BREAST LIFT

Breast Lift Procedure in Chicago

Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is a procedure designed to lift and reshape a woman’s breasts. Weight loss, aging, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all contribute to breasts drooping or loss of fullness, and breast lifts are designed to counter these effects. With the help of a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Makhlouf, your breasts can return to their youthful shape and height. Dr. Mahklouf tailors each and every procedure to the unique anatomy and desired size of the patient.

Procedure

There are a number of variations in breast lift incision style depending on the amount of excess skin, whether an implant is going to be used, and how significant the stretching of the skin envelope is. To simplify the discussion of breast lift procedure we must first review the footprint of the breast defined by the area of the chest where the breast is to reside, the mound or gland itself, and the nipple-areola complex.  The wisdom for an experienced plastic surgeon is that the ‘footprint’ of the breast is set in, very few things can alter it.  The goal is to have a firm and shapely mound. To that end, the loose and soft tissues are imbricated (sown into each other) making them more shapely and firm. The goal for the nipple-areola complex is to be of an appropriate size (if it was stretched over time) and to be resting on the most projecting point of the mound.

Assessment of the patient involves:

  1. Evaluation of the inframammary fold.
  2. The distance between the nipple and the inframammary fold. 
  3. The distance between the clavicle and the nipple.
  4. The amount of overall stretching, skin quality, and whether the patient wishes augmentation or not.
  5. How soft and loose the breast tissue is and amenable to correction is it

Based on all of these factors, a recommended incision technique and a plan of treatment are formulated.

Dr. Mahklouf’s Breast Lift Incision Techniques:

Breast lift incisions will vary from patient to patient. There are a number of variations in breast lift incision style depending on the amount of volume loss, whether an implant is going to be used and how significant the skin is stretched.

Circumareolar Technique

This is a good option for a patient with a minor amount of sagging and volume loss. This technique is done by making a small incision around the areola. The circumareolar technique oftentimes results in minor scarring, hidden between the border of the areola and breast. 

Vertical Technique

Also referred to as the “lollipop” technique, this approach requires one incision around the entire areola and one incision from the base of the breast to the bottom of the areola. This second incision provides Dr. Mahklouf with more flexibility with the patient’s tissue.

Anchor Technique 

This technique is designed for women with severe dropping and skin stretch. In addition to the two incisions of the lollipop technique, a third incision is made along the breast fold, creating an anchor shape. This third incision allows for ample reshaping and lifting. 

Combination Breast lift and implants

Many times the patient desires an increase in the volume of their breasts along with tightening of the tissues. In that scenario a combination of breast implants and lift is performed. Sometimes an implant is used for the purpose of filling the envelope and reducing the amount of scar.

Patient Safety is Our Priority

At Enhanced Form Plastic Surgery, all surgeries are performed by Dr. Makhlouf in a modern accredited surgical environment, on an outpatient basis. The facility is fully compliant in meeting stringent state regulatory requirements for patient safety, anesthesia, and surgical performance. The organization of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) provides the accreditation award.

AAASF certification extends beyond the medical facility itself, to the medical staff who demonstrate a strong commitment to providing the highest standard of plastic surgery specialty care and concern for the patient. Your highly skilled medical team includes a qualified board-certified anesthesiologist with a mastery of anesthesiology skills, knowledge, and commitment to a high standard of medical ethics. You may be assured of unsurpassed quality of medical and surgical care that will determine your results as well as your experience.

Care and Recovery

Following breast lift surgery, frequently, a drain is placed to decrease the amount of bruising and swelling. Drains are removed 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Additional post-operative instruction will be provided following recovery and it is important to follow these instructions diligently to ensure the best result. Some bruising and swelling after surgery are normal and will subside over time. You can expect the breasts to reach their final result in about two months.

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