The breast lift (also known as mastopexy surgery) is a procedure designed to raise the breasts by removing and reshaping the skin and underlying tissues. The procedure also can reduce the overall size of the areolae and bring the nipples and areolae into a more favorable position.
A Washington DC mastopexy is ideal for women with overall breast deflation and sagging as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and the normal aging process. It is not designed to add or remove overall volume to the breasts. Women who desire a change in the size of the breasts may benefit from breast augmentation, breast reduction, or mastopexy/augmentation.
In your initial consult, Dr. Pittman will perform a series of measurements to aid in planning of the breast surgery. He will walk you through the details of the lift, including preparation and recovery, and will answer any questions you may have.
The Breast-Lift Procedure
Mastopexy is an outpatient procedure that lasts one to two hours and is performed under general anesthesia in order to ensure that the patient is comfortable and free from pain throughout the surgical session.
The appropriate technique used for mastopexy depends on the overall size and shape of the breasts in addition to the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. Incisions may be placed around the areola in order to raise its position. A vertical incision may also be placed down the center of the lower breast if needed to carry out the skin resection. A horizontal curved incision across the inframammary fold may be made for further resection.
Once the excess skin is removed and the areolae have been resized and repositioned as needed, the incisions are carefully closed with medical sutures.
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What to Do After Breast-Lift Surgery
Immediately after a local mastopexy surgery, Dr. Pittman will apply a dressing that will remain in place for 48 hours. Some tenderness and post-operative discomfort are expected and can be controlled with pain medications and muscle relaxers.
During the healing process, it will be important to follow Dr. Pittman’s post-surgical care instructions as closely as possible. This will expedite the recovery process and help to avoid post-surgical complications.
Most patients are able to return to normal light activity within a few days. Swelling continues to go down over the next four to six weeks. Limited activity for the first couple weeks is recommended and will be discussed in your post-op visits.
Patients must wear a supportive surgical bra for a time during the recovery period. Bras with underwire should be avoided, as they can damage the healing tissues of the breasts.
Once the swelling and bruising has reduced, patients can enjoy the full results of their mastopexy surgery in the form of perkier and more youthful breasts that no longer sag.
Procedure Pricing and Financing
Pricing for mastopexy surgery will vary depending on factors like the patient’s needs and desires, whether or not an implant will be used, and the amount of time needed to safely complete the surgery. Generally speaking, our all-inclusive price for mastopexy varies depending on the extent and complexity of the procedure.
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Setting Up Your Washington DC Mastopexy Consultation
Arrange an informative consultation for your breast lift – contact the office of Dr. Troy Pittman today. With the help of Dr. Pittman, you can restore the perky and firm appearance of your breasts.
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