The breasts will descend and become lower on the chest because of time, gravity and the changes associated with pregnancy. A breast lift, or “Mastopexy,” is a procedure that will restore the breast to its more youthful and aesthetically pleasing shape and position.
Our goal in performing a mastopexy, or “breast lift,” is to create a natural looking breast with smooth contours and a more youthful shape. This is accomplished by reshaping the breast gland and removing the excess skin. We strive to achieve this with the minimum of scars.
If greater breast volume is desired, a breast implant can be used at the same time to augment the breast. This is discussed under the “Breast Lift and Augmentation” section.
Recovery After Surgery
Most people experience very little pain after a breast lift. Bruising is usually resolved after 2 weeks. Swelling may persist for approximately 3-4 weeks. Patients usually return to light activities after 5-7 days and full activity is usually resumed after 3-4 weeks.
A support bra must be worn for aproximately 3-4 weeks as the breasts heal into their new shape. Scars tend ot be raised and red in the beginning. The scars fade over the following 3 months. Their appearance continues to fade and improve after 6-12 months.
This is a patient who was unhappy with the appearance of her breasts. However, she was happy with the amount of breast tissue she had and did not desire an augmentation with an implant. During surgery, we molded her breast gland into a more round, lifted and youthful shape by using strategically placed stitches. The excess skin that remained was then removed. The size of her areola (which is the pigmented part of her nipple) was reduced in size as well. The post-operative pictures were taken approximately 3 months after surgery. Notice the smooth and round contours of her breasts. Also notice the improved and lifted position of her breasts. Furthermore, the breasts almost appear larger because of the reshaping of the tissue. No implant was used in this case. The scars will continue to improve and fade.