Our Franciscan Physician Network plastic and reconstructive surgeons answer your questions and share their expert insight to help you make informed decisions about breast cosmetic surgery.
Q: I am in my early 60s and am embarrassed that my breasts have begun to droop. I've given up wearing certain tops that accentuate the problem. What options do I have?
A: A procedure that has been growing in popularity, even outpacing breast implants, is the mastopexy, or breast lift. This popular surgical procedure is used to return sagging breasts to their more youthful position.
Sagging breasts can be the result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging or heredity. Surgeons perform a breast lift by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying breast tissue to reshape the breast's contour and firmness. A breast lift will also serve to reduce the areola if it has become enlarged over time.
The procedure usually takes about three hours and is performed under a general anesthesia. It's important to remember that results from a breast lift may not be permanent. As you continue to age, the skin becomes less elastic and sagging could re-occur, especially for those with large or heavier breasts. Keeping your weight at a stable and healthy level can help retain your results. Before scheduling surgery, make sure your surgeon was trained specifically in plastic surgery and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This will ensure you've got a surgeon who is best qualified to perform a breast lift.
Meet Our Franciscan Physician Network Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Our female plastic surgeons in Indianapolis, Jessica N. Gillespie, MD, and Jaime M. Ranieri, MD, of Franciscan Physician Network Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, are board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Ranieri perform cosmetic surgeries and procedures that treat the results of trauma, birth defects and disease. From tummy tucks and mommy makeovers to skin rejuvenation, the doctors and staff at Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons in Indianapolis offer an array of life-enhancing treatments. To meet with Dr. Gillespie or Dr. Ranieri for a consult or appointment, call (317) 528-7650. For more information visit IndyCosmeticSurgery.com or FranciscanDocs.org.