Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts. It can also reduce the size of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). Many women seek a breast lift following weight loss, pregnancy or menopause.
There is a common misunderstanding that a sagging breast can be lifted by using a large implant. Simply adding a large implant to a sagging breast will result in a larger sagging breast, so this should be avoided. Breast lift is a very popular procedure that achieves good results for patients. There are a number of possible surgical techniques based on the amount of sag, the areola size, nipple position, breast volume, and the amount of excess skin. Specific procedures are discussed during the consultation. The procedure may be performed under either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The operation takes about three hours as an outpatient.
Since minimal breast tissue is removed in a mastopexy, the breast will remain the same size. If patient would like to be larger, implants can be placed during this procedure. The value of a personal consultation with a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic surgery cannot be over emphasized. Mastopexy with breast augmentation is one of the most challenging cosmetic operations.