BREAST LIFT / MASTOPEXY
Breastlift / Mastopexy
Breastlift, or Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts–at least, for a time. (No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.) Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.
A Breast Lift is indicated in the following circumstances:
- To raise and reshape sagging breasts due to pregnancy or nursing.
- To reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
- If your breasts are small or have lost volume, breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.
Mastopexy usually takes one and a half to three hours. Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast.
The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast.
Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions. One such procedure is the “Doughnut (or Concentric) Mastopexy,” in which circular incisions are made around the areola, and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed. This is also known as a circumareolar lift.
If you’re having an implant inserted along with your Breast Lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall.
Bleeding and infection following a Breast Lift are uncommon, but these may cause scars to widen. You can reduce your risks by closely following your doctor’s advice both before and after surgery.
Although Mastopexy may leave noticeable, permanent scars, they’ll most likely be covered by your bra or bathing suit. There is also a possibility that the procedure can leave you with unevenly positioned nipples, or a permanent loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts.
You can expect some swelling, bruising, and a feeling of tightness for a few weeks. We will provide a surgical bra for you to wear for a few weeks during the healing process. Tenderness will subside faster than the swelling, which may take a few months to resolve entirely.
Will I need to take time off work for a Breast Lift?
I recommend taking a minimum of five days off from work to recover. After one week, you may resume non-strenuous activities, limiting lifting and stretching for an additional two weeks.
Is it possible to increase or decrease my breast size during surgery?
Yes. Our overall goal is to improve the appearance of your breasts in the context of your body as a whole. Toward that end, we might discuss supplementary breast enlargement or reduction at your consultation.
Is it possible to have my insurance cover my Breast Lift surgery?
No. Breast Lifting is a cosmetic procedure.