Breast Lift Plastic Surgery – Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Over time, a woman’s breasts may sag due to breast feeding, weight fluctuation, or simple heredity. These factors, alone or combined, can lead to a loss of skin elasticity: Your skin can no longer support the higher, firmer breast profile you would like to have.
A breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, Northern Nevada plastic surgeon Dr. James E. Murphy can raise and firm your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissues. This gives the breasts an uplifted and youthful appearance. Breast lift plastic surgery can improve your profile and regain your figure. The size of the areola can also be resized at the same time. A breast lift may also be recommended if your breasts have never been as lifted as you’d like.
Types of Breast Lift Surgery
There are different types of breast lifts that your surgeon will discuss with you, to help you choose the best option for you. This will depend on your breast shape, fullness, current size, and desired result. Many women, for example, combine breast implants with a breast lift to increase the size of their breasts.
There are some variations as to the incisions made for breast reduction surgery, but the most commonly used is the anchor-shaped. The surgeon makes an incision around the nipple (areola), another vertically from the under side of the areola to the crease under the breast, and another along the contour of the crease under the breast.
A periareolar or doughnut mastopexy can be done on patients who have minimal sagging. This type of breast lift involves an incision around the areola, and an almost “purse-stringing” the suture to reduce the size of the areola and reshape and lift the breast. Implants may or may not be used, to add volume and lift, either under the breast tissue or behind the pectoralis muscle. Dr. Murphy will determine the best option for you.
How will I feel after surgery?
Immediately after surgery you will have some swelling, soreness, and bruising. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications for the discomfort. You will be up and about the next day, but very conservatively. No lifting you arms above your head, or lifting any heavy objects. Stitches are generally removed a week later.
You will experience some swelling and bruising for a few weeks, but reducing over time. Incisions will be red to pink, but fade out to light pink or white over time. We do have a Cutera laser, that can minimize the discoloration of the scars quicker, if you choose. You will continue to wear a good support bra, 23 hours a day.
After 4-6 weeks you may resume more vigorous exercise and full range of motion with your arms. Follow-up care will occur within a week after surgery, and approximately every 3 months for the first year.
Dr. Murphy will call you the first night or following day after surgery, to make sure you are doing well. We are on-call for you 24 hours a day, if necessary.