Many women will notice that their breast tissue will droop and “deflate” as time passes. This is a frequent concern of mothers following breast-feeding.

Changes in weight as well as hormone fluctuations can cause these same issues, and some women are born with breasts that may not be as “perky” as they would like. All of these types of women may benefit from an elevation of the breast tissue, known as a breast lift or mastopexy. There are several ways to go about providing true or apparent lifting of the breast. The extent of lifting required often dictates the type of operation that is performed.  All breast lift techniques can be done with or without a breast implant if a change in breast size is also the goal.

Conveniently located in Santa Barbara, Dr. Lowenstein commonly cares for many breast lift surgery patients from Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Ventura, and Thousand Oaks.

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FAQs: Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

  • What is a Binelli breast lift?

    A purse-string, or Benelli mastopexy is often the answer for women who require a small amount of lifting. Candidates are often young women who want a small lift to become more perky, or mothers with more significant deflation who want a more youthful look in combination with a breast augmentation. This operation is performed by taking an oval shaped doughnut of tissue around the nipple, and then this incision is closed with a purse-string suture that “cinches” the breast envelope centrally and upward to provide a lift. The scar resulting from this breast lift operation is only around the nipple and without any vertical scar on the breast tissue itself

  • What is a vertical breast lift?

    The vertical mastopexy has become one of the mainstays of the breast surgery throughout the world. Like the Binelli, the vertical breast lift can be combined with a breast implant in order to increase the breast size. The scars from this vertical breast lift look like a lollipop- around the nipple and down the center of the breast. This type of lift is more versatile in elevating the tissue more than a Binelli breast lift, and works very well in most women.

  • What is a Weiss pattern breast lift?

    Classically, breast lifts were done through a pattern similar to breast reductions, resulting in a scar around the nipple, down the center, and underneath of the breast, which you can think of as an anchor type of configuration. This operation works best on women with a lot of extra skin, such as those who have undergone a massive weight loss.

  • Is there anything I should do to prepare for my surgery?

    Preparing for your surgery is easy. The night before your surgery you may be asked to wash with a special antibacterial soap, and you will be told not to eat or drink anything after midnight that night. You will get a call from your anesthesia provider as well (make sure your phone is on and working.) Weeks prior to your surgery, you will have a pre-operative visit where the plan for your breast lift will be reviewed and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you still have.

  • Can a breast lift be combined with other procedures?

    Dr. Lowenstein commonly combines breast lifts with other plastic surgery operations at Montecito Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara. The most common combination of operations performed with the breast lift is a breast augmentation. A breast implant is sometimes used, but not always, to provide some fullness in the upper pole of the breast. Oftentimes Dr. Lowenstein can create a natural breast shape without an implant. During your consultation Dr. Lowenstein will discuss your particular options. Other operations that can be performed at the same time as a breast lift include a tummy tuck, liposuction, or even facial rejuvenation operations such as a facelift. The most important aspect of these plastic surgery procedures is your safety, and Dr. Lowenstein will assess your health and the length of time required for your plastic surgery procedures in order to tell you if your goals can be accomplished in a single operation or if your plastic surgery should be broken up into multiple operations.

  • Is a breast lift procedure painful?

    Breast lifts themselves are not very painful operations. You will be given some pain relievers for after surgery, but since narcotic pain pills have side effects like constipation and nausea, Dr. Lowenstein will recommend moving to Tylenol alone as soon as you can comfortably do so.

  • Can I breastfeed after a breast lift?

    Breast feeding after a breast lift may or may not be possible. Depending on the type and amount of breast lifting that is required, some of the milk ducts may be cut during your breast lift operation. If breast feeding is important to you, discuss this with Dr. Lowenstein so he can recommend a technique that is most likely to retain your ability to breast feed.

  • Does breast lift cause permanent scarring?

    Permanent scarring results following any operation. Dr. Lowenstein will do his best to make incisions in regions that hide the scar well and his meticulous technique aids in minimizing scarring. Ultimately, however, scarring is largely dependent on your genetic makeup. You will be given instruction on the best means to allow for optimal healing, and Dr. Lowenstein does so in an effort to keep your scarring as favorable as possible after your plastic surgery.

  • How long do the results of a breast lift last?

    Think of your breast lift, or any plastic surgery procedure, as a new reset point. You will continue to age, and gravity will continue to exist. You will look better in 10 years than if you did not have a breast lift, but it is unlikely that you will look at that time as you do just after your operation. Dr. Lowenstein will utilize plastic surgery techniques that have stood the test of time, but no result lasts forever.

  • How long does the breast lift surgery take?

    A breast lift surgery typically takes Dr. Lowenstein from one to two hours depending on the type of breast lift being performed as well as the amount of breast lift that is required.

  • Can I undergo more than one breast lift procedure?

    Dr. Lowenstein very commonly performs revisions of breast lift operations done by other physicians in the past. It is always helpful to know what kind of breast lift was previously done, but having a second or third breast lift is certainly possible if required.

  • When can I return to work and other regular activities?

    After any plastic surgery operation performed by Dr. Lowenstein he will ask that you not do any vigorous activity for three to four weeks, but returning to most jobs can happen as soon as the week after surgery. Of course this depends on the nature of your work, but most patients are back to normal activity after 2 weeks or so.

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