Breast Lift - Mastopexy

What is it?

  • a surgical procedure that treats sagging breasts by raising and reshaping them
  • can reduce the size of the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple)

Who should consider it?

  • any woman who feels her breasts have lost their shape and firmness
  • this can be due to different factors: gravity, pregnancy, nursing

How do I know if I am a good candidate? Back to Top

  • you are physically healthy
    • be honest with Dr. Culbertson about medications, including over-the-counter, vitamins, or supplements, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes
  • you are done having children
    • your breasts are likely to stretch again, reversing the effects of the surgery
  • you are psychologically stable
  • your expectations are realistic
    • you are seeking improvement, not perfection
    • you do not expect it to change your overall looks, your life, or how people treat you

How do I prepare for a Breast Lift - Mastopexy? Back to Top

  • consult with Dr. Culbertson
    • have your complete medical history ready, she will need to review
    • you and she will discuss your expectations and desires very carefully
      • what type of lift technique to use
      • if any other procedures are appropriate
    • Dr. Culbertson will explain her technique, the type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery will be done, and the risks and benefits of the surgery
  • you may need to have a mammogram
  • you will have instructions on eating, drinking, medications to avoid or that you must take
    • please follow these guidelines, they are there to keep you safe
  • arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery
  • make sure you have someone with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery and even longer if you need it

What do I expect from a Breast Lift - Mastopexy? Back to Top

  • it will be done at an outpatient surgery center
  • you will have general anesthesia (where you go to sleep)
  • Dr. Culbertson makes incisions to remove excess skin and raise the breast into its new position then stitches them closed
  • you will have gauze bandages held in place by a gentle elastic bandage

What can I expect after a Breast Lift - Mastopexy? Back to Top

  • your breasts will be swollen and sore for the first few days, you will have a prescription medicine to help control any discomfort
  • your bandages will be removed in the first couple of days and your stitches in one or two weeks
  • you will be placed in a supportive bra that you will wear day and night for three to four weeks
  • you will notice numbness in areas at first, this usually resolves in the weeks to months after surgery, although occasionally it is permanent

When I feel like myself again? Back to Top

  • you will be up and around in a day or two
  • depending upon how you feel, you may return to work in a week or so
  • Dr. Culbertson will advise you regarding your activities, you should follow these directions
    • avoid sex and other strenuous activities for approximately two weeks
    • do not lift your arms overhead for approximately four weeks
    • avoid sports for at least four weeks

How will I look? Back to Top

  • scars from mastopexy (breast lift) are extensive and permanent
  • the results are not permanent gravity, pregnancy, aging, and fluctuations in weight can all affect the shape of your breasts
  • you are likely to be very satisfied if you fully understand the surgery and have realistic expectations
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