Women’s breasts change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. This loss of elasticity can be attributed to pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, and heredity. A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts and rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is youthful and uplifted. Breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple) if they have stretched or point downward.
Women of all ages choose breast lift (mastopexy) plastic surgery for personal reasons, including to:
- Create firmer, more rounded, shapelier breasts
- Restore fullness lost after childbearing or weight loss
- Balance breast height when one sits lower than the other
- Reduce, more proportioned areola size
- Enhance results of other breast enhancement surgery, such as breast augmentation
- Correction of drooping breasts.
- A more youthful appearance.
- Increased self-confidence.
- Better clothing options.
A breast lift is recommended for women who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts but feel that their breasts are sagging.
Individual factors and personal preferences determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts. The most common technique involves a limited or short scar procedure that avoids an incision under the breast. A short scar breast lift focuses on the area immediately beneath the nipple. An incision is made that runs downward from the areola all the way to the crease where the breast meets the chest.
Skin is removed around this incision and a firmer breast is the result. The amount of lift is directly proportional to the amount of skin removed. This technique is about minimizing the skin loss (and hence the scarring).
At times, an anchor-shaped incision vertical from the areola, as well as under the breast crease, may be required to reshape the breast skin. After excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the appropriate position, and the breast is reshaped.
This procedure is done in our plastic surgery and reconstructive clinic with local anesthesia and IV sedation, performed by a certified anesthesiologist, this is an outpatient procedure, the recovery is about 1 to 2 weeks, the stiches are removed in about 10 days, there can be some numbness en the nipple area for about 3 – 6 months, inflammation subsides about 3 months after the procedure.