Aging, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants or fat grafts inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced. Breast lifts are often performed in conjunction with liposuction-abdominoplasty procedures, the so called “Mommy Makeover”.
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have breasts that are pendulous, or lack substance or firmness and nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease.
In certain cases, the breasts may have developed differently so that one breast is firm and well positioned while the other is not. There may be differences in the size of your breasts as well as their shape. Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long-lasting as when the procedure is done on smaller breasts.
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but Dr. Mondolfi usually recommends waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed; however, you should discuss this with Dr. Mondolfi.
Your Consultation with Dr. Mondolfi
During the consultation, he will ask you about your desired breast shape and size. He will discuss with you how your nipples and areolas will be repositioned. You should mention anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will help him understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.
Dr. Mondolfi will then examine your breasts, taking measurements and photographs for your medical record. And he will then evaluate the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of the nipples and areolas and the presence or absence of lumps or irregularities.
What does the surgery entail?
The most common method of lifting the breasts involves three incisions. One incision is made around the areola. Another runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision is horizontal beneath the breast and follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
After removing the excess breast skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in a sagging breast may have been stretched, can be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and together beneath it to reshape the breast.
The nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, and this usually allows for the preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed. If you have decided that it is desirable to enlarge your breasts at the same time as they are lifted, this will require insertion of breast implants or in select cases the injection of autologous fat removed via liposuction from unwanted areas and injected below the breast mound.
Breast Lift Before & After Photos
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