What is Breast Lift?

Breast lift surgery (Mastopexy) addresses the sagging and skin laxity that commonly occur in the breasts as a result of pregnancy, weight change, and the aging process. The procedure rejuvenates the breasts by elevating the nipple, reshaping the breast gland, and removing excess skin to create a more youthful and beautiful shape.

A successful breast lift requires not only expert technique but also an artist’s eye. Women choose Dr. Michael Zenn for their Raleigh breast lift procedure as he is one of the area’s most experienced cosmetic breast surgeons. Patients benefit from his twenty plus years in practice and detailed understanding of breast anatomy. His combination of surgical skill and aesthetic eye produces results that are natural, symmetrical, and well-suited to each patient’s figure.

Benefits of a Mastopexy

Dr. Zenn always lets the patient’s concerns and goals guide treatment planning. There are many mastopexy techniques; over his career, Dr. Zenn has tried them all and has mastered those that have stood the test of time. By understanding what a patient wants to change about her breasts and how she wants them to look after surgery, Dr. Zenn will select the technique that is most appropriate to achieve the desired result.

All things considered, many women are not certain exactly which type of breast surgery they need. Much of this confusion lies between understanding the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction. In brief, the main focus of a breast reduction (mammaplasty) is to relieve discomfort caused by medical issues because of overly large breasts. And a breast lift (mastopexy) stems from a cosmetic standpoint. The patient is not necessarily suffering from any medical conditions, but rather desires more youthful, beautiful, and perky breasts.

A breast lift is a reshaping surgery, and Dr. Zenn’s typical aesthetic goals are to:

  • Reshape the breasts into more conical shapes that are attractive, natural-looking, and symmetrical.
  • Reposition the breasts to sit higher on the chest, which creates a more youthful appearance that fills the bra comfortably and opens the door to more variety in clothing.
  • Ensure that the nipple and areola are correctly positioned and sized to complement the new shape of the breasts.

Drooping often coincides with a lack of volume in the upper slope of the breast. In many cases, patients benefit from a combination of breast lift and breast augmentation, which is very common. This combined procedure can help patients get a more youthful shape. As well as, gain the fullness their breasts may have lost over time or never truly had.

Is Breast Lift Right for You?

During your initial appointment, Dr. Zenn will encourage you to openly share how you feel about the size, shape, and fullness of your breasts. This is a significant discussion that allows you to talk about what you specifically like and dislike about the way your breasts look and the changes you would like to achieve. Dr. Zenn will share his extensive gallery of before and after photos gallery of before and after photos with you so you can see actual results on patients with similar anatomy to yours.

As part of your examination, Dr. Zenn will show you the type of result you should expect with a reshaping procedure only. He will review the degree to which the breast lift can change the size of your breasts by shaping alone. If you are happy with this proposed outcome, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift only. If you prefer that your breasts be larger after your breast lift, you may want to combine the surgery with an augmentation. Breasts can also be reduced if a smaller, lifted breast is desired. Asymmetries you have lived with your whole life can also be corrected.

Your consultation is the time to “ask the expert.” Ask Dr. Zenn all the questions you can think of regarding breast lift surgery. He will answer your questions thoughtfully and thoroughly and will make sure you understand the ins and outs of breast lifts. He wants you to be comfortable with your choice to have the procedure and very confident with your choice of surgeon.

What is the Recovery From Breast Lift Like?

Immediately before your surgery, Dr. Zenn will review the surgical plan with you and make specialized markings to guide the breast lift. Zenn Plastic Surgery patients have their procedures in one of several accredited surgical facilities. A board-certified anesthesiologist/CRNA helps patients sleep safely and comfortably throughout the surgery.

During the surgery Dr. Zenn will:

  • Remove excess skin and reshape tissues to give your breasts an uplifted, more beautiful shape, augmenting the breasts if desired.
  • Reposition your nipples on your breasts and if required, reduce the size of the areolas.
  • Ensure that your breasts look natural and symmetrical whether you are lying down or standing upright.

After your breast lift, you will need to take it easy for 3-4 days. Dr. Zenn typically advises patients to avoid strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks. Scars from breast lift surgery will fade over time and for most are outweighed by the more youthful appearance and attractive shape you will have following your procedure.

Learn more about the benefits of a breast lift and Dr. Zenn’s approach. Patients can contact Zenn Plastic Surgery online or by phone at (919) 480-3885.