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Breast Lift- Seattle

Perhaps you are happy with the size of your breasts, but not the shape. Maybe age or breastfeeding has caused your breasts to lose their youthful firmness. If you are interested in learning how to regain the taut look you once had and enhance your appearance, a breast lift may be your choice.

A breast lift or mastopexy is intended primarily to counter the effects of gravity and improve breast shape and fullness. Women seeking a breast lift have loss of shape and sagging of the gland. A breast lift will raise and reshape breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the remaining gland and nipple areola complex. The breast is composed of a mixture of milk producing glandular tissue and fat blended together. There are some very weak ligaments that assist in support of the breast to the chest wall. Breasts change throughout life in response to hormonal changes, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations and changes in skin elasticity.

Types of Breast Lift Procedures

There are three basic types of breast lifts. Each lift is used for a different purpose and each has a different pattern of scar placement. The right choice of procedure depends upon how much extra skin needs to be removed to achieve the desired change.

  • A mini lift (also known as a doughnut lift or periareolar mastopexy) confines the scar to the area of color change at the edge of the areola (pigmented area surrounding the nipple.) This gives the least scarring, but may only raise the nipple position a few centimeters. It is best used when a small repositioning is desired.
  • A vertical or “lollipop” lift places a scar around the areola and a line vertically down from the bottom of the areola.
  • A full mastopexy or “anchor” pattern has a scar around the areola and in an inverted “T” at the base of the breast. Women with extreme sagging do best with a full mastopexy.
  • A mastopexy can be combined with breast implants when an increase in size is desired or if more cleavage is desired.

Breast Lift FAQs

How long do I have to wear the sports bra?

The sports bra provides good support for you after your surgery. Wear the bra day and night for four weeks following surgery. After three weeks, you may leave the bra off at night although you may feel more comfortable with it on. Do not wear an underwire bra for two months after surgery.

When can I wash the sports bra, and how long can I have it off per day?

You may begin washing your bra after your first follow-up appointment. Try to limit the amount of time out of your bra to one to two hours per day.

How long will my breasts be swollen?

Normal swelling takes time to resolve. In the first month, 80 percent of the swelling should go down. It can take an additional three to four months for the rest of the swelling to go away and for you to be at your final shape. Some patients may experience a small amount of residual swelling for up to a year.

What will be my final cup size?

As the swelling resolves you will begin to see the final result in shape and position of your breasts. Incision lines will flatten and heal. Bra companies produce a variety of bra types and sizes. One manufacturer can differ greatly from another in cup sizes. Though your bra size may differ, the volume of breasts should not change after surgery unless you and your physician decided to add an implant or remove breast tissue. You may find you will want to purchase a different type and size of bra post-operatively to fit your new shape.

Can I breastfeed after a breast lift?

Many women successfully breastfeed after breast lift surgery as breast function should not be affected. Some women are unsuccessful without having surgery; therefore, they may also be unsuccessful after surgery. Normal changes can occur to your breasts during pregnancy which may minimize or reverse the improvements obtained from your surgery.


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