A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that lifts the breast to a higher position on the chest and moves the nipple areola complex back to the center of the breast – both of which recreates a more youthful appearance. Although the breast lift cannot be done without creating scars, Dr. Tarola uses only the latest techniques, which minimizes both the length and visibility of the scar. Ultimately, the length of the scar will be dictated by the degree of ptosis (droopiness) of the breast and the amount of extra skin that needs to be removed.
A common misunderstanding amongst patients is the fact that they will not achieve a full, round look in the upper portion of the breast without the addition of an implant when undergoing a breast lift. Although a breast lift without an implant will most definitely improve the size and shape of the breasts, patient must understand that they will not achieve upper pole fullness without even a modest size implant.
During your consultation with Dr. Tarola, you will discuss your overall goals and desired outcome. At that time, both you and Dr. Tarola will decide whether a mastopexy or mastopexy with augmentation is the right option for you based on your goals.
Once you schedule your breast lift with Dr. Tarola, you will be given a breast lift surgical packet, which includes medications to avoid before your procedure, postoperative instructions, and information on what to expect in the weeks and months following your procedure. Doctor Tarola and Tarola Plastic Surgery will also provide you with all of your prescriptions so that they may be filled in advance of the procedure day.
On the day of your procedure, you will arrive early to the surgery center to speak with your board certified anesthesiologist and be prepared for surgery. Doctor Tarola only performs procedures at fully accredited surgery centers. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia both for your comfort and to provide Dr. Tarola with the ideal conditions to perform your surgery in order to achieve optimal results.
When you awake, you will be sore but kept comfortable in the recovery room. All of the stitches will be below the skin surface and dissolvable. Your incision will be covered with skin glue and there will be no dressings. Your chest will be wrapped in a compression garment that will be left in place for 24 hours after which time it can be removed and you can shower.
Strict adherence to Dr. Tarola’s postoperative instructions is critical to your result. Some of the instructions include wearing a sports bra or soft cup bra around the clock for the first 2-3 weeks following surgery. You will be restricted to no strenuous activity or heavy lifting, nothing greater than 10-15 pounds, for two weeks following surgery. The scars from a breast lift tend to heal extremely well as long as scar care instructions are followed.