This procedure is designed to reshape and elevate the sagging or drooping breast (as a result of weight loss, natural aging process, congenital deformity or changes following pregnancy and breast feeding). Mastopexy may be combined with a small breast reduction or augmentation procedure.
Breast lift / Mastopexy FAQ
Why do the breasts sag?
Generally, breasts sag because the skin envelope became larger than the breast content (breast tissue itself). It might be a result of skin stretching or loss of breast volume. It frequently follows weight loss, maybe a result of pregnancy and breast feeding or natural aging process. Occasionally, it may occur early in life as a result of poor skin elasticity.
How is the breast lift performed?
There are many techniques designed to correct breast ptosis (sagginess). All of these procedures attempt to correct excess amount of skin and reshape the breast to a more desirable, youthful appearance. Depending on the preoperative shape of the breast more or less incisions may be required. During the procedure, the nipples are elevated to the appropriate level and the skin is repositioned around the breast. The nipples remain attached to the breast tissue so the nipples’ sensation is usually preserved. Most mastopexies can be performed through the concentric (circular) or vertical (“lollipop”) technique. In some cases minor reduction may be performed. Often it is desirable to insert an implant for added projection and upper pole fullness.
How long will the procedure take?
Depending on the technique used the procedure takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hrs.
What kind of anesthesia is used for breast lifting?
The best and safe way to perform breast lifting is to perform the procedures under general anesthesia with patient totally unaware of the ongoing surgical procedure. In some cases IV sedation may be preferable.
Do I have to stay in the hospital?
Breast lifting is typically an outpatient procedure (patient returns home after she is recovered from anesthesia). However, to accommodate some patients’ needs an overnight stay and nursing support can be arranged.
What is the typical recovery?
After surgery, the patient is placed in a supportive bra and routine activities can usually be resumed within few days. There is usually a minimal discomfort in the first couple days after the procedure, well controlled with oral medications. Sports and exercises can be resumed within few weeks.