- Achieve a perkier breast contour with minimal scarring.
- Create more projection of your breasts, so they don’t lie as flat against your body.
- Create more fullness in the upper portion of your breasts, enhancing your cleavage.
- Make your nipples point forward or slightly upward, rather than downward.
- The option of undergoing your surgery under general or local anesthesia.
- A reduction of inflammation due to the administration of pre-emptive anesthesia, allowing you to have a more comfortable and shorter recovery.
- The ability to address any concerns regarding the size of your breasts at the same time (whether you’d like to increase or decrease your breast size).
- The ability to reduce the size of your areolas, if desired.
- A more youthful appearance.
What makes your minimal breast lift at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique
1. Dr. Gartner is experienced in performing all breast lift types:
- Benelli, also known as circumareolar or donut technique
- Vertical or lollipop technique
- Inverted or anchor technique
However, Dr. Gartner has found that the most effective method for a breast lift tends to be the vertical or lollipop technique. This is further supported by a study that found vertical mastopexy was able to achieve more breast projection and upper pole fullness than other techniques. You’ll have a better lift with less scarring.
2. You can choose to have a breast reduction or breast augmentation performed at the same time as your breast lift. This allows you to target your breast shape and size in a single surgery, so you won’t have to undergo two separate surgeries and two separate recovery periods. In fact, a prospective study of 325 patients found that almost 91% experienced improved self-esteem following their combined breast lift and reduction or augmentation. Patient satisfaction was 96%.
3. You’ll receive pre-emptive anesthesia before your breast lift surgery even begins. Research has found that pre-emptive anesthesia reduces the rate of inflammation you’ll experience following surgery, so you’ll have a more comfortable and faster recovery.
Are you a candidate for a minimal scar breast lift?
Mastopexy is designed to “lift” your breasts by removing loose skin and repositioning the nipples to a higher level. If you have pendulous breasts that lack the fullness you want, you may be a candidate for the surgery.
You can determine whether your breasts are sagging by looking at the front and side view of your breasts. If your nipples and areolas point downward and are positioned below your breast crease, then you may want to consider mastopexy.
If you are planning to have children in the future, you may want to hold off on having surgery. This is because pregnancy can cause further sagging, reversing your results. Results may also be adversely affected by dramatic weight loss.
For women who have recently given birth, it is advised that a waiting period of six months passes after giving birth or breastfeeding before surgery is considered.
Dr. Gartner, a Double Board Certified plastic surgeon and general surgeon, will meet with you for your initial consultation. During this medical appointment, you’ll talk about your aesthetic concerns regarding your breasts and what improvement you hope to achieve with surgery. Dr. Gartner will assess your concerns, as well as your medical history and condition, to provide you with your safest and most effective option(s).
During your breast lift consultation, please bring with you any questions or concerns you have regarding your treatment. We recommend you also ask about Dr. Gartner’s experience and credentials as a plastic surgeon, as well as the details about our surgical facility so that you can feel more comfortable with your decision to undergo surgery.
How to prepare for your surgery
A successful outcome from your breast lift depends partially on how you prepare for your surgery.
What you can do to prepare your body
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol two weeks before surgery.
- Avoid Aspirin and Ibuprofen two weeks before surgery.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle and eat a well-balanced diet.
- Taking a multivitamin may help provide your body with more of the nutrients it needs while recovering. However, avoid anything with extra vitamin E, St. John’s Wort and gingko bilboa, as these may increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.
Research has found that having a positive psychological state can help improve the rate at which you heal from breast lift surgery. Patients who are anxious or depressed tend to have longer recovery periods due to delayed healing. For this reason, it’s important that you begin your surgical experience with positive thinking. Limit the amount of negative stress in your life and think about the how great you’ll look after surgery, as well as what you’ll be able to do with your new look!
You may also find that meditation helps in relaxing your mind.
1. Pre-emptive anesthesia is administered.
2. Local or general anesthesia is administered.
3. An incision is made around the areola. Another incision is made extending vertically down from the bottom of the areola to the breast fold (and horizontally in the breast fold if necessary).
4. An implant is inserted and internal sutures are placed if augmentation is performed at the same time.
5. Excess skin is removed through the incisions. More tissue may be removed if a breast reduction is also performed.
6. Although the nipple and areola remain attached to underlying tissue to minimize the risk of numbness and future breastfeeding difficulties, they are shifted to a higher position by first removing excess skin above, then attaching both to the remaining skin higher up on the breast.
7. The areola can be reduced in size, if necessary.
8. The incisions are closed and dressed.
You’ll probably feel tired when you get home and should rest. However, to minimize the risk of blood clots, you are encouraged to move around at a leisurely pace throughout the day.
You’ll need to wear your supportive bra for a few weeks after your surgery, day and night. The bra is designed to provide the support you’ll need and reduce tension on your incisions, minimizing the risk of wound separation (dehiscence).
You may experience some sensation changes in your breasts, particularly your nipples. This is considered temporary and tends to resolve itself in a few weeks to a year.
How you’ll look while you recover
You’ll notice that your breasts will appear perkier right after surgery, however it may be difficult to see under your bandages and supportive bra. Swelling will hide your results; allow for a few weeks for most of the swelling to resolve, and a few months for all of it to disappear.
You’ll be able to shower in a day or two after your surgery. Make sure to wash the area with a mild soap and pat dry. You may also be instructed by Dr. Gartner to apply antibiotic ointment on your incisions.
When you can go back to work
Depending on the extent of your surgery, most patients are able to return to desk work within a week. If your job is physically demanding, you’ll need to wait longer.
When you can get back to the gym
You’ll be able to get back to strenuous exercise in four weeks. This includes weight lifting.
Like most of our patients, you'll see a dramatic improvement in the shape of your breasts. They'll be perkier and more youthful, giving you the confidence you need to wear the clothes you want to wear.
Complications and risks associated with a breast lift
Mastopexy is a safe surgery that can achieve beautiful, rejuvenating results. However, like any medical treatment, you should be aware of the risks associated with the treatment. These are all considered rare:
- irregular scarring
- tissue loss
- sensation changes
- wound dehiscence
- breastfeeding difficulties
Please note that a breast lift will achieve long lasting results, and your breasts will always be perkier than if you hadn’t had the surgery performed in the first place. However, aging, weight fluctuations and pregnancy may all negatively affect your results.
A note on the Horndeski Method and the Ultimate Breast Lift
Dr. Gartner does not perform the Horndeski Method, formerly known as the Ultimate Breast Lift. He has performed the procedure in the past, however he has found that results can be less than satisfying for his patients because of the way it flattens out the breasts too much.