Over time, the effects of gravity and the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity begin to have an effect on the appearance of a woman’s breast. Pregnancy and nursing can also cause breasts to lose their youthful shape and appearance.
THE BREAST LIFT PROCEDURE
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure used to raise and reshape drooping breasts through the removal of excess skin and the repositioning of the nipple and remaining tissue. A breast lift can restore the shape and firmness of the breasts and reduce the size of the areola. Breast implants can also be placed either above or beneath the chest muscle, in conjunction with a breast lift if the patient also desires an increase in volume and size.
Breast lifts can be performed within 2-3 hours. The best lift technique will be determined with your plastic surgeon, after taking into account the size and shape of your breasts, the size of your areolas and the extent of sagging. The amount and length of incisions needed for the procedure will vary based on the individual.
Common breast lift techniques include:
- Circumareolar or “Doughnut” Mastopexy, incision around areola only
- Lollipop Mastopexy, or limited incision around areola with vertical line
- Inverted “T” Mastopexy, or incision around areola with vertical and horizontal lines
- Augmentation Mastopexy, or simultaneous breast lift and augmentation with breast implants
The ideal candidate for breast surgery is a non-smoking adult with drooping breasts, downward pointing nipples and breasts lacking substance or firmness. The patient should also be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results.
- Typical bruising and swelling of the breasts for 1-3 days
- Slight discomfort for up to 7 days post surgery
- Following the removal of bandages or surgical bra – soft support bra should be worn for 3-4 weeks
- Stitches will be removed in stages over a period of 3-4 weeks
- Return to work within 5-7 days