WHAT IS Breast Lift Surgery?
Mastopexy (also known as a breast lift) is a body contouring procedure that reshapes the breasts by trimming away excess skin and tightening the healthy tissue to produce a more youthful and healthier appearance. This cosmetic surgery is offered to women who have lost shape and volume in their breasts and those who have sagging due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Revolutionary advancements in breast lift surgery have lead to stunning results for many women worldwide. In fact, this surgery is so effective and successful that new stats by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal around a 70% increase in its demand over the last 20 years. Dr. Joseph Tamburrino, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Doylestown, PA, performs this breast lift surgery at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa. By integrating state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Tamburrino can choose the appropriate approach to suit your unique situation. The technique used will depend on your level of skin laxity and goals.
WHO GETS BREAST LIFT SURGERY?
You may visit Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa hoping to get implants only to discover that a breast lift may actually better suit your body and goals. When breasts have experienced a certain degree of skin laxity, it's important to excise the unwanted skin and lift the remaining healthy tissue because sagging skin is not treated with implants or fat transfer. Breasts that have lost elasticity typically need a lift to correct skin irregularities and bring the breasts higher up on the chest wall. When you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a surgical lift can improve their appearance. To be considered for breast lift surgery, you must be in good overall health.
"After consultations with many plastic surgeons, Dr. Tamburino was by far the most knowledgeable and detailed. I’m so thankful I found him and I would recommend him over and over. Not to mention his staff is so welcoming and incredibly helpful. If you are thinking about a surgery/cosmetics this is the GUY to go to. Can’t say enough good things!"- M.M. / Google / Feb 05, 2021
"I was very reluctant to get a face/neck lift. I thought about it for a few years and it was seeing myself on video calls day after day that sealed the deal for me. I had heard from a friend that Dr. Tamburrino was an excellent plastic surgeon and decided that I would suck up the drive from South Jersey to Doylestown based on the recommendation. I am so glad I did! My neck and face have been restored to a much more youthful look and amazingly there are no tell tale signs of surgery. I feel a whole lot better about myself and my family and friends are very complimentary (and I think a few of them are now considering surgery for themselves). Dr. Tamburrino is a thorough , knowledgeable and accomplished surgeon who I put complete trust in and I'm forever glad I did!"- G.F. / Healthgrades / Jan 29, 2021
"The decision I made to put myself first and go see Dr. Tamburinno changed my life in the best way possible. I have never been more happy with myself and am grateful to him for being so knowledgeable and talented. From start to finish his staff is amazing and helpful beyond words ..... I have recommended him to many close friends and will continue to do so!! Lindsay Curtis"- L.C. / Google / Jan 29, 2021
"Dr. Tamburrino changed my life. After two failed breast implant surgeries after a double mastectomy, Dr. Tamburrino created beautiful breast and nipples that look amazing. He gave me back my life. I owe him everything and recommend him to anyone who needs reconstruction. And on top of that he has an amazing personality, I received amazing care. "- M.F. / Healthgrades / Jan 21, 2021
"Dr Tamburino is exactly who you hope for when faced with a difficult breast cancer surgery! He is a highly skilled surgeon, who is also caring and honest. He will tell you exactly what you need to know (though not always what you might want to hear) to get you through the long haul of surgery and reconstruction. I have had breast cancer with a bilateral mastectomy, chemo, radiation & expanders for reconstruction and have been going to Dr T for over a year. I feel now that he is the only plastic surgeon who was able to get me through my complicated journey. He always had my best interests at heart. I would recommend him to all my family and friends!"- M.D. / Google / Jan 08, 2021
HOW IS A BREAST LIFT DONE?
A breast lift takes usually 2 – 4 hours to complete and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this procedure depends on the size of your breasts and the degree of sagging. The approach used for mastopexy surgery generally falls into two categories with the inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the vertical incisions being the most commonly utilized.
Once an incision is made, excess skin is removed, along with breast tissue and fat that is not desired. The remaining skin is then tightened, and the breasts are lifted so they appear healthy and younger. In many cases, the size of the areola is decreased to match the new placement and shape of the breast. At this time, an implant can be inserted if an augmentation is a part of your breast lift treatment plan. If the lift is the only procedure being performed but breast fullness and shape become a concern later on, breast implants can be considered as a future treatment.
What To Expect
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more lengthy than surgery with implants only. After the procedure, you will be fitted with a medical compression bra to reduce swelling. A small tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess drainage that can often occur after mastopexy. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within the first week. Dr. Tamburrino or a member of his team will provide detailed, at-home incision care instructions to help with your healing process. Results after a breast lift treatment begin to take shape after a few weeks as your newly shaped breasts take their higher placement on your chest wall. The breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel younger, prettier, and more comfortable in your body.
BREAST LIFT FAQS
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your specific goals and your level of skin laxity. In many patients, a breast lift will enhance the shape and fullness of the breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Tamburrino will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then make a decision whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Typically, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted upward during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Tamburrino can incorporate an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so he can choose the ideal incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you may start to see loose and sagging skin over time. Factors like significant weight gain or loss can change your results; therefore, it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Tamburrino recommends patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Tamburrino will assess the appearance and condition of your breasts during your consultation and talk about how a lift can help. During your lift surgery, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.
Breast lift surgery has changed the lives of many Doylestown, PA patients. If you're faced with hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prevent you from wearing the clothing styles you desire, a breast lift at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa may be ideal for you. During your initial consultation, a thorough examination will be performed by Dr. Tamburrino, and together, you and he will discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. We will then design a tailored treatment plan to transform your breasts and create the youthful look you want. Our team encourages patients to get in touch with Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa and speak to a patient coordinator to schedule your consultation.
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