Breast Lift in Nashville, TN
A drooping or sagging breast shape can create self-consciousness and an unflattering look you’d rather live without. Dr. Patrick Maxwell’s skill, experienced, and artistic approach have refined his techniques and produced outcomes which have elevated his status as an international authority on breast enhancement, including breast lift.
In recent years, the popularity of a procedure called the breast lift has increased greatly. Since the year 2000, the demand for breast lifts has skyrocketed by 70%, even outpacing the increase in demand for breast implants. Each patient has their own reasons for undergoing a breast lift, but for many women, the appearance and feel of their breasts are not what they used to be.
Over time, breasts can develop a condition called ptosis, or sagging. With breast ptosis, the breast hemisphere can sag dramatically, even to the point where the nipple points downward. Breast ptosis can undermine a patient’s self-confidence. The breast lift is a cosmetic procedure that deals with breast ptosis by lifting the breasts to a more youthful and proportionate position.
Breast ptosis has a number of root causes, but the most common is gravity. Over time, the tissue that supports the breast hemisphere gives way and falls forward due to the effects of gravity. This is called prolapsation.
The breast may prolapse in varying degrees for different reasons. In younger women, the excessive volume and weight of the breasts may cause sagging. For middle-aged women, the hormonal changes and development of milk glands during pregnancy can contribute to breast ptosis. With older women, aged skin has lost elasticity and is more prone to stretching.
The degree of breast ptosis will vary from patient to patient and may even vary between each breast. The amount of breast ptosis is measured along the Regnault ptosis grade scale. This is a scale that grades ptosis along four degrees: mild, moderate, advanced, and severe. Typically, the measurement is determined by the degree to which the nipple is drooping in relation to the inframammary fold.
The best way to determine the degree of ptosis of your breasts and how to best treat it is with a consultation with Dr. Patrick Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka. To best prepare for a consultation, you should be aware of your aesthetic goals and ensure that you are in good enough health for a procedure. You will be asked to discuss your current medication use, as well as your health history. Contact our office to set up a consultation.
The procedure is aimed to enhance the shape of the breasts. The technique used is tailored based on the specifics of a patient’s breast size, shape, areola size, areola position, degree of ptosis, and skin quality. The procedure is performed using general anesthesia.
The procedure involves incisions on the breasts. The incision pattern may be circular, lollipop, anchor, or a combination of techniques. The breast is then reshaped by removing excess skin or reducing enlarged areolae. The nipple and areola, together known as the nipple-areola-complex, are also re-positioned to fit with the newer breast shape. The incisions are closed along the natural contours of the breast to best hide surgical markings.
The results of the procedure are immediately visible and will continue to become clearer as the body heals. The surgical team will provide guidance on when to return to work and normal physical activity.
A Breast Lift Can:
- Restore breast shape and position after weight loss or pregnancy
- Correct uneven or downward-pointing nipples and overly-large areolas
- Eliminate discomfort associated with sagging breasts
- Create a more confident, shapely look that harmonizes with the rest of your body
- Supplement breast augmentation results to give a fuller, better shaped, lifted, and more youthful breast form
Planning Your Procedure
For Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka, your satisfaction is the focus of each breast lift procedure. Nashville, TN patients appreciate the care they take to understand their needs from their perspective. The sophisticated measuring systems, artistic eye, experience, and advanced surgical skills allow patients the highest levels of care even in complex or particularly demanding situations.
When you meet with Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka, they will assess your breast shape and position to determine the degree of sagging, explain your options, and recommend an approach focused on your goals. Your breast lift options include:
- Type of approach: Dr Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka will advise you on the type of lift procedure necessary to correct your degree of breast sagging. Surgeons have developed three “basic” surgical techniques for different degrees of breast sagging, but Dr. Maxwell has the advanced aesthetic sensitivity to combine the techniques that will offer the best results for your body. He can also explain the special measures he takes to minimize scarring and achieve a high aesthetic standard for each patient. For mild degrees of breast sagging Dr. Maxwell has also developed an “Internal Breast Lift” procedure.
- Combination options: Many women interested in a breast lift have also experienced some changes to their breast volume over time. Dr. Maxwell has hundreds of success stories to attest to his skill at combining breast lifts with breast reduction or breast augmentation.
While most breast lift patients should expect some level of scarring, Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka have achieved exceptional results in terms of skin smoothness and natural appearance. They plan each procedure individually and will be happy to help you establish healthy expectations for your results.
Breast Lift Surgery and Results
When you come in for surgery, Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger, Dr. Amaka and the knowledgeable staff will take the time to address any questions about your procedure or recovery. For your comfort, a breast lift is performed under general anesthesia, and our surgical staff receive extensive training to ensure a high level of safety and service at each stage of your procedure.
Breast lift surgery typically takes less than an hour, although more time will be needed if you are having multiple procedures at the same time. Most patients are fully recovered within a matter of weeks, and can generally ease back into normal activities within a few days of their procedure.