BREAST LIFT

Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Atlanta, GA

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what is a breast lift?

Mastopexy, or a breast lift, is a body contouring procedure that recontours the breasts by reducing loose skin and pulling tight the surrounding tissue to result in a more youthful and healthier appearance. This cosmetic breast surgery is reserved for women who have lost breast fullness and shape and who have breast sagging due to breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or gravity. Outstanding advancements in breast lift surgery have made this procedure so effective that new stats released by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal an approximate 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. John P. Connors, a Harvard-trained, double board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA, offers this cosmetic breast surgery at PSGA - Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta. By utilizing the latest surgical techniques, Dr. Connors can choose the correct procedure depending on the level of sag present as well as the desired result.

Am I A Candidate For A Breast Lift?

You may visit Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta wanting implants only; however, after a private assessment, you may realize that a breast lift is better. This is dependent on the level of sag that is shown. Breasts that point downward generally need skin removal and tightening surgery to correct skin irregularities and lift the breasts to a higher position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a surgical lift can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be physically healthy and at a stable weight.

how is a breast lift performed?

The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. If implants are a part of the procedure, whether silicone or saline, they are placed under the pectoralis muscle. This method provides additional support and helps to keep the breasts in a higher position for a longer period of time. In situations where a larger implant is desired, a supportive tissue matrix may be used as a sling to hold the implants in place.

breast lift Incision Types

The degree of lift will determine how many incisions are needed. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are repositioned for a natural placement. The sutures during this procedure are placed deep in the breast wall to secure and hold the breast up firmly.  There are several incision placements to consider:

  • Around the curvature of the areola (the tissue immediately surrounding the nipple)
  • Vertically on the bottom of the areola, down to the crease under the breast
  • Horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease

how long is recovery after a breast lift?

Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. Operative time in most cases is between 1-2 hours. Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or in conjunction with another body-contouring procedure. Most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process. Most women are able to resume their normal routines within 6-8 weeks. This includes running and weight training. 

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Recovery Time  
2-4 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
3 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1-2 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Breast Lift FAQ

should i get a Breast Lift or Implants?

Breast augmentation surgery with implants will help with size, but it will not help women if their breasts sag or droop downward past a certain point. Some doctors may use implants to help with sagging. With this approach, the immediate results may look better, but the additional weight causes the breasts to sag further. Some women find a breast lift is the only procedure they need to obtain the fullness they desire and determine implants aren’t necessary. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both will attain the best results.

will my nipples be moved?

During a breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola will be placed in a location on the breast that is natural and proportionate. The goal during this surgery is to reduce the size of the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) so it looks balanced with the new breast size and shape.

does a breast lift cause Scarring?

There is no way to avoid making the necessary incisions to complete a breast lift procedure. Therefore, some scarring will result from this procedure. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. Most women feel that the physical results following a breast lift procedure are worth the scars left behind. During the consultation, we will provide detailed post-operative scar care instructions.

can i also get a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery may also be combined with a breast lift to help a patient achieve the size and shape she desires. The breast reduction surgery procedure is very similar to a lift, but with the added step of removing more breast tissue in conjunction with excess skin. More information on this procedure can be found on the breast reduction page.

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