A breast lift can improve the appearance of your breasts in several ways. Breast lift elevates the breast tissue, repositions the areola, and enhances the shape of the breast. This surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. However, if you want your breasts to look fuller, consider breast augmentation with lift surgery. Also, if you want smaller breasts, consider combining a lift with a breast reduction.
It is normal to be afraid and concerned about having surgery, and emotional support is vital. Because plastic surgery is a cosmetic elective, people do not realize how necessary the operation is to you. Often, they do not offer the right information to assist you along what should be an exciting journey. A positive outcome begins with a consultation where Dr. Moelleken. He will evaluate the best contour and breast size for your specific body type. Remember, this may be the only surgery you have ever had or will ever have. We help patients through the process every day. It is essential to us that you feel comfortable, not only with Dr. Moelleken but with his entire professional team. We will do our very best to make sure your surgical experience is a success. We will also make sure that you receive the emotional support you need as well.
Dr. Moelleken is dedicated to staying current on all the advanced procedures within the field of plastic surgery. So you know you can trust his decisions to be unsurpassed in safety. His reputation has proven him one of the nation’s most experienced cosmetic breast and body surgeons. He always takes great care and pride in making your breasts the best that they can be.
There are three general skin design patterns for breast lifts (mastopexy). These types of a breast lift are based on:
The three main techniques used by Dr. Moelleken are:
The Wise Pattern mastopexy is the original type of breast lift procedure. It developed from breast reduction surgery techniques by Dr. Robert J. Wise. The reduction procedure was modified to lift and shape the breasts, rather than focusing on removal of excess breast tissue. The incisions and closures remained the same, but the alterations in procedural terms made this a broader scoped operation. The Wise Pattern Lift utilizes the standard anchor incision consisting of three distinct cuts on your breast. Dr. Brent performs The Wise Pattern procedure by placing incisions along the inframammary border of your breast. Along with a vertical incision from the fold up to your areola. Lastly, an incision around the perimeter of your areola.
The periareolar incision allows your areola and nipple to be raised by up to 10 centimeters or more. This makes a significant difference for women with extremely saggy breasts. The vertical and inframammary incisions allow the re-sculpting and tightening of your breast tissue. Also, the removal of excess and stretched out skin from the bottom and side of your breast. When all the improvements are complete, Dr. Moelleken will close the incisions. The results will create an upright and youthful shaped breast.
This procedure is best for women with large problematic breasts. There is likely to be noticeable scarring, especially from the vertical and inframammary incisions. Any woman who has a clinically ptotic condition, which justifies a complete breast lift, will benefit significantly from the Wise Pattern procedure. These benefits will make a positive change to your body and an even more significant contribution in renewing your self-image. Although there are risks and possible complications involved with any major surgery, patients are thrilled with the final surgical result from a Wise Pattern breast lift.
A periareolar breast lift procedure refers to a special technique used in mastopexy surgery. Which the operation has less scarring than other types of breast lift.
The periareolar lift can be performed in two primary forms and countless subtle variations, including:
The Crescent Lift is the least invasive of all mastopexy procedures. It will produce a slight lifting and firming effect, raising your nipple 1 to 2 cm. In this operation, Dr. Moelleken will excise a small crescent-shaped wedge of skin from your upper areola border. The crescent mastopexy is only used for women with smaller breasts and minimal degrees of ptosis. This surgical technique is often employed in combination with a periareolar breast augmentation.
The Donut mastopexy is also commonly known as the Benelli breast lift or Concentric mastopexy. This is considered a modified type of breast lift because it requires fewer incisions and is less invasive than a traditional full uplift procedure. This lift is accomplished when Dr. Moelleken makes two concentric circular incisions. Which the incisions surround the outer border of your areola. The skin between the two incisions is excised, and the remaining tissue pulled together after raising the nipple placement. This technique can raise your nipple by 2 to 4 cm, making a significant difference in the appearance of your breast. This procedure is best for women who have small to medium breasts with mild to moderate degrees of ptosis. The process is commonly performed with periareolar breast implant placement.
