Dr Lanzer has received specific training in breast lift procedure in America.
Who is the procedure for?
As women age and with weight gain/loss factors, the breasts lose their elasticity and start to sag. When thinking of the elastic fibres in your skin it helps to think of them as similar to a rubber band.
When you pull a rubber band out a little bit, it bounces back. When you pull it too much, it remains stretched out and you cannot get it back to what it was. The elastic fibers in the skin of the breast have the same response: too much stretching and they don’t bounce back.
Are you satisfied with the size of your breasts when they are lifted by your bra?
If so, then a breast lift alone may be the right procedure for you.
If more breast volume is what you are after, you are probably a candidate for a combination breast lift and breast augmentation. This is a common option because breast implants alone won’t lift the breasts.
Things to consider
A breast lift can create a nicely shaped breast however; the scars from the incision will be visible and more long term. The incision is anchor-like in shape; it goes around the nipple, extends from the nipple down to the breast fold and then across the breast fold itself. Healing varies for each patient as some only have a thin incision line and for others it may be thicker and more apparent. The healing process is helped with dissolvable stitches.
Mastopexy or a breast lift may not be more long term if your skin tone was poor before the surgery. Your breasts might sag again to some extent, but not nearly to the point at which they were before surgery.
During the procedure, the surgeon will mark the position in which the new nipple will be sewn. The area where the excess skin will be removed will also be marked.
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During the lift, the doctor will sew the nipple and central portion of the areola higher, and bring the tissues together to make a new bra of your own skin. The nipple is not removed and the breast tissue is not touched; only skin is removed.
Once the procedure is finished, you are cared for in the recovery room until you are ready to go home. You must arrange for someone to drive you home and you mustn’t be alone during the night.
After the surgery, you will wear a sports bra for several weeks and can then wear any bra of your choosing. You can shower the day after surgery and will not be able to lift anything heavy for a few weeks.
All surgery has risks and includes scars, infection, swelling, skin loss, irregularities and the requirement to repeat the procedure.
Dr Lanzer warns all procedures have risks and to seek a second opinion.