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A breast lift, or “mastopexy,” reshapes the breasts and usually includes repositioning of the nipple/areolar complex to achieve a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing shape and position.
The shape of the breast and its aesthetic relation to your overall body style is the most important criteria for a beautiful breast. Whether it’s from weight loss, pregnancy or just the effects of gravity, breasts can droop and lose their natural fullness and pleasing shape over time. This is known as “ptosis” of the breast. Breast lifting, which may also include breast augmentation or a decrease in size, is individualized to help you achieve the shape and size you desire.
With over 30 years of plastic surgical experience, Dr. Joseph O’Connell is a highly sought after Westport breast lift surgeon. Our goal at Total Aesthetics is to provide you with the highest quality care starting with the moment you visit us for your confidential consultation.
A breast lift, or “mastopexy,” is a procedure that, quite simply, reshapes the breasts.
With a breast lift, the overall shape of the breast is modified to create a higher, more coned and youthful shape. In most breast lifts the nipple and areola are repositioned higher on the breast. While the footprint of the breast does not change, a breast lift creates the illusion that the breast is located higher on the chest wall.
A breast lift helps to restore a youthful shape to the breasts that have become saggy because of age, pregnancy, weight loss and breast feeding, all of which can contribute to a loss of skin elasticity. When this is combined with gravity, the end result is a droopy or “ptotic” breast and this condition can also be known as "breast ptosis". In many cases the size of the areola, (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) is reduced and the nipple and areola are more aesthetically repositioned as the crown of the breast.
Candidates for mastopexy in Westport should have ptosis of the breast and be accepting of the scarring that accompanies a breast lift. In addition, patients considering mastopexy should be:
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Breast implants are commonly utilized during breast lifting to increase the overall size of the breasts or to improve shape, especially in the upper portion of the breast. When breast implants are combined with breast lifting the procedure is known as an augmentation mastopexy.
With judicious tissue removal, breast volume can be decreased during the breast lift process.
Because the shape of a woman’s breast is largely determined by the amount and location of skin, most breast lifting techniques produce permanent scars on the breast as a result of skin tightening and relocation of the nipple-areolar complex.
In some instances, such as patients with a small degree of droop (ptosis), an aesthetically pleasing breast can be obtained with a breast implant alone. With a Total Aesthetics Breast Lift Westport patients are generally very pleased with the overall aesthetic results of just the lift alone.
All surgeries carry risk. Complications can occur and result in the need for additional surgery. The more common complications associated with mastopexy include bleeding, infection, unsatisfactory scarring, asymmetry, unsatisfactory contour and tissue loss.
Recovery following mastopexy is similar to other aesthetic breast procedures such as breast reduction. You will be placed in a dressing or brassiere and some swelling and discomfort is anticipated. Most Westport breast lift patients are able to drive after about one week and returning to work depends upon the nature of their employment.
Studies have shown that getting a breast lift bolsters a woman’s self-esteem and body image. This is especially true for a woman who had children and wanted the procedure to bring her closer to what her breasts used to be before giving birth and breastfeeding a child. Her breasts will be higher and firmer after the procedure.
The aging process, pregnancy and changes in weight can have many effects upon a woman’s body. The breasts can lose volume and skin elasticity that resulting in a drooping breast. This loss of upper torso shape can affect clothing choices and especially limit a low-cut dress. By lifting and coning the breast, shape is improved along with symmetry in some cases.
A breast lift can reposition a woman’s breasts and nipples for a perkier and more youthful appearance. The more shapely chest can allow for more flattering clothing styles.
As the breasts lose elasticity, they are accompanied by drooping and they begin to rub against the skin causing irritation, discomfort and rashes. A breast lift can provide relief for this problem.
Sometimes after a breast lift, the elimination of breast sagginess will allow for more active participation in sports and other physical activities.
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A non-invasive or scarless breast lift uses a laser light to lift and tighten the skin around the breast tissue. There is no use of anesthesia or incisions which means no scarring and no implants are involved.
A laser light is emitted into the breast tissues to generate thermal heating within the breast tissue. Using dual-laser technology allows for the boost in the production of collagen and elastin fibers that rejuvenates the dermal structures of the areas that are being treated. The erbium YAG laser gently tightens the skin and the Nd:YAG laser heats the deep tissue and shrinks the skin. The tightening of the skin creates a lift in the skin.
The results of a scarless breast lift are immediately visible. A minimum of three treatments are required at three weeks intervals for the best results. It is recommended that maintenance treatments be done every six months to maintain the effects of skin-tightening in the breasts.
You may experience some redness, mild swelling and some tenderness in your breast tissue after your laser treatment. It is normal for the treated area to feel tight and dry. You may apply moisturizer to ease dry skin symptoms and it is best to stay out of direct sunlight.
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