Breast lift with Dr. Sailon
Breast lifts (mastopexy) are a powerful surgical technique to restore a more youthful perkiness to breasts that may be deflated, sagging, or drooping. Age, pregnancy, and weight changes can cause undesirable changes in the breast shape, firmness and position. Dr. Sailon approaches breast surgery with sensitivity and understanding how a woman’s breasts can influence her self-perception and confidence.
Dr. Sailon always seeks to restore a natural-looking youthfulness to the breasts without looking “fake” or overdone. Breast lifts must be carefully tailored to the individual to ensure the best results can be obtained. During your consultation, Dr. Sailon will listen to your concerns and develop a strategy that best
fits your needs.
Who gets a breast lift?
Breasts tend to undergo a number of changes throughout a woman’s life. During development, breasts all have a certain degree of asymmetry. After pregnancy, a deflated look is a common concern due to volume loss (postpartum atrophy). Over time, the skin stretches and the breasts can sag or droop. Since these changes can occur in a wide time range, many women are candidates for a breast lift.
Breast lift techniques
There are numerous different techniques available, all of which Dr. Sailon has significant experience and comfort with. He will ensure your breast lift is tailored to meet your individual needs.
- Circumareolar – also known as a “donut” mastopexy this incision is limited to around the areola (the pigmented skin adjacent to the nipple). This allows for minor elevation of the nipple as well as some tightening of loose skin.
- Circumvertical – also known as a “lollipop” breast lift, the incision goes around the areola and then vertically down from the areola to the breast fold as a straight line. This provides greater nipple elevation and more skin tightening.
- Wise pattern – also known as an “inverted T” breast lift, the incision goes around the areola, down as a vertical line and then horizontally hidden in the breast crease. This is the most powerful technique for nipple repositioning and skin tightening.
Breast lift and breast implants
Augmentation-mastopexy refers to the use of any of the above techniques combined with the use of breast implants (breast augmentation). This allows for the restoration of lost of volume and can beautifully restore fullness in the upper portion of the breasts. Because adding volume and tightening the skin can work against each other, avoiding the use of a very large implant (more than 400 cc) is important to preventing complications.
Dr. Sailon believes in achieving the best results possible while keeping your safety paramount. Your breast lift surgery will take place in a fully accredited operating room at a surgery center or or hospital. Breast lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia for your comfort and takes between 2-3 hours.
Dr. Sailon takes care to make sure your recovery is as quick and painless as possible. This involves the use of local anesthetic (numbing medicine) in the surgical area and providing medication for use at home. Most breast lifts do not require the use of surgical drains.
Generally, you can return home shortly after your breast lift surgery. Light activity and walking is permitted after surgery. You may resume exercise 2 weeks after surgery and gradually return without any restrictions one month afterwards.
Dr. Sailon usually recommends you take one week off from work. You will likely feel well enough to work from home during that time, if that is an option. Some swelling and bruising is normal with most of it resolving after two weeks. Keep in mind it will take a few months for the skin to relax and for your final results to be visible.
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