Also known as mastopexy or breast ptosis cure.
This intervention is widely practiced to correct sagging breasts or uneven, a reduction in the volume of the breasts and stretched nipples or areolas, giving them back the shape of their youth and a more sensual curve. If there is too little or too much breast volume, breast augmentation or breast reduction may be recommended in addition to the breast lift. Every year, many women successfully embark on breast lift surgery, and are very satisfied with the result.
When can you consider a breast lift?
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity, weight gain or loss, normal aging, and heredity have taken their toll on the shape of your breasts, causing them to sag;
- If Dr. Christophe Desouches thinks breast implants alone aren't likely to achieve the shape you desire;
- If the tissue surrounding the nipple or areola has become distended.
What are the benefits of breast ptosis treatment?
- You will have better breast shape, better symmetry and a fuller cleavage;
- Your breasts will look younger;
- You will be more attractive, naked or fully clothed, and you will feel more sure of yourself.
The disadvantages of breast lift.
- The effects of a breast lift may slowly wear off over time due to gravity and aging of the skin;
- A breast lift leaves scars that will be hidden by a bra or swimsuit;
- A subsequent pregnancy can penalize the initial result.
These are the three major pros and cons to consider if you are tempted by a breast lift. If you want to know the best possible solution in your case, a consultation with Dr. Christophe Desouches, plastic surgeon in Marseille, is necessary for an accurate assessment.
Are you a good candidate for a breast lift?
If you are increasingly dissatisfied with your sagging breasts, you may wonder how surgery can help you. Don't be surprised if Dr. Christophe Desouches, a surgeon from Marseille, suggests that you combine breast augmentation or breast reduction with your breast lift; these additional procedures may be necessary to achieve your expectations.
Here are some of the most common reasons why you may want to consider a breast lift:
- The breasts are sagging but of sufficient size;
- The breasts lack density or firmness;
- The nipples and areolas point downwards, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease;
- Breasts that appear different from each other; one breast may feel firm and well positioned while the other does not;
- The breasts are not of equal size;
- The breasts are relatively small;
- Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long-lasting as with a breast lift performed on smaller breasts. The weight of heavier breasts impacts long-term surgical results;
- You have finished your pregnancies and lactations. If you plan to have children, you must postpone cosmetic breast surgery. Pregnancy can stretch the breasts and reduce their volume, which compromises the benefits of this surgery.
If you are in good general health, with a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are probably a good candidate for this procedure.
Information on the breast ptosis cure intervention:
A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation in an accredited cosmetic surgery clinic. Different techniques exist to remove the skin from the breast and to reshape the mammary gland determining the location of incisions and scars. Dr. Christophe Desouches, your cosmetic surgeon in Marseille, will choose a technique based on your breast size and shape, areola size and position, degree of breast sagging, quality of the skin and its elasticity from the amount of excess skin..
- Excess breast skin is removed and the nipple and areola are positioned in a higher position;
- If your areola was too large, we can reduce its size;
- The skin that was once located above the areola is lowered to reshape the chest;
- The scars are usually hidden under the breasts, although some light scarring can be seen vertically to the areola and around it;
- The nipples and areolas remain connected to the mammary gland, which preserves sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed;
- In some patients, it may be possible to avoid the horizontal incision under the breast, as well as the vertical incision that goes from the lower edge of the areola to the crease of the breast. If you are a good candidate for a modified technique, Dr. Desouches will discuss it with you.
What will breast lift scars look like?
These vary depending on the type of incision that Dr. Christophe Desouches, plastic surgeon from Marseilles, will recommend for you. It may hide some incision lines within the natural contours of the breast, but others will be visible on the surface of the breast.
The common breast lift method involves three incisions:
- Around the areolas;
- The downward extension of the areolas to the folds of the breast;
- Horizontally along the folds of the breast.
Although incision scars are in most cases permanent, they fade and improve significantly over time. Dr. Christophe Desouches, surgeon from Marseille, will make every effort to place scars in hidden areas and minimize them, with the aim of achieving the desired result with the most discreet scars possible.
What are the consequences of breast lift surgery?
Dr. Christophe Desouches will study with you the time needed before you can return to your normal level of activity. After surgery, you will receive detailed instructions on your post-operative care, including information on:
- Drains, if necessary;
- The normal symptoms you will experience;
- Signs of possible complications.
Immediately after your facelift.
In general, you can expect to have bandages, wear compression garments, and sometimes you can have surgical drains.
When the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some pain. If the pain is painful or long lasting, you will receive painkillers through the vein. You will also notice redness and swelling after the surgery.
Normal surgical outcomes include bruising, numbness or changes in nipple sensation, and itching around the incision sites. These side effects should disappear within the first few weeks, with some residual effects lasting up to three months after surgery.
What is the recovery time frame after breast lift surgery?
It is extremely important that you follow all care instructions provided by Dr. Christophe Desouches. This will include information about wearing compression garments, dressings needed, and the level and type of activity that is safe. It will also provide you with detailed instructions on the normal symptoms you will experience and potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the time needed for recovery varies greatly between individuals.
What are the limits and risks of a breast lift?
Breast lift complications are rare. Your specific risks will be assessed during your consultation.
All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia;
- Hematoma or seroma (accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin);
- Infection and bleeding;
- Variations in sensitivity;
- Hypertrophic or hyperpigmented scars;
- Allergic reactions;
- Unsatisfactory results that may require additional interventions;
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs (phlebitis or pulmonary embolism).
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your board-certified plastic surgeon, both before and after your breast lift.