Breast Lift Connecticut and Houston
Dr. Fusi F.A.C.S. M.B.A. has specialized in aesthetic and reconstructive breast procedures for over twenty years. He currently serves as a clinical faculty member in the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Yale Medical School. Dr. Craig is an experienced board certified plastic surgeon with additional microsurgery training at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Connecticut. Both doctors approach reconstructive and aesthetic breast procedures with care that incorporates building personal relationships with patients and precision in surgical technique. Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig have learned from experienced breast surgeons such as Dr. Phillip Blondeel and Dr. Roger Khouri.
What Can a Breast Lift Correct?
Most women develop sagging breasts as they enter key transitional phases of their lives such as motherhood and menopause or after massive weight loss. The best option for women to correct sagging breasts is a breast lift. A mastopexy, or breast lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that:
- Lifts their breasts to their youthful position.
- Centers drooping nipples.
- Contours your breasts by removing excess skin.
- Tightens breast tissue for firmer breasts.
The results of a breast lift will eliminate sagging (ptosis), and restore the shape of your breasts for a more youthful appearance.
What Causes Breasts to Sag?
One of the main factors that determines the firmness and texture of your skin is your estrogen level. When you enter perimenopause and menopause, generally in your 40s or 50s, your estrogen sharply declines. This loss of estrogen causes perimenopausal and menopausal women to experience accelerated breast sagging when compared to younger women. Other factors that contribute to sagging are:
- Larger breasts. More weight pulls your breasts down due to gravity.
- Smoking cigarettes breaks down elastin causing skin to stretch.
- Pregnancy or significant weight loss. Weight gain and loss associated with pregnancy as well as the engorgement and deflation of breasts after breastfeeding.
Women considering a breast lift should wait until after all of their children are born and they are at a stable weight to maintain their results.
Breast Lift Consultation
A breast lift consultation involves Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig performing a thorough exam that evaluates your level of sagging (ptosis) and whether you are healthy enough for surgery. At the consultation Dr. Fusi or Dr. Craig will:
- Listen to your expectations and desired results.
- Discuss different approaches to minimize scarring.
- Outline the costs and potential risks of the procedure.
Patients with reservations and questions about their breast lift can obtain the personal advice needed to make an informed decision about their surgery.
Breast Lift with Augmentation or Reduction
In some cases, Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig may recommend combining a breast augmentation or breast reduction with a breast lift to improve the shape and fullness of your breasts. Women who have lost substantial breast volume can enhance the fullness of their breasts with a breast augmentation. Patients with large, sagging breasts can benefit from a breast reduction, which combines the removal of breast tissue with a breast lift to obtain smaller, well-shaped breasts.
During the Procedure
Your surgery will be scheduled at a local outpatient surgery center, where a certified anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia on the day of your procedure. After the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Fusi or Dr. Craig will:
- Make an incision around your areola possibly extending to your breast crease depending on the severity of sagging.
- Breast tissue will be lifted and repositioned.
- The breast will be reshaped to a more youthful appearance.
- Extra skin and/or breast tissue will be excised.
- All incisions are closed with techniques that minimize the appearance of scars.
Each woman’s breasts age differently and Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig will tailor your breast lift surgery, according to your aesthetic goals.
After the Procedure
After your breast lift, you will be moved to the recovery room where Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig will check on your progress after surgery. Once you have recovered from anesthesia, you will be able to return home with the assistance of a friend or loved one.
Most patients will take one to two weeks to recover from their surgery. During this period, patients commonly experience symptoms such as swelling and bruising.
Approximately two weeks after surgery Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig will remove your sutures and provide additional instructions on how to care for your breasts. For the first four to six weeks all strenuous activity should be avoided to ensure that your breasts heal fully with minimal scarring and discomfort, and a bra with adequate comfort and support will be provided.
If you want to explore cosmetic options to correct sagging breasts call our Connecticut office at 203-458-4444 or our Houston office at 713-346-9909 to schedule a breast lift consultation.