Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Jupiter, FL
Eventually, gravity and aging can begin to have a profound effect on breasts. Often, breasts begin to appear shrunken, saggy and droopy as you get older. Women who have gone through pregnancies and breastfeeding may develop sagginess and feel the effects of gravity much sooner. Many have restored firmness and buoyancy in their breasts by electing to have breast lift procedures with Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Jupiter, FL. Dr. Koger has restored the youthful appearance of breasts of patients in Vero Beach, Wellington, and other communities in Palm Beach County.
Gravity, aging and pregnancy are not the only inevitable forces that can change the shape and the firmness of breasts. Significant weight loss can also leave behind sagging skin or cause skin to lose its natural elasticity. This can be especially true when dropping from a state of obesity down several clothing sizes. Some who have enjoyed all the other benefits of weight loss have found themselves seeking breast lifts to ensure their breasts easily complement the rest of their new look.
Over time, the breasts may also naturally lose volume simply from a matter of aging. One solution some women have chosen is an enhancement procedure to make their breasts look fuller. Specialists who want to address both the decreased size and sagging issues in breasts may choose to improve both issues with one procedure. In these cases, Dr. Koger inserts the implants while performing the breast lift. Patients emerge from these procedures satisfied with larger more uplifted breasts that have been repositioned for a more youthful look.
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for a breast lift procedure. Eligibility is a personal assessment that should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon who will discuss all possibilities with you as a patient. Generally, those who are more likely to be ideal candidates have experienced these conditions:
- Breasts that are deflated and sagging downwards
- Nipples and areolas that droop below the crease in the breast
- Breasts that are two different shapes or sizes
Some women experience one breast being larger than the other early in their adolescent development and their breasts never grow to be evenly sized. Sometimes, conditions like these are inherited, and a breast lift may be one of the best, viable options for improving the condition.
Although most physicians do not set a specific age range for breast lift procedures, they do recommend that patients be already beyond breast development age. As a result, some may choose not to perform surgery on young women who are still in critical growing stages. Breast lift procedures rare jeopardizes the ability to breastfeed in the future. Those who experience changes in the shape of their breasts while breastfeeding are able to have breast lifts after childbearing.
The Best Candidates for a Breast Lift
The breast lift procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts is called mastopexy. During the procedure, Dr. Koger may choose a variety of ways to address sagging, loss of elasticity and uneven breast shape and size. There is no real time estimate for how long the procedure will make the breasts appear raised. After all, gravity will still be working on the body even after the procedure is done.
Surgeons may choose to reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin around the nipple, in order to change the shape or size of the breasts. During an enhancement procedure, they may also decide to place breast implants to increase breast volume. Both the areola reduction and implant procedure combined, help to make the breasts more uplifted and firm. If you think you may be an ideal candidate for a breast lift surgery, this page will give you some idea of what you can expect at each point in the process.
Planning Your Breast Lift Surgery
Once you have determined you are an ideal candidate, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koger. He will discuss with you exactly what to expect, talk to you about your expectations and address any concerns or questions you may have about the surgery. This consultation is a unique but crucial part of every patient’s process since in each case, the patient’s starting anatomy and desires are different. Dr. Koger will make recommendations based on what is best for you, not what has worked for other patients. Each patient has different skin conditions, age and breast shape and size issues that may drive different approaches. Dr. Koger’s expertise will help you receive the best results for your body.
You will have a breast examination during your first visit to discuss your options. Dr. Koger will give you an expected outcome for each option that you discuss. In some cases, the implants that patients desire are not the most advisable approach to resolving breast issues. Dr. Koger will give a straightforward assessment about this to each patient. If implants are recommended and the nipple and areola have to be repositioned, Dr. Koger will show you where they will be after the procedure is completed. Dr. Koger makes every effort to reposition the nipple and areola in a natural, youthful position..
Preparing for Your Breast Lift Surgery
If you have a family history of breast cancer or other breast conditions, or if you need to be certain you are not currently facing a medical breast condition yourself, Dr. Koger may require a mammogram before you have the surgery. If the mammogram uncovers no issues that may affect the success of the procedure, Dr. Koger will instruct you on preparing for your breast lift procedure. This may include some guidelines for smoking, eating and drinking, as well as taking vitamins and current medications.
