Breast lift or mastopexy is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Factors such as pregnancy, nursing, weight change; aging and gravity produce changes in the appearance of a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and begin to sag. Breast lift or mastopexy is a surgery performed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. This operation can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin around the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume after pregnancy, breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both firmness and size.
The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy women who have realistic expectations about what this type of surgery can accomplish. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in women with heavy, large breasts. Mastopexy does leave permanent, noticeable scars on the breasts, and the breasts may appear smaller than your current size. There are a variety of different surgical techniques used for the reshaping and lifting of the breast.
What to expect during the recovery period:
- Immediately after surgery there might be swelling, discomfort, bruising and tenderness. Any pain or discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication
- Return to light activity within 2 days post-surgery or as you feel ready
- Most patients return to work within a week
- You can resume all of your normal activities in 4-6 weeks