Sagging breasts can result from weight loss, breastfeeding or time and gravity. If you are unhappy or self-conscious about the shape of your breasts, you may have looked into receiving a breast lift. Before you decide to undergo the procedure, you should perform extensive research, not only on the procedure itself but on the doctor you want to perform the procedure, as well as what to expect afterward. Of course, you will do lots of research on your own, but here are some basics on what you need to know before getting a breast lift that can help guide your conversation with your surgeon.
Levels of Breast Ptosis (Sagging)
Yes, there are actually levels of sagging that can be measured. While this might sound extreme, it’s actually beneficial for you to know before you engage with your surgeon. The four different grades can often affect the type of incision you will get, depending on the location of the nipple compared to the inframammary fold.
– Grade I, considered mild ptosis. The nipple is located somewhat below the inframammary fold (the flat surface of skin along the “underboob”) but still above the lower pole (“underboob”) of the breast.
– Grade II, moderate ptosis. The nipple is located below the inframammary fold, with some breast tissue hanging below the nipple.
– Grade III, considered advanced ptosis. The nipple is below the inframammary fold and at the maximum projection of the breast from the chest.
– Grade IV, severe ptosis. The nipple is well below the inframammary fold and the lower pole lacks tissue.
Scars Are Unavoidable
Despite the fact that scarring is unavoidable, most patients report great satisfaction after the procedure. There are three types of incisions created for breast lift surgery. The incision is usually determined by the grade of ptosis.
– Crescent incisions run along the top half of the areola, the darker tissue surrounding the nipple, and usually are performed on mild ptosis patients.
– Donut incisions run around the entire areola and usually are performed on patients with mild or moderate ptosis or patients with smaller breasts.
· Lollipop incisions are made around the areola and down the center to the inframammary fold and are performed on patients suffering from advanced or severe ptosis.
· Anchor incisions are recommended for patients with severe or advanced ptosis and a larger breast size. The incision is made around the areola, then down toward the inframammary fold, and following through the length of the entire mammary fold itself.
It takes four to six weeks to recover fully from a breast lift, depending on the type of incision. Adhere to the guidelines your doctor gives you to avoid issues such as infection or tearing. Following your doctor’s instructions will also help reduce the appearance of scars.
Nursing is Still Possible
Breast lift surgery only removes excess fatty tissue and skin. The mammary glands are left intact during this procedure, so you will be able to breastfeed normally.
Over time, minor touch ups may be needed to ensure the shape stays intact. These procedures are less expensive and require a much shorter recovery period.
Double board-certified and fellowship trained, Dr. Louis Iorio stands by his commitment to superior plastic and cosmetic treatments to his clients. He practices at the state-of-the-art Surgical Institute, located in Neptune, N.J. If you’re interested in giving your breasts and confidence a boost, schedule your consultation today with Iorio Plastic Surgery & Medspa. For more information, call 732-780-9191 for Colts Neck, NJ, or 732-458-7400 for the Brick office.