Breast lift surgery usually takes 2-4 hours and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this treatment depends on the nature of breast size and sagging. The method used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories based on the size, location, and nature of the incision. The vertical incision (lollipop approach) is Dr. Vinyard's preferred technique.
Quite frequently, the incision for a breast lift is made in a lollipop fashion around the nipple with a vertical incision below the nipple. Patients are typically concerned about having scars on their breasts. However, once you view before-and-after images, you will see that they usually fade to a thin, white line that is not noticeable unless closely observed. The new, improved shape of the breasts becomes the focus of your attention.
Once the loose, aged skin is excised along with breast tissue and unwanted fat, the skin will then be pulled tight, and the nipple/areola complex will be positioned higher and lifted to look healthier and younger. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reconstructed and reduced to match the new placement and shape of the breast. If you and Dr. Vinyard decide that a breast implant, in addition to the lift, would provide greater breast volume and fullness, he will insert the implant at this point. After the last suture is closed, you will be transported to our recovery room until discharge. You will return to the comfort of your own home the night of surgery unless you combine your breast lift with an abdominoplasty to have a mommy makeover. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to diminish swelling. A thin tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess fluid leakage that can sometimes occur after mastopexy treatment.