Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
What is the goal?:
The goal of a breast lift is to remove the excess skin of the breast and lift the nipple position to a more aesthetic location.
Who is a good candidate?:
Good candidates for a breast lift are generally healthy and seek to lift the breasts and reduce the size of the areolas. Some women experience sagging of the breasts after weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding and would like a perkier appearance with the breasts no longer sitting on the chest wall. A breast lift will rearrange the breast tissue to provide more cleavage, better shape, a lifted nipple position, and a smaller areola. It can be combined with a breast implant, fat grafting, or other body procedures. The ideal candidate will be up-to-date on her mammograms with no suspicious lesions.
How is the procedure performed?:
A breast lift takes around 2.5-3H to perform under general anesthesia. Dr. Kalaria is extensively trained in breast lifts and uses her own technique to provide good cleavage and volume both with and without using an implant. The incisions for a full breast lift are around the areola, vertically under the breast, and horizontally in the breast fold, giving the classic anchor-shaped incision. Variations of this full breast lift may be done if a smaller lift is desired. Dr. Kalaria uses only absorbable sutures for this procedure, so you will not require the painful removal of sutures during your follow-up visits. Her incisions are meticulously closed, and no drains are used. You will be sent home after surgery to recover.
What is the recovery time?:
You can expect 2 weeks of recovery time, where you should refrain from chest exercises and activities that put pressure on your chest/breasts. You should refrain from driving for 1-2 weeks after surgery and physical exercise for 4-6 weeks after surgery. You should wear a soft bra for 3 months and avoid underwire bras for 3 months.