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Sagging breasts are one of the most common effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding, in addition to being a natural result of gravity and aging. Fluctuations in weight only make the problem worse. If your breasts have begun to sag, a breast lift surgery is a great option to restore your youthful, feminine contour. Call Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA, to make an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons to learn more.
A breast lift or mastopexy is designed to restore a shapely and perky bust. A breast lift surgery rejuvenates and enhances the position, shape, and contour of the breasts. The ideal candidate for a breast lift alone is a patient who is happy with the size of her breasts in a bra but is not happy with the overall shape due to the droopiness of the breast, the nipple, or both.
With a breast lift Reston patients can experience several benefits, including:
A breast lift helps lift and tighten breasts that have begun to sag or droop due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, weight loss, or genetics. It restores a more youthful and uplifted appearance to the breasts.
During a breast lift, the position and size of the areola and the nipples can be adjusted to achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing result. This can involve repositioning the nipples higher on the breast mound and reducing their size if desired.
With age and various life events, such as pregnancy and breastfeeding, breasts may lose their firmness and elasticity. A breast lift procedure can restore firmness and create a more youthful and toned breast appearance. The specific breast lift technique used will depend on the degree of breast sagging or ptosis you have. Your surgeon will evaluate your condition and recommend the most suitable technique to achieve your desired goals.
Boost Your Bust
After a comprehensive examination during the initial consultation, we will assess whether a breast lift is suitable for you. The ideal candidates for this procedure are women who:
Determining your candidacy for a breast lift involves considering these factors to ensure the surgery can effectively address your specific concerns. It is crucial to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon for personalized advice and recommendations.
At our practice in Reston breast lift surgery involves the removal of excess skin, repositioning of the nipple and areola, and reshaping of the breast. The procedure is performed to address sagging breasts and can also involve resizing large areolas.
The excess skin is removed, and sutures are placed within the breast tissue to provide support for the newly positioned breasts. There are several surgical techniques used for breast lifts.
It is suitable for moderate breast sagging. The donut lift, or periareolar incision, involves an incision around the areola without extending further down the breast and is used for mild-to-moderate sagging. The crescent lift is less common and involves an incision along the upper half of the areola, often used with breast augmentation implants for minor sagging. Overall, breast lift surgery aims to lift and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple and areola. The specific surgical technique used depends on the degree of sagging and the patient’s desired results.
With a skilled aesthetic plastic surgeon and proper care, the results of a breast lift can last for many years as long as there are no significant weight fluctuations or pregnancies. The new nipple position should remain intact, although slight settling may occur over time. The longevity of your results also depends on the surgical technique employed. Our Reston plastic surgeons typically sculpt the entire breast tissue during the procedure, which can contribute to a longer-lasting lift. If you choose to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation, your results may have even greater longevity. While each patient's results are unique, it can be helpful to review breast lift before and after photos to gain an understanding of what a successful outcome may look like.
A Feminine Figure
Recovering from a breast lift procedure usually takes one to two weeks. Your surgeon will provide specific guidance on when you can resume your regular activities and return to work.
Detailed instructions for postoperative care, including common symptoms and signs of potential complications, will be given to you and your support person. Following your surgeon's patient care instructions is crucial for a successful recovery. It's important to note that the duration of recovery can vary significantly from person to person.
Women who are experiencing sagging or drooping breasts due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or genetics are generally good candidates for a breast lift. It is important that candidates are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results.
While a breast lift can provide long-lasting results, the natural aging process, gravity, and other factors can gradually affect breast appearance over time. However, proper care, including maintaining a stable weight and avoiding significant weight fluctuations, can help prolong the results of a breast lift.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with a breast lift. These may include infection, bleeding, changes in nipple sensation, scarring, asymmetry, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon and address any concerns before proceeding with the surgery.
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