Your Breast Lift with Dr. Guy Cappuccino

If you’ve begun to feel as though your breasts are drooping or sagging in a way that has negatively impacted your appearance or sense of self-confidence, a breast lift at Guy Cappuccino MD Plastic & Reconstructive surgery can be the perfect way to restore your ideal feminine curves. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. 

If your breasts are small or have lost volume—for example, after pregnancy—breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size. To learn more about a breast lift with Dr. Cappuccino, reach out to our Mount Airy, Maryland office and set up your in-person consultation today.

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Breast Surgery with Dr. Guy Cappuccino

Dr. Guy Cappuccino is an expert in breast surgery in Mount Airy, Maryland that provides various breast procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and more. Breast surgery can provide transformative results, and can help patients improve symmetry, shape, position, firmness, and more. Those interested in breast surgery should always meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss how to achieve their desired results.

The Best Candidates for Breast Lifts with Surgery

The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally stable women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts. If this is the case for you, Dr. Cappuccino will work with you to explore your options.

Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you're planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually doesn't interfere with breastfeeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.

Potential Risks and Uncertainties

A breast lift is not a simple operation, but it's safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon with years of experience like Dr. Guy Cappuccino. This high level of experience enables him to greatly reduce the possibility of complications or a reaction to the anesthesia. Bleeding and infection following a breast lift are uncommon, but they can cause scars to widen. You can reduce your risks by closely following Dr. Cappuccino’s advice both before and after surgery.

Your breast lift will leave noticeable, permanent scars, but they'll be easily covered by a bra or bathing suit. (Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers.)

The procedure can also leave you with some breast asymmetry, or a permanent loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts. Before your procedure, Dr. Cappuccino will go over the details of what you can expect during your consultation, so you can feel completely confident in your results.

Before & After

Planning Your Breast Lift Procedure

Your initial consultation will be the ideal opportunity to discuss your expectations frankly with Dr. Cappuccino and to listen to his opinion. Dr. Cappuccino prides himself on bringing an exceptional level of ethical integrity to the table, and he’ll let you know if he believes that there is a better way to achieve your desired results.

Dr. Cappuccino will examine your breasts and take measurements before discussing the variables that may affect your procedure—such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin—and whether an implant is advisable.

You should also discuss where the nipple and areola will be positioned; they'll be moved higher during the procedure and should be approximately even with the crease beneath your breast. Don't hesitate to ask Dr. Cappuccino any additional questions you may have.

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Preparing For Your Breast Lift

Depending on your age and family history, you may need a mammogram (breast x-ray) before your surgery. You'll also get specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.

While you're making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days if needed.

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The Day of Your Breast Lift Surgery

Mastopexy usually takes one and a half to three and a half hours. Techniques vary, but our most common procedure involves a vertical incision from below the areola to the breast fold. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple.

When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola and in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area.

After Your Procedure

After surgery, you'll wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. Your breasts might be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the pain shouldn't be severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with medications prescribed by Dr. Cappuccino. Within 24 hours, the bandages or surgical bra will be removed and you may shower. You will continue to wear a  soft support bra. You'll need to wear this bra around the clock for three to four weeks. The stitches will dissolve.

Specially designed scar management dressings will be applied at your follow up appointments.  These dressings called Embrace minimize the scarring and speed the healing process. If your breast skin is very dry following surgery, you can apply a moisturizer several times a day. Be careful not to tug at your skin in the process, and keep the moisturizer away from the suture areas. You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This numbness usually fades as the swelling subsides over the next six weeks or so. In some patients, however, it may last a year or more, and occasionally it may be permanent.

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Getting Back to Normal

Healing is a gradual process. Although you may be up and about in a day or two, don't plan on returning to work for at least a week, depending on how you feel. You’ll need to avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks. If you have any unusual symptoms, don't hesitate to call Dr. Cappuccino.

You’ll be given detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. You may be instructed to avoid sex for a week or more and to avoid strenuous sports for about a month. After that, you can resume these activities slowly. If you become pregnant, the operation should not affect your ability to breastfeed, since your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact.

Your New Look

Dr. Cappuccino makes every effort to minimize scarring, but it's important to remember that mastopexy scars are extensive and permanent. They often remain lumpy and red for months, then gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops.

You should also keep in mind that a breast lift won't keep you firm forever: The effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations will eventually take their toll again. Women who have implants along with their breast lift may find the results last longer. To learn more, reach out to Dr. Cappuccino’s Mount Airy office and set up your consultation today.

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