As a woman ages, her breasts may lose their firmness and shape, sagging on their frame. This is due to a loss of skin tone and elasticity; resulting from pregnancy, weight fluctuations, genetics, and the normal aging process. Known as ptosis, women of any age or shape may experience sagging breasts. Those with large breasts are prone to drooping breast tissue, but anyone – with or without implants – may experience this problem. As the skin becomes lax, it will result in the breasts to sink on the chest, decreasing upper pole fullness, and altering the nipple position. Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure that can significantly improve breast shape and position: the breast lift.
A Santa Rosa breast lift, also referred to as a Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to raise sagging breast tissue. The Mastopexy can dramatically improve lax breast tissue, while positively impacting a woman’s self-confidence and self-perception. The outpatient procedure can renew self-esteem as it restores a youthful figure. While the Mastopexy alone does not change the breast’s shape or volume, it does provide an improvement in the chest’s overall appearance. Many women in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin County choose to combine the breast lift with a breast augmentation (implants) to gain optimal shape, volume, and upper pole fullness.
The Breast Lift in Marin and Sonoma County
Dr. Heather Furnas and Dr. Francisco Canales have been helping women restore a beautiful, lifted, youthful chest with the breast lift procedure for more than 20 years. Their innovative techniques provide beautiful breasts for those patients who are frustrated with their drooping or sagging chest. While there are a variety of reasons that women seek out a breast lift procedure, Plastic Surgery Associate’s cutting-edge techniques bring excellent results for women of any age, build, and ethnicity.
At Plastic Surgery Associates, the goal is to make each patient feel comfortable, informed, and cared for every step of the way through the Mastopexy procedure. To ensure a stress-free breast lift surgery and a smooth recovery, carefully read through the pre/post surgical instructions, plan ahead, and follow these tips:
- Ask lots of questions; no matter how complex or silly, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas are always available for clarification.
- Arrange for transportation home from the surgical center, as well as for the first 24 hours after surgery. You will be happy to have the help.
- Fill prescriptions ahead of surgery day. Have pain medications, extra pillows, ice bags, and easy to prepare meals waiting at home, ensuring a peaceful recovery.
The Ideal Candidate for a Breast Lift:
Any woman dealing with the frustration of sagging breast tissue may make a good candidate for the Mastopexy procedure. The ideal patient will be in generally good health, have a clear understanding of the breast lift procedure, and hold realistic expectations for her surgical results. Ladies of any age who are unhappy with the position of their breasts and nipples can benefit from a breast lift. To determine if the Santa Rosa breast lift is the right procedure for your situation, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales.
Your Breast Lift Consultation with Plastic Surgery Associates:
To get started towards a breast lift, begin by arranging a complimentary consultation with Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales at Plastic Surgery Associates. At this time, you will have a moment to get to know the surgeons, and learn more about their breast lift techniques. After a quick physical examination, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will spend time discussing your short-term and long-term aesthetic goals. A variety of Before/After photographs, showing recent breast lift patients, will be reviewed. If it is determined that the breast lift procedure is the right technique to reach your desired physical appearance, then a detailed surgical plan will be created.
The Napa Valley Breast Lift Surgical Procedure:
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas normally perform the Mastopexy procedure on an outpatient basis, using general anesthesia, or a local anesthesia with IV sedation. The procedure will take between two and three hours to complete, depending on the technique used and the level of correction desired. The Mastopexy can also be combined with other restorative procedures, such as the breast augmentation or a Mommy Makeover.
The specific breast lift technique utilized by Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas may vary according to the unique needs of each individual patient. Generally, an inverted T incision will be used. This runs in a circle around the nipple/areola, then vertically down the breast, and horizontally across the natural breast crease. After the incisions have been placed, the surgeons will then excise unwanted fatty tissue and skin. The breast tissue will be lifted, while the nipple and areola will be repositioned to a more aesthetically pleasing height. Once the desired level of correction has been obtained, sutures and a surgical bandage will be placed for proper healing.
Your Breast Lift Recovery:
Women receiving a breast lift should expect their recovery to take between one and two weeks. Some degree of swelling and bruising is normal, however these will resolve on its own, over the first 14 to 21 days. Mild to moderate discomfort may be felt initially; Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will prescribe the needed medications to keep their patients resting comfortably as they heal. Temporary numbness around the nipple may occur, as well; this is not uncommon and will diminish as the breasts fully heal.
Patients will need to wear a specialized support bra/garment over the first several weeks. This encourages proper healing for the breasts. Women are generally feeling well enough to return to work in one to two weeks, sometimes even sooner. Heavy lifting, strenuous activities, and vigorous exercise should be postponed for about six weeks.
Get the Satisfying Breast Lift You Deserve in Santa Rosa:
For more information on the breast lift procedure in Napa Valley, or to arrange a complimentary consultation, contact Plastic Surgery Associates at 707.537.2111. Patients who are coming in from outside of the Sonoma or Marin County area may prefer to schedule an online consultation appointment. Please talk to one of our Patient Coordinators for further instructions.
Breast Lift FAQ:
What is a breast lift?
The breast lift, also known as a Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to lift the breast, improving sagging tissue that occurs after an extreme weight fluctuation, pregnancy, or with the normal aging process.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift at Plastic Surgery Associates?
Ideally, a breast lift candidate will be a woman in good health who desires an improvement in the shape and position of her sinking breasts.
Will my Napa Valley Breast Lift leave scars?
Yes, the breast lift procedure does leave scars along the incision lines. These normally run around the areola, vertically down from the nipple, and along the natural breast crease. Breast lift scars are well concealed under clothing and swimwear.
When can I return to work after my breast lift procedure?
Generally, women are feeling well enough to return to work seven to fourteen days after their breast lift, sometimes even sooner.
What are the risks associated with the breast lift procedure?
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas’ breast lift is considered an extremely safe and effective procedure. However, as it is invasive, there is the rare chance for complications to arise, such as bleeding, loss of nipple sensation, infection, or asymmetry.
Breast Lift at a Glance
|Purpose||To elevate sagging, lax breast tissue; to restore breast contour; to increase breast firmness|
|Procedure:||The breast lift is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, or under local anesthetic with IV sedation. The exact location of the incisions will vary according to the individual patients required correction. Often, an inverted T incision (around the areola, vertically down the breast, and across the breast crease) is utilized. From here, excess skin, fat, and tissue are removed. The breast is reshaped, lifted, and the nipple repositioned.|
|Recovery:||Recovery after a breast lift takes between one and two weeks. Most women are comfortable returning to work or school in seven to fourteen days.|
|Results:||Firmer, lifted, youthful looking breasts|
|Related Procedures:||Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction, Mommy Makeover|