A breast lift – also known as a mastopexy – is a surgical procedure used to elevate and re-contour the breasts, as well as reduce the size of the areola if necessary. Many circumstances can cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and density. They may include age, breastfeeding, significant weight loss/gain, pregnancy, or genetics. Though there is little a woman can do to change her risk factors for a loss of breast elasticity, she can undergo a signature Dr. Markelov’s breast lift to eliminate excess skin and prevent sagging.
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Breast lifts are different surgeries than breast augmentations. A breast lift will not have a significant impact on the size of the breasts, nor will it restore volume to the upper portion of the breasts. Women who want breasts that are both higher and fuller often choose to undergo both a breast lift and augmentation at the same time for optimal results. On the other hand, a breast lift can also be combined with a breast reduction procedure to both lift the breasts and simultaneously make them smaller.
Am I a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
You could be a candidate for a breast lift if you are a non-smoker who is bothered or anxious about sagging breasts. Often, mastopexy candidates have breasts that are elongated or pendulous with nipples that point downward toward the ground. You may also be a candidate for a breast lift if your nipples are positioned below the crease of your breasts.
What should I expect during my breast lift procedure?
Breast lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, which means you’ll need to avoid eating or drinking on the day of your surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon will form incisions and reshape the underlying tissues of the breast to a more youthful shape and appearance. Your nipples will also be readjusted and resized, and excess skin removed before closing the incisions. Dr. Markelov specializes in short scar breast lift procedures. Unlike conventional breast lift that leaves long scar in the crease under the breast, Dr. Markelov’s breast lift leaves much shorter and less noticeable scar.
He does not uses drains during the procedure, which shortens pain and the recovery time. Due to uniques combination of non-narcotic pain relievers and local analgesia with long-acting medications, the patients can feel much less pain during the recovery and return to their normal activities in a very short period of time.
What post-operative instructions will I need to follow?
You’ll awaken from surgery with minimal pain and post surgical bra and bandages over your incisions. Dr. Markelov uses special surgical glue to cover the incisions, which makes taking care of your incisions very easy. There are not stitches to take our after the procedure and the vast majority of the patients return to work within two weeks.
Once your mastopexy incision has healed and swelling has subsided, it’s best to keep a steady weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keep in mind that despite undergoing a breast lift, age, gravity, pregnancy and other factors can influence the long-term results of your procedure.