A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. It may be sought for many reasons, including post-pregnancy body changes, weight fluctuations, and to reverse the natural aging process.
Many women become self-conscious about their breasts as they age, due to loss of skin elasticity and natural shape. Elevated, pert breasts remain a sign of youthfulness for many in today’s society.
Breast lifts are becoming more common, according to recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). This type of procedure has grown by more than 70 percent since 2000, surpassing breast implants two-to-one.
There are many techniques for performing a breast lift procedure, but one of the most common is an anchor-like incision along the underside of the breast. This incision wraps around the area where skin will be removed, which also determines the future location of the nipple. After the excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are moved into a higher position, as the skin around the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Sometimes, an incision is made only along the areola to lift the breast; other times, an incision is made along the entire areola and the middle of the lower part of a breast, resembling a lollipop.
This process can take anywhere between one and three hours, depending on the patient.
Typically, the patient will wear a specialized surgical bra for approximately three weeks, based on the patient’s personal needs and rate of healing.
Although pain may be felt after the surgery, it can be remedied by oral medication. Plenty of rest and limited movement is recommended for the duration of the post-operative process.
If you are interested in a breast lift procedure, schedule a consultation with our Board Certified Physicians, known for their specialization in cosmetic breast surgery and breast reconstruction.
During your breast lift consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss a range of information pertinent to the procedure including your personal health history, desires and any benefits and risks.
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