Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, removes excess breast skin to raise, reshape and firm your breasts. The nipples and areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) are repositioned, and the areolas sometimes may be reduced in size. If desired, implants may be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift to increase breast size.
Considering a breast lift?
Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. 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. Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over a time. In such cases, implants inserted or fat transfer in conjunction with a breast lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.
Am I good candidates for a breast lift?
You may be good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
- Breasts that lack substance or firmness
- Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease
- A breast lift can be performed at any age, but we usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped.
We will examine your breasts, taking measurements. The size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin and the placement of the nipples and areolas will be carefully evaluated.
How a Breast Lift is performed?
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts. Essentially the technique involves redraping of the skin & tissues to make a more youthful looking breast.
Where are the incisions placed?
Incisions depend upon the level of breast sagging. In mild to moderate sagging a periareolar incision is used. In moderate sagging a combination of periareolar and vertical incision dropped down from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast is used. After we have removed excess breast skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in a sagging breast may have been stretched, can be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and together beneath it to reshape the breast.
How should I prepare for surgery?
Depending on your age, or if you have a history of breast cancer in your family, we may recommend a baseline mammogram before surgery. This will help to detect any future changes in your breast tissue.
When can I resume my normal activities?
After breast lift surgery, it is often possible to return to work within a week or so, depending on your job. In many instances, you can resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild exercise, after few weeks. Any sexual activity should be avoided for a minimum of two weeks. After that, care must be taken to be extremely gentle with your breasts for at least the next several weeks.
Results of Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery will make your breasts firmer and more uplifted. The position of your areolas and nipples will be enhanced, and the size of your areolas will be aesthetically pleasing. The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In most instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.