What Conditions Call For Mastopexy Surgery? Mastopexy, also commonly referred to as a breast lift, is a form of surgery designed to correct for the normal effects of age and gravity as well as to address changes sustained through pregnancy and breast feeding.
Patients who have had rapid changes in weight may also experience changes in the appearance of the breasts that can be addressed through breast lift surgery. This condition is called by many names and often referred to in generic terms as droopiness, sagging or downturned breasts, conditions which physicians refer to as ptosis of the breast.
The goal of mastopexy, in the simplest of terms, is to alter the appearance of the breasts so they appear firm, youthful and attractive.
A number of techniques to affect these changes can be appropriated depending on the decisions of the patient and the surgeon. It is common for surgeons to make several carefully placed incisions and to remove excess breast tissue and skin. The areola can also be repositioned higher and more when necessary in order for the nipple to face forward and more ventrally rather than down. A number of more intricate techniques and variations can be employed in patients who have specific concerns, but these steps detail the basic course of action taken with most patients who do not have special concerns.
While all patients are welcome to come in person for a consultation, patients who are both physically and emotionally in good health, who understand that the procedure is a major surgery with certain limitations, risks and possible benefits are the best candidates.
Women with medium to smaller breasts that have seen a clear change in the firmness and condition of their breasts through the aging process often find the greatest changes through a breast lift. Patients are encouraged to speak candidly with the doctor about exactly what they hope to change and what they expect so that the doctor can help create realistic expectations, and prevent patients from going through with a procedure whose results they will likely find to be unsatisfactory.
Patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Ordon or Dr. Chopra at either our Beverly Hills or Palm Desert Ordon Chopra Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offices.
After a full medical assessment and review of a patient’s medical record the attending doctor will inform patients whether or not they are good candidates and if so patients will be able to begin paperwork and schedule an appointment for surgery. The doctor will give patients detailed information on how to best prepare for surgery but there are a number of steps patients can take to be in the best condition for their consultation and to improve their chances of being accepted as a patient.
It is important that patients are in good health. While a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen are not mandatory, these are things that the majority of patients found to be good candidates have in common.
Patients who smoke should quit and plan not to smoke for an extended period before and after the surgery. Smoking reduces the oxygen supply to the body and can lead to severe complications during surgery and recovery. Patients should refrain from taking blood-thinning drugs, including OTC medications like Alieve and Advil. These drugs can lead to excessive blood loss during surgery and recovery and should be avoided until patients are given the green light to resume using them by the surgeon.
Mastopexy is an outpatient procedure and patients are encouraged to prepare the space in which they plan to carry out their recovery. This area should include a bed or sofa on which patients can sleep and relax comfortably. It should be well stocked with drinking water, all of the medications prescribed prior to surgery, plenty of pillows and excess bedding, a phone or cell charger, and of course entertainment. This area will be most critical during the first several days following surgery and all patients will need a friend or loved one if not a medical professional willing to provide around the clock care for at least the first 24 to 48 hour period.
Contact Dr. Andrew Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Dr. Ritu Chopra M.S., M.D. for a consultation to breast lift surgery (Mastopexy) today by visiting our contact page, or by calling or visiting during normal hours, Monday through Friday.
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