Gravity gets us all eventually, doesn’t it? Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. John Sampson has seen it firsthand in the patients he serves. If you’re a woman whose breasts have gradually sunk lower and lower over the years, don’t feel that you shouldn’t have gone braless in your younger days or that you shouldn’t have jogged so much. It happens to all of us. Some women, especially larger breasted women, see saggy breasts in the mirror as early as their twenties as their size weighs them down. Most people who achieve significant weight loss discover an unfortunate side effect in their now droopy breasts. And many women who have had children notice the deflating effect pregnancy and breastfeeding have on their curves.
The fact is, a shapely, perky bustline is critical to a youthful, attractive figure, and almost all of us are going to lose that distinctive profile over time. If your shape doesn’t fit the picture you have in mind, a breast lift may be in order. Dr. Sampson has performed breast lift for women in Jackson and surrounding Michigan communities like Ann Arbor and Lansing to help them look better in their clothes and feel good about their bodies again.
Another unfortunate fact to face is that your breasts will continue to migrate toward the floor over time. Why not consider turning the clock back several years and getting a fresh, youthful start? Request an appointment with Dr. Sampson to find out more today.
Michigan Breast Lift Overview
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is similar to breast reduction. Dr. Sampson most often makes an incision known as an anchor incision from the areola down to the crease under the breast and outward on both sides. He removes excess skin that has sagged over the years, repositions the nipple and areola, and reshapes the breast by bringing down skin from around the nipple and stitching it together. Many Michigan women elect breast lift surgery in combination with breast augmentation in Michigan for added volume and a firm feel, and some decide to combine breast lift with breast reduction for a completely refreshed, younger-looking profile.
Women who have smaller breasts and minimal sagging can sometimes have parallel incisions around the areola to remove excess skin and tighten the breast position. This technique is known as a “doughnut” incision.
The surgery is most often performed under general anesthesia and takes 90 minutes to three and a half hours. You’ll have your procedure in our state-of-the-art operating suite, where your safety, privacy, and comfort can be assured. You’ll find our team to be professional, experienced, and ready to care for you.
Preparation and Recovery
When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Sampson, he’ll take measurements and discuss your goals with you. He’ll take a complete medical history, and counsel you about factors that can influence healing such as smoking. He’ll educate you about what you can expect the day of your surgery and afterward. By the time your surgery date arrives, you’ll be well informed and prepared for a smooth experience.
After surgery is complete and you have some time to recover, you’ll go home with gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or a surgical bra. Dressings and sutures will be removed in a few days. It’s normal to experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort for the first two or three days. These conditions can be managed with medication and they tend to subside rather quickly. Many people return to work and some of their lighter activities in one week, the rest within two weeks. More strenuous activities such as vigorous exercise and heavy lifting need to be added back to your routine slowly and carefully.
Risks and Complications
Few of Dr. Sampson’s Michigan patients have problems after breast lift surgery. Risks common to all types of surgeries are possible, however, including infection, excessive swelling, and wound problems. These conditions are almost always treatable in Dr. Sampson’s office.
Other complications that occasionally occur include numbness in the breasts or nipples. This most often subsides, though a small fraction of patients experience numbness indefinitely. Patients sometimes find their scars to be unacceptable. Though excessive scarring is also rare, scars can be reduced in Dr. Sampson’s office on an outpatient basis.
Imagine seeing your profile in the mirror and being delighted with your shape. Dr. Sampson can make that happen for you with a breast lift, as women in many Michigan communities have discovered. Call for an appointment today: (800) 809-4320 or (517) 780-0080. You’ll find our office located in quiet Jackson on 4th Street. Whether you’re a resident of Kalamazoo, Lansing, Ann Arbor, or Jackson, a breast lift with Dr. Sampson will be convenient as well as rewarding for you.