Despite efforts to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle, the ravages of gravity and aging on the female breast are inevitable. Sagging, drooping or deflated breasts can affect a woman’s appearance and self-esteem. Pregnancy and breast feeding can exacerbate these symptoms. Fortunately, these problems are reversible thanks to a procedure known as Mastopexy, or the Breast Lift.
With thousands of successful surgical breast procedures to date, Dr. Capizzi is NC’s breast lift specialist. And as such is able to restore volume and youthfulness to breasts of all conditions. A breast lift consists of raising and reshaping the bust, and is often complemented by a breast augmentation, or mommy makeover.
A mastopexy, with or without implants, can dramatically alter your profile. The procedure revives breast firmness and perkiness while boosting confidence and even making clothes fit better.
Taking the First Step
During your initial consultation, Dr. Capizzi will:
- Take your breast measurements
- Evaluate the placement of your areola
- Review your goals for surgery
- Consider a variety of other factors such as medical history, age and pregnancies in order to make the best recommendations for your procedure.
This is the perfect time to voice your concerns and fears, as well as your expectations, to the doctor. Dr. Capizzi has a way of quickly transforming a patient’s anxiety into excitement at the possibility of looking and feeling 20 years younger. The caring, knowledgeable Capizzi MD staff will take every step to ensure that you feel overjoyed with your results.
Before & After
Take a gander at Dr. Capizzi’s before and after photos, giving you a visual representation of his stunning results.
Different Types Of Lifts
There are several types of breast lifts that Dr. Capizzi can perform, the most common one being a “Mini Lift” (also called a “Benelli Lift”). Some other names for this type of surgery you may have heard are periareolar lift, minimal circumareolar lift, donut lift or tacking. The Benelli Lift leaves the fewest scars, and is often the best choice for a patient who is undergoing breast augmentation at the same time. This lift is also for one whom breast sagging is less pronounced. During this mastopexy, the doctor makes an incision around the outside of the areola. Then, excess tissue is removed and the nipple areola complex is moved 1-2 cm up or down.
In cases where the breasts are severely sagging with the areola falling below the crease, Dr. Capizzi may recommend a traditional, full mastopexy. In this type of breast lift, the nipple can be elevated up to 8 cm or more, depending on the desired final result. An incision in the shape of an upside-down “T” is created, extending from the outer boundary of the areola, then downwards and across the breast crease, aligning with the body’s natural curvature. As with the Benelli Lift, excess tissue is then removed and the nipple is raised to a more appealing location. Dr. Capizzi’s skill and experience with breast lift procedures ensures that nipple sensation remains intact. With this type of lift, future breast-feeding remains an option for those who have not given birth.
Short Scar Lift
The limited or “short scar” breast lift is an incision that appears as a lollipop. The mini lift, circumareolar incision, and the vertical incision make this lift popular with breast implants.
Combining A Breast Lift With A Breast Augmentation Or Mommy Makeover
Having a breast lift in conjunction with implants or body contouring is an excellent way to enhance your appearance while minimizing recovery time and scarring. Women have been flocking to Dr. Capizzi for over a decade to take advantage of his expertise in all areas of breast improvement. Often the postoperative silhouette is more youthful, pleasing and appealing than before pregnancy. Dr. Capizzi is the area’s most sought-after Gummy Bear Implant expert. These tear-shaped implants are most patients’ preferred choice and yield a natural-appearing result. Dr. Capizzi advises this combination is ideal for women who have finished breastfeeding. But patients who have not yet given birth will be pleased to learn that their milk ducts and nipples remain intact after the procedures. The doctor is available for in-depth consultation regarding multiple procedures.
Having been through the Capizzi experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.
Breast Lift Recovery
Dr. Capizzi will design a customized recovery plan for each patient that addresses their needs, wishes and goals. While recovery time does vary with the individual, most patients find their healing swift and manageable. The doctor recommends minimal strain, bed rest and reduced activity for several days. Small drain tubes may be placed to clear fluids for the first week, and gauze dressing will cover your sutures. These sutures will dissolve entirely in one month. You may experience some tenderness or even lack of sensitivity in the areola/nipple area. This is normal and temporary. As with all procedures, Dr. Capizzi and his highly trained staff are on hand 24/7 to respond to your concerns and questions as you begin a complete recovery to the new, improved you.