If you're like most women, you may feel that gravity seems to be working against you. Due to the effects of aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss, your breasts may lose volume and sag. A breast lift, also called mastopexy, can help to reshape and elevate your existing breast tissue. The goal of the procedure is to give the breasts a youthful, perkier appearance. In Jackson and Ann Arbor, Michigan, women choose breast lift procedures to restore their youthful chest contours.
If you would like to learn more about a breast lift in Michigan performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Pramit Malhotra, request a complimentary consultation, or call our Jackson office at (517) 789-9800 or our Ann Arbor office at (734) 913-5100. Dr. Malhotra is committed to "beauty revealed," seeing his patients for who they are and who they can be.
Selecting Your Surgeon
- Your surgeon should offer vertical breast lifting techniques. Some patients might not be candidates, but typically greater than 90% of our patients can eliminate the older anchor type incisions.
- The majority of patients can have an implant and breast lift together; however, if your surgeon is concerned about blood supply he/she may suggest a two stage procedure. A large portion of our patients are told different things by different surgeons in this regard and are often frustrated.
- An implant alone can lift the breasts significantly, or minimize how large or how many other breast incisions you would need.
- We fill the breast tissue with long acting anesthetic before surgery is performed. This takes extra time, but in our experience dramatically reduces the need for pain medication after the surgery.
- Talk about nipple sensation changes. We use a double pedicle technique so the breast tissue has better blood and nerve supply preserving more nipple sensation.
Meet Dr. Malhotra
Dr. Malhotra is board certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology, and performs both surgical and non-surgical treatments.
There are several benefits for women wanting a breast lift. This procedure can:
- Elevate sagging breasts
- Raise and reduce the size of the nipples/areolas
- Tighten breasts that have lost volume
- Make asymmetrical breasts symmetrical
- Ask about vertical breast lifting techniques. This type of lift does not use the incision in the breast fold which often can be a visible one.
- Many women combine breast lift with breast augmentation in Michigan. The easiest way to see if you need an implant with your breast lift is to see if you like the volume you have in a good push up bra. If so, a breast lift may be sufficient to reshape your breasts.
- Dual plane breast augmentation can lift your breasts a few centimeters, avoiding breast lift scars.
- Ask about liposuction in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the tail of the breast that falls back into the armpit area.
- Talk about nipple size. Newer techniques involve using a GORE-TEX® Suture to set nipple size.
Candidates for a breast lift procedure have good skin elasticity. Women who benefit most from a breast lift have realistic expectations and goals about the procedure. Women who are planning on becoming pregnant or losing a significant amount of weight should hold off on the procedure until a later point in time, due to the changes that can occur to the breasts.
For many of our breast lift patients in Michigan, Dr. Malhotra creates an incision around the nipple, and sometimes from the nipple to the breast fold as well. This is often called a "lollipop" incision. He typically does not need to use an incision under the breast fold and can achieve satisfying results with the vertical breast lift technique alone.
A breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation to create fuller looking breasts. In this case we use a silicone implant placed over or under the muscle, which lifts the breasts considerably.
Time off from work varies from 5 to 9 days depending on the extent of the procedure. Once the bandages are removed, the patient will need to wear a specialized surgical bra for several weeks. Women who combine this procedure with another body contouring surgery such as a tummy tuck in Michigan may require additional downtime.