Undergoing a breast lift can restore youthful-looking shape and definition to your breasts. Like other parts of your body, aging and gravity can take a toll on your breasts. Over time, your breasts may begin to sag and droop. This can make the breasts appear smaller. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can also cause this effect, so even younger women may be bothered by sagging breasts. A breast lift can help patients achieve firmer, shapelier breasts.*
Breasts are composed of three kinds of tissue, including fat, glands, and connective tissue. There are no supportive muscles in the actual breast itself, but it is connected to two muscles that lie underneath the breasts by Cooper’s ligaments.
Also known as nature’s bra, the Cooper’s ligaments and the skin itself are the only support for the breasts. With time, gravity pulls the breasts downward. This causes the skin and ligaments to stretch out, and the breasts begin to droop. Breast sagging is a natural process that happens to almost every woman at some point in her life. There is no set timeline for when sagging occurs because there are many factors that can lead to a loss of breast height, shape, and volume. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss can affect breast size and positioning. Women with overly large breasts may experience more prominent sagging than those with smaller breasts.
The medical term for breast sagging is breast ptosis. Breast lift surgery helps with sagging that is caused by:
When the tissue inside the breast shrinks and the surrounding skin does not, the breast may appear less full. Although some women choose to live with the way their breasts look, many are bothered by the sagging because they feel their breasts look less youthful.
Dr. Killingsworth, Dr. Farber, and their plastic surgery team offer breast lift surgery in Atlanta to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Breast lift surgery trims excess skin before tightening the supporting tissue; this can achieve uplifted, youthful breast contours.
Our Atlanta breast lift surgeons can also resize and reposition the nipples to further improve the appearance of your breasts. Since a breast lift does not change the shape or fullness of the breasts, many Atlanta breast lift patients choose to combine this procedure with breast augmentation to increase the size of their breasts.* When considering breast lift surgery, your initial consultation is essential. This meeting will help the Astra Plastic Surgery team create the best approach for your breast lift procedure. During your consultation for a breast lift Atlanta plastic surgeons, Dr. Killingsworth, Dr. Farber, and their plastic surgery team will discuss your treatment goals and examine your breasts to determine if you are a candidate for a breast lift. We will also review your medical history and explain all pre and post-surgery instructions with you.
A breast lift can take from one to three hours to complete. Breast lift surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.* There are several different types of breast lifts. Factors like the extent of breast sagging, the looseness of your skin, and breast volume are taken into account before choosing a specific breast lift technique.
Breast lifts are usually categorized by the type of incisions. Some breast lift techniques include:
After the incisions are made, your breast lift surgeon will remove breast tissue and reshape the remaining skin to achieve the desired breast contours. The nipple and areola may be moved higher on the breasts or resized. When the breast lift is complete, the incisions will be sutured.
Some patients are concerned about losing sensation in their nipples following a breast lift; however, this is not always a typical outcome because the nipple and areola remain connected to the underlying breast tissue, nerve, and blood supply, allowing sensitivity to remain intact. Temporary loss of sensation may occur after your breast lift surgery, but this normally resolves after several months.
Following your breast lift in Atlanta, you will recover for one to two hours before you are released to a family member or friend to take you home. You will likely experience bruising, swelling, and soreness for a few days, When necessary, any discomfort can be controlled with medication. Your breasts will be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra that you will be required to wear for one week to reduce swelling, and after that, you will be fitted for a support bra that you must wear continuously for at least one month.
Dr. Killingsworth, Dr. Farber, and their plastic surgery team will advise you to avoid any heavy lifting, as this can cause increased pressure on the breasts. Most patients are able to return to work within a week, but exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately one month depending on your healing capabilities.* Following breast lift surgery, patients can expect their breasts to be firmer to the touch and sit higher on the chest, giving them a perkier appearance. At Astra Plastic Surgery, our patients love their shapelier breasts following breast lift surgery, and many report a renewed sense of confidence and sensuality.
Mastopexy is an individualized surgery that is planned according to the specific needs of each woman, so the cost varies from patient to patient. We will know the cost of your breast lift surgery after your consultation appointment. We accept payment by cash, personal check, credit card, CareCredit®, and Alphaeon® Credit financing.
Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, Dr. Stephanie Farber and their staff of plastic surgery professionals would be happy to help you set up a personal consultation to discuss breast lift surgery in more detail. Contact our Atlanta office at (678) 208-6008, our Cumming, GA office at (678) 400-0302, or request an appointment online today.
At Astra Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, we believe plastic surgery can achieve beautiful yet subtle results that accentuate your natural contours. Whether you opt for surgical treatments or non-invasive procedures, your cosmetic surgeon should possess a thorough understanding of the body's symmetry and proportions to ensure the best possible outcomes.*
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