A breast lift, also commonly known as mastopexy, is a breast enhancement Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Solomon uses to lift and restore perky breasts. Sometimes a woman’s breasts will begin to droop or lose volume (or both) due to pregnancy, childbirth, or simply the ravages of time. For women who seek a more youthful figure, a breast lift can help restore self-confidence and self-esteem.
COSMETIC BREAST ENHANCEMENT
Ideal candidates for the breast lift procedure are Philadelphia women who want to restore the shape and position of the breasts. Women who have drooping breasts are often self-conscious about their appearance; a breast lift can help improve a patient’s self-esteem, and often their clothes fit better as a result.
For women who have lost significant breast volume, Dr. Solomon will sometimes recommend breast augmentation in Philadelphia using either saline or silicone breast implants in addition to the breast lift. A lift also can be performed in conjunction with breast reduction to create more comfortable and attractive breasts.
PROCEDURE & RECOVERY
Prior to performing any cosmetic surgery procedure, Dr. Solomon first gives each patient a customized consultation. On the day of surgery, Dr. Solomon will mark and measure the breasts – the markings are used as guidelines for the incisions during the procedure.
The actual surgical procedure involves making the incision, removing some of the skin of the breast, moving the nipple up and reshaping the breast so that it is higher and firmer. If you are also having breast augmentation, then the implants will be inserted at this time.
After the Philadelphia breast enhancement surgery, you can expect to be sore and experience mild to moderate swelling and pain, which are easily controlled with medications. Most of Dr. Solomon’s patients resume their normal routines within one week. With a breast lift, women don’t have to accept sagging and drooping breasts as a natural sign of getting older.
As with any surgery, there are risks involved with breast lift procedures. Patients should keep in mind that complications are rare following a breast lift and any problems usually respond well to treatment. Here are some possible complications:
- Bleeding – a rare occurrence.
- Infection – rarely occurs and is treatable by antibiotics.
- Loss of nipple sensation – Complete or partial loss of sensation in the nipple is extremely rare – sensation almost always returns but on occasion can be permanent.
Scarring is a significant concern for many women. The extent of scarring depends on the amount of lift desired and the type of incision that is made during the surgery. Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Solomon is very experienced in the breast lift procedure – as such, he is one of the few plastic surgeons to utilize the Benelli technique. The main advantages of this technique are:
- Less noticeable scarring
- More natural look
- Faster healing time
- Fewer risks of complications
In the Benelli technique, the incision is made around the areola and excess skin is removed in a purse string shape. A permanent suture is placed around the skin surrounding the areola to prevent the scar from spreading. Occasionally, scar revision is necessary following a breast lift in order to obtain optimum aesthetic results. These revision procedures are usually minor and are done in Dr. Solomon’s office.
FIND OUT MORE
Are you ready to find out more about breast enhancement in Philadelphia? Request a consultation online with board-certified plastic surgeon Mark P. Solomon, MD, FACS, or call his Philadelphia office at 610-667-7070 or Beverly Hills at 424-324-3586.