Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)

What causes breasts to sag to the point one might consider breast lift surgery?

Pregnancy, nursing, excessive weight loss or gain, or the natural aging process can cause breasts to lose their natural elasticity. Breasts may begin to sag or hang penduously.

What you need to know about breast lift procedure

A breast lift surgery is one of many approaches to cosmetic surgery of the mammary glands. While breast augmentation and reduction are well known, this procedure is also helpful for women looking to improve their self-image and renew the contours that their body had during youth. Sometimes the procedure is used subsequent to other mammoplasty.

What Is Breast Lift Surgery?

The technical term for this procedure is mastopexy. The purpose of the operation is to correct the size, shape, and elevation of breasts that have begun to sag due to various reasons. This sagging is known as breast ptosis. During surgery, doctors may both remove and adjust the placement of various tissues inside the breast. Each technique must carefully ensure the functionality of the nipple-areolar area in order to avoid preventing successful lactation in the future.

Variations of the Procedure

Surgeons can take one of a few approaches to this procedure. There are both full and modified breast lifts for women with sagging breasts. There is also a breast lift surgery for women with previously augmented breasts.

  • Mastopexy procedures can include the elevation of the nipple, tightening of the skin, tightening of the deep breast tissue, or correction of all of these issues.  Mastopexy can also remove excess breast tissue and excess lateral fatty tissue.  Surgeons use various incisions for this procedure.  Dr. Harris favors the short scar incision, or lollipop shaped incision.  Only on very severe cases does she use the inframammary crease incision.
  • Mastopexy of the Augmented Breast

Augmented breasts suffer stress due to excess weight. This stress causes sagging, just as aging would in unmodified breasts. Since the implants cannot be excised, the operation is a little more complicated than a typical breast lift procedure.

If you are interested in a breast lift, consult your physician first. He or she can tell you about your options. Most breast lifts are outpatient procedures.

What is the benefit of a breast lift?

A breast lift can take years off your body by correcting a drooping bustline, restoring your curves to their youthful state.

What is done during the breast lift surgery procedure?


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Breast Lift Example

During the procedure, excess skin and tissue are trimmed away and the bustline is tightened and lifted. Remaining tissue and the nipples are also repositioned for the most natural-looking results.
What are some risks that might come along with having a breast lift procedure?

What are some risks that might come along with having a breast lift procedure?

Breast lift risks include scarring, temporary bruising, swelling, and loss of feeling in the breasts or nipples. However, breast lift is considered an extremely safe, effective procedure.

Can one have both a breast lift and breast augmentation at the same time?

Breast lift, which takes one or more hours to complete, is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. If your breasts sag but you would rather avoid the scars of mastopexy, please set a consultation to speak with us about an alternative surgery.

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