Breasts can lose their youthful look and contour after experiencing changes from weight loss, aging, or breastfeeding. Many women get breast lifts to reposition the breast and remove excess tissue and skin for a variety of reasons. Breast lifts are fantastic for moving a breast that is sitting too low, but they do not do anything to restore volume in the breasts. Increasing upper pole fullness can be done with a breast implant that is placed during the same procedure.
Dr. Rammos uses advanced imaging technology to share with you the possibilities of how your procedure results can look. This powerful technology creates images that let you preview how a breast lift and implants can affect the look of your breasts.
Dr. Rammos will mark your breasts in the preoperative area for the breast pocket and breast lift. Surgery will begin with the breast implants being placed into a pocket created beneath your pectoral muscles. Excess skin will be removed next and breast tissue sealed off around your breast implant.
Preparing For Your Mastopexy/Augmentation
As with any other major procedure, all medication and supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding should stop being taken at least two weeks prior to your surgery. Always make sure to consult with your primary care doctor before you stop taking any medication.
Recovering from Mastopexy/Augmentation
Swelling is common after having a mastopexy and will reduce over the course of a few weeks. Your breast implants may appear to be very high on your chest wall initially after your procedure is over. They will drop into a position that appears more natural once your muscles relax and the initial swelling subsides. This can take up to a few months to happen. You can experience discomfort after your procedure, but this is often mitigated and controlled well with prescription medication. Usually a few days, three to five, off from work gets patients back to work.
You will be placed into a surgical bra after your surgery. This is to increase a patient’s comfort after their procedure, but a sports bra that is comfortable is a suitable replacement too.
After your procedure you will have to refrain from rigorous activity for two weeks. You will also have to avoid lifting anything more than ten pounds. After a month you can resume lifting weights, but must avoid exercises that target the chest muscles. You can resume chest exercise after six weeks out from surgery. The healing process from a mastopexy/augmentation procedure is a longer period of time than a breast augmentation procedure. Additional incisions created during the mastopexy/augmentation means there will also be additional scarring. Scars can take up to a year to completely heal. Dr. Rammos can help with programs for scar therapy during the recovery process.