An Interview with Dr. Anna I. Wooten on Breast
Lifting in Bizymoms.com
Dr. Anna I. Wooten is a plastic surgeon
certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Here the Doctor has
answered some of the common questions Bizymoms visitors have about
Q. What is Breast Lifting?
A. Breast Lifting surgery or Mastopexy, is done to lift the sagging
breasts to a more youthful, higher position on the female body. This can
be done with or without implants. I perform a technique called the
Brazilian Breast Lift, which uses the patient's own breast tissue that
is lifted and used instead of an implant, but still giving the implant
look. This way, the patient never has to worry about the complications
typically associated with implants, such as deflation, or capsules
Q. How is breast lift surgery done?
A. Breast Lift surgery can be done in several different ways. There is a
wide variety of scarring, depending on the surgeon's technique.
Examples are periareolar technique, lollipop or tennis racket technique,
and the anchor technique. I try to minimize the length of scar while I
perform breast lift surgery. You can go to my website @
beleza-plasticsurgery.com to learn more about each specific procedure.
Q. What is the recovery period like?
A. Surprisingly, breast surgery is not very painful. Breasts will be
bruised and swollen for a few days, but the pain should not be severe.
Any discomfort will be relieved with pain medications. Although I advise
walking the next day, most patients return to work in about one week.
Patients are NOT permitted any heavy lifting or reaching for 4‐6 weeks
post surgery. After surgery, they wear an elastic bandage or surgical
bra. There are no drains, all sutures are absorbable and won't have to
Q. Who is an ideal candidate for breast lift surgery?
A. The best candidates for this type of surgery are those women who
notice loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight
loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding, which ultimately affect the shape
and firmness of the breast. Patients who are generally satisfied with
the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them,
resulting in a more youthful breast contour. The primary indication for
breast lift or mastopexy is breast ptosis. " Ptosis" is derived from the
Greek word "fall." It is the naturally occurring condition of descent of
the nipple areola and breast tissue on the chest wall. On the other
hand, if patients are unhappy with the loss of significant breast
volume, adding implants in conjunction with a breast lift can be
perfomed by increasing breast size while simultaneously enhancing the
shape and positioning of the breasts. Until recently, a breast lift
without implant, has not always provided the best long-term improvement.
Plastic surgeons have tried many procedures over the years to reshape
the breast but they acomplished only temorary upper breast fullness. I
offer a procedure in my practice that is known as "Brazilian Breast
Lift" which is done using a more limited incision, and rearranging the
patient's own breast tissue, producing long lasting upper breast
fullness or "an implant like augmented breast."
Q. Are there risks and complications to a breast lift surgery?
A. Breast surgery is a very low risk procedure. As with any surgical
procedure, it is important to choose a Board Certified specialist in
this field. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I perform breast
lift procedures daily and was specifically trained for many years to
perform this type of surgery. This insures that you have the most highly
trained surgeon performing your surgery, according to federal government
Q. How much does breast lift surgery cost?
A. Breast lift surgery costs approx. $6000.00 -6500.00 depending on the
facility where it is performed.
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Sewickley, PA 15143
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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Contact us at (724) 759-7777
Anna I. Wooten, M.D. - Board Certified
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
Pittsburgh, PA (Offices in Wexford, Fox
Chapel and Butler)