Inferior stretch occurs when the inframammary fold is in the correct position but the breast tissue between the nipple and the fold stretches. Inferior stretch is very easy to confuse with bottoming out. In bottoming out, the inframammary fold descends. There can be situations in which there is both inferior pole stretch and bottoming out. Inferior stretch can happen due to thin, stretchy skin or after capsulectomy when there is not much support.

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The correction of inferior pole stretch is usually accomplished through skin excision (mastopexy or breast lift). The type of lift is determined by the breasts' appearance and may be as simple as a horizontal skin excision in the fold or a full anchor lift.

In most cases, we will excise skin and place GalaFlex mesh or Strattice as support because without the support, the skin just stretches and the problem may recur.

A minor correction such as a horizontal wedge excision can be accomplished under local anesthesia, but for larger lifts, and when Strattice or GalaFlex is placed, we prefer general anesthesia. If the skin quality is good we may place Galaflex or Strattice for support without excising any skin. When we examine you during the consultation we can usually determine whether support alone will work but sometimes we won’t know until we get into the operating room. If they're not too old or ruptured, current implants may not need to be replaced. Please discuss with us at consultation. 

The correction of inferior pole stretch is usually through skin excision (mastopexy or breast lift). The type of lift is determined by breast appearance and may be as simple as a horizontal skin excision in the fold or a full anchor lift.

Many times we will excise skin and place Boca Raton Strattice as support because without the support the skin just stretches.

If we just need to excise a horizontal wedge we may be able to do that under local anesthesia but for larger lifts and when Strattice is placed we prefer general anesthesia. If the skin quality is not that bad sometimes we can just place the Strattice for support without excising any skin. When we examine you during the consultation we can usually determine whether support alone will work but sometimes we won’t know until we get into the operating room.

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Your Procedure and Recovery

Inferior stretch surgery is done on an outpatient basis and you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery. You'll need someone to stay with you overnight if you're placed under general anesthesia. There will be some pain and swelling for a couple of days after surgery, and you will have prescription pain medication to help you stay comfortable in the early stages of healing. Soreness and swelling may last up to several weeks.

You will be seen the next day in the office and the surgical wrap will be removed. You will be placed in a soft bra that we'll provide. After you return you may shower and replace the bra provided. You will be seen a few days later for the follow-up to assess healing. You'll need to wear the bra provided until our staff says otherwise, and avoid buying new bras until the swelling subsides, which may be a few weeks after surgery.

Here is a general timeline of breast lift recovery:

  • One day to one week before you can return to work (depending on the surgery performed and your job)
  • Driving – one to four days, depending on the surgery performed
  • Exercise — generally one to three weeks, depending upon the surgery performed
  • Golf and tennis may be resumed about three to four weeks after surgery
  • You can wear underwire bras after being cleared by our staff
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