Types of Anesthesia
Most doctors use general anesthesia in order to perform breast lifts. This means that you will be asleep for the procedure. Some patients, however, are able to use a local anesthesia along with a sedative to induce drowsiness.
The Breast Lift Procedure
The entire breast lift procedure may take anywhere from one to four hours. Dr. Koger’s choice of technique is individually designed to address the specific needs of each patient. The varying types of breast lifts include a crescent lift where a crescent moon shaped segment of skin is removed from just above the areola which elevates the nipple/areolar complex to a more youthful position. This technique can be used to elevate both nipple areas or just on one breast to balance asymmetry.
Another lift technique is called a “donut” or Benelli mastopexy where a donut shaped segment of skin is removed from around the areola to reduce the size or diameter of the areloas to a smaller more youthful size. If only a moderate amount of sagginess is present, a vertical lift usually provides the best results. This technique elevates the nipple area as well as reducing the excess skin over the lower half of the breast yielding a more perky youthful shape. This type of lift is sometimes referred to as a “lolly pop” lift.
In patients with significant sagging Dr. Koger typically uses an anchor-shaped incision to follow the contour of your breast. This incision has a dual purpose: to define the area where Dr. Koger will remove the skin from the breast and determine where the nipple and areola will be repositioned. Dr. Koger will then elevate the nipple area and re-tailors the breast skin to a more uplifted more youthful shape. This type of lift is sometimes called a Wise pattern mastopexy.
With all types of breast lifts the required incisions are hidden and made as small as possible. Using the art of plastic surgery, Dr. Koger very precisely stitches the incisions closed in order to make the resulting thin surgical marks as inconspicuous as possible. All the precise suturing is below the surface of the skin and therefore no sutures have to be removed after surgery.
After Your Breast Lift Surgery
You can expect to wear a camisol after your procedure is completed. If not, an elastic bandage will be placed over the gauze dressings that protect the surgical area. For a couple of days after the procedure, you may experience soreness, swelling and bruising. This mild discomfort is well managed with mild pain medication and will ease after a couple of days.
You should not be alarmed if you experience some loss of feeling in your breast skin and nipples caused by swelling. This is a side effect that usually subsides over six weeks or so as the swelling goes down. In some cases, it has taken patients more than a year to regain feeling. On rare occasions, the loss of feeling may be permanent.
How Much Does Breast Lift Surgery Cost?
Breast lift surgery is a procedure that you will likely have to cover the cost for on your own. Because it is an elective cosmetic procedure, most insurance providers will not cover these costs. Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa offers financing options via CareCredit® to make this procedure affordable. We also accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards.
Getting Back to Normal
Healing is different for every patient, and it is not a quick process. Patients who respond well to the procedure are usually moving around a couple of days after surgery. This does not mean, however, that they are well enough to return to work or strenuous routine activities. This typically takes about a week. It is important to report any abrupt changes in your recovery, including severe pain, to Dr. Koger’s office. It is best to resume your normal activities slowly, based on what you can safely and reasonably withstand without added discomfort. Dr. Koger will instruct you on when you can return to all of your normal activities which is typically around 3-4 weeks.
Your New Look
After much of your healing is done you will begin to enjoy the new look of your breasts. You should expect the thin surgical marks from the breast lift surgery to be permanent. Dr. Koger takes care to make sure the marks are as barely visible as possible, but the marks will be present. Over time, they fade and become less visible.
You should also remember that while marks may be permanent, the firmness of your breasts may not be permanent. The natural aging process, weight fluctuations, and gravity over time will continue to impact your breasts. If you elect for a combination of breast lift surgery and implants, the firmness has a better chance of lasting longer.
Breast lift patients in Vero Beach, Wellington, and other Palm Beach County areas have boosted their breasts and self-esteem by having this procedure. They rejuvenate their youthful figures by refining their breasts. Contact Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S. at the Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, FL for your initial consultation.