A breast lift procedure also called mastopexy is a surgical procedure that lifts sagging breasts. During the procedure, the surgeon will raise breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support new breast contour.
The surgery is sought after by women who have sagging breasts (also called breast ptosis), or enlarged areola due to pregnancy, breast feeding, weight fluctuation, ageing or heredity.
It should be considered that a mastopexy will not significantly change the size of the breasts. If a patient wants to have a fuller or smaller look, it is recommended to have a breast augmentation (such as breast implant or fat injection procedures) or reduction in conjunction.
Before the procedure, the patient will have an initial consultation session with the surgeon to check if breasts are healthy, also to discuss the surgical methods and the desired outcome. If breast implant is required, they should discuss about the desired size. Other pre procedure recommendations are:
There are different breast lift techniques used to correct various degree of sagging. These methods are different in shape and location of incision.
Once the surgeon decides on technique, he/she will draw incision guidelines on breasts. If the size of the areola needs to be reduced, the incision guideline will show the change. After the surgeon makes an incision along the pre-marked lines, he or she will lift the skin and separate it from the tissue below. Once the skin has been removed, the surgeon will make deep stitches in breast tissue to reshape the breast and to improve breast contour and firmness.
The excess skin will be removed after, and the nipple areola will be shifted to a new, higher position revealing a fresh look. The surgeon will then bring the new skin edges together and close the incision with stitches, dissolvable sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesives. Lastly, surgical tape or bandages are applied to protect the incision sites.
Regardless of which method is used, it is important to know that the surgery will leave scarring.
The size, contour and elevation of breasts are changed during the breast lift procedure.
You may experience pain, bruising, and swelling, as well as numbness around the areola which will be all decreased in several weeks. Sometimes, the drainage tube can also be a source of discomfort.
The average breast lift recovery period lasts a few weeks. You should be careful for surgical drains removing fluid from the surgery. The drains will be usually removed in 1 or 2 days. You will be also provided with a protecting medical bra by the clinic. Keep wearing the medical bra during the recovery period. Other recommendations are: