Breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure used to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Though the results of the surgery may last a long time, no procedure can withstand the effects of gravity so the procedure is not a permanent fix.
Many women consider a breast lift because nursing babies may have resulted in stretched skin and lower breast volume. Women are advised to delay the procedure until they are certain they will not have any more children because a pregnancy may cause the effects of the surgery to be lost.
The Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers comprehensive surgical procedures for mastopexy. Experienced surgeons use leading-edge technology and world-class surgical techniques.
Breast lifts may be performed on an outpatient basis but if hospitalization is required, the stay is usually one or two days.
During the procedure, surgeons:
- Administer anethesia. General anesthesia is administered for most procedures but if the incision is not too big, local anesthesia may be used
- Outline the area from which breast skin will be removed
- Remove excess skin
- Insert a breast implant. If an implant is part of the surgical plan, it will be inserted under breast tissue or under the muscle of the chest wall
- Reposition the nipple and areola for optimum appearance
- Close the incision with stitches around the areola and the lower crease of the breast
If the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, patients will need to arrange to have someone take them home due to the lingering effects of anesthesia.
Various elastic bandages or a surgical bra will be needed for three to four weeks after surgery. There will be swelling which should disappear over time. Any numbness or loss of feeling in the nipple or areola usually fades in a few weeks although there is a possibility that the numbness could be permanent.
Patients are advised to avoid heavy lifting and stretching, and strenuous activity for two to four weeks after surgery, depending on individual healing.