Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery in Washington, DC with Dr. Jules Feledy
A breast lift, also medically known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to restore a more youthful shape to the breasts. Breasts can tend to get saggy as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, loss of the skin elasticity through aging, having genetically larger breast, or simply the effects of gravity.
A breast lift can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) and be combined with breast reduction or breast augmentation to enhance breast firmness or final result.
‘After having three children and be so caught up in the whirlwind, it was amazing the change my body experience when I stopped breastfeeding. My breasts were saggy and I didn’t feel like my husband looked at me the same. Dr. Feledy helped me with a breast lift and it now feels like I look better than before I had kids!’ – D.S.*
Breast Lift FAQs
1) What is the difference between a breast lift and a breast augmentation?
A breast lift or mastopexy surgery has the purpose of lifting up a sagging breast as opposed to increasing the size of the breast, which is the purpose of a breast augmentation.
A breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation, in which a breast implant is used to increase the size of the breast in conjunction with a lift being done as well. It entirely depends on what you are trying to achieve with your surgery and if you have the physical elements necessary to get the result you want.
2) What are the most common reasons for a breast lift?
The most common reasons for a breast lift are changes to the body that occur:
- After weight loss
- As a result of aging and the effects of gravity
- After pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Having genetically breasts that are overly large for the body of that individual
3) Who is a candidate for breast lift surgery?
A women may be a candidate for breast lift surgery for a variety of reasons. The ideal candidate is in overall good physical and mental health with a stable weight. She is also a non-smoker who has realistic expectations for the outcome. You may be an excellent candidate for breast lift surgery if your nipples hang below the breast crease, specifically if they are pointing downward. Other common reasons for this procedure include a saggy or flattened breasts or if one breast hangs lower than the other.
4) What are the steps in breast lift surgery?
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts several hours. Techniques vary for each patient. A standard technique uses three incisions to lift the breast. The first incision runs around the areola, the second from the areola to the bottom of the breast, and the third underneath the breast. Following incision, excess skin and tissue are removed and the areola is repositioned higher on the breast. Some patients may be candidates for a less extensive breast lift incision pattern.
5) What happens after the procedure?
Recovery time is one to two weeks, with limited activity for about six weeks. You will need to wear a supportive bra following the procedure until the post-operative swelling and bruising has faded. Lines from the incisions will fade over time as they heal though they may always be slightly visible. The breasts will settle into their positions over time but future adjustments may be necessary.
6) Are there risks or side effects to a breast lift?
Very rarely. Loss of some or all sensation in the nipples or breasts may occur and could interfere with future breastfeeding ability. In the event of poor healing or dramatic changes in body weight, you may need revision surgery. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks such as poor healing, infection, bleeding and reaction to anesthesia. All potential risks and adverse outcomes will be discussed in detail during your consultation. Dr. Feledy takes the time with you to make sure you understand everything you need in order to help you achieve the best breast lift Washington DC has to offer.
If you are interested in getting a breast lift, get more information by contacting Belmont Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation today.
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Washington, DC Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgeon
It is common for the characteristics of a woman’s breasts to change following substantial weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Moreover, as women age, their breasts change. Typically, these breast changes include large nipple-areolar complexes and breasts that droop. However, both of these issues can be addressed with a mastopexy (aka breast lift). With a mastopexy, Dr. Jules Feledy can restore the breasts to a more youthful position on the patient’s chest. In addition, he can resize the patient’s nipple-areolar complexes, providing her with the beautifully-proportioned and uplifted breasts she desires. Dr. Feledy is a board-certified plastic surgeon with 15 years of post-graduate training. He performs breast lift procedures in the Washington, DC, area to provide women with the youthful-looking breasts they desire.
What Issues Can a Breast Lift in Washington, DC, Address?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to correct breast drooping and sagging. Besides lifting the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest, during a mastopexy, Dr. Jules Feledy can also enhance the size and shape of the patient’s breasts. Furthermore, he can decrease the size of the patient’s nipple-areolar complexes. These complexes consist of the nipple and the dark skin that surrounds it. When a woman’s breast sags, her nipple-areolar complex will usually become enlarged and face downward due to the stretching of the skin, however, Dr. Feledy addresses this problem by moving the nipple-areolar complex to a higher position on the newly shaped, lifted breast.
Since Dr. Feledy has been performing mastopexy procedures for years, he uses his experience, skill and artistic vision to create each of his patients a personalized surgical plan. After their mastopexy, patients’ breasts appear more youthful and perky. Following their breast lift procedure, many of Dr. Jules Feledy’s patients state that they feel more confident about the way they look.
Benefits of a mastopexy include:
- Firmer breasts with improved nipple projection.
- Beautifully-shaped breasts.
- Youthful-looking breasts.
- Fewer instances of under-breast irritation.
What Causes Changes in the Breasts?
