What is breast lift surgery?
Remove excess skin to restore shape and position.
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape your breasts. As your skin loses elasticity, the breasts often change shape and begin to lower as a result of gravity. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted. A women’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. Factors that contribute to this are aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and significant weight changes. Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift can reduce this as well.
A variety of techniques are used to achieve a breast lift. Some techniques result in scars only around the areola, while others result in scars that extend to the lower half of your breast. The technique which you will be offered will depend on the size of your breast and the lift required.
It is important to understand that a breast lift does not significantly change the size of your breast but rather the shape. If your breasts are large and symptomatic (i.e., back or neck pain) a breast reduction may be more appropriate for you. If you have small breasts and wish to enlarge them, then you may consider combining a mastopexy with an augmentation (implants).
About the procedure
In general, you will have a scar that runs around your areola and a vertical scar on the bottom of your breast. In some instances, a small horizontal scar may also be required to avoid the bunching of the wound.
The procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia, although local anesthesia combined with a sedative is also possible.
You will experience some pain, bruising, and swelling after surgery, which should improve several days after your procedure. In general, you can return to work in 3 to 5 days.
Women planning to have children are advised to postpone surgery since pregnancy and nursing can counteract its effects by stretching the skin. However, mastopexy should not affect your ability to breastfeed