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Breast lift surgery (mastopexy)

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 three to four 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. Incisions may be placed around the areola only for minor lifts, around the areola and down the center of the breast (circumvertical or lollipop) for a more significant elevation of the nipple or around the nipple down the center of the breast and in the breast fold (inverted T or Anchor lift). After the proper incisions are made, the breast tissue is lifted and excess skin is removed. The areola is usually reduced for a more attractive appearance. Permanent sutures 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 a surgical bra will be applied to control swelling and discomfort. Dr. Kessler does not use drainage tubes in primary mastopexy surgeries.

Dr. Kessler will prescribe medications for pain control both in the outpatient facility and at home. You will be able to go home the same day. Sutures are removed on the fifth and tenth day after surgery.

While most breast lift patients can return to work within one week, it is important to rest on the back and avoid any upper body exercise or pressure on the breasts for approximately one month. Mild discomfort and/or temporary sensation loss in the breast skin is common and can last for up to a year but there should be no sensory loss of the nipples.
+^01 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.
+^02 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.
+^03 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.
+^04 Where is the breast lift procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs surgery at a nearby accredited outpatient Surgery Center.
+^05 What type of anesthesia is used during a breast lift?
A Breast Lift is performed under general anesthesia.
+^06 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.
+^07 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.
+^08 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.
+^09 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.
+^10 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.
+^11 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.
+^12 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.
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Alex D. San Antonio,TX
Dr. Kessler is not only one of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met, he is also one of the finest highly skilled physicians around. He truly does care about every patient’s goals and will do whatever he can to help achieve those goals. I had a face/neck lift and...
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Debbie S., Cenby, OR, USA
As both a patient and a professional, Dr. Kessler is the best surgeon I have ever had the pleasure of being treated by, he has amazing surgical skill, takes all the time in the world with you during your care and has the highest standard for his work I have seen for many years. I have...
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Stephen P., Beverly Hills, CA, USA
I am so happy. I am so glad I came to Newport Beach in search of Dr Kessler. You have all made me feel just so ‘relaxed & confident’ in all aspects of this ‘thing’. Dr Kessler is a wonderful person, who is ethical, informative, sincere and a surgical ‘artist’. As I...
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Alejandra B., Mission Viejo, CA,, USA
It has been 6 months since the date of my surgery and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. As you may recall, my previous breast implants became encapsulated resulting in hard, tender and poorly shaped breasts. I was ashamed of how they looked. When my husband and I met with...
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Markee F., Irvine, Ca,USA
Dr. Kessler is definitely a “Best in Class” surgeon. His enthusiasm and love for what he does is evident the first time you meet him. The compassion and care that he gives his patients is beyond measure.He took the time to not only explain the surgery procedure and potential problems...
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Lee W., Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
Dr. Kessler is the most caring doctor I have ever met. The minute he walked into the examination room for my initial consult I liked him and it continues EVERY time I see him. I had a lower body lift and my arms done. I am so happy with his work. He is a perfectionist and it shows....
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Glory E., Dayton, OH, USA
My experience with Dr Rob Kessler was extremely pleasant and has changed my life in the most positive ways. He has performed numeous surgeries on me after I had lost weight with having a gastric stomach bypass. He has perfomed the following surgeries on me: A breast lift, lower body...
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Stephen P., Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Incredible results. Surgical center was great–lots of special care, made you feel very special, spent the night with one to one nursing care with an ICU nurse. Nurse anesthetist was great. VERY postive experience.
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