There are numerous reasons that breast changes can occur, however, Dr. Jules Feledy is a top Washington, DC, plastic surgeon who performs breast lift procedures for women who want to restore some of the youthful breast characteristics that have been lost
Breast changes can result from:
- Weight loss.
- Gravity and the natural aging process.
In addition, a woman who has inherited overly large breasts may also need a breast lift at some point in her life.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
If you have mild to moderate breast droop, and your primary objective is correcting this issue, you may be a good candidate for a mastopexy with Dr. Feledy.
The ideal breast lift candidate:
- Is healthy.
- Is having the mastopexy for herself, not to please someone else.
- Does not use products that contain nicotine.
- Would like firmer breasts with improved nipple projection.
- Wants beautifully shaped breasts that sit higher on her chest.
- Would like to have more youthful-looking breasts.
- Understands the risks, benefits and recovery requirements associated with this procedure.
- Has a realistic outlook about what a breast lift can accomplish for her.
Your Initial Consultation with One of the Top Plastic Surgeons in Washington, DC
When you arrive for your consultation, please bring any mammogram reports and breast biopsy results with you. Dr. Feledy will want to review them. In addition, he needs to know which vitamins, herbal supplements and medications you take regularly as well as previous surgical procedures you have had (medically necessary and elective).
Dr. Feledy will ask questions about your familial history in reference to breast cancer. He will examine your breasts and ask what you would like him to accomplish during your breast lift. Please do not hesitate to ask questions during your consultation. Dr. Feledy and his staff believe that a patient who knows what to expect before, during and after her breast lift will feel more confident, and less anxious about her upcoming procedure.
Your skin will be evaluated, breast measurements and photos may also be taken. If pictures are taken, they will remain in your medical file. Dr. Feledy will use these photos as he creates your personalized breast lift plan.
Once he has created your custom-designed breast lift plan, Dr. Jules Feledy will discuss his recommendations and specific details about your breast lift procedure. To ensure you attain the best results possible, it is essential that you and Dr. Feledy have open lines of communication; therefore, if you have questions, feel free to ask them at this time.
Your mastopexy will be performed at Belmont Plastic Surgery’s, certified, state-of-the-art surgery center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, near Washington, DC. There are several techniques that Dr. Jules Feledy can use while performing a breast lift. He will discuss these techniques with you and recommend the technique that he believes will serve you the best.
A Personalized Breast Lift Near Washington, DC, with a Board-Certified Breast Specialist
Patients need to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled procedure.
They must have their driver with them when they arrive. In addition, Dr. Feledy may ask the driver to remain at the surgery center until Dr. Feledy releases the patient to his or her care.
While the patient prepares for surgery in the preoperative area (i.e., pre-op), Dr. Feledy may come in to create a variety of markings on the breasts. These markings are used as guides during the patient’s procedure. He will also take this time to answer any questions that the patient has.
This surgical procedure lasts for several hours.
In order to ensure that patients remain comfortable during surgery, they receive general anesthesia.
After the patient goes to asleep, the mastopexy procedure begins. Dr. Feledy makes the incisions.
A standard breast lift requires three incisions:
- The first incision is made around the patient’s areola.
- The second runs from the areola to the patient’s inframammary fold (i.e., breast crease).
- The third incision is created beneath the breast and runs along the patient’s inframammary fold.
Following incision creation, Dr. Feledy removes excess tissue and skin.
He uses his artistic vision, experience and skill to provide the patient with a beautifully shaped breast mound.
The size of the nipple-areolar complex is reduced.
Dr. Feledy carefully places the patient’s nipple-areolar complexes higher on her breasts.
Once Dr. Feledy is satisfied that the results provide the patient with the breast characteristics she desires, he will tighten the skin by closing the incisions.
A compression bra is placed. This garment is designed to keep inflammation down and provide the breasts with support as they begin to heal.
Now that the patient’s surgery is complete, Belmont Plastic Surgery’s medical staff move the patient to the recovery area.
Breast lift incision options:
– this incision technique is used when there is minimal sagging. Dr. Feledy creates a circular incision around the patient’s nipple-areolar complex. Since the skin in this area is darker, the resulting scar is typically well hidden.
– this technique is used when the patient has minimal sagging. The crescent incision leaves the smallest scar. This incision arches along the upper half of the patient’s nipple-areolar complex.
– Dr. Feledy uses this kind of incision for moderate to severe ptosis. He creates an incision around the patient’s nipple-areolar complex and then vertically down the breast until it reaches the inframammary fold.
– this incision technique is used when the patient’s breasts are sagging severely. The anchor incision is created when Dr. Feledy makes a circular incision around the nipple-areolar complex and then he creates another incision that runs vertically down the patient’s breast until it reaches the breast crease, at which time, a horizontal incision is created along the patient’s breast crease.
