Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
A woman's breasts may droop as a result of the natural effects of aging, heredity, gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is performed to return youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged or lost volume and firmness.
Breast lifts rejuvenate the breasts by trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissues to achieve an uplifted, youthful contour. A breast lift improves the appearance of your breasts in several ways. It elevates your breast tissue, removes excess skin from the lower portion of your breast and then reshapes your remaining breast skin. At the same time, it relocates your nipple and areola (the pigmented skin surrounding your nipple) to a higher position. If your areolas have stretched over time, they can be reduced in size. Women who have their breasts lifted often may decide to also have them enlarged. If this is the case, an implant is placed behind the breast tissue or chest muscle (Mastopexy with Implants).
Am I a candidate for Mastopexy (Breast Lift)?
If you have no serious health conditions, are not prone to keloid scarring and have noticed that your breasts have started to sag and the effects of gravity are wreaking havoc -- you may be a candidate for Mastopexy. An ideal Mastopexy candidate should be mentally and emotionally stable and have realistic expectations as well. When a woman ages, the breast skin loses elasticity and firmness and the breasts may tend to droop as the years creep up. Mastopexy can reduce the extra skin and give the breasts their former, firmer shape and feel.
How is a Mastopexy (Breast Lift) performed?
Mastopexy is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and lasts from one to three hours. A commonly performed breast lift technique uses incisions that follow your breast's natural contour. The resulting scar, which is permanent, will fade to some extent over time. It encircles the areola and then extends vertically down the breast and horizontally along the crease underneath the breast. There are other breast lift techniques that may eliminate the horizontal incision, the vertical incision, or both. The use of any particular pattern of incisions depends on individual patient factors and your surgeon’s recommendation.
What is the recovery like for Mastopexy (Breast Lift)?
Most patients are immediately satisfied with their new breasts and can typically return to work one to two weeks following the procedure.
Following surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in a gauze dressing or placed in a surgical bra. You may be instructed to wear a supportive bra for several weeks. Swelling and discoloration are to be expected but will gradually subside. The scars will be red and raised for several months -- gradually fading in color and flattening out. Nipple sensation is generally preserved with this operation. The incidence of loss is usually less than 5%. You may experience decreased breast or nipple sensation, which usually is temporary. You should be able to return to work within one to two weeks.