Breast lift, also known as Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure where your plastic surgeon will uplift the breasts using the right technique for each individual patient’s specific case. A potential candidate for breast lift surgery may have one or more of the following indications:
- Breasts are uneven in size and have varying shapes
- Nipples are situated low, below the natural fold of the breast
- Breasts lack firmness
- The upper portion of the breasts have lost volume
- Breasts have become saggy after weight loss
- Breasts are sagging after pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Aging has caused your breasts to sag
There are several different techniques available for breast lifting. The traditional technique involves the use of a ‘wise pattern’ skin incision, which results in an anchor-shaped scar on the breast. The more modern technique of breast reduction is known as the ‘vertical mammaplasty’, and peri-areolar breast lift, which involves minimal scarring.
- Anchor breast lift (inverted “T” lift)
- Crescent breast lift
- Periareolar breast lift (“doughnut lift”)
- Vertical breast lift (“lollipop lift”)
Downtime The operation is typically performed on an outpatient basis at a surgery center. Patients who undergo a mastopexy with or without breast implants can resume most normal daily activities within just a few days of the surgery. It is necessary to refrain from physical activities that can cause excessive movement to the breasts, such as aerobics, jogging and Pilates until about six weeks after the surgical procedure.
Complications Potential complications include hematomas, infections, diminished sensation of the nipple or breast skin and unsatisfactory scarring. Patients who will add implants during their mastopexy may also be at risk of capsular contracture and implant rupture. These complications can all be treated but may require additional surgery.
Cost: Will be determined after a consultation with your plastic surgeon.