What is Mastopexy or Breast Lift Surgery?
As a result of weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or simply aging, women may find that their breasts lose shape, firmness or fullness. Breasts may settle at a low position and look hollow or emptied out in the upper portion of the breast. This can affect a woman’s self-image and confidence. If you notice these changes in your breast and desire to restore the firmness and shape of your breast, a breast lift (mastopexy) may be right for you. If you have lost significant volume, the lift procedure can also be combined with the placement of a breast implant.
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Candidates for A Breast Lift
An ideal candidate for Breast Lift surgery is in good overall health, maintains a stable weight, and has realistic expectations about what a breast lift can do. A woman who chooses to undergo mastopexy has one or more of the following:
- Sagging breasts.
- Nipples or areolas pointing downward.
- Breasts that have lost shape or volume.
- One breast is lower than the other.
- Breasts that are flat or elongated.
The best way to assess if you are a candidate is to have an in-person assessment of the breasts. If there is redundant skin present in the breasts and the nipple is in a lower than a desirable anatomic position, a breast lift would most likely be a viable option.
Types of Mastopexy Techniques
The most common procedure for breast lift involves three incisions; around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. Through these incisions, the underlying breast tissue is reshaped and lifted, and excess skin is removed to compensate for the loss of elasticity. The areola is repositioned to a natural height and can be reduced in size if desired.
During your consultation with Dr. Fine or Dr. Schierle, you can expect to discuss your preference for breast shape and volume, activity level, weight fluctuations, and plans for children which may affect the surgical outcome. Good candidates for breast lift are generally women of normal, stable weight who have completed their families.
Breast Lift Procedure
Mastopexy is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and usually takes 1 to 3 hours. Depending on the size and shape of the breasts, as well as the degree of sagging and amount of excess skin,
After the incisions are made, breast tissue is removed and reshaped to achieve the desired breast contour. The nipple and areola are usually moved higher on the breast or resized. Excess skin is trimmed to create a tighter, more defined appearance. Incisions are closed with stitches.
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Breast Lift Recovery
The patient will experience pain in the breasts for a day or two and soreness for about a week or two. The patient will be wrapped in an ACE wrap following the surgery to help provide compression. This is most helpful during the first week following surgery to help reduce swelling. Patient’s return to their daily activity immediately following surgery. We recommend no rigorous exercise for at least the first two weeks as the breast tissue typically regains full strength 6-8 weeks after any surgery. The incisions will continue to improve and heal with time. Scarring can take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year to become flat and fade to a thin white line.
Depending on the incision type used, mastopexy can produce some visible scars. Although some incisions can be concealed in the natural breast contours, others cannot. In most cases, however, scars fade over time, becoming much less apparent. Complications are rare but some risks include:
- A temporary or permanent change in nipple/breast sensation
- Irregularities in breast contour/shape