What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity all contribute to the loss of skin elasticity, shape, and firmness. In these cases, a breast lift can restore the appearance of the breasts that the patient once had.

Breast lift surgery will not change the size of your breasts or change the shape of your breast, only the position. If you want to change the size as well as the position of your breasts, you can choose to combine a breast lift with an augmentation or reduction. To fins out which treatment plan is best for you, visit Dr. Faclon at our Natrona Heights office, which is located 17 miles from Aspinwall and 14 miles from Apollo.

Who is a Candidate for a Breast Lift?

Candidates for breast lifts are concerned with drooping or sagging breasts, commonly after pregnancy, weight fluctuation, or simply due to the aging process. To determine whether you are a candidate for breast lift vs. augmentation, some plastic surgeons recommend that you try the “pencil test.” This involves placing a pencil at the breast crease. If it falls, you will likely not benefit from a breast lift. If the pencil is held in place and the nipples fall below the pencil, a breast lift may benefit you.

Breast lift candidates should be generally healthy and at a stable weight. During a consultation, Dr. Falcon can recommend whether a breast lift is a safe and suitable option for you. You can also discuss other surgical options to address your dissatisfaction with your appearance, which could include a breast augmentation, combination of augmentation and breast lift, or mommy makeover. Dr. Falcon will happily answer any questions that you may have as you create a plan for your procedure.

“I am so happy I had this procedure done. I feel so light and even feel young again because I can be more mobile. Thank you, Dr. Falcon and Maria for helping me.”

-Denise F

Recovery After a Breast Lift

After a breast lift, you will need someone who can safely drive you home and care for you in the early stages of recovery. You will have dressings and drains in place as well as a supportive surgical bra to ensure proper healing and reduce swelling. Discomfort is normal in the early stages of recovery, but you can take pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Falcon to keep you comfortable. Typically, breast lift patients need about 1-2 weeks away from work or other daily routines so they can rest and recover after their surgery. Even as you return to work, it is important to avoid strenuous activity, including exercise or lifting heavy objects, until Dr. Falcon determines you have healed enough to do so. This usually falls about 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about breast lift surgery and your best options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Falcon. Call Falcon Plastic Surgery at (724) 226-3900 or contact us online to set up your appointment. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 10 miles from Delmont and 10 miles from Irwin.

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