Breast Lift Jacksonville
A breast lift is a surgical procedure used to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Women’s breasts often lose their natural shape and firmness as their skin loses elasticity. A Florida breast lift surgeon like Dr. Hardy can elevate your breasts giving you a more youthful appearance. A breast lift can also be performed in conjunction with other restorative breast surgeries including breast enlargement ( breast augmentation ) surgery, breast reduction surgery or breast reconstruction surgery.
Reasons for Considering a Breast Lift:
- Sagging Breasts – Dr. Hardy can elevate your breasts and correct the normal sagging caused by the effects of aging and gravity.
- Loss of Firmness – If your breasts have lost substance due to pregnancy or the subsequent breast-feeding, a plastic surgeon like Dr. Hardy can restore your breast’s fullness and natural firm feel.
- Nipple Alignment – If your nipple/areolas point down or to the side, Dr. Hardy can correct the misalignment and give you a more youthful look.
- Weight-Loss Breast Sag – After weight loss, women’s breasts can lose their natural suppleness. Dr. Hardy can restore your breasts to complement a smaller, lighter you.
General Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lift surgery typically takes a plastic surgeon about 1 ½ to 3 hours to perform. Although techniques vary, a Jacksonville plastic surgeon like Dr. Hardy will most often use a very common breast lift procedure where he makes an anchor-like incision along the underside of your breasts. He will mark the area of breast skin to be removed, thus defining where the breast’s nipple will be relocated after his incision. Once the excess skin has been removed, Dr. Hardy will tighten the surrounding skin and move the nipples/areolas into a higher position as he reshapes each breast.
Patients with relatively small breasts or those with minimal breast sagging can often opt for a less invasive cosmetic procedure called a concentric mastopexy. Circular incisions are made around the areola so your doctor can remove a doughnut-shaped area of skin and lift the breast to reduce the signs of aging. This popular surgical procedure often referred to as a doughnut mastopexy, can be accomplished in conjunction with other breast surgeries in Jacksonville. After your initial visit, Dr. Hardy will let you know if you are a candidate for a modified breast lift procedure that may require less extensive incisions.
NOTE: If you are having breast implants inserted along with your breast lift, your plastic surgeon will place your breast implants in a pocket directly under the breast tissue or under the muscles of your chest wall.
Recovery from Breast Lift Surgery
As with other types of breast surgery, post-op instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement to speed up the healing and reduce the overall recovery time. After your breast lift surgery, Dr. Hardy will apply bandages that will minimize the movement of your breasts and protect the breast’s stitches as you heal. You will need to wear a surgical bra for several weeks after the surgical bandages are removed. As long as you follow the post-operative instructions you were given after your breast lift surgery, pain can usually be managed effectively with oral pain medications.