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 which contribute to this are aging, pregnancy, breast feeding 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 which 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.
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 during the several days after your procedure. In general, you can return to work in 3 to 5 days. You will be instructed to wear a post-surgical bra for the first few weeks following the procedure and should avoid lifting anything over five pounds.
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).
In general, there are three types of incisions used to lift the nipple areola complex, doughnut (circumareoalr), lollipop (circumvertical), or anchor (Wise). The type of incision depends on the amount of lift you require and the overall size of your breast. The most common incision runs around your areola with a vertical scar on the bottom of your breast.
Women planning to have children are advised to postpone surgery, since pregnancy and nursing can counteract the effects of the procedure by stretching the skin. However, mastopexy should not affect your ability to breastfeed.
The best way to determine if a breast lift is right for you is to meet with our plastic surgeon. During your consultation, we will listen to your concerns, examine your breasts, and provide you with information about the best breast procedure for you.
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