Breast Lift in Virginia Beach
A woman's breasts often change over the years, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes, including loss of skin elasticity, can result from pregnancy, weight fluctuations, aging and gravity. Heredity may also be a factor, and a young woman may experience loose, sagging breast tissue and a loss of firm, uplifted contours.
Is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Right for Me?
If you desire to treat sagging and uneven breasts, then a breast lift may be right for you. A breast lift (mastopexy) raises and firms the breasts by removing excess breast tissue, shaping the underlying breast tissue and shifting the areola and nipple to a higher position. Sometimes the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) has become enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well. Breast reduction liposuction may also be performed to improve the contour of the breasts, especially on the sides.
A breast lift is appropriate for non-smokers who wish to improve breast shape and position. When an increase in volume is also desired, breast implants may be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift. Dr. Hugo does not perform breast implant surgery because of the increased risk of complications and long-term problems associated with breast implants.
While a breast lift does not generally affect breast function, women who are planning future pregnancies should discuss this with their plastic surgeon. The changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed. For these reasons, good candidates for a breast lift are generally women of normal, stable weight whose breasts are fully developed and who have completed their family.
Dr. Ben Hugo
Whether your needs are surgical or you are simply looking to rejuvenate your appearance, Dr. Hugo and his qualified staff welcome you. Learn more about Dr. Hugo, his qualifications, and how he can help you.
Learn more about Dr. Hugo, his qualifications, and how he can help you.
Since there are several methods of performing a breast lift (mastopexy), Dr. Hugo will evaluate you and determine the best technique based on the size and shape of your breasts and the extent of sagging. The surgical method used will determine the number and location of the incisions. The most common is a pattern with three incisions:
- Around the areola
- Vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
- Horizontally along the breast crease
Your breast lift will be performed under a light anesthetic in our office surgery suite, which is fully accredited to the highest level by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Light sedation or light general anesthesia is administered by board-certified anesthetists to ensure comfort and achieve optimal results.
During the breast lift procedure, excess breast skin is removed, and the nipple and areola is shifted to a higher position. If your areola has become stretched, it can be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and pulled together beneath the breast to reshape it. Excess skin is removed, and sutures are placed deep in the breast tissue to support the new breast position. The nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying breast tissue to provide for preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed. Typically, no breast tissue is removed, and the breast volume and bra size will remain unchanged after the procedure.
Dr. Hugo makes every effort to place scars in hidden areas and minimize them in natural breast contours, but some may be visible on the breast surface. Although incision lines are permanent, in most cases they will fade and significantly improve over time.
After the Procedure
Once your procedure is completed dressings will be applied to your incisions. A support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect. Before being released following surgery, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the breasts following surgery
- Medications to take orally
- Specific changes at the surgical site or in overall health
- Follow-up with Dr. Hugo at one, seven and 14 days, and one, three and 12 months
Initial healing will include swelling and discomfort at the incision sites. Discomfort is controlled with medication. A support bra is recommended around the clock for the first month. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery.
You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at a week, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for three months.
With an excellent artistic sense, Dr. Hugo has built a reputation for always providing natural results for his patients. Due to his skill, experience, attention to detail and meticulous planning, Dr. Hugo's patients are consistently satisfied and pleased with his work. Breast lift before and after photos from patients here in the Virginia Beach area are available to help you visualize the possibilities.