A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Over time, breasts begin to sag due to the effects of gravity. Pregnancy, breast feeding, and weight loss can also cause breasts to sag. A breast lift can return the breasts to their former position, creating a more youthful appearance.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The design of the incisions can vary but usually include incisions around the nipple areolar complex and in the crease under the breast. The nipple areolar complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped in a pleasing contour and in a more normal position. The insertion of an implant as well, may or may not be advisable.
The patient goes home in a bra with only light dressings over the incision lines. The bra is worn as a dressing” for 2 to 3 weeks. Sutures are usually completely removed within weeks. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7 to 10 days.