A breast lift surgery, medically termed mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery that enhances breast contour and overall profile by raising and restoring saggy or drooping breasts. As women age, their breast tissue loses elasticity due to a combination of factors, such as gravity, genetics, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In some instances, the areola grows undesirably large and mastopexy can correct this as well. Breast lifts are commonly performed with breast augmentation procedures to restore volume and firmness for a youthful appearance. Breast lift results are immediate and long lasting.
The Surgical Process
A breast lift surgery is typically performed in an ambulatory facility or an outpatient surgical suite. The procedure can take one to three hours and is done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.
The surgeon will apply the appropriate incision technique based upon individual patient breast size, shape, severity of sagging and desired outcome. After the proper incisions are made, the breast tissue is lifted and excess skin is removed. If desired, the areola can be reduced or re-positioned for a more attractive appearance. Sutures or surgical tape are used to close the incision lines.
Breast Lift Recovery
After your Mastopexy surgery is complete, you will remain closely monitored in a recovery room where gauze dressings and/or a surgical bra may be applied to control swelling and discomfort. Your plastic surgeon may place drainage tubes at the surgery site to draw excess fluids from the operation.
Your doctor will prescribe medications for pain control both in the outpatient facility and at home. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be able to go home the same day. Sutures are removed over the course of one to three weeks depending on healing.
While most breast lift patients can return to normal activity within one week, it is important to rest on the back and avoid any straining or pressure on the breasts for approximately two to three months. Mild discomfort and/or temporary sensation loss in the breast/nipple area is common and can last for up to a year.
Patient Most Frequently Ask Questions
What is a Breast Lift?
A Breast Lift, also known as a Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to lift the chest; while improving the sag and depleted volume that can occur after pregnancy, extreme weight loss, or the aging process.
How is a Breast Lift performed?
There are 3 breast lift techniques depending on the degree of nipple elevation and breast reshaping that is required. Breast lifts will have one of three final incisions: periareola incision (circling around the nipple), progressing to periareolar then down the center of the breast, and finally periareolar with the vertical incision as well as horizontally along the breast crease – in an inverted T-shape. From here, Dr. Kessler will remove the excess tissue and skin, reposition the nipple and areola, then suture the breast in position.
Who is a good candidate for a Breast Lift?
The ideal candidate for a Breast Lift will be a woman, in generally good health, seeking an improvement in the shape and position of her breasts.
Where is the Breast Lift procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs his Breast Lift procedure at the close-by Star Point Surgery Center.
What type of anesthesia is used during a Breast Lift?
A Breast Lift is performed under general anesthesia.
How long does a Breast Lift procedure take?
Depending on the extent of the procedure, a Breast Lift will take between two and three hours.
Is a Breast Lift performed alone?
A Breast Lift can be performed alone. If the patient is seeking additional volume or upper pole fullness, a Breast Lift can be performed with a Breast Augmentation with either implants or fat grafting for optimal results.
What can I expect from the Breast Lift recovery?
The recovery of a Breast Lift will take between seven and ten days. Initially, there will be some swelling, bruising, and numbness, although these will resolve over the first few weeks. A soft support bra will be required to ensure the breasts heal appropriately.
When can I return to work after a Breast Lift?
Patients generally feel well enough to return to work three to five days after their Mastopexy.
What are the risks of a Breast Lift?
While a Breast Lift is considered safe, possible complications include bleeding, loss of nipple sensation, infection, and asymmetry.
Will a Breast Lift leave scars?
Yes, a Mastopexy will leave visible scarring on the breast, around the areola and along the breast crease. Most women, however, are so pleased with the improvements from their Breast Lift they are not bothered by the scarring. Generally speaking the periareolar and vertical scars fade nicely over time and the inframammary incision is hidden by the breast.
Can I finance my Breast Lift?
Kessler Plastic Surgery accepts cash and credit, as well as the option of medical financing through CareCredit. The Breast Lift procedure may be financed for no down payment, and no interest for the first twelve months. The application for CareCredit can be submitted online to receive instant approval.