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Breast Lift
Gulf Shores

McCollough Plastic Surgery offers transformative breast lift procedures to address the common issue of breast sagging, known as ptosis. Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, can rejuvenate and reposition breasts that have lost their youthful shape due to factors like pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging. Performed by experienced plastic surgeons at McCollough Plastic Surgery, a breast lift in Gulf Shores helps restore confidence and a more youthful contour to the breasts.

What Is Mastopexy?

Mastopexy is designed to reposition or “lift” the breast that has become ptotic (drooping). Breast ptosis most commonly results after pregnancy and nursing or after a large weight gain and loss. The volume of breast tissue decreases, leaving a skin envelope that is too large, allowing the nipple and remaining breast tissue to sag much lower than normal. Once the process of sagging begins, the breast shape and contour never returns to its more erect, youthful appearance.

To reposition the nipple and breast tissue, skin incisions must be made. The excess skin must be excised, and the nipple and areola must be moved upward to a more attractive, natural position over the remaining breast tissue. This improves the chest and breast contour while maintaining breast size. Since breast ptosis is usually due to some degree of involution or shrinkage of the breast tissue, breast augmentation can be a useful adjunct to mastopexy.

doctor consulting with patient about a breast lift in Gulf Shores

Mastopexy + Augmentation Mammoplasty

For those looking to achieve not only lifted but also fuller breasts, McCollough Plastic Surgery offers the option of mastopexy with augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation). This allows you to address both breast sagging and volume loss in a single procedure. Our expert team can customize a treatment plan for a breast lift in Gulf Shores to enhance your breast size, shape, and overall contour while restoring youthful elevation using saline or silicone implants.

Who Should Have A Breast Lift?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is an excellent option for women who have experienced changes in breast appearance due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, or other factors. If you are dissatisfied with the sagging of your breasts and desire a more youthful and uplifted contour, a breast lift may be right for you.

Ideal candidates for a breast lift are typically individuals with good overall health who have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure. You should consider a breast lift if you have breasts that have lost their firmness and have started to droop, nipples that point downward, or stretched areolas.

Additionally, individuals who are bothered by asymmetry between their breasts or are looking to combine breast lift with augmentation to achieve a fuller appearance can also benefit from this procedure. Please consult us to determine if a breast lift is the right choice to address your specific concerns and goals.

Breast Lift Surgery: What to Expect

General anesthesia is usually required for mastopexy. The convalescence is similar to breast augmentation and requires limited activity for three weeks and a support bra for three months. Due to the extent of the incisions necessary for mastopexy, postoperative care must facilitate the best possible healing of the scars. It is not unusual to have a portion of the scar heal less well and require a revision as an office procedure at a later date.

Just as in the face lift operation, where extensive incisions are necessary, every attempt is made to hide the incisions and make them as inconspicuous as possible. Complications specifically related to mastopexy include asymmetric nipple placement, size discrepancies, especially when they existed pre-operatively, infections, scarring, and loss of nipple and/or nipple sensation on rare occasions.

woman after breast lift in Gulf Shores

Recovery Process After Breast Lift
Varying amounts of postoperative discomfort are common, as well as some nausea, swelling, and possibly bruising of the chest skin. The swelling and bruising can be reduced by wearing a support bra, which is provided at the time of your breast lift in Gulf Shores. The support bra is worn at all times for one week. To help the body maintain the size and shape of the pockets, the implants are massaged beginning on the third day in a manner that your doctor and nurses will instruct you. Each doctor’s postoperative care varies, but specific instructions will be given to you.

Physical activities must be limited for six weeks. We prefer no heavy lifting over twenty pounds, no aerobics, and no swimming. Walking is recommended, but jogging is not advisable. Most women do find that they are able to return to work at 3-5 days. It usually takes two to three months for your scars to soften and begin to fade. As with any operation, your healing will be personalized. Your scars must be protected from sunlight during the entire healing process.

Mastopexy Postoperative Instructions

Week 1

  • Keep the support bra on for 7-10 days, taking it off for baths only.
  • Wash incisions with soap and water.
  • Shower or bathe normally each day.
  • Blow dry skin tapes after bathing.
  • Strip your drains (if they are used) every 4-6 hours.
  • Record the output for each breast separately.

6 Weeks:

  • Return to normal activity.
  • Wear a good support bra when exercising.
  • Use sunblock and prevent incision from direct sunlight for one year.

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McCollough Plastic Surgery is your trusted partner for a holistic transformation of your appearance and well-being. We understand that looking and feeling your best can pave the way for enduring health, happiness, and prosperity. Our practice offers a modern-day version of The Fountain of Youth, a serene environment dedicated to enhancing and rejuvenating the face, body, mind, and spirit.

Nestled in the heart of Craft Farms, an Arnold Palmer-designed golf resort, our multidisciplinary medical facility is just minutes away from the stunning Gulf Shores and Orange Beaches in Alabama. Our on-site recovery villas offer a comfortable retreat, complete with round-the-clock care, allowing you to undergo surgery and recover while enjoying stunning views of the golf course or the beach. Schedule your consultation for a breast lift in Gulf Shores today to explore your breast lift options.

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