While pregnancy and breastfeeding are exciting experiences in life, they can also change the look and feel of breasts. Many mothers who have finished breastfeeding find that their breasts no longer look or feel as youthful or perky as they did pre-pregnancy. Breast lift surgery is an effective surgical solution to help restore the breasts to a more youthful, perky position for a boost in confidence.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift (mastopexy) is a procedure to raise the breasts to a more youthful position and can rejuvenate your breast profile. The main goal is to achieve a more youthful and uplifted breast appearance. However, it is important to note that breast lift cannot change the size of the breast. If your goal is to increase the size of your breasts, breast augmentation or a combination breast lift with implants may be required.

What to Expect During a Breast Lift

Breast lift is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. During a breast lift, an incision pattern is made, through which the surgeon will lift, contour, and reshape breasts. This will result in a firmer, more youthful breast contour. Any excess skin will also be removed, and the nipple and areola may be repositioned. There are a selection of different incision patterns your surgeon may use, including the following.

The Anchor Incision

This incision is created around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. An anchor incision pattern is the most common for women with severe sagging and a significant amount of lax breast skin.

 The Lollipop incision

A lollipop incision is created around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. This option is suitable for patients with little breast sagging who only need a slight lift.

The Donut Incision

This incision is created in a circle pattern around the areola and may be more appropriate for patients with a small amount of sagging.

The Crescent Incision

A crescent incision involves a crescent-shaped incision just above the areola. It is an effective way to achieve a more subtle breast lift with minimal scarring. It may also be performed to correct areola or nipple asymmetry.

Breast Lift Recovery

Following your breast lift surgery, dressings and bandages will be applied to your chest. You will also need to wear a special support garment to protect your new breast contour. Your surgeon will provide info regarding how long you should wear your support garment, as well as instructions on medications. Swelling and bruising are to be expected, which should mostly resolve over the first couple of weeks. Exercise and heavy lifting over 5 lbs. should be avoided for one month. It is vital for optimal results that you follow Dr. Power’s aftercare instructions.

When is the Best Time to Undergo a Breast Lift?

The best time to undergo a breast lift is when a woman is not pregnant or nursing. Also, future pregnancy may impact results, as further changes in the body can re-stretch the breast skin and tissue. If you are unsure if now is the right time, schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and plans with your plastic surgeon.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are considering a breast lift following pregnancy and nursing, contact Power Plastic Surgery in Toronto, ON Canada today.  Your first step toward treatment will be to schedule a consultation with Stephanie Power, MD.

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