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Mastopexy (breast lift)

As a woman goes through life, various changes affect her appearance. Due to aging, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations, a woman’s breasts can become droopy and deflated. Fortunately, sagging and shapeless breasts can be rejuvenated through breast lift surgery. A breast lift, also called mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts to restore a more feminine, alluring, and youthful figure.

Candidates

If you have mild to severe ptosis (sagging) of the breasts, then a breast lift can help. The grade of ptosis will determine the technique used during your procedure. If you are unhappy with your breast size, a combined breast lift and augmentation can give you the shape you desire.

The Breast Lift Procedure

Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed in one to three hours. Most patients are put under general anesthesia for the procedure, but other sedation techniques may be used if needed. All aspects of your breast lift are tailored to your body and your desires.

Incision Options

  • Donut: Places a circular incision around each areola
    • Removes a doughnut-shaped area of tissue from around each areola
    • Scarring blends with the edge of the areolas
    • Elevates the nipple-areolar complexes, if needed
    • Best for women who have mild breast sagging and/or minor nipple asymmetry
  • Lollipop: Places a circular incision around each areola that extends down to the breast crease
    Removes excess breast tissue from around the areolas and the underside of each breast

    • Elevates the nipple-areolar complexes
    • Resizes overstretched areolas
    • Improves breast shape and firmness
    • Best for women who have moderate breast sagging and overly stretched areolas
  • Anchor: Combines a vertical lift incision with an additional incision along the breast crease
    • Removes excess breast tissue from around the areolas and the underside of each breast
    • Elevates the nipple-areolar complexes
    • Resizes overstretched areolas
    • Significantly improves breast shape and firmness
    • Best for women who have severely sagging, pendulous, and/or misshapen breasts

Recovery

You will experience some bruising and swelling following your breast lift. We offer patients the option to stay the night at the Comfort Cottage, with a nurse available for assistance. Most patients can return to work within two weeks and participate in regular exercise after six weeks. You should avoid applying significant pressure to your breasts for six weeks, and most major swelling should subside within six weeks.

Risks and Results

Breast lift surgery, like all surgeries, does pose some minor risks, including infection, hematoma, changes in breast sensitivity, and scarring. However, once your initial recovery period is over, your risk of future complications is very low. Your breast lift procedure should provide you with beautiful results. While it does provide long-lasting support to the breasts, your tissue is subject to the effects of aging, gravity, weight fluctuation, and future pregnancies.