Also known as mastopexy or breast ptosis cure.
This intervention is very practiced to correct drooping or uneven breasts, a reduction in the volume of the breasts and stretched nipples or areolas, by 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 undergo breast lift surgery and are very satisfied with the result.
When can you consider a breast lift?
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding, severity, weight gain or loss, normal aging and heredity have affected the shape of your breasts, causing them to sag;
- If Dr Christophe Desouches thinks that breast implants alone are not likely to achieve the contour you desire;
- If the tissue around the nipple or areola has become distended.
What are the benefits of breast ptosis treatment?
- You will have a better breast shape, better symmetry and a fuller neckline;
- Your breasts will look younger;
- You will be more attractive, naked or dressed, and you will feel more confident about yourself.
The disadvantages of breast lift
- The effects of a breast lift may slowly wear off over time due to the severity and aging of the skin;
- A breast lift leaves scars that will be hidden by a bra or swimsuit;
- A subsequent pregnancy may penalize the initial result.
These are the three major advantages and disadvantages 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, cosmetic surgeon in Marseille, is necessary for a precise 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. Do not be surprised if Dr Christophe Desouches, surgeon from Marseille, suggests that you combine breast augmentation or breast reduction with your breast lift; these additional procedures may be necessary to meet your expectations.
Here are some of the most common reasons you might 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 appear 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 up, but the results may not be as lasting as with a breast lift performed on smaller breasts. The weight of heavier breasts affects long-term surgical results;
- You have finished your pregnancies and breastfeeding. If you are planning to have children, you should postpone cosmetic breast surgery. Pregnancy can stretch the breasts and reduce their size, compromising 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 intervention of breast ptosis cure
A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation in an accredited clinic for cosmetic surgery. 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 according to the size of your breast and the shape, the size of the areola and the position, the degree of sagging of the breast, the quality of the skin and its elasticity from the amount of excess skin.
- The excess breast skin is removed and the nipple and areola are positioned at a higher position;
- If your areola was too large, you can reduce its size;
- The skin that was once located above the areola has come down to reshape the breast;
- The scars are usually hidden under the breasts, although some light scars can be seen vertically and around the areola;
- The nipples and areolas remain connected to the mammary gland, which helps preserve 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 runs 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.
Breast lift options to increase volume
If you are also interested in increasing the volume of your breasts, with the breast lift with prosthesis, or by the breast lift with lipofilling for a more natural approach, Dr. Desouches offers a range of solutions to improve the appearance of your breasts.
Breast lift with prosthesis
The lifting associated with a breast augmentation by prosthesis makes it possible to significantly increase the volume of the breasts while correcting a drooping chest. This method leads to an improved shape, better symmetry and a deeper neckline.
>>>Learn more about the breast lift with prosthesis
Breast lift with lipofilling
The lifting associated with a lipofilling makes it possible to correct drooping or uneven breasts by giving them a more generous curve. In this case the increase in volume is obtained by injecting fatty tissue into the breast, particularly in the upper part of the breast. This alternative offers a natural breast shape and better symmetry.
>>>Learn more about breast lift with lipofilling
What will breast lift scars look like?
These vary depending on the type of incision that Dr Christophe Desouches, cosmetic surgeon from Marseille, will recommend for you. It may hide a few 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, in order to achieve the desired result with the most discreet scars possible.
What are the consequences of the 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, to wear compression garments, and sometimes you may have surgical drains.
When the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some pain. If the pain is severe or long lasting, you will be given pain relievers through the veins. You will also see redness and swelling after the surgery.
Normal surgical suites include bruising, numbness or changes in nipple tenderness, and itching around the incision sites. These side effects should go away within the first few weeks, with some residual effects lasting up to three months after surgery.
What is the recovery time 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, what bandages are 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 required for recovery varies greatly between individuals.
What are the limits and risks of a breast lift?
Complications from breast lift 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 which may require additional interventions;
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs (Phlebitis or pulmonary embolism).
You can help minimize some risks by following the advice and instructions of your certified plastic surgeon, both before and after your breast lift.