A breast lift Sarasota sometimes referred to as mastopexy, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. At Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL, we proudly offer this procedure because we understand how much-sagging breasts can affect a woman’s self-confidence. We believe everyone, including those experiencing the effects of massive rapid weight loss or aging, deserves to feel confident in their skin.
How Long Will a Breast Lift Sarasota Last?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect your breast lift Sarasota results to last for 10 to 15 years. However, individual results vary because many factors affect the actual longevity of the results. For example, the older you are, the more likely it is that you will need a maintenance procedure sooner. This is because your skin produces collagen at a reduced rate as you age, and collagen is one of the vital supportive structures responsible for keeping your skin taut.
On the other hand, if you get a breast lift Sarasota when you’re 21 because you lost a massive amount of weight very quickly, you may be able to go until you are 41 without considering another lift. The health of your skin also significantly affects how long the results of your procedure last. The healthier you keep your collagen, the longer your skin will be able to remain taut despite gravity almost constantly dragging your skin down.
Will Weight Fluctuations Affect the Longevity of My Results?
It is possible that weight fluctuations will affect the longevity of your results, but that is not a guaranteed factor. There is a chance that your breasts will start to sag prematurely if you lose a significant amount of fat from your chest very quickly. The faster you lose weight, the harder it is for your skin to remain flush with the rest of your tissues. This problem is compounded when a significant amount of weight is lost.
Therefore, for results that last as long as possible, do your best to maintain your weight. If you want to lose excess fat, remember to go slow and steady. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to lose no more than 1% of your body weight per week. If you weigh 145 pounds, losing 1.45 pounds in seven days by averaging a caloric deficit of 725 calories per day should not result in your skin sagging.
Will Pregnancy Affect the Longevity of My Results?
Yes, there is a chance that pregnancy will affect the longevity of your results. Often, a pregnant woman’s breasts will become much larger very quickly due to extreme hormone fluctuations. Then, breasts often shrink once the baby is born. Depending on how drastic and rapid the change in your breast size is, you may need a lift sooner if you get pregnant after your procedure.
How Soon Will I Be Able to Enjoy My Results?
The lift of your breasts will be improved immediately after surgery. However, it may take up to a few months for your skin to heal from the surgery and truly settle in. It will be especially hard to enjoy your ideal results at first because you will need to wear a compression garment for the first two weeks following your surgery. You will even need to wear this garment while you sleep. After that, you will need to wear a wireless sports bra for several more days.
What Else Will I Need to Do After My Surgery?
Sleep On Your Back
It is not just important that you wear a compression garment while you sleep. It is also important that you sleep in the appropriate position, on your back. The reason why you shouldn’t sleep on your side or stomach after your mastopexy is that doing so may apply too much pressure to the healing skin. This can slow your recovery.
Get Enough Sleep
It is also important that you dedicate plenty of time to restful sleep during your recovery process. Your skin mostly heals itself during the REM stage of sleep, the final stage in the sleep cycle. Ideally, you should take 90-minute naps during the day if you can’t get 7.5 to nine hours of solid sleep per night. Just keep in mind that the more sleep cycles you complete, the longer you spend in the REM stage.
If you have trouble sleeping soundly throughout the night, take some time to consider why. If you wake up throughout the night because you’re too hot, turn the AC down or put a fan in your room. If you wake up to urinate in the middle of the night, stop drinking fluids at least an hour before bed. You also may find that you sleep better if you stop consuming caffeine after a certain time. Caffeine usually has a plasma half-life of around five hours.
Drink Plenty of Water
Another step you must take to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible is to drink plenty of water. How much water you need to drink for optimal hydration depends on many factors, including your diet, activity level, and body weight. If your diet consists of a lot of foods with high water content, you may only need to drink around eight cups of water daily to stay hydrated.
It is worth noting that unsweetened coffee and tea can also help to hydrate you. Just remember that too much caffeine can affect your sleep quality. Also, it is vital that you do not consume so much caffeine that your blood pressure leaves the normal range.
Limit Sodium Intake
Another important step you should take to keep your blood pressure normal is to moderate your intake of sodium chloride. This chemical compound will help you retain water, but consuming too much may slow your recovery.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
You need to attend an initial evaluation to verify that you are a good fit for mastopexy, but if you’re in relatively good health, there’s a good chance you’ll qualify. The reason you should be relatively healthy is that surgery requires a lot of energy to recover from, and illnesses require a lot of energy to recover from. If you are sick within two weeks of your scheduled procedure, your operation may need to be rescheduled. We want you to have a smooth recovery.
Also, it is important that your heart and lungs are relatively healthy if you are getting several body contouring procedures at the same time. This is because the greater the scope of your cosmetic improvements, the more likely it is that you should get general anesthesia. However, for general anesthesia to be safe for you, it is vital that your cardiovascular and pulmonary systems are strong.
Will This Procedure Be Effective for Me?
During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your cosmetic concerns and discuss your goals to verify this procedure will be effective for you. To give you a pretty good idea of whether mastopexy will help you improve your self-confidence, you may want to perform the pencil test on yourself. You can verify that your breasts are sagging (experiencing ptosis) by placing a pencil in your inframammary fold. If the pencil falls, you probably don’t need a lift.
On the other hand, if the pencil is held by your breast, you are experiencing sagging breasts and could probably benefit from mastopexy. We will discuss all of your cosmetic goals during your initial evaluation. If you’d like, we can reposition your nipple and areola in addition to lifting sagging breast skin. Just let us know if you plan to get pregnant in the future; detaching the nipple may affect your ability to nurse.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
While mastopexy results are not permanent, you can expect them to last a long time. Generally, the results of this procedure remain for 10 to 15 years. To help your results last as long as possible, you should do your best to maintain your weight and keep your skin healthy. If you’re in the Bradenton area and believe lifting your breasts will improve your self-confidence, schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL today.