Whether it’s from breastfeeding or just time and gravity, sagging breasts can be lifted and firmed with a breast lift. Women of all ages who want to dramatically improve how their breasts look should call Dr. Meger today at 602-957-6000.
The first step is for you to give us a call so we can answer any of your questions and schedule a convenient time for you to come in for a preliminary consultation. During this meeting, Dr. Meger will talk with you about the concerns you have for your breasts, your goals for how you want them to look, and discuss the options available.
What is a Breast Lift?
When women come into our Phoenix office for a consultation, a common question they have is “What is a breast lift?” A breast lift, also referred to as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure aimed at lifting breasts that are lacking firmness. There are a variety of factors that may cause the breasts to sag such as weight loss, breastfeeding, or pregnancy.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Ideal candidates for a breast lift are women in good health who are suffering from excessive sagging in their breasts. Some women may wish to lift while also increasing the size of their breasts. In these cases, this procedure is performed with augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) in order to achieve the desired results.
How to Prepare for a Breast Lift?
During the consultation, Dr. Meger will take measurements and photos of your breasts to evaluate their shape and size. If you have a family history of cancer, a mammogram is generally performed prior to the procedure as well.
Make sure that you tell Dr. Meger about any allergies you have to medication. If you plan to lose weight within the next few months, the doctor may advise you to stabilize your weight before you undergo the procedure.
Before the procedure, you should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also, if you smoke, you should quit at least two weeks before the procedure. This doesn’t mean just cutting back: it means stopping completely. Smoking can cause your scars to appear larger or more noticeable and slow down the healing process and may even result in tissue loss.
How is the Breast Lift Procedure Done?
Breast lifts are usually performed in an outpatient surgery center. Dr. Meger uses all of the precise details discussed during your consultation as a guide to ensure you get the results that you want.
- After a light anesthesia is administered, Dr. Meger makes as many as three incisions.
- One incision is placed around the areola (the colored circle around the nipple). Every breast lift utilizes at least this incision.
- Another incision may be required and is made vertically from the areola to the fold of the breast, also called the breast crease.
- A third horizontal incision also may be required and is made below the breast, which follows its natural curve.
- After the incisions are made, Dr. Meger removes any excess skin to lift and reposition the areola and nipple.
- Dr. Meger sometimes uses modified techniques that require that only one incision is made.
The exact method used for performing the procedure is dependent on the patient’s breast size, the size of the areolas, and the amount of sagging.
Recovering From a Breast Lift
Phoenix women should expect a full recovery to take at least one month. Patients usually return to work after about a week. But during that week, avoid bending over, putting pressure on the breasts, or doing any sort of strenuous activity. There will be some bruising and swelling for a couple weeks and any discomfort can be eliminated with pain relievers.
Your results will start to appear in about a month. Patients may experience some numbness or tingling in the nipples as nerve function resumes. To help make scars as small as possible, cortisone cream and silicone sheeting may be applied during the healing process.
Dr. Meger firmly believes that every woman deserves to have the body of her dreams. If you’re ready for a massive boost in confidence and to start loving how you look, call Dr. Meger today at 602-957-6000.