WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the appearance of the breasts by lifting and reshaping sagging breasts. As women age, the skin and ligaments that support the breasts lose their elasticity, causing the breasts to droop or sag. Breastfeeding, weight loss, and genetics can also contribute to sagging breasts.
A breast lift is designed to restore the youthful contour and position of the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. The surgery can also reposition the nipples and areolas to a more aesthetically pleasing location. Breast lift surgery is often combined with breast augmentation to achieve the desired size and shape of the breasts. As an experienced, double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Elkins-Williams understands that each patient’s goals and expectations are unique. He will work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM BREAST LIFT SURGERY?
Breast lift surgery can benefit women who are experiencing sagging or drooping breasts due to aging, weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. Women who are generally unhappy with the appearance of their breasts or have lost volume and shape due to aging may also benefit from breast lift surgery.
If you feel that your breasts are sagging, or have nipples that point downward, a breast lift may be right for you. Additionally, if you have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with excess, sagging skin around your breasts, a breast lift can help to restore them to a more youthful breast shape.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CONSULTATION
When you come in for a breast consultation with Dr. Elkins-Williams, you can expect a thorough discussion about your goals and expectations for the surgery. Dr. Elkins-Williams will also review your overall health, medical history, prior surgeries, medications, and drug allergies. This will include a discussion about any personal or family history of breast cancer and a review of prior mammograms or breast biopsies. We will conduct a thorough examination and measurement of your breasts, which may include assessing the size, shape, skin quality, and placement of your nipples and areolas. Dr. Elkins-Williams will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate surgical technique for your individual circumstances. His goal is to help you achieve your desired breast size, shape, and overall appearance while ensuring natural-looking and long-lasting results.
Deciding to Schedule
During your consultation, you will receive a detailed surgical quote and any required clearance forms. If you choose to proceed with surgery, our dedicated Patient Coordinator, Julia, will guide you through the process of selecting a procedure date. To finalize your preferred surgical date, a non-refundable, non-transferrable booking fee of $500.00 will be required. A pre-operative appointment will be scheduled for at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. At the time of booking surgery, we will also schedule your first follow-up visit.
During your pre-operative appointment, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your upcoming procedure in detail and have all your questions answered. Your pre- and post-operative care instructions will be reviewed with one of our nurses, as well as any medications you’ll need to take before and after surgery. You’ll review and sign the consent form for the surgery, meet with Dr. Elkins-Williams to revisit your goals, and your surgical quote balance will be due at the end of this appointment. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully informed and comfortable with the upcoming procedure, allowing you to approach your surgery with confidence and peace of mind.
WHAT TO AVOID BEFORE SURGERY
To minimize the risk of bleeding and bruising, it’s important to avoid blood thinning medications and supplements for two weeks prior to your procedure. This includes aspirin or aspirin-containing products, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve, and Advil). Additionally, supplements such as Vitamin E, multivitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flaxseed oil) should be avoided. For a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid, please consult with your pre-op nurse.
After breast lift surgery, you’ll wear a soft post-operative bra, and there will be no dressings to change or drains to worry about. Although you may experience some pain and swelling initially, most patients do not require pain medication for more than a few days. You may take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) as directed. You can resume normal activities of daily living and light walks as soon as possible. However, you will need to avoid aerobic exercise for two weeks and strength training for four weeks. Over a period of about three months, swelling will gradually subside.