A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to return youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, loss of the skin’s natural elasticity or simply the effects of gravity. The procedure can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and it can be combined with mammoplasty (breast augmentation) for added breast volume and firmness. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but results last longest when they are originally small and sagging.
Women planning to have children are advised to postpone surgery, since pregnancy and nursing can counteract its effects by stretching the skin. However, mastopexy should not affect your ability to breast-feed.
A number of pre-operative steps are typically taken such as a mammogram, measurement of the bustline, and discussion with the surgeon about the desired size and shape of the breast and placement of the nipple. During the procedure an anchor-shaped incision is made from the location of the new nipple down to and around the crease beneath the breast. The surgeon removes excess skin, relocates the nipple and areola, and reshapes the breast using skin from around the areola before closing the incisions with stitches.
What to Expect During a Breast Lift
When you wake from surgery, your breasts will feel firm and swollen. Their new shape and position will be immediately visible and your new look will become more apparent over the following weeks. Avoid exercising for the first two weeks after surgery and don’t perform any overhead or upper-body exercises until you are given the go ahead from Dr. Orseck.
Breast Lift with Implants
A breast lift will elevate and reshapre your breasts, but it will not add volume. If you feel that you want to increase the size of your breasts as well as adjust their position, you can add implants for a fully rejuvenated look. This may be the best option for you if your breasts are both deflated and saggy.
After pregnancy, many women lose fullness in their breasts. If you want to restore your breasts to their pre-baby size, shape and position, then a breast lift with implants should be considered. I always explain to my patients what the different results are when we do a breast lift with and without implants.
Can I Get Cleavage From a Breast Lift?
Cleavage, in general, depends on the width of your sternum and shape of your chest wall. However, a breast lift can restore upper breast fullness that can help create cleavage, providing you have ample volume in the lower part of your breasts. If you don’t have enough volume, a small implant can create fullness. To avoid the look of bony, widely-spaced cleavage, it’s important to take your natural breast width into consideration. Typically these measurements will determine your best option. Keep in mind that even with a breast augmentation or lift, you may still need to wear a bra that pushes your breasts up and together to achieve the cleavage you really want.
FAQ Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
1. How long does it take to perform a Mastopexy
A. A Mastopexy usually take s 90-120 minutes, depending on how much of a lift is needed, and if implants are used.
2. Are there scars with a Mastopexy?
A. The scars from a Mastopexy are usually around the areola and down to the breast fold.