Breast Lifts in South Jersey
Are you unhappy with the way your breasts have aged? Are you missing your pre-baby body? Has dissatisfaction with your appearance led to decreased self-confidence? If so, you might benefit from a breast lift. South Jersey women looking to enhance or restore the look of their breasts turn to Dr. Franckle of Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. An award-winning surgeon, Dr. Franckle is experienced in mastopexy procedures. Continue reading for helpful information on the procedure, the recovery period, and how to decide if this surgery is the right choice for you.
Breast lifts, also known as mastopexies, raise sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening surrounding tissue to support and reshape the breast contour. This surgery can also reduce the size of the areola, which often becomes enlarged over time. It’s crucial to realize that this surgery won’t drastically change the size of your breasts. One of the easiest ways to see if this procedure could benefit you is to try this simple trick: Place a pencil under your breast and see if it stays or falls to the ground. If the pencil remains trapped between your breast and abdominal skin, a breast lift could be an option for you. Good candidates are typically physically healthy, non-smokers, and maintain a stable weight. You may also be a good candidate if:
- Your breasts are pendulous or have a flatter, elongated shape
- You areolas and nipples point downward
- Your nipples fall below the breast crease when unsupported
- You’re bothered by the feeling that your breasts have lost shape, volume, or are sagging
- One breast appears lower than the other
- Your have enlarged areolas and stretched skin
Many women seek out this procedure due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, heredity, or weight fluctuations. Although breast lifts are recommended for women who have finished their years of childbearing, anyone with fully matured breasts can undergo the surgery. New mothers can also pursue this procedure without fear because breast-feeding is still possible after a breast lift.
As previously mentioned, a breast lift will not significantly round out the upper part of your breast or dramatically change the size. If you’re interested in a change of that nature, you can consider a combined breast lift and breast augmentation or reduction. These two surgeries can be done in conjunction or separately. Depending on what results your want from your procedure, your surgeon will help you reach the right decision.
Consultation and Preparation
The consultation before your breast lift is incredibly important, as it allows your surgeon to address all of your questions and concerns, as well as decide upon the particulars of your surgery and make sure your expectations are reasonable. Arrive at your appointment prepared to discuss:
- Your medical history, including medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Any current medications you’re taking, including vitamins, herbal supplements, and whether or not you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs
- Any previous surgeries
- Any family history of breast cancer
- The results of any previous biopsies or mammograms
- Your surgical goals
One of the main discussions you and your surgeon will have in this consultation before your breast lift is the appropriate technique for your particular surgery. The incision pattern that your doctor recommends for your breasts will be determined based on:
- Your breast shape and size
- The position and size of your areolas
- The degree of breast sagging
- Skin elasticity and quality, as well as the amount of excess skin
There are three common incision patterns:
- Around the areola
- Vertically down to the breast crease
- Horizontally along the breast crease
During this appointment, your surgeon should also evaluate your general health and assess any risk factors, as well as examine your breasts, take detailed measurements and photographs, and discuss your options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your consultation. As with any surgery, it’s normal to feel some anxiety. Your doctor should help reassure you by thoroughly explaining the procedure and addressing all of your questions and concerns.
Before your actual breast lift occurs, you will be administered anesthesia for your comfort during the procedure. You may undergo either routine or general anesthesia. Your doctor should recommend the best option for you.
After your surgeon makes one of the three incisions previously discussed, he or she will lift and reshape the underlying breast tissue to improve breast firmness and contour. The nipple and areola will also be repositioned to a more youthful, natural position. If necessary, your surgeon will also reduced enlarged areolas by excising skin at the perimeter. Finally, excess breast skin will be removed to compensate for loss of elasticity. The remaining skin is then pulled tight as the incisions are closed. Sutures will be layered deep within your breast tissue to support and create the newly shaped breasts. Your incisions may be closed with sutures, surgical tape, or skin adhesives.
The procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis, meaning you probably will not have to stay overnight in the hospital. The entire procedure generally takes about three hours.
After your surgery, you will be sent home wearing an elastic support bra and with only light dressings over the incision sites. The bra should be worn as a “dressing” for two to three weeks following surgery to help minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal.
You can expect to be uncomfortable for a few days after surgery. Your doctor will prescribe pain medicine to try and minimize your discomfort, as well as provide you with very specific instructions regarding how you should take care of yourself during recovery. It’s important to follow these instructions very closely to ensure that your recovery goes as quickly and as well as possible. He or she should also explain any specific concerns to look for at your surgical sites and when you should come in for your follow up. As you heal, make sure not to subject your incision sites to any excess pressure, force, or motion. Your surgeon will remove all of your stitches within two to three weeks of your surgery.
It is understandable that most patients desire the smallest scar possible. It’s important to remember, however, that your plastic surgeon will recommend the incisions that best suit your anatomy. You shouldn’t sabotage your surgery’s chance of success by demanding an incision that is not right for your body. Keeping this in mind, your incision lines are permanent, but they will continue to fade over time.
The results of your surgery will be immediately visible. Of course, you will have to wait for post-surgical swelling to go down and for scars to fade. The results can be fairly long lasting, but is important to keep in mind that your breasts will change throughout your life due to aging and gravity. The best ways to keep your new look for as long as possible are to maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle.
Breast Lift Before and After Pictures
Feel free to browse through our gallery of breast lift before and after pictures for examples of Dr. Franckle’s work.
About Dr. Franckle
Women of South Jersey trust Dr. Franckle for their breast lift procedures for many reasons. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Franckle is a member of many prestigious societies in his field, including
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
- New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American College of Surgeons
- Medical Society of New Jersey
- Camden County Medical Society
He has also received many awards for his work in cosmetic surgery, including the Top Physicians of 2009 The Art of Medicine Award.
Here at Premier Plastic Surgery Arts, we are also proud to offer South Jersey area patients the use of advanced 3D imaging technology for breast surgery. Vectra 3D Imaging allows you the opportunity to see what your chest will look like after your procedure, helping you to create realistic expectations. This can all be done at the office during your consultation for no additional cost. We are proud to be the first in our area to offer this technology to our patients.
If you’re ready to make a change and get the body you deserve, call Premier Plastic Surgery Arts today to get started with your breast lift. South Jersey women trust Dr. Franckle to restore both their figures and their confidence. Stop putting off the procedure you know you want and never dread looking in the mirror again.