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Breast

Breast Lift

Mastopexy, or breast lift, is commonly performed to improve the appearance and shape of drooping or sagging breasts in women who have experienced loss of volume in their breast tissue due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Dr. Burnett can remove excess skin, reposition the nipple, and recontour the breast, creating a more lifted, youthful, and shapely figure.

A breast lift may be performed alone or in conjunction with breast enlargement surgery (breast augmentation) based on your individual goals. Dr. Burnett can help each patient determine what choice is best for her.

Reasons for Considering Breast Lift Surgery

There are certain criteria that make some people better suited for a breast lift than others. The following are good indicators of a patient who will benefit from having a breast lift procedure:

  • Pendulous Breast
  • Non-firm breasts
  • Breasts that show a lack of substance
  • Downward pointing nipples
  • Downward pointing areolas

Your Breast Lift Consultation

At your consultation, Dr. Burnett will conduct a thorough evaluation of your breasts with measurements and photos. The doctor will test the quality of skin around the breasts, the placement of your nipples and areolas, and the breast size and shape. Dr. Burnett will discuss the likely outcomes of the surgery and the potential risks and complications.

The Breast Lift Surgery

Surgery is performed on an out-patient basis, under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about 2-1/2 hours. Your breast lift procedure can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for you will be determined in your consultation with Dr. Burnett. After the doctor makes the incisions the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter. Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.

After your breasts are reshaped and excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed. Some incision lines resulting from breast lift are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.

If the patient is having an implant inserted along with the breast lift, the implant will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue or under the muscle of the chest wall.

What to Expect Following Breast Lift Surgery

Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions after the procedure is completed. You will also be provided with a special post-operative support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. You will return to the office in 7 to 10 days to have your sutures removed. You can usually return to work after a week or two but normal activities should be limited for 4 weeks.

Results

Because of the skin’s natural tendency to settle, the tissue will give slightly after a few months and some sagging will reoccur, but not to the extent of the original state. The results should last indefinitely, but may be affect by extreme weight gain or pregnancy. Gravity will still affect your breasts a bit over time, but only weight fluctuation will cause major changes in the breast appearance following the procedure.

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Breast Reduction

Women with large breasts or macromastia often suffer from multiple nagging issues on a daily basis. These issues include: chronic neck & back pain, rashes beneath their breasts, grooves cut into their shoulders by bra straps, poor posture and difficulty finding clothes that fit well. The breast reduction procedure has both cosmetic and therapeutic benefits; it tightens and reshapes the breasts while providing relief from physical strain of heavy breasts.

When to Consider Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is performed to:

  • Improve the size and contour of the breasts
  • Reduce chronic neck, back and shoulder pain
  • Reduce skin irritation and rashes that form underneath heavy breasts
  • Balance breasts that are of different sizes

Breast reduction has a high success rate and is sometimes covered by insurance. However, if you have a history of irregular mammograms, uncontrolled medical conditions or severe obesity, you may not be a good candidate for surgery. The best way to find out if surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burnett.

Breast Reduction Consultation

At your consultation, Dr. Burnett will conduct a thorough evaluation of your breasts with measurements and photos. He will review your medical history and discuss the likely outcomes of the surgery and the potential risks and complications.

Your breast reduction surgery may be covered by your insurance company if deemed a medical necessity. It is important that you provide the office with documentation of your symptoms. As a courtesy, Dr. Burnett’s office will submit the clinical information from your visit to your insurance company for a pre-determination of coverage.

Breast Reduction Surgery

There are many different breast reduction techniques. The right technique for your breasts will depend on your natural size and shape, as well as your desired results. The breast reduction procedures are performed on an out-patient basis, under general anesthesia. The procedure may require 1 to 3 hours of operating time.

The most common incision pattern is called the anchor lift. This technique is best for women who require a significant amount of tissue removal. The first incision begins around the perimeter of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) and extends vertically down to the breast crease. Another incision is then made in a horizontal line at the breast crease. Next, Dr. Burnett removes the excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. The nipple and areola are then repositioned to a higher position and held in place by stitches.

Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery

Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions after the procedure is completed. You will also be provided with a special post-operative support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. Some patients experience minor discomfort, bruising, swelling or numbness. You will return to the office in 7 to 10 days to have your sutures removed. You can usually return to work after one to two weeks. Strenuous activities should be restricted for 4 to 6 weeks.

Results

The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. Your better proportioned figure will likely enhance your self-image and boost your self-confidence. However, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. The best way to ensure long-term results is to maintain a stable body weight.

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