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Women may see their breasts lose shape and volume as they age, since their skin’s elasticity naturally weakens over time. Problems with lax tissue can be seen anywhere on the body, but it is especially apparent in the breasts. As the skin slowly stretches and loses tone, the breasts may begin to slide downward. They can take on a pendulous look, and the nipples may migrate to a lower position. The round contour at the top of the breasts, known as upper pole fullness, may become depleted as well.
While a large chest is certainly more prone to sagging, any woman can face this problem. Factors besides time can also play a role in drooping, deflated breasts. Once these changes in chest tissue appear, no matter the cause, there is no way to improve the look of the breasts without surgical intervention: a breast lift. Boston’s Dr. Christopher Davidson is a leader in innovative breast lift techniques. A renowned plastic surgeon, he has been performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures since early 2000.
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Breast Lift: The Procedure
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, can dramatically improve the positioning and tautness of slack, drooping breasts. While the lift alone will not change the breast’s size, it will provide a significant improvement in the chest’s overall appearance. To obtain optimal shape, volume, and upper pole fullness, a breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation.
Dr. Davidson performs his mastopexy procedures on an outpatient basis, using general anesthesia. Depending on the individual patient, most lifts will take between two and three hours to complete. The recommended incisions will be determined by the amount of droop and excess skin present. Most procedures begin with Dr. Davidson making an incision around the areola. Depending on the extent of sag, sometimes this incision then runs vertically down from the nipple and then horizontally across the breast crease. Once the incisions have been made, he will remove the excess skin and shift the nipple and areola to a higher position as necessary. If the areolas have been stretched, they may be reduced in size.
The nipples and areolas stay attached to underlying mounds of tissue. In most cases, this allows the preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed.
Breast Lift: Before and After Photos
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Why Women Come to Dr. Davidson for Breast Lift in Boston
There are a variety of reasons breasts may sag, including:
- extreme weight gain or loss
- the aging process
Breast Lift: The Ideal Candidate
Any woman frustrated with heavy, drooping breast tissue may benefit from a breast lift. Although the average patient is in her 40s, women of any age can experience the loss of shape and altered nipple positioning that comes with sagging breasts.
A breast lift is a good option for women who:
- are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- do not smoke
- have realistic expectations
- are bothered by sagging breasts or breasts that have lost shape and volume
- have flatter, elongated, or pendulous breasts
- have nipples falling below the breast crease
- have downward-pointing nipples and areolas
- have stretched skin and elongated areolas
- have uneven breasts
Dr. Davidson will meet with you prior to the procedure in order to assess the desired shape and size of the breasts. If loss of volume is a key concern, he may suggest a combination of a breast lift and augmentation with saline or silicone gel implants. He will also discuss with you how the areolas and nipples will be repositioned. It’s very important for both the patient and surgeon to understand the expectations and determine if they can be achieved realistically.
Contact the office of Dr. Christopher Davidson today to schedule a consultation to learn more about a breast lift, including cost and before and after images, in Boston, MA.
Breast Lift: The Consultation
To determine if a breast lift is right for an individual patient, she will first schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Davidson. At the consultation, he will perform a physical exam, review the patient’s unique medical history, and discuss any current medications. The options for a breast lift procedure will then be explained in detail. Dr. Davidson will listen to the patient’s aesthetic needs and desires. If a mastopexy can help the patient achieve her physical goals, a personalized surgical plan will be created. During this appointment, the exact breast lift cost will be established, and the payment options will be reviewed as well.
Breast Lift: Potential Complications
The lift is regarded as a safe and effective surgery, but as with all invasive procedures, there is still the rare chance that complications may occur. These include excessive bleeding, infection, scarring, poor wound healing, nerve damage or nipple numbness, and asymmetry. Patients can best protect themselves from these risks by always choosing a reputable, experienced surgeon. Dr. Davidson is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with more than 15 years of breast surgery experience.
Breast Lift Recovery
Patients need to expect the recovery from a breast lift to take between seven and 10 days and to experience some degree of swelling, numbness, and bruising that will take one or two weeks to resolve. Although the breasts may seem to sit high on the chest at first, this is normal. Over the coming weeks, the breasts will settle, establishing a natural appearance as the swelling diminishes. Mild to moderate pain after a breast lift is common. Dr. Davidson will prescribe the appropriate mediations needed to keep patients resting comfortably at home. Temporary breast or nipple numbness is not uncommon and will typically fade quickly.
For the first four weeks following the breast lift, patients will be required to wear a support bra or wireless sports bra. Patients typically report feeling well enough to return to work or school five to seven days after surgery. Low-impact exercises can be restarted after four weeks, but at least six weeks should pass before vigorous upper body exercise is resumed.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily inserted under the skin to drain out excess fluid that can collect after the procedure. The bandage may be removed within three days, and a follow-up will be scheduled. Dr. Davidson will want to check healing, potentially remove stitches, and discuss special exercises and massaging techniques.
Scars may be visible for some time after the surgery, though they typically fade. Dr. Davidson completes the procedure with natural-looking results and as minimal scarring as possible.
Breast Lift with Augmentation
Patients can choose to combine breast lift and breast augmentation surgery into a single procedure, best handled by a board-certified plastic surgeon trained and experienced in the complexities of each.
Augmentation can also be performed as a standalone surgery for patients looking to increase the volume of their breasts, but not the projection.