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Breast Lift

“You can check if your breasts are ptotic (droopy) at home—put a pencil under your breast at the breast fold and lay the breast tissue over it. If the pencil is higher than your nipple, you have ptosis and may be a candidate for a breast lift.”

Common name – Breast Lift. Technical name/also known as – Mastopexy.

Benefits of a Breast Lift

Some women have low nipple position and stretched skin. This can be due to weight changes, pregnancy, or “genetics.” Many women are happy with the appearance of their breasts in a bra, but feel differently when the bra comes off.   If you imagine a cup of cheerios in a sandwich sized Ziploc bag, then imagine a cup of cheerios in a gallon sized Ziploc bag, it looks as if there is less cereal in the gallon sized bag, even though the volume of cheerios is the same. The idea with a breast lift is that the breast skin is made smaller, giving the illusion of a larger breast even though breast volume does not change. The nipple is also brought into the correct position, giving an overall more pleasing shape to the breast.

How it is done

This surgery repositions the nipple to a higher position on the breast and removes excess skin. The areola is often made smaller.   This surgery can sometimes be combined with a breast augmentation to make the breast larger in size. Two types of breast lift are offered: the inverted T or anchor scar or the vertical or lollipop scar. You will find which is right for you at your consultation.

Upside

The nipple position is corrected and the breast restored to a more youthful shape. This rejuvenation can be done without an implant, but size is not changed unless an implant is placed.

Downside

Permanent scars are a tradeoff. Sensation to the nipple can change. A drain may or may not be used.

Who pays for this

This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.

My Post-Operative Bra Suggestions

Please click this link for suggested bras to be worn after surgery.

What to expect

Length of operation

3 hours (depending on the extent of procedure).

Anesthesia used

General anesthesia, you will be asleep and monitored the entire time.

In or out patient

Outpatient surgery, you will go home the same day.

Side effects

The change in shape of the breast comes with a trade off for permanent scars. These are located around the areola (the colored skin around the nipple), vertically from the areola down to the fold, and may also include a scar in the fold itself. Nipple sensation may change or be absent after surgery. Women who want to breastfeed after this operation may be unsuccessful.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Risks include pain, infection, bleeding, damage to skin, nerves, blood vessels, dissatisfaction with the appearance of the breasts, breast asymmetry, unsightly scars, blood clots in the legs and/or lungs, wound healing delays, loss of sensation of the nipples, death of nipples, and death of skin. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery.  Please click this link to better understand why:   Smoking and Plastic Surgery

“I love seeing the change in women when they are happier with the reflection in the mirror. The changes can be seen inside and out.”

– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell

Your Next Step

Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.

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Give our office a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to noon.

248-273-7700

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Before and After Gallery

When you come into the office for your appointment, you will be able to see more ‘before and after’ photos of this procedure including different options.

Side effects

The change in shape of the breast comes with a trade off for permanent scars. These are located around the areola (the colored skin around the nipple), vertically from the areola down to the fold, and may also include a scar in the fold itself. Nipple sensation may change or be absent after surgery. Women who want to breastfeed after this operation may be unsuccessful.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Risks include pain, infection, bleeding, damage to skin, nerves, blood vessels, dissatisfaction with the appearance of the breasts, breast asymmetry, unsightly scars, blood clots in the legs and/or lungs, wound healing delays, loss of sensation of the nipples, death of nipples, and death of skin. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery. Please click this link to better understand why: Smoking and Plastic Surgery

 

Recovery time

If healing proceeds as expected:

Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise) or until drains are removed. Outsource housework and child care while you rest. Walk around the house, but do not work out.

Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks or once drains are removed (whichever is last), but no heavy lifting or bouncing for six weeks

Return to full activity 6 weeks after surgery

Returning to Work

This depends on the type of work that you do.   Many women can return to sedentary work at two to three weeks, though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. Surgery affects different people differently. If your work is more strenuous, six weeks off work may be needed.

Time​ until final appearance

6 months to one year

Length of results

Should be long lasting, but breasts can increase or decrease in size with weight changes. Pregnancy or other hormonal changes can also increase breast size. Changes with age are expected.

 

Other information

It will take time for the breast size and shape to settle. I usually recommend waiting until at least 3 months after surgery to be sized and shop for new bras. A list of bras that can be worn after surgery are available here. The scars can stay red for up to a year after surgery then fade as time goes on. Scar care will be discussed. This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient. Health insurance does not cover this operation.

Your appointment with Dr. DeLuca-Pytell

When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure. You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.

Don’t forget:  it is your body!  There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!

Contact us

Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Our phone number

  • 248-273-7700