Mastopexy – Jacksonville Plastic Surgery
The breast lift or mastopexy procedure is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. The breast lift procedure is performed at our on-site surgical facility, The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center, on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation and is usually completed within 1 to 3 hours, depending on the actual lift procedure required. The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center is accredited by the prestigious American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
The decision to undergo the breast lift operation is a very personal one and the most frequent factors affecting this decision are:
- to raise and reshape breasts after pregnancy or weight loss
- to restore firmness to the breasts in conjunction with an enlargement procedure
- to reduce the size of the areola (darker skin around the nipple).
The breast lift can enhance a woman’s appearance and self-confidence, in addition to making the selection of certain clothing articles easier as a result of a more balanced and desirable shape. Women of all ages find the breast lift procedure to be a most rewarding and beneficial experience.
There are several different types of breast lift procedures performed at The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center by Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. These include the upper areolar (‘crescent’), concentric (‘donut’), vertical, and the most common procedure, an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The actual procedure selected in each case depends on the findings upon examination, the patients wishes and whether an implant is to be added. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. There may be an effect on the sensation of the nipple area following this procedure.
There will be scars as a result of the surgery and every effort is made at the time of surgery to favorably affect the scarring such that there will be very few sutures actually visible at the completion of the surgery, with the majority of the sutures beneath the skin.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. Generally it is recommended that patients avoid smoking and the ingestion of any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding before any surgery is undertaken.
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and patients are usually able to return to full physical activity within three weeks.