While many women think hard about Breast Implants, up until now there has been little buzz about Breast Lifts. This is rapidly changing, however. Statistics show that the increase in Breast Lift procedures is outpacing that of the Breast Implant by 2-1. In 2013, more than 90,000 Breast Lifts were performed in the United States; that number is expected to be even higher this year. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Breast Lifts have increased by over 70% since 2000.
There are several reasons for this steady climb in numbers. First of all, basic awareness of the Breast Lift procedure, also known as Mastopexy, has improved. Many women are thrilled at the idea of using their own tissue, instead of an artificial implant. Secondly, stereotypes of the Breast Lift have been shattered. The reality of the situation is that childbirth, dramatic weight loss, and the normal aging process can cause the breasts to sink on the body and lose their shape. This does not affect only large breasted women; even those with a smaller chest can fall victim to gravity.
Patients trying to decide between a Breast Lift and Breast Implants should keep a few factors in mind:
- Will raise the breast to a healthy, natural position.
- Nipples can be repositioned.
- Does little to improve the lack of breast volume.
- Visible scarring will occur (although easy to conceal under clothing).
- Requires a good amount of natural breast tissue.
- Results are permanent, although the effects of gravity will continue to effect skin laxity.
- Will proportionately increase the size of the breast.
- Can restore lost breast volume, including upper pole fullness.
- Scarring is inconspicuous, usually around the areola or under the arm.
- Saline and Silicone implants both run a small chance of complications.
- Implants can last for 10 years or longer, but may need to be replaced in the distant future.
The Breast Lift at Basile Plastic Surgery:
The Breast Lift at Basile Plastic Surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, taking from two to three hours, under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Basile will make a thin incision around the areola, down the center of the breast, and then horizontally along the breast-crease. From here, excess skin and tissue are excised. The nipple will be repositioned, and the remaining tissues tissue sutured for proper healing. The recovery period takes from seven to ten days but patients normally feel well enough to return to work within just a few days.
Still have concerns about the Breast Lift? Call Basile Plastic Surgery at 239.514.8777. Our patient coordinator will be happy to answer your questions and assist in scheduling a complementary consultation appointment. At this time, Dr. Basile will discuss all of the breast rejuvenation options, and determine which procedure is right for your unique situation.