After dramatic weight loss, sagging skin in the breasts is quite natural. Once you lose a lot of weight, the breasts may look deflated and visibly smaller. It can be very upsetting to see your breasts looking saggy while you are losing weight and toning up other areas of the body. Although your breasts are still there, they are buried in all that excess skin, and there are ways in which we can recontour them.
Breasts are made up of three main types of tissues:
- Mammary glands
- Connective tissue
- Fatty tissue
When you lose the extra pounds, you lose fat from various areas of your body, such as the stomach, buttocks, and breasts. These areas become smaller in size as you lose weight.
Mastopexy to Contour Breasts After Dramatic Weight Loss
After losing a large amount of weight, many patients turn to mastopexy surgery at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles to correct sagging breasts. Mastopexy surgery, also known as a breast lift, is a way to restore perkiness to the breasts and eliminate embarrassing drooping.
Preparing for Mastopexy Surgery
Patients who are interested in mastopexy surgery must first arrange a consultation at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles. During this consultation, the patient should be clear and direct in regards to the breast changes they would like to achieve. Your surgeon will need to know the patient’s complete medical history, along with a list of any medications they are taking.
A surgical plan for the procedure will be created during this consultation. The type of anesthesia to be used will be discussed, as will the type and location of incision that will be made.
The Mastopexy Procedure
Mastopexy at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles begins with the administration of anesthesia in order to make the patient comfortable during the procedure. Following this, incisions will be carefully made in the region.
There are several types of incisions that can be made. The donut incision is suited for patients who have a small to moderate amount of excess sagging tissue. This involves the creation of two concentric circles around the areola.
For those with a moderate amount of drooping tissue, a lollipop incision may be more ideal. This involves a circle around the areola and a vertical line downwards from the circle that meets the breast fold.
For a moderate to large amount of excess tissue, the best option is the anchor incision. The anchor incision is a circle around the areola, a vertical line down to meet the breast fold, and a curving horizontal line on the breast fold.
Once an incision is made, the doctor removes the excess tissue. Where there is excess fat, liposuction is used along with surgery. The nipple-areolar complex may be repositioned, and the areola may be resized. There are also some cases where the doctor has to remove and reposition the nipple-areolar complex. At the end of the procedure, the skin is closed with stitches.
The Healing Process
Once your procedure at The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles is complete, there will be a degree of post-surgical swelling and bruising in the region. To help control this, you will need to wear a supportive post-surgical bra as instructed by your surgeon.
You will need to take some time off of work, and it will be best to avoid any physically taxing activities such as sports and exercise. You will be able to return to your daily routine after a time.
Once the swelling fully ameliorates and all healing has taken place, you will be able to see the full results of your breast lift procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
To set up a helpful mastopexy consultation, contact The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles and arrange an appointment.