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A Breast Lift can Improve Your Body’s Contour as Well as Your Self-Esteem
Time takes its toll on your breasts, as do weight loss, pregnancy, and breast-feeding. But you can recover their youthful shape and firmness with a breast lift.
A breast lift (also known as mastopexy) is just as it sounds—the skin and underlying structure are pulled up and tightened. If the areolas have become enlarged, they might be reshaped as well. If you want to add fullness to your breasts, you can combine a breast lift with a breast enlargement. If you want to reduce the size of your breasts, you can combine a breast lift with a breast reduction.
If your breasts have begun to sag and have a flatter, elongated shape, or if your nipples point downward, a breast lift is a good option. A breast lift, one of many procedures Aspire offers in the Fort Wayne area, can also even out your breasts if one is longer than the other. A breast lift can improve your body’s contour as well as your self-esteem. Many women in Fort Wayne, Indiana choose breast lift surgery for their needs.
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Before Your Procedure
Knowing what to do and what to expect before your surgery will make for the best possible outcome.
Before your breast lift, you may be asked to undergo lab tests or a medical evaluation. Dr. Lee may ask you to get a baseline mammogram and another after surgery to help identify any future changes in your breast tissue. You will need to avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs, which can increase bleeding. If you smoke, you will need to stop well in advance of your surgery.
Your surgery will be performed at the fully accredited Southwest Surgical Suites. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.
You likely will receive general anesthesia—Dr. Lee will recommend the best choice for your procedure. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and spend the first night with you.
Dr. Brian Lee
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Dr. Brian Lee has been in practice for over 2 decades, serving the Fort Wayne community for all their aesthetic and cosmetic needs. He is proud to work alongside his talented team and looks forward to seeing new and returning patients in his office.
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There are several techniques for breast lifts. Dr. Lee will choose the one best for you based on your breast size and shape, the size and position of your areolas, and your skin quality and elasticity.
Your incision might be made around the areola; around the areola and down to the crease of your breast; or around the areola, down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the crease. As much as possible, incisions are hidden in the folds of your breast, but some permanent incision lines may remain. They will fade significantly with time.
In a breast lift, the underlying tissue is lifted and reshaped, and the nipples and areolas are repositioned. If your areolas are enlarged, they will be reduced, and excess skin may be removed from your breasts to make up for a lack of elasticity.
Sutures are made in layers to first support the deep breast tissue and then to close the surface incisions. Tubes may be inserted to help drain fluids as these layers heal.
Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives, and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.
After Your Procedure
When your breast lift is complete, you’ll be taken to recovery, where you will be carefully monitored. Your breasts will be bandaged, and you will need to continue wearing an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling. You should be able to go home within a few hours.
You will be encouraged to get up and about for short periods the day after surgery. You may need to sleep on your back for the first few weeks to avoid pressure on your breasts. You will need to protect your breasts from excessive motion and abrasion while your incisions heal to avoid scarring. You’ll also need to avoid straining, bending, and lifting to prevent bleeding or increased swelling.
If you have drains, they will be removed within a few days after surgery. Your stitches will be removed in stages at follow-up visits over the course of the next three weeks.
Depending on your job, you likely will be able to return to work after a week. You will be able to resume most other activities, including mild exercise within several weeks after surgery.
You’ll be required to avoid sexual activity for at least two weeks; beyond that time, you’ll need to be gentle with your breasts.
You may experience diminished sensation in your nipples and areolas. This is typically temporary, but it may take up to a year before full sensation returns. Your incisions may be red or pink for several months after your breast lift as well.
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains or an unusual heart rhythm after you return home, seek immediate medical attention.
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Understanding the Risk
Thousands of women undergo breast lifts every year without complications, and Dr. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. Every plastic surgery, however, has risks. The potential risks of a breast lift include:
- Poor healing of incisions
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
- Anesthesia risks
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
- Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs, which may be temporary or permanent
- Allergies to tape, suture materials, glues, blood products, topical preparations, or injected agents
- Breast asymmetry or uneven nipples, which can typically be adjusted at a later time
- Fatty tissue deep in the skin could die (fat necrosis)
- Fluid accumulation
- Excessive firmness of the breast
- Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Blood clots
- Pain, which may persist
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- A breast lift may also make diagnostic procedures such as a mammogram more difficult.
Dr. Lee will discuss these risks with you during your consultation. Please be sure to ask him about any questions or concerns that you might have.
Results of Your Procedure
You will notice the results of your breast lift immediately, and their appearance will continue to improve as the swelling subsides and the incisions fade over the next few months.
As long as your weight remains fairly constant, the results of your breast lift will be long-lasting. You should be able to enjoy your more youthful shape for years to come.
The key to a truly successful breast lift is maintaining an open line of communication with Dr. Lee. He and his team are eager to respond to your questions and can help provide skin care to maintain and enhance your results—they are your partners in achieving the results that you seek.
Sources: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons; The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Dr. Lee is the most amazing doctor I have ever met. He has an awesome bedside manner, professionalism and a caring personality. He really knows what he is doing. The one thing I wanted most when I went to see him for a breast augmentation was to be proportionate. This is exactly what he gave me! The trust you feel when you first meet him and his caring attitude after the surgery is one of a kind. I had some nerve endings that were causing me pain, and he answered my call without any hesitation and said call for absolutely anything. I would recommend him to anyone!
- Written by Jennifer
Dr. Lee is an absolute artist. Not only does he assure you through the process, he is very detail-oriented. If I can offer any advice to future patients of Dr. Lee, TRUST HIM! He had some ideas of his own, and I sort of let him take the reins, and boy, am I happy I did! WONDERFUL work! I feel perfect! Thoughtful, thorough, insightful, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, caring and experienced. I could go on for paragraphs. Who goes into surgery at ease, and comes out a bit swollen and somewhat swelled…YET SMILING and HAPPY? Dr. Lee’s patients. He even personally called that evening to check in. Absolutely hands down the best doctor I have ever had the experience of encountering—and I did my fair share of research!
- Written by Sarah B.F.
Request a Consultation
If you’re considering a breast lift, the first step is scheduling a consultation at our Fort Wayne location. Dr. Lee will take the time to get to know you and to talk about what you hope to achieve with a breast lift. Dr. Lee will ask you about your desired breast shape and how your nipples will be repositioned. He will take measurements of your breasts and photos for your records. You can be assured you will be in good hands. Dr. Lee has successfully performed many breast lifts for patients in the Angola, Warsaw, and Huntington areas.
Dr. Lee will take your medical history. Be prepared to talk about any medical conditions, previous surgeries, current medications and allergies, and whether you’ve had any breast biopsies.
A breast lift will not affect your ability to breastfeed, but pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the results of your breast lift. Tell Dr. Lee if you are planning to become pregnant after your procedure.
You should also tell Dr. Lee if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight. Weight loss can affect the size and shape of your breasts. You may need to achieve your goal weight before undergoing surgery.