breast lift mastopexy

breast lift

Who considers a breast lift?

Over time, the effects of pregnancy, nursing, weight changes, gravity, and a normal loss of skin elasticity can result in droopy, saggy breasts. This loss of volume leaves the breasts “deflated”. Women who see these changes in their breasts and are interested in a more youthful, firmer, and possibly fuller appearance will consider a breast lift.

What is a breast lift?

Breast lift, also called mastopexy, is designed to raise and reshape the breast tissue, nipple, and areola to a more youthful position. Breast tissue is generally not removed so there is only a small chance of change in nipple sensation. Breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation when the breasts appear “deflated”.




How is the procedure performed?

  • A variety of incisions may be used depending on individual shape, volume, degree of droop and goals. These are reviewed in depth during consultation.
  • Excess skin is removed and the breast tissue, nipple & areola are shifted to a higher, more pleasing position.
  • Surgery is performed under general anesthesia and patients return home the same day. Surgery takes approximately 2 hours.
  • Breast Lift can be performed with Breast Augmentation.

What is a normal recovery?

Most patients experience minimal discomfort, which is relieved with prescription medications. Most women are back to most activities within 7 to 10 days, unrestricted activity within 4 to 6 weeks, and return to work in 1 to 2 weeks. 

What are the expected results?

More youthful, better shaped, firmer breasts are the usual outcome. When larger breasts are desired in conjunction with breast lift, implants are used with breast lift.

Are there potential complications?

Breast lift surgery is very common and very safe, but no surgery is without potential problems. These are generally very minor. An extensive review of potential outcomes can be found on the link below.


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