Mastopexy: Breast Lift Surgery

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a common plastic surgery procedure that raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. This procedure is best suited for women with sagging breasts. A breast lift will raise and reshape sagging breasts and nipples resting below the breast crease. Additionally, a breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola.

While a breast lift usually won’t interfere with breastfeeding because pregnancies and nursing will re-stretch breasts, it’s wise to postpone the procedure until you are finished having children.

Breast Lift Surgery Techniques

Breast lift techniques generally fall into two categories:

  • The Donut (Concentric) Lift — for those with mild to moderate sagging. This procedure involves a single circular incision around the areola.
  • Anchor Lift– for those with more severe sagging. This procedure involves more extensive cutting and removal of excess skin tissue and is commonly combined with breast reduction surgery to reduce the volume and shape of the breasts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Although breast surgery differs according to each person’s unique needs and which type of surgery she chooses, there are common questions patients have prior to committing to surgery:

What Can I Expect After a Breast Lift?

After the operation, you will notice an immediate and dramatic change in the shape of your breasts. Most are very pleased following surgery. It may take up to a year for your breasts to settle into their new look and feel. Over time, your scars will fade but may remain red and bumpy for several months.

Is It Painful?

Your breasts will probably be sore for two or three days. The pain is greatest within the first 48 hours but improves with each day. We’ll give you pain medication if you’re sensitive to pain.

What Is the Recovery Period Like?

The gauze dressing will be removed in a couple of days to a week. You’ll wear a surgical bra for a few weeks. Your stitches will then be removed about one week following the surgery (if there are any to remove). Your breasts will be bruised, and you may experience temporary numbness around the nipples, as well as random shooting pains. These conditions generally subside within several weeks.

How Long is the Downtime?

You need to limit your activities and movement to prevent breaking the stitches and stretching the scars for the first few days. Most women can return to work after two weeks (sometimes sooner). Avoid overhead lifting and strenuous movements for several weeks.

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