Breast lift


Tightening And Lifting For A More Youthful Appearance

Mastopexy, more commonly known as breast lift surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the breasts, reshapes the breasts by tightening and supporting the surrounding tissue, and lifts the nipples and areolas into a higher position. It is often performed to improve the appearance of sagging breasts. Dr. Ghaznavi provides breast lift surgery to patients in Herndon, VA.

Why Women Choose Breast Lifts

The decision to have a breast procedure is often affected by the results of one’s personal assessment. Some women may not like their sagging breasts and want them to look more youthful. Others may not like the shape of their breasts, which can be altered if their breasts have lost volume or firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or heredity factors. In either case, they may feel more confident about their appearance with a breast lift.

There are a number of reasons why women may choose to undergo a breast lift. For some, it may be an aesthetic choice – they may feel that their breasts have lost their youthful shape and want them to look more pert and perky after breastfeeding or major weight loss.

Women’s breasts change for many reasons, including:

  • Natural aging process

  • Pregnancy

  • Breastfeeding

  • Large weight fluctuations

  • Genetics or heredity

  • Menopause

Types Of Breast Lift Surgery in Herndon, VA

At AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, we offer four routine types of breast lift surgeries. Dr. Ghaznavi will help you decide which is best for you based on your specific needs and treatment goals:

The circumareolar lift is a common technique that involves making a circular incision around the areola. This type of lift is good for women with small breasts or who have minimal sagging.

The lollipop lift uses an incision that starts at the base of the breast, circles the areola, and ends at the base of the breast. This technique is good for women with moderate sagging.

The anchor lift is similar to the lollipop lift, but the incision is wider. This technique is used on women with large breasts or severe sagging.

The donut mastopexy involves making an incision in the lower part of each breast. This lift can create a scar around both areolas, but it provides good support for the nipple area and lifts extremely sagging breasts.

How The Breast Lift Procedure Works

While the exact steps of your procedure will vary based on your needs and the type you select, most procedures follow these steps:

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Before the surgery begins, the patient is given anesthesia to numb the area and reduce discomfort.

Dr. Ghaznavi makes an incision around the areola and/or vertically down from the areola to the breast crease.

He repositions the breast tissue to create a more youthful appearance.

Dr. Ghaznavi then tightens the skin around the breast to create a firmer and more lifted appearance. In some cases, the areolas and nipples are also repositioned.

The incisions are closed with stitches or surgical tape. Dr. Ghaznavi will try to make scars small and unnoticeable—however, some scarring is possible.

The patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off.

How To Prepare For A Breast Lift Procedure

If you are planning to have this procedure at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, there are a few steps you can take to prepare for the surgery. These may include:

  • Follow Dr. Ghaznavi’s instructions for pre-operative care, such as stopping certain medications and avoiding alcohol and tobacco.

  • Arrange for transportation to and from the surgery, as well as someone to stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.

  • Plan ahead for your recovery, including taking time off work and arranging for help with daily tasks and childcare.

It is important to follow pre and post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a successful outcome and prevent infection or other complications.

Recovery From A Breast Lift

Recovery time is usually around two weeks, but this can vary depending on the patient and type of lift performed. For about three months after surgery, it is important not to expose your breasts to excessive sun exposure or extreme temperatures. Other post-operative instructions may include:

  • Take pain medication as prescribed to manage discomfort.

  • Apply cold compresses to the breasts to help reduce swelling.

  • Wear a surgical bra or elastic bandage as directed by your doctor to support the breasts and minimize swelling.

  • Keep the incision areas clean and dry.

  • Avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or exercise, for at least four to six weeks.

  • Follow Dr. Ghaznavi’s instructions for follow-up care, including any necessary exams or tests.

Can A Breast Lift Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Yes, this surgery can often be combined with other surgical procedures. For example, many patients may choose to have this procedure done at the same time as a breast augmentation, in which breast implants are placed to increase the size of the breasts. It can also be combined with breast reduction to remove excess skin and tissue and reduce the size of the breasts. At AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, we help you determine which procedures are right for you based on your individual goals and needs.

It is important to carefully consider the potential risks and complications of undergoing multiple procedures at the same time. This can include a longer recovery time and an increased risk of complications such as infection or blood clots. It is always best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ghaznavi to discuss your options and determine the best course of treatment for you. A qualified surgeon can help you understand the potential benefits and risks of combining procedures and help you make an informed decision.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lifts

Who is a Candidate for this Procedure?

This procedure is typically recommended for patients who have drooping or sagging breasts due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight fluctuations. It can be performed on patients of any age, but it is usually recommended for patients who are finished having children.

Is it painful?

During the procedure, patients are given anesthesia to numb the area and reduce discomfort. Some patients may experience discomfort or pain after the surgery, but this can typically be managed with pain medication. If your pain following the procedure is unmanageable or severe, please contact AMG Plastic Surgery as soon as possible.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of the procedure can vary depending on the individual patient and the extent of the surgery. In general, a breast lift takes about two to three hours to complete.

How long is the recovery after the procedure?

The recovery time can vary from person to person, but most patients are able to return to work within a week. However, they should avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or exercise, for at least four to six weeks. It is important to follow Dr. Ghaznavi’s instructions closely during the recovery period to ensure a successful outcome.

Are there any risks or complications associated with this surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks and potential complications. These can include infection, scarring, changes in sensation in the breast or nipple, and difficulty breastfeeding. Dr. Ghaznavi will discuss the potential risks and complications with you before the surgery. By closely following post-operative instructions, you can reduce your risk of developing an infection or other complications.

How long do results last?

The results can last for many years, but the breasts will continue to age and may eventually begin to sag again. The longevity of the results can be affected by factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy. To maintain the results, it is important to maintain a stable weight and avoid activities that can cause the breasts to sag, such as heavy lifting or high-impact exercise. If you have any questions or concerns about the longevity of your breast lift results, be sure to talk to Dr. Ghaznavi.

Will I have any scars?

As a dual board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ghaznavi has performed countless procedures in which incisions are necessary. While he always tries to make incisions that are small or in an inconspicuous place, some scarring may occur around the incision site. The possibility of scarring is something that you can discuss during your initial consultation, along with other risks and considerations.

What should I avoid after surgery?

It is important to avoid activities that could put excessive pressure on your breasts or cause them to become inflamed. This can include heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and contact sports. You should also avoid sleeping on your stomach and wearing clothes that are too tight or restrictive. It is important to follow Dr. Ghaznavi’s instructions for aftercare to ensure the best possible outcome.

Can this procedure increase the size of my breasts?

While this procedure can improve the shape and position of the breasts, it does not necessarily increase their size. If you want to increase the size of your breasts, you may want to consider a breast augmentation procedure in addition to a breast lift. Breast augmentation involves the placement of breast implants to add volume to the breasts.

Can I still breastfeed after surgery?

In most cases, women are able to breastfeed after this procedure. However, there is a slight risk that the milk ducts or nipples could be damaged during the surgery, which could affect the ability to breastfeed. Before undergoing a breast lift, it is important to discuss your breastfeeding plans with Dr. Ghaznavi to determine the best course of action. In some cases, he may recommend waiting until after you have finished breastfeeding to have the surgery.

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