Looking into plastic surgery procedures can be a bit intimidating. Whether you know it’s something you want to do, or you’re still in the research phase, it’s best to have as much information as possible. We want to make sure our patients are well educated on every procedure we perform. If you’re interested in a breast lift procedure also known as Mastopexy, you likely have many questions.
Is Breast Lift Surgery Right for Me?
Pregnancy, nursing and age all take a toll on a woman’s body, especially the breasts. This can lead to discomfort and can even have an effect on a woman’s self-confidence. The best candidate for breast lift surgery is a healthy woman with realistic goals for the procedure. Some of the most important factors in a successful surgery include:
- Healthy and can maintain a stable weight
- Realistic expectations
- You feel your breasts sag, have lost shape and volume
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower than the other
What Does the Surgery Entail?
We will ensure you feel comfortable, safe and well informed throughout the entire process. Mastopexy is generally performed by following the natural contour of the breast. In the most severe cases Mastopexy is performed through an anchor shaped incision.
However, many patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may qualify for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions such as the doughnut procedure or vertical Mastopexy.
When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast.
How Long is the Recovery Time?
Each patient will heal differently. It’s important to be familiar with your body’s healing process so that you have a guide as to the healing process of the individual procedure. While you will be given detailed specific instructions for recovery, patients are generally instructed to avoid strenuous activity for about four weeks.