During your consultation, Dr. Moelleken will explain the full range of benefits and limitations of a periareolar mastopexy. The periareolar breast lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes anywhere between one to four hours. Once the periareolar breast lift procedure is complete, your breast area will be wrapped in layers of gauze and secured with an elastic bandage. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are not uncommon during the first week. This can be relieved with the help of prescribed pain medications. Stitches are usually removed approximately ten days after your surgery. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with periareolar breast lift surgery. Complications from the use of anesthesia, as well as bleeding and swelling, are possible risks. Although the scars are smaller than those in other mastopexy procedures, you may experience some scarring. Scarring for this procedure should be minimal if you take care of your incisions after surgery. And be sure to follow all instructions provided by Dr. Moelleken and his professional staff.
The most common method of breast lift surgery is the LeJour breast lift, also known as the Vertical or Lollipop breast lift. This technique is a trendy procedure for medium to large breasted woman with moderate to severe breast ptosis. The LeJour breast lift is a moderate approach to mastopexy. More invasive and complicated than a Benelli or Crescent lift, but less invasive than a Wise Pattern mastopexy.
The LeJour method uses two basic incisions to accomplish breast re-sculpting.
This technique eliminates any skin wrinkling or puckering around your nipple.
The LeJour breast lift eliminates the inframammary incision. Dr. Moelleken will employ a Vertical lift technique (a modified LeJour technique) that minimizes the amount of scarring on your breast. By using a “lollipop-type” pattern, this encompasses a circular incision around your areola with a lower breast vertical incision. This eliminates the use of a transverse incision along your lower breast fold. Your resultant scar will be in the shape of a lollipop. Initially, your breasts will look too high with pleating in the lower portion of your incisions. Over a few weeks, significant improvement in your breast shape will occur. It is important that you wear a supportive bra while you are healing.
The LeJour procedure works wonders to rejuvenate your breast shape, yet the marks of the surgery can be quite noticeable. The operation will leave the typical periareolar scarring, as well as a vertical scar from the centerline incision. New scar reduction techniques can help minimize and conceal surgical marks. If you have problematic breast ptosis and suffer from the associated emotional anguish, this procedure will be the best solution. The surgical procedure usually takes between two to four hours, along with a recuperation time of one to two weeks. You will be required to wear a support bra for approximately six weeks after your procedure. You will also be asked to avoid aerobic type exercise for at least three weeks. Also, avoid any strenuous activity for at least six weeks after your surgery. Your anatomy, Dr. Moelleken’s preferences, and your desired results will determine the specific method chosen for your breast lift.
A synopsis of what you will experience during your breast lift surgery can be summed up in 5 basic steps:
Medications are administered for your comfort during breast lift surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Moelleken will recommend the best option for you.
There are three common incision patterns:
After Dr. Moelleken makes the incisions:
After your breasts are reshaped and the excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened. Some incision lines resulting from different types of breast lift are concealed in your natural breast contours. However, others are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases, they will fade and improve over time. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support your newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and surgical tape may be used to close the skin.
After your breast lift procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under your skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. Dr. Moelleken will provide specific instructions on how to care for your breasts following surgery. Along with which medications to apply or take orally to aid in healing and reduce the risk of infection. And lastly when to return to Dr. Brent for your follow-up visit. The results of your breast lift surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve, and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue as you recover.
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is designed to enhance your appearance by lifting your breasts to a higher position. Over the years, women experience the toll of gravity on their breasts due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, genetics, aging, and extreme weight loss or gain. Your skin loses elasticity, your breasts lose shape, and the loss of volume causes sagging to occur. Mastopexy is a surgical procedure that raises and firms your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support your new breast contour. Your breast lift surgery can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques.
The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on:
Dr. Brent Moelleken M.D., FACS, is world renown for his tremendous work with breast augmentations. This includes breast augmentations with lift, breast lifts, breast revisions, gynecomastia procedures, and breast reductions. Men and women choose Dr. Moelleken because they trust his expertise and skilled hands. Breast lift surgeries are one of the most common procedures Dr. Moelleken performs for women who recognize it may be their only option to regain their desired shape. As your skin loses its elasticity, your breasts lose their shape and firmness but by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Moelleken, he will give you back your self-confidence and the figure you have always deserved. Please call our helpful and friendly staff for a personal consultation with Dr. Moelleken today!