Breast Lift ("Mastopexy")
Raises and reshapes sagging breasts, by removing excess skin and repositioning the remaining tissue and nipples to improve its appearance. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If a patients breasts are small or have lost volume (after pregnancy), getting breast implants in conjunction with a lift can increase their firmness and size.
1 to 3 hours.
Back to work: 1 week or more. Strenuous activities: 1 month. Fading of scars: May take up to a year.
The most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The incision outlines the area where breast skin will be removed, defining a new location for the nipple. After excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together, to reshape the breast. Patients with little sagging and smaller breasts may require a less extensive incisions. If so, a surgeon may use the doughnut (or concentric) mastopexy procedure, in which circular incisions are made around the areola, and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed.
Outpatient - Usually outpatient in the surgeons office. Some cases require inpatient services.
Local with Sedation