Breast lift plastic surgery is a breast enhancement procedure that gives your breasts an elevated, more youthful contour and can change the height and size of the nipple-areola region.
A breast lift is often performed in conjunction with breast reduction or breast augmentation, but the procedure also may be performed alone as well. If sagging breasts from pregnancies, aging, or genetics are troublesome, or if the pigmented areas around the nipples are enlarged, a breast lift can help.
“I breastfed my children and I’m glad I did. However, my breasts had become an embarrassment. I felt 20 years older because of the way they sagged. With a breast lift, I look the way I did before my babies!” —T.S. (36 y.o.)
About the Procedure
This procedure can be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia with sedation, or under general anesthesia. A mastopexy, or breast lift, repositions the nipple and areola higher and reshapes the breasts in a more natural position. Incisions vary from a small “crescent” shape above the nipple to an “inverted T” with incisions around the nipple, vertically, and in the crease beneath the breast. The amount of sag, size, and simultaneous augmentation all influence the type of lift that Maryland plastic surgeon Dr. Kress will recommend.
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Most procedures are performed with absorbable sutures. When necessary, sutures are removed within 2 weeks after your plastic surgery. Depending on the type of lift, patients can resume activity and work in one to 10 days.
An elevated, more youthful breast contour with a nicely proportioned nipple-areola are possible following breast lift surgery.
Breast Lift FAQ’s
- Can the mastopexy be repeated?
Yes. Depending upon the post-operative care of the breasts, a mastopexy may or may not need to be repeated. Wearing a proper support bra during high activity thereby stabilizing the weight will significantly delay the necessity of subsequent procedures. Occasionally a touch-up lift procedure can be a smaller version of the original procedure—as in a small crescent to lift what was originally an inverted-T procedure.
- What are the mesh procedures?
There is a new group of procedures coming largely from South America that attempt to replace the original ligaments by using a mesh sheet laid over top of the substance of the breast to give support. The mesh is then anchored to the chest wall. It is still early in the research on this topic, and there are concerns that it could be extremely difficult to get accurate positioning and anchoring, and that over time the mesh sheeting itself could stimulate scarring, calcium formation and dramatically interfere with mammographic interpretation. This is an area which merits close attention to advancements.