The type of incision used during a mastopexy is based on the patient’s treatment goals, the amount of sagging that is being addressed and the size of her breasts.
Recovering from Your Breast Lift Near Washington, DC
Recovery usually lasts from one to two weeks; however, patients are required to limit their activity for around six weeks. Patients must wear a compression garment to help keep post-operative inflammation and bruising down. Once these have faded, the compression garment is no longer required. This garment assists with the healing process.
Patients are not permitted to lift heavy objects or participate in any other kind of physical activity until they are two weeks post op.
During the initial recovery period, patients may experience discomfort, inflammation and bruising.
As long as the patient does not expose her breast lift incisions to the sun or the UV rays of a tanning bed, these scars will fade. Although the scars will always be slightly visible, patients who disregard these recommendations could make their scars more visible. This increased visibility can occur if the scar becomes hyperpigmented (darker). If hyperpigmentation does occur, it may be permanent.
Over time, the breasts settle into their positions; however, future adjustments may be required.
Patients need to take no less than a week, preferably two, off work and/or school so they can recover. In addition, patients must avoid physical activities until Dr. Feledy says they can safely participate.
How Long Do Breast Lift Results Last?
There is no way to prevent the natural breast changes that occur during the aging process, but the results achieved during a mastopexy are long-lasting. Since poor lifestyle choices may contribute to breast changes, eating well and exercising is recommended. Following this healthy life plan should allow you to enjoy your mastopexy results for many years.
Are There Any Risks or Complications That I Should Know about
As with all procedures, there are risks; however, when it comes to mastopexy procedures, complications are rare. Even so, knowing the risks is important no matter how unlikely they are to occur.
The risks of a mastopexy procedure include:
- Loss of nipple sensation (all or just some).
- Difficulty or inability to breastfeed.
- Poor healing resulting in the need for revision surgery.
- A reaction to the anesthesia used during the procedure.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Dramatic weight changes may result in the need for a revision surgery.
Dr. Feledy will discuss the potential risks and possible adverse outcomes with you in detail during your initial consultation. To ensure your breast lift results are optimal, please ask questions. In addition, before your breast lift is scheduled, Dr. Feledy makes sure that he provides you with all the information you need to feel comfortable with and confident about your upcoming procedure.
Will A Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Affect Nipple Sensation?
When it comes to breast lift patients, adjusting the size and location of the nipple-areolar complex is a common request. Since Dr. Feledy specializes in breast procedures, he has the experience and skill necessary to provide his patients with the smaller nipple-areolar complexes that they desire.
Dr. Jules Feledy’s expertise and advanced techniques minimize the likelihood of any complications, including permanent changes in nipple sensation; however, some patients will experience changes in their nipple sensitivity as they recover from their breast lift with reduction and repositioning of their nipple-areolar complexes. These changes may be an increase in nipple sensitivity or a decrease in nipple sensitivity. If this surgical side-effect does occur, normal nipple sensation usually returns within just a few months.
Dr. Jules Feledy skillfully decreases the size of the nipple-areolar complexes. Once they are proportional to the patient’s reduced breast size, he meticulously repositions them on her newly lifted and beautifully contoured breasts. Dr. Feledy always takes the patient’s desire for a natural-looking result into consideration.
How Much is a Mastopexy Procedure at Belmont Plastic Surgery?
The cost for this procedure varies. The patient’s cost is determined by the extent of treatment required to provide her with the results she desires. To find out how much your breast lift would cost, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Feledy at his office in Chevy Chase, Maryland, near Washington, DC. After your consultation at Belmont Plastic Surgery, Dr. Feledy will create you a personalized treatment plan that is specifically designed to meet your needs. Once Dr. Jules Feledy knows what is required to provide you with optimal results, he can quote you a price for your breast lift procedure.
Since Dr. Feledy knows that coming up with the money to attain the beautiful breasts you desire can be challenging, he provides patients the opportunity to apply for financing through CareCredit®. If you choose to finance your procedures with CareCredit®, instead of paying for your procedures upfront, you will be able to have your mastopexy and pay for it over time. There is no annual fee with CareCredit® and patients can finance as much as $25,000. This card cannot be used to purchase random items, it is designed to assist people who need to pay for some type of medical care.
Besides using CareCredit®, patients can pay with cash, a major credit card or a check.
If you notice any changes in your breasts before your procedure, contact Dr. Feledy to schedule an appointment. His extensive background in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery allows him to provide his patients with the symmetrical, natural-looking breasts they desire.
If you live in the Washington, DC, area, and you are bothered by the way your breasts look contact Dr. Feledy at Belmont Plastic Surgery to schedule your initial consultation. Contact the office today by calling (301) 654-5666. If you prefer to contact the office online, click here to fill out our form. Belmont Plastic Surgery is located at 5530 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 818 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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