San Francisco Bay Area Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Information in Walnut Creek, California
A Breast Lift or Mastopexy is used to change to shape of the breast. Aging, pregnancy and weight loss can all have a negative impact on the appearance of the breasts. Each can cause for the breasts to soften and sag. If the problem is purely a loss of volume a Breast Implant can provide the cure; however, when the breast skin is over-stretched, and can no longer support the weight of the breast, a Breast Lift can usually provide a better result.
Women at our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office, in Walnut Creek, choose to undergo breast lift surgery for a variety of personal reasons. Breast lift can help you feel more confident in your appearance and improve self-esteem. In fact, many women elect to combine their breast lift procedure with Breast Augmentation to further enhance their results. If you would like a fuller, more rounded bust line, Dr. Joseph Mele may recommend Breast Lift surgery or an Augmentation Mastopexy (breast lift with a breast implant) at our Walnut Creek office in the San Francisco East Bay Area. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Mele will make recommendations following an in-depth review of your goals and expectations.
During your breast lift procedure, Dr. Mele will remove excess skin from the lower portion of your breast to contour and lift the breast. The type of incision depends on how much lifting is needed. Incisions may be confined to a small, circular incision around the areola when a little lift is needed, an anchor shaped incision on the lower breast to provide maximum lifting, or something in between. Excess skin and tissue is removed, while the deep dermis is preserved to act as internal support. The remaining tissue is lifted and tightened. The nipples and areola are often repositioned higher, on the front of the breasts. Nipples are not usually removed, but stay attached to the breast tissue to maintain their sensation and circulation.
There many different breast lift procedures. Some have small scars, and can lift a small amount. Others can reposition the entire breast, and require longer incisions. Here is a list of the five most frequently performed breast lift procedure:
Breast lifts can be combined with breast augmentation when it is desirable to both add volume and lift the breast. The breast lift helps shape the breast and position the nipple, while the breast augmentation adds missing volume. Alternatively, if the breasts are too large, a Breast Reduction is performed.
The recovery after a Breast Lift is variable. For the Crescent and Periareolar Breast Lifts, healing is quick and the recovery is usually a few days. Since the Vertical and Anchor Mastopexies are performed for larger breast with increased sagging, the procedures are more involved and the recovery can take a few weeks. Regardless of the type of Breast Lift, your first follow-up visit is usually within a week of your procedure. The sutures used are absorbable, so removal is not necessary. Healing is usually rapid, so the majority of the follow-visits are dedicated to obtaining the best possible scar. Scar massage and topical silicone have both been shown to clinically improve the resultant scars. Be certain to ask Dr. Mele about methods for maximizing the results of your Mastopexy.
If you are interested in learning more about our San Francisco area office and breast lift surgery, please contact our San Francisco Bay Area Cosmetic Surgery office in Walnut Creek, California today. Give us a call at (925) 943-6353. The office is open weekdays 9 AM - 5 PM.
Tel : (925) 943-6353
130 La Casa Via
Building 2, Suite 206
Walnut Creek CA 94598