Breast Surgery in St. Louis, Missouri
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure during which excess skin is removed and the tissue surrounding the breast is tightened. This reshapes the breasts and elevates their position, providing a more youthful appearance. Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff performs breast lifts and other breast surgery procedures as the primary focus of his St. Louis, Missouri plastic surgery practice.
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A breast lift is a viable option for women whose breasts have begun to droop and lose their shape as a result of any of the following:
- Child birth
- Weight loss
- Differences in the way they have developed
In some cases, you may wish to create more fullness to your breasts as well as to lift them to a higher position. To accomplish this, Dr. Kofkoff will place an implant during the breast lift surgery.
General anesthesia is used during breast lift procedures and the patient is generally allowed to go home the same day. Dr. Kofkoff performs most of his breast lift surgeries in a surgery center, which is a free-standing operating room facility. Arrangements can also be made to perform the surgery in a hospital setting.
Breast lift surgery is performed to elevate the nipple and areola in order to provide a more attractive and well-contoured shape to the breasts. If necessary, the size of the areola can be reduced as well.
Some incisions are required during breast lift surgery. The location of these will be determined by the anatomy of your breasts and the outcome you are seeking. For minimal lifting, the incision can be made along the upper edge of the areola. For more dramatic lifting, the incision will encircle the entire areola and may extend vertically down to the crease under the breast. In some cases, an incision in the crease may also be required, although short-scar techniques are reducing the need for this type of incision.
Once the procedure is completed, Dr. Kofkoff closes the incisions with sutures. He then applies a gauze dressing and a supportive surgical bra. A short recovery period is allowed for the patient to fully awaken from the anesthesia prior to being discharged.