptotic), and need an increase in fullness (or increased volume). Depending on the situation these procedures may be staged (when either the lift or implants are performed first, then the other procedure is performed later [several weeks or a couple months]), or simultaneously (both implant and mastopexy done at the same time / surgery). The examination and measurements are similar to when undergoing each procedure on their own. As always, our goal is to obtain a proportional, cosmetic result, that is in line with your goals and objectives.
What are the benefits of the breast lift procedure?
Some of the benefits of undergoing breast lifting treatment include:
- Nipple repositioning for a natural appearance
- Correcting breast asymmetry
- Addressing sagging breasts
- It can be combined with other treatments as a “mommy makeover”
- It can be combined with breast augmentation/implants to restore volume and add size
- Adjusts the size of the breasts after pregnancy
- Repositioning of the breasts after aging or significant weight loss
- Achieve perky breast shape, size, and position
- Remove excess sagging or stretched skin
- Reducing the circumference and size of the areolar circle
- Achieve proper, proportioned breast elevation on the chest
How do I learn more about the breast lift procedure?
Dr. Derek Steinbacher of the New Haven, CT area is here to help women achieve their dream shape and contours with cosmetic plastic surgery solutions. If you live in the community or the surrounding areas, he encourages you to book a consultation appointment at his practice by calling the front office team at (203) 785-2571. The office is conveniently located at 800 Howard Avenue on the 4th floor and accepts new patients.
“Mommy Makeover” – Breast lift (possible augmentation), “Tummy-tuck” (Abdominoplasty), Liposuction
A “mommy makeover” means performing a combination of procedures to restore a woman’s appearance to how it was before pregnancy, to as cosmetic and contoured as possible. The breasts and abdomen (“tummy”) are the areas of focus for these procedures. This will entail performing a breast lift (Mastopexy) with or without implants (breast augmentation) together with a “tummy tuck” (or abdominoplasty) with some liposuction. The excess stretched abdominal skin (and/or stretch-marked skin) is removed, the abdominal muscles are tightened (where they have stretched or spread in the middle, from pregnancy), a new belly button may be brought out, and the sides of the abdomen smoothed. Liposuction may be used to flatten the contour of the flanks, and belly, and to create the normal contours of a well-defined, athletic abdomen. The saggy breasts are lifted and augmented as needed, as described above. Unwanted abdominal fat is removed, bodily contours are enhanced, creating a more pleasing figure. In some cases, a “Mini” tummy tuck may be all that is necessary, or abdominal liposuction alone. If you had a prior C-section (caesarean section) scar, we will revise/improve that scar, and or blend your tummy tuck with this.
Before the Procedure: What to Expect
Every patient is different. Breasts are composed of skin, fatty, glandular, and fibrous tissues, and can change as a result of genetics, pregnancies, weight loss, skin elasticity, and age. Asymmetry is normal but can be improved. However, always some amount of asymmetry will exist, persist, and is normal. At your consultation, we will have a frank discussion of your history and goals. We will perform an examination, including position, skin quality, and measurements. A simulation can be performed on our 3D photo platform, to depict your actual proposed results. We will review educational materials and photographic example cases. The 3D tools will help communicate how you would like your breasts to look after the procedure.
Your initial consultation will involve understanding your ideal goals, especially related to your preferred size, feel, and appearance. There are varying types and sizes of breast implants (round, smooth, teardrop-shaped) and surgical techniques depending on your needs. We are able to perform a personalized and accurate 3D simulation to illustrate different implant options and sizes – views from all angles, to help make the best decision and result to achieve your goals.
After the Procedure: How to Recover
This is a day surgery, meaning you go home the same day (“out-patient”). A surgical bra will be placed at the time of surgery. Sutures are all dissolvable, and you may have a surgical band-aid protecting the small suture-line. The procedure typically invokes very little discomfort. Some subtle soreness, bruising, and swelling are normal during the first week. The access scars will fade and tend to nearly disappear with time. We ask that you wear a non-underwire bra for the initial healing period. Postoperative medications are given. We ask that you limit strenuous activity until we see you back for a follow-up appointment. Most patients are able to return to work a few days later. Elevation of arms at the shoulders can be sore for the first few days. We may ask you to begin massage during the first several weeks after the procedure.