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Breast Lift Chicago

Give your breasts a lift! A breast lift can provide a powerful transformation for women suffering from saggy breasts, or excess skin around the breasts. Our practice is committed to providing the ultimate patience care experience and breast lift results. Dr. Placik provides a no-pressure environment and will make sure you’re comfortable before and after your breast lift. Breast surgery can be confusing, but Dr. Placik will answer all your questions in the initial consultation. Otto J. Placik MD, FACS, is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in breast surgery. Schedule your breast consultation at our Chicago office to regain your youthful and perky breasts.

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What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that is done to correct droopy (saggy) breasts via reshaping and lifting of the breast. It is also referred to as a mastopexy in medical terminology. It is common for women to seek out a breast lift after weight loss, pregnancy, or simply aging. A breast lift can help regain some of the perkiness your breasts had at a younger age. In some cases, a breast lift combined with breast enlargement surgery can provide a complete transformation in a women’s appearance, giving them a boost in self-esteem and self-confidence. The procedure is done by removing excess skin and tightening the tissue. This will not only lift but also make your breasts firmer and eliminate the saggy appearance.

Ideal Breast Lift Candidates

While you might think that a breast lift is purely cosmetic, many psychological factors are considered. It’s important for a woman to come to a decision on her own, and she shouldn’t feel pressured by others to have the surgery. Often, women seek plastic surgery to be more desirable to their partners or the opposite sex, but in order to benefit from the surgery in a fulfilling way, the woman should want to have the surgery to meet her own needs first. A breast lift is appropriate for women of all ages, provided they are in good health. If a patient has lost a significant amount of weight and their breasts are experiencing an overabundance of sagging, a breast lift can improve the overall look and firmness of the breasts. The breasts will look perkier and younger once skin is removed and tightened. If weight loss has occurred, the patient may need to ensure their weight is stable for some time before being a good candidate for surgery. If a woman has seen natural sagging over the years, she too may be a good candidate for surgery. As like other plastic surgery procedures, good breast lift candidates must always be in good physical and mental health. It is important to note that a cosmetic procedure should be done as your personal choice, and not a decision someone else should be making for you. If you are a smoker, it is recommended that you do not smoke or at least quit smoking for at least six weeks prior to your surgery date.

Procedure Details of a Breast Lift

A breast lift is a procedure that is done to address sagging of the breasts. This is not to be confused with an augmentation! Typically, sagging occurs following weight loss, pregnancy, or just simply due to aging. Depending on how much sagging you’re experiencing with your breasts will determine what kind of procedure you will have to get. Following your breast lift initial consultation, Dr. Placik will suggest the best incision technique to give you natural results with the least visible scarring. There are three common incision areas that can be done on your breasts. Each incision for a mastopexy has its pros and cons. Dr. Placik will address these during your surgical consultation.

Diagram showing the donut incision areas

Donut Breast Lift

Around the areola

Lollipop Incisions

Around and beneath the areola to the breast fold.

"Anchor" Incisions

Around, below, and next to areola

Once the incision is made, the next step is to reshape your breasts. Reshaping your breasts can be done in one or a combination of:

  • Lifting & reshaping breast tissue
  • Reposition the nipple to provide a youthful look
  • Skin excision near the areola
  • Removal of excess skin following by tightening the skin

Once the physician completes the reshaping of the breasts, the incisions are then closed. Patients enjoy numerous benefits including increased self-esteem and positive body image following the surgery. Many women report feeling younger, and they feel better about themselves overall. What’s more, depending on the amount of sagging that has taken place, some women may find relief in carrying around excess skin in their chest area.

Breast Lift Recovery & Potential Risks

First 24 hours post breast lift surgery: You will be cared for and monitored at our surgical facility. We recommend that you notify a close friend or family member to pick you up from the surgery center as you will need help getting back home. After your first day, it’s important hat you get ample rest and always lie down on your back with pillows supporting your back and arms. Always make sure that you take your prescribed medication as directed by your physician. We also recommend having ice packs to amplify the recovering process. There will be some discomfort at the area of your incisions for the first 3 days. Don’t be overly concerned with bruising or swelling as this is normal after surgery.

Following one week after your breast lift procedure: You will come to Dr. Placik’s office in Chicago where your bandages and sutures will be removed. A surgical bra must be worn for the next 4-6 weeks. You can return to work after 1-week post operation. The entire recovery process usually takes about 4-6 weeks. During this time frame, it is important that you avoid any exercise and let your breasts heal. After six weeks, you can return to your normal exercise regimen and wearing bikinis or bras that you have been wanting to wear. While your breasts will look beautiful following the six-week recovery period, they will look even better as more time goes by. For any questions about the recovery process, please call our office directly at (312) 787-5313.

As with any invasive surgery, a breast lift is not without its risks. However, thanks to today’s modern surgical approaches, healing time is quite rapid, and women can expect to be back to their regular routines within weeks of breast lift surgery. Initially, patients will experience pain and swelling at the incision site, and as the incisions heal, the skin may feel tight and be sensitive. Over-the-counter painkillers are often enough to manage the discomfort patients experience post-surgery. Because there is no muscle involved in the surgery and the surgery does not require deep incisions, many women report feeling better after only a few days. However, it is a good idea to take some time away from work to heal correctly and reduce the risk of infection.

Other risks associated with surgeries such as a breast lift include bleeding and infection at the incision site, as well as throughout the body. Some women may experience mild scarring once the surgical site has healed, but generally, the visible scars are minimal. You can expect some mild to moderate bruising in the area of the incisions as well, but this will start to dissipate after some time. We will provide you with a list of signs and symptoms related to infection, so you can keep an eye out for that following your surgery. Dealing with any signs of infection is important to maintain overall health and ensure that necrosis (death of the tissue) does not occur in the surgical site.

Interested in getting rid of your sagging breasts and giving them a lift? Visit Breast Implants Chicago© today for your complimentary breast lift consultation. Dr. Placik would love to answer any questions concerns pertaining to the procedure you are interested in. Please fill out the form below or simply call (312) 787-5313.

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