Breast Lift

Breast Lift Columbus, Ohio

All women will experience some degree of breast sagging, also known as breast ptosis, during their lifetime. Collagen loss, a normal part of the aging process, weakens the skin and the connective tissues that support the breasts. As a result, the weight of the breasts gradually stretches the skin. Other factors, such as weight fluctuations and pregnancy, also contribute to ptosis. 

A plastic surgery procedure called a breast lift (mastopexy) can restore the youthful position of breasts while also improving their contour. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Zochowski is an expert in breast lift surgery who uses his experience, knowledge, and compassion to provide the best results possible for each patient. 

Understanding the Role of Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lifts are the best option for patients who want to improve the shape and position of their breasts, without creating any increase in breast size. Mastopexy will not add any volume to your breasts. On the contrary, because loose skin is removed during this procedure, your breasts will probably be slightly smaller after your breast lift. The primary purpose of breast lift surgery is to make the breasts more pert and symmetrical.

If you wish to lift and augment your breasts at the same time, we can help. Dr. Zochowski can combine mastopexy with the insertion of breast implants to create a simultaneous enhancement of both size and shape. This option is popular with women who’ve lost breast volume and developed ptosis after breastfeeding.

Breast lift surgery may be right for you if you’re struggling with any of the following cosmetic issues:

  • Your nipples sit below the breast crease or point downwards.
  • Your breasts are more oblong (oval shaped) than round.
  • Your breasts appear flat and you would like to improve their contour and projection.
  • Your breasts or areolas are uneven. 
  • Your areolas are larger than you would like them to be.

Understanding the Different Types of Breast Lift Surgery

There are four common mastopexy techniques designed to treat different grades of breast ptosis. Depending on your needs, Dr. Zochowski will recommend one of the following forms of breast lift surgery:

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery in Columbus?

The ideal breast lift candidate is in good health and a non-smoker. If you smoke, you will need to stop smoking for at least eight weeks before and after your procedure. This is required because smoking impedes the healing process and leads to an increased risk of complications.

Breast lift candidates should also be close to their preferred weight and done having children. Future weight loss usually creates more loose skin, which can result in a recurrence of ptosis. The normal expansion of the breasts during pregnancy can also stretch the skin, causing sagging breasts to return.

Breast lift surgery can sometimes interfere with the patient’s ability to breastfeed, but certain surgical techniques can be used to help avoid this. If you would like to have breast lift surgery as soon as possible, but you’re not sure whether or not you will have more children, discuss this issue with Dr. Zochowski. He may be able to modify your procedure to ensure that your milk ducts are not affected.

Recovering from Breast Lift Surgery

Mastopexy recovery is usually straightforward and is similar to the recovery process that follows breast augmentation. Most patients can expect to return to work after about one week, though patients who’ve had an anchor lift may need to rest for 10-14 days. Full recovery usually occurs within three to four weeks, and some activity restrictions are necessary during this time.

You will not be able to lift heavy objects (including children and pets) for about a month following your operation. For this reason, we recommend enlisting the aid of a caregiver during your recovery period.

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Schedule a Breast Lift Consultation in Columbus

Breast lift surgery can restore both your confidence and your comfort. It can reduce chafing and breast mobility, allowing you to wear a wider range of clothing styles. Whether your breasts have changed over the years or you’ve always been unhappy with their shape, mastopexy can help. Contact Dr. Zochowski to schedule a breast lift consultation in Columbus and learn more about this rejuvenating procedure.

Breast Lift Post-Operation

Most people can resume a normal diet the evening of surgery. If you feel queasy or nauseated, start with clear liquids or soup. Advance your diet as tolerated to a regular diet. You may experience some constipation as a result of the pain medication. Over the counter laxatives such as Milk of Magnesia or a stool softener is recommended. If this is not sufficient, dulcolax or a suppository may be necessary.

Walking short distances is encouraged in the first few days after surgery. No lifting, pushing or pulling in the first week post-op. Mild physical exercise can be resumed as directed by the doctor after your first post- operative appointment. Please refrain from high impact or heavy exercise until released to do so, up to 4 weeks.

Leave all dressings and the surgical bra in place for 24 to 48 hours. After 24 to 48 hours, you may remove the gauze and bra for a brief period of time to shower. Following a shower, pat yourself dry, apply clean gauze and the surgical bra. Any residual surgical soap (yellow) or marker can be gently removed with rubbing alcohol.

Swelling, bruising, redness and of the skin is normal and will resolve over time. Many patients have drainage from the bottom of the breasts were the incisions come together. This drainage is quite normal and may be bloody, yellow or clear in color.

Showers can be taken after two days. Remove the surgical bra and dressings for the shower and replace with clean gauze and the surgical bra after patting dry.

Take the narcotic pain medication as prescribed to manage post operative pain. Do not drive until you are no longer taking the narcotics and are free of significant pain. When a narcotic is no longer needed to manage pain, Extra Strength Tylenol is an acceptable substitute.

If there is any concerns, please call the office (614) 604-7820. Most issues are easily addressed and do not require significant intervention.

The most common emergencies that might need attention are:

  • Nausea that lasts 4 hours or more and does not respond to medication
  • Bleeding that is persistent and uncontrolled
  • Sudden enlargement and/or pain of one side with bruising
  • High fever lasting more than a few hours and not responding to medication
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain that is considerably worse on one side
  • Leg swelling

If you feel the situation is urgent, call 911 and/or proceed directly to the closest emergency room. Please call us as well.

Follow-up is typically in 7-10 days and should be scheduled by calling our office at (614) 604-7820 if it has not already been arranged.

FAQs About Columbus, OH Breast Lift

Most patients can return to work about a week after their breast lift. Patients with strenuous jobs may need additional time off.

As the breast droops downward, so do the nipple and areola. Depending on your circumstances, we can reposition, resize, or lift the areola naturally during a breast lift.

While patients can expect some minor discomfort after surgery, a breast lift shouldn’t be a painful process. Pain medications can reduce discomfort significantly, allowing patients to rest and recover with little to no pain. If you’re experiencing pain after surgery, let us know so we can explore solutions to bring you relief.

The cost of a breast lift varies depending on the extent and difficulty of the surgery. We provide each patient with a personalized quote during their consultation. Financing is available for many patients.

A breast lift is usually considered cosmetic surgery, so most insurance plans will not cover it. Contact your medical insurance company for complete details about your coverage.

Incisions for a breast lift can leave some visible scarring on the breasts. Breast lift scars will be most noticeable in the first 6-12 months after surgery while incisions are still red and healing. After incisions fade, most patients find their scars are barely noticeable and that the improvement in breast shape and positioning offsets any scars.

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