A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts the breasts to create a more youthful shape and contour. A breast lift can correct sagging or uneven breasts, drooping nipples, and enlarged areolas. A breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation to increase the fullness and volume of the breasts. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 90,000 breast lift surgeries were performed in 2014.
A good candidate for breast lift surgery is healthy, a non-smoker, maintaining a stable weight, not planning any future pregnancies, and is bothered by sagging, uneven breasts, or has nipples that point downward.
There are many factors that can cause breasts to change over time. These changes in skin elasticity can be related to:
- Fluctuations in weight
A breast lift procedure can involve different techniques depending on the breast size and shape, size and position of the areolas, degree of sagging, and skin elasticity. Your cosmetic surgeon will access your needs to determine the best combination of techniques to achieve your desired results. Patients will be administered anesthesia for the procedure.
Types of Incisions
- Around the areola
- Around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
- Around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the breast crease
After the incision is made, the cosmetic surgeon will lift and reshape the underlying breast tissue to create a new contour and increase the firmness. The nipple and areola may be re-positioned to a more natural and youthful height. After the breasts and areolas are reshaped, excess skin is removed and the incision is closed. Incision lines are permanent but will fade over time.
The results from the procedure are immediately visible. Post-operative swelling will subside. The final results will become apparent within a few months following the surgery. It is important to keep in mind that your breasts can continue to change due to aging and gravity. Patients can prolong their results by maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.