Stay Ahead of the Curve
It’s no secret that pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and time all take a toll on breast shape and fullness. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts or uncomfortable with the way clothing fits, Dr. Bekanich wants to help you push back the clock. A breast lift, also know as mastopexy, can help restore shape and firmness.
When Should I Consider a Breast Lift?
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and the decision to enhance them is ultimately up to you and your desire to change. A breast lift can be a wonderful solution if:
- Your breasts lack firmness
- Excess, sagging breast skin is making you self-conscious
- Breast symmetry or nipple position have changed
- Your breast profile is flat or unflattering
- Bras fit uncomfortably and don’t provide adequate support
Dr. Bekanich recommends waiting until after you are finished having children to have breast lift surgery. While breast lift results won’t be ruined by pregnancy and breastfeeding, they will most likely be affected by the size fluctuations breasts experience during pregnancy.
What Does a Breast Lift Involve?
Depending on your individual concerns and ultimate goals, Dr. Bekanich will work with you to determine the best type of breast lift and incision options for you. Breast lift options include:
Crescent Lift for correcting nipple position
If you want to correct minor nipple position issues, a crescent lift may be the best option for you. Dr. Bekanich will make a small incision that runs halfway around the top half of the edge of your areola, in the shape of a crescent moon. The resulting scar will be minimally visible. This option is easily used when a patient is also having breast augmentation.
Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift for Mild Sagging
By placing an incision around the circumference of the areola, Dr. Bekanich is able to correct mild sagging and provide improvement to breast shape. Additionally, this method can be an effective solution for reducing the size of the areola. Like the crescent lift, this technique is easily performed in conjunction with the placement of breast implants, and the resulting scar will trace the edges of the areola, thereby making it difficult to see.
Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift for Moderate Sagging
One of the more common techniques, the lollipop lift allows Dr. Bekanich to remove extra skin and more extensively reshape the breast using easily hidden scars. Dr. Bekanich will make incisions both along the edge of the areola and running vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease (inframammary fold) underneath.
Anchor Lift for Extensive Sagging
If you have extensive sagging and require more dramatic reshaping, an anchor lift may be your best bet. Through three incisions—one around the outer edge of the areola, one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframmamary fold, and one along the breast crease—Dr. Bekanich is able to remove a considerable amount of excess skin and drooping tissues. You will have some visible scarring, but Dr. Bekanich will show you how to properly care for your scars so they fade nicely.
You will experience some discomfort and soreness for a few days after the procedure. Dr. Bekanich will walk you through what to expect during your recovery, and may prescribe pain medication to make you more comfortable. Most patients are able to resume non-strenuous activities within a week, but it’s important to listen to your body as it heals and not push yourself.