Mastopexy, commonly known as breast lift cosmetic surgery, features among the top five aesthetic surgeries in the country at present.
The level of improvement needed to lift sagging breasts may differ between two patients, which the surgeon may address using different incision techniques. Regardless, the steps involved in a breast lift surgery will remain nearly the same in each case.
The time taken to complete the breast lift procedure is around two hours depending on the surgical technique employed.
During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient on the various steps that the surgery involves. Astute board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast lift to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding communities.
The initial step after the patient is transported to the operating room will be to place her under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. At the time of the surgical planning, the surgeon will discuss the type of anesthesia to be used with the patient.
The patient will be asleep and entirely comfortable during the surgery. If the procedure is done under general anesthesia, an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will be in attendance during the surgery to oversee the patient’s reaction to the anesthesia.
Placement of the Incisions
After anesthesia, the surgeon will place incisions in inconspicuous locations as decided during the mastopexy plastic surgery planning stage. When placing the incisions, the surgeon will account for the incision preferences of the patient.
They will try to ensure that the incisions are placed such that any scarring in the future remains as discreet as possible. Placing incisions in the natural creases of the breasts typically allows the incision sites to heal well as well as remain hidden.
Lifting the Breast Tissue
The surgeon will excise the loose breast skin through the incisions. They will delicately lift and contour the remaining breast tissue to elevate the breasts’ position.
In case the areolas are too large, the surgeon will eliminate some tissue from this site and reshape the areolas. Some patients may require a repositioning of the nipples and areolas to create a harmonious appearance with the newly lifted breasts.
The surgeon will complete the lifting and reshaping of the breast tissue, and subsequently re-drape the breast skin over the tissue to offer a smooth and taut appearance to the breasts.
Closing the Incisions
The surgeon will place numerous sutures that will project deep into the breast tissue to ensure that the new, tighter breast shape and position is maintained appropriately. In case the surgeon uses traditional sutures, these will typically be taken out after ten days. Absorbable sutures will also dissolve by themselves in a similar time frame.
Wearing a Surgical Bra
The surgeon will ask the patient to wear a special surgical bra after they remove the bandages from the incision areas. This will enable the breasts to retain their new position and shape as well as enhance the healing process.
The surgeon will ask the patient to wear this surgical bra all the time for many days, only removing it to take a shower. This bra will offer additional compression and prevent the incisions from opening. Devoted female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and other towns and cities in this awesome part of the country for breast lift surgery.
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