Breast Lift Surgery at MAE Plastic Surgery
Women seeking a breast lift in Chicago, the surrounding Chicagoland neighborhoods, or even those from states near and far often look to the skilled hands and artistic eyes of Dr. Michael Epstein. From his AAAASF accredited surgical facility in Northbrook, he has treated many women who have desired to enhance their breasts with a more firm and uplifted bust line.
What is Mastopexy (Breast Lift)?
A mastopexy (commonly referred to as a breast lift) is a surgery that lifts and improves the shape of the breasts. As women age, lose weight, or have children, their breasts tend to lose fat and glandular tissue, and they may develop overstretched or thinned out skin. When the breast tissue shrinks, unfortunately the skin envelope does not, and the areola and nipple drops down below the breast crease. Many women in Chicago feel less sexy with drooping breasts, which is why they opt for Mastopexy surgery. A breast lift will move the nipple above the crease and restore a more youthful look to the breasts by tightening the skin around the existing breast tissue.
Dr. Epstein performs many different breast lift techniques. They will discuss the various options available to you during your one on one consultation at their Northbrook office. If you also desire to get fullness back, you may want to consider combining the lift with a breast augmentation. If you want to reduce the size and weight of your breasts, you may decide to have a breast reduction in combination with the lift. Be sure to ask about the various options available to you.
How is a Breast Lift performed in Chicago?
A breast lift is an outpatient surgical procedure performed at our Northbrook Plastic Surgery facility, which makes it very easy for those that come from Chicago or those that travel great distances. There are variations on how a breast lift is performed, which is largely dependant on the degree of sagginess of the preoperative breast. In the most commonly used technique, each breast is left with fine incisional scars surrounding the areola, running down vertically from the areola to the (usually) shorter horizontal scar in the fold. Excess skin is removed from the lower portion of the breast, lifting and reshaping breast tissue to improve contour and firmness. The breast tissue and nipple are lifted into a higher position, giving a more youthful appearance. If the areola happen to be stretched and enlarged, they can be reduced in size at the same time.
Other options include only making an incision around the areola with or without a vertical incision which is usually reserved for a smaller or less saggy breast. Dr. Epstein will discuss these options as they determine which technique would be best suited for you. The procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours, but may vary depending on the complexity of the lift.
What to expect during the recovery period:
- Immediately after surgery, you may experience swelling, discomfort, bruising and tenderness, all of which are easily controlled with oral medication.
- A sports bra must be worn for the first 2-4 weeks following surgery.
- You can return to light activity within 2 days after surgery, or as you feel ready.
- Most patients return to work within the first week after surgery.
- Full physical activity may resume within 4-6 weeks after surgery.
- Incision lines will continue to heal and refine for 1 year after surgery.