Procedures / Cosmetic / For The Breasts / Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

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Nursing, pregnancy, and the force of gravity can all take a toll on the shape and firmness of the breasts. Sagging is the result. Mastopexy can help to restore the breasts to a more normal shape. Although mastopexy can be performed on breasts of any size, the best results occur with average size and small breasts. Sometimes, with heavier breasts, the results may not last as long. Also, if you are planning to have more children, it is probably a good idea to postpone your breast lift. Pregnancy may stretch your breasts again and reverse some of the results of the procedure. Sometimes, mastopexy is performed along with breast implants.
The Procedure
Mastopexy is a same day procedure performed in an outpatient facility, usually under general anesthesia. Usually, an anchor shaped incision is made above and around the areola. The incision outlines the area where the breast skin will be removed and defines the new, higher position of the areola and nipple. The excess skin is removed and the nipple and areola moved up. The skin around the areola is brought down and pulled together to reshape the breast. Stitches are generally located around the areola, in a single line which extends from the areola down to the center of the crease of under the breast, and in the crease under the breast. Sometimes, in smaller breasts, only a circular incision is made around the areola and skin removed through this site.
After the surgery, you will wear an elastic bandage or surgical bra over dressings. There may be some swelling or bruising, but any discomfort rarely lasts more than a day or two. Most patients resume most normal activities within days after the procedure and fully resume their regular schedule within a month. Although the incisions are located as inconspicuously as possible, there will be some scarring. However, this will gradually fade and become barely noticeable over time.