breast lift in scottsdale
Over time as the skin loses its elasticity with age, pregnancy and breast feeding, the shape and firmness of the breast is lost and the breasts often begin to sag (ptosis). A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts to improve their appearance. No breast tissue is removed, so you will remain the same size. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola (the dark skin around the nipple). A breast lift may also be completed in conjunction with breast enlargement surgery (augmentation). This procedure is designed to elevate the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. It is important to discuss your expectations with Dr. Shaw at the time of your initial consultation.
Dr. Shaw believes the consultation is critical for you and him. From the consultation evolves…trust, respect, mutual understanding and a personalized treatment plan.
Surgery to lift and artistically shape the breast is a common procedure in my practice. Employing my expertise and special techniques enables me to achieve consistent…natural, pleasing results. During this consultation I spend considerable time, one on one, with you to assess your anatomy, tissue and skin characteristics, volume, breast history and your desires for long term outcome. This helps me determine the right techniques for your anatomy that will achieve safe, predictable results.
Reasons for Considering
a Breast Lift
Breasts that have lost their
volume & shape
Breasts that changed after
pregnancy & breast feeding
Nipples, areolas that have
changed in size, shape or
Normal age related changes
to your breasts
Stretched breast skin
& enlarged areolas
Breast changes due to
lifestyle, diet & exercise
Droopy, flat breasts due to
genetics, or weight changes
Breast Lift Surgery / Mastopexy
The breast lift surgery returns the breast to a more youthful shape and position. The nipple and areola are moved to a higher natural point of projection. Underlying breast tissue is tightened and sagging breast skin is reduced. It’s possible to reduce the size of an enlarged areola. The result is perky, more youthful looking breasts.
Breast Lift With Augmentation
If more volume is needed, the breast can be augmented with a silicone or saline breast implant. In this case a breast augmentation and Breast Lift are performed together to achieve the most desirable results.
The Mastopexy Procedure
The breast lift surgical procedure usually takes two to three hours. Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-like incision along the underside of the breast. The incision goes around the area where skin will be removed, thus defining where the nipple will be relocated. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved into a higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast.
Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions. One such procedure is the “doughnut (or concentric) mastopexy” in which circular incisions are made around the areola and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed. If the patient is having an implant inserted along with the breast lift, the implant will be placed in a pocket under the muscle of the chest wall.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Bandages are applied right after surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, the patient will need to wear a specialized surgical bra for several weeks.
Patients sometimes report minor discomfort associated with mastopexy which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by the surgeon.