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If you have sagging or asymmetrical breasts, you may be a great candidate for a breast lift, or mastopexy. Whether you have noticed changes due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging or inherited this trait from your family, breast lift surgery can restore your figure with a more youthful and perky breast profile.
At Donaldson Plastic Surgery in Columbus, OH, from the initial consultation through recovery, Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert provide a friendly and welcoming environment while working to exceed patients’ expectations. To gain a first-hand understanding of what they can do for you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
A breast lift is a plastic surgical procedure designed to correct sagging and asymmetrical breasts, diminished volume, and drooping or stretched areolas. The operation moves the breast tissue higher on the chest, tightens loose skin, raises the nipple, decreases the width of the areola and improves symmetry. In cases where there is too much or too little volume, patients may consider a breast reduction or augmentation in addition to the lift procedure.
Several factors determine whether you are a likely candidate for mastopexy:
Candidacy is determined on a patient-by-patient basis, and is customized based upon natural anatomy and severity of changes. Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will evaluate your aesthetic goals and physical health during your visit before discussing possible solutions.
Your consultation with Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will cover your medical history, physical exam, goals, expectations and concerns. They will perform a breast exam and take a series of photographs and measurements. Be sure to communicate any previous surgery, medical issues, hospitalizations, medications and allergies, as well as the results of any mammograms or other breast studies. You may be asked to seek pre-operative clearance from your primary care physician, or other specialists. These records and referrals are used to ensure the safest possible outcome, and will always be held in the highest confidence.
Your surgeon will introduce a spectrum of treatment options, and you will discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with each procedure. Together, you will create a customized plan. We may recommend additional procedures, depending on your individual goals and body type. Common supplementary procedures include breast reduction or augmentation (placement of breast implants). You will review sample photographs to illustrate realistic outcomes of these procedures.
To conclude your consultation, our medical staff will provide a quote for estimated costs and potential scheduling options. Our patient coordinator can help you arrange for financing and payment plans if desired.
Once you have decided to move forward with your breast lift surgery, you may want to ask the following questions:
Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will be sure to address all of your questions and concerns during the initial consultation. We believe that patients who have more information before surgery are more satisfied with their results.
Preparation is key to a happy, healthy outcome. A well-balanced diet and avoidance of all tobacco/nicotine products will help ensure a speedy and successful recovery. Make sure to quit smoking at least two weeks prior to your surgical date and two weeks afterward to optimize healing. Stop taking any supplements and medications that may thin your blood prior to surgery. When in doubt, our office staff can provide you with a list of common medicines and supplements that should be avoided. Designate a close friend or family member to transport you to and from the surgical center and remain with you for at least the first day or two following your procedure. Organize your living space to ensure a comfortable and relaxing recovery – no heavy lifting or unnecessary chores. Resume your routine annual mammogram schedule to detect any changes in your breast tissue. Feel free to contact our office with any additional concerns or questions about preparation and/or recovery.
The following terms can help you to gain a better understanding of the breast lift procedure before your initial consultation:
A risk/benefit analysis should always inform a decision about whether to have surgery. Possible risks associated with a mastopexy include:
These complications are all uncommon, but it’s important to understand the full spectrum of possible outcomes. As with any major procedure, the chances for complications are significantly lowered when you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert are willing to discuss how they would address these complications, as well as the myriad precautions they take to avoid them.
The precise technique used in your breast lift surgery will be determined by several factors, including:
Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert offer breast lift surgery on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or local anesthesia. The design of the incisions may vary according to the amount of desired lift: minor elevations may be accomplished through a curved incision that traces the top edge of the nipple-areola complex (NAC). Moderate elevations are created through a “lollipop” incision around the NAC and down to the bottom of the breast in a vertical line. Dramatic lifts are possible when a “lollipop” incision is combined with a horizontal incision beneath the breast.
In all cases, the NAC is repositioned higher, excess skin is removed and the breast is reshaped with more pleasing contours.
Light dressings will be placed over your incisions, and you will return home several hours after surgery. All sutures are dissolvable within several weeks, and a layer of surgical-grade “super glue” is painted over each incision for an extra layer of protection. Though some discomfort is to be expected, severe pain is uncommon. Pain medication is provided before, during and after the operation.
Your post-operative bra will offer support and comfort in the days and weeks following the procedure, working to minimize swelling and restrict unwanted movement. Our staff will provide you with a set of instructions outlining postoperative care specifics, including:
Overall, listen to what your body tells you. Light physical activity can generally be resumed as healing progresses. Avoid pushing yourself back into the gym in the first few weeks, and opt instead for a brisk walk around the block. More strenuous exercises should not be attempted without clearance from your surgeon, and are typically permitted after four to six weeks.
Financing doesn’t have to be stressful. At Donaldson Plastic Surgery in Columbus, OH, our staff is committed to providing patients with the information and resources needed to ensure a convenient and personalized payment plan. Our patient coordinator is happy to help with loan applications and make introductions to established credit and banking institutions.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Jeffrey H. Donaldson is a Board Certified plastic surgeon known for his expertise in the realm of breast lifts, augmentation, reduction and nipple reshaping. He has presented research at national and international meetings, published scholarly articles, and regularly teaches medical students and resident surgeons. In addition to breast procedures, Dr. Donaldson specializes in a variety of operations and non-invasive aesthetic services for the face and body. Dr. Donaldson and his staff strive to provide a comforting and warm environment for their patients.
Having been voted one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors, Dr. Donaldson has an extensive history of happy, adoring patients who rave about their experience with friends and family. Some even provide testimonials for the world to see!
In 2014, Dr. Donaldson was recognized among a distinguished group of young professionals and community leaders in Columbus, Ohio called “Forty Under 40.” Members are nominated and selected based on notable career achievements and community service before 40 years of age. Dr. Donaldson combines his Ohio roots and strong sense of community with world-class training and faculty exposure. He combines personal attention to detail with compassion and years of clinical experience.
*Earned by Dr. Donaldson