The Problem: Inevitable life events cause the breasts to lose their shape and firmness. Multiple pregnancies, loss of skin elasticity due to aging, loss of breast volume and gravity are several factors that result in sagging breasts.
The Goal: Mastopexy, or breast lift, is a procedure performed to elevate and reshape sagging breasts and reposition the nipple to a more desirable size. This procedure can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
The Procedure: Women who are non-smokers, physically healthy and realistic in their expectations are the best candidates for this procedure. A breast lift may also be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. Using breast implants, breast augmentation can give additional lift to the breast by increasing its volume.
Length: Usually 1 to 3 hours.
Anesthesia: General (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin, permanent scars, reduced ability to provide breast milk.
Risks: Thick, wide scars, fluid collection, skin, loss, infection, unevenly positioned nipples, permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast.
Recovery: May have draining for one to two days. Usually back to work in one week or more. Strenuous activities can usually be resumed after one month. Fading of scars takes several months to a year.
Duration of Results: Variable. Gravity, pregnancy, aging and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure.
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*All information on this site provides general information about plastic surgery. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and it does not address your individual medical needs which will determine which treatment options are right for you.