Breast lift (mastopexy) surgery elevates the breasts, redefines nipple position and improves contour. When needed, the areola can also be reduced for better proportion. A breast lift can improve support and create firmer, more youthful appearing breasts.
Renew Sagging Breasts
Loss of elasticity which can occur with aging, gravity, weight changes, pregnancy and breast-feeding leads many women to become concerned by drooping, sagging breasts, a condition also known as ptosis. A breast lift can address this condition with remarkable results and help restore body confidence. Breast lifts can also be performed in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction to accomplish desired changes in overall fullness, size and shape.
There are various breast lift techniques and incision types depending upon the degree of ptosis and other determinants. Prior to surgery, your plastic surgeon will meet with you to examine your breasts, explain the procedure in detail, review your concerns and desired results, and will tailor a treatment option to best fit your anatomy, needs and goals.
During the procedure, incisions are made to remove excess skin, the breasts are lifted and reshaped, and areolas are moved into a higher position to achieve a natural look. Once the remodeling is complete, the breasts are sutured.
At Healing Waters, you will receive exceptional guidance and care from our surgeons and staff, to help ensure that your procedure and recovery are as comfortable and smooth as possible. For more information, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you are over the age of 18 and are experiencing sagging of the breasts, a breast lift may be a highly effective option. Ideal candidates are in good health, are at a stable weight, non-smoking, free of medical conditions that impede healing, and are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
In some cases, there may be reasons to wait or to not have a breast lift.
If you are in poor health, significantly overweight, have problems with healing or are pregnant or nursing, you are most likely not a good candidate for breast lift (mastopexy) at this time. Smoking can lead to complications, and you should consult further with your surgeon before undergoing surgery.
A thorough consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgeons is the best way to determine if this procedure is the right option for you. Contact your preferred Healing Waters location to make arrangements.
Following surgery, you can expect swelling, pain, and discomfort that can be managed with rest and medication. Dressings or bandages are applied, and small drains are sometimes placed for a short time to remove unwanted fluid. You will likely require a surgical or support bra for several weeks to control swelling and provide adequate support as your breasts heal. Patients often return to work within one or two weeks following surgery, though it is essential to follow the advice of your surgeon regarding any restrictions on work, exercise, lifting or other strenuous activity.
It may take a few months for your breasts to fully assume their new natural appearance and shape.
Breast lift surgery has numerous benefits but is not without risk. You can expect there to be some loss of sensation (usually temporary as your breasts settle), swelling, soreness, and bruising during your recovery. More serious complications can include permanent numbness or nerve damage with loss of sensation to the nipple, infection, hematoma, breast asymmetry, and inability to breastfeed. If you elect to have a breast lift with augmentation (implants), there are added risks (see our breast augmentation page for more information).
While serious complications are unusual, your surgeon will review the procedure and potential complications with you in detail, and it is important to follow all advice and pre and post-operative instructions given by your surgeon to help minimize risks.
You can expect there to be some scarring with breast lift surgery, and the techniques used will have an impact on the appearance and location of the scars. For most patients, incision lines tend to become far less visible with time. Your plastic surgeon will recommend the technique and incisions that work best with your anatomy and goals, and will discuss options with you in detail.
Some people are prone to keloid (red and raised) or hypertrophic (dark in color) scarring, which can lead to more visible scars and potentially unwanted results. If you have a known tendency to develop abnormal scarring, it is imperative you discuss this with one of our surgeons, who can assess your particular history and risk and help you determine whether or not to pursue breast lift surgery.
Breast lift results can last for many years. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight, you can help sustain your new appearance for longer. It is possible that over time, the effects of aging and gravity can again lead to a gradual loss of skin elasticity, causing the breasts to sag. Should this happen, you may consider having additional breast procedures.
In many cases, breast-feeding is still possible, though interference with the ability to do so is a potential complication of this type of surgery.
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