Do you feel like your breasts just don’t look the same as they did when you were 18?
Do you notice sagging and drooping? Have you lost significant breast volume after childbirth or weight loss? If so, you may be a candidate for a breast lift. Increasing in popularity, breast lift procedures have increased 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implant surgeries 2:1, according to 2013 Plastic Surgery statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
A breast lift, also known as “mastopexy”, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. The nipple and the areola are also moved upwards into the correct anatomic position. Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well.
A breast lift can give you back that youthful look by enhancing your figure with a breast profile that is more rejuvenated and uplifted.
Considering a breast lift in NW Indiana or Chicago?
A woman’s breasts change over time, losing their youthful shape, volume, and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:
- Weight fluctuations
NWI breast lift surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro can help restore your breasts to their beautiful, youthful state and give you a natural-looking, balanced appearance.
*Your results will vary.
Methods of Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is done by removing excess skin from the breast and repositioning the nipple. If the areola is enlarged, it can be reduced at the same time. There are four incisions used in this type of surgery depending on the degree of sagging.
- The “anchor” or “wise-pattern” incision: This technique is used for cases of moderate-to-severe breast sagging and excess skin. The incision goes around the areola, vertically down to the chest and horizontally along the crease.
- The “lollipop” lift or “vertical scar mastopexy”: This method is among the most common and used for women who have a mild-to-moderate amount of sagging. The incision goes around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease; it avoids the horizontal incision in the breast crease.
- The “donut” lift or “periareolar incision”: As the name implies, this incision is circular and goes around the areola. It is suitable for women with mild sagging or tuberous breasts.
- The “crescent” lift: This method is used for women with a very slight degree of sagging. A crescent shaped piece of skin is removed from the area just above the areola. The skin is then reattached creating a slight lift.
Breast Lift Before & After Photos
Your results will vary.
Combined Breast Lift and Augmentation
This procedure is also known as an “augmentation mastopexy.” Breast lift surgery alone does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you are looking to noticeably increase your breast volume and upper breast fullness in addition to lifting your breasts, a combined procedure may be right for you. During this procedure, Doctor Petrungaro will place a breast implant to augment the breasts, followed by a breast lift to reshape the breast tissue, tighten the skin, and bring the nipples up into the appropriate position.
Who is a candidate for breast lift surgery?
If you are in overall good health, have a true personal desire to change the shape of your breasts, and have realistic goals concerning your surgical results, then you may be a candidate for breast lift surgery. Most women considering this type of surgery are dissatisfied with the sagging and decreased volume of their breasts and hope to surgically correct it.
A breast lift might be right for you if:
- You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- You do not smoke
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag or have lost shape and volume
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areola
- One breast is lower than the other
During the initial consultation, Doctor Petrungaro will take very specific measurements and perform a very detailed examination of the breasts in order to get an idea of what the patient is looking to achieve with her breast lift. There are many breast lift techniques available, and each one is designed to treat different degrees of breast ptosis, a.k.a. sagging. Doctor Petrungaro has extensive training on which technique is right for each individual patient.
Breast Lift Procedure
*Your results will vary.
Breast lift surgery typically takes 2-3 hours to complete, depending on which technique is used. The surgery is usually done under general anesthesia. Doctor Petrungaro will place incision marks on your breasts with a marker in the preoperative unit prior to entering the operating room. Once the surgery has begun and after Doctor Petrungaro has made his incisions:
- The underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness.
- The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height.
- If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter.
- Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.
After your breasts are lifted and excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened while the incisions are closed. Some incisions made during a breast lift are concealed in the natural breast contours, such as the crease; however, others will remain visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time. Doctor Petrungaro absolutely understands that his patients want the smallest scars possible. Stitches are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. The skin incisions will be closed with dissolvable stitches that will remain below the skin and will not need to be removed. Special skin glue or tape may be placed over the skin incisions, and you will typically be placed into a comfortable surgical bra at the end of the procedure.
Breast Lift Recovery
*Your results will vary.
Recovery from a breast lift is very straightforward. That being said, it is extremely important to follow all of the postoperative instructions that you are given by Doctor Petrungaro. Pain is very well-controlled with oral prescription pain medications. You will be seen in the clinic within 1-2 days following your surgery, and then every 1-2 weeks for the first 6 weeks. Your incisions will likely be covered with skin glue or special tape for the first week. During your recovery you will need to wear a surgical bra or a soft sports bra to help support your breasts as they heal. It is very important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion while they are healing. In some cases, a small drain may be placed during surgery (while you are asleep) in one or both breasts to help remove postoperative fluid. This drain is removed in the clinic at 5-7 days.
It will be very helpful to take at least one week off work, but this can be negotiable. All strenuous activity is prohibited for the first few weeks, at which time you may start to slowly increase activity to include things such as brisk walking or use of an elliptical. Any type of activity requiring extreme arm movements or contact is prohibited for at least 6 weeks. If you commit to following the instructions of Munster breast lift surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro, you will be well on your way to beautiful new breasts!
Breast Lift Results
Results of a breast lift are visible immediately, and the vast majority of patients are overwhelmingly happy with the new look of their breasts. Like all cosmetic procedures, your breasts will still need time to heal and settle, a process which will take a few months. During this time your incision lines will begin to fade as well.
It is important to realize that despite having a breast lift, your breasts will still continue to change over time due to age and gravity. You can help maintain the results of your breast lift longer if you commit to a healthy diet and lifestyle without major weight fluctuations.
*Your results will vary.
Why choose Plastic Surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro?
Doctor Petrungaro is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who has successfully completed many years of surgical training in all aspects of breast lift surgery. He is well versed in the established traditional methods as well as the latest and most innovative techniques in breast lift surgery. Doctor Petrungaro is keenly aware that every patient is different in terms of her body as well as her goals. He listens to his patients and respects their goals and wishes, and will always go the extra mile to deliver the most beautiful results possible. His objective is always to perform a breast lift with results you will absolutely love.
If you are interested in a breast lift and have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Doctor Jason Petrungaro at (219) 836-1163 or click to schedule a consultation online.
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