Pregnancy and breastfeeding, age and significant weight loss: these take their toll on women’s bodies, in particular, your breasts. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, gives the breast more shape and support by tightening the surrounding tissue. Breasts that have lost their fullness and that are sagging (ptosis) are corrected with a breast lift.
Periareolar Breast Lift
Sometimes referred to as a donut lift because a section of tissue around the border of your areola is cut in the shape of a donut and removed. In some cases, a little tissue is also removed above the areola to compensate for a lifting effect when sutured. This type of mastopexy is suitable for patients with slightly sagging, smaller breasts, and overall good breast shape.
Lollipop Breast Lift
For patients with larger breasts and medium sagging, a lollipop-shaped incision is made around the nipple area with a straight line running from under the areola to the natural fold below your breast.
Breast Lift Surgery
The surgical technique used will be determined by:
- The amount of sagging, and
- If an implant is also going to be incorporated.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss your anatomy, lifestyle, and activity level with you.
Breast Lift Scars
As with all surgery, breast lift surgery will leave some scarring where the incisions have been made. Initially, your scars will be sensitive and a red color, however, these will fade over time. The degree of fading will vary depending on skin quality and pigment.
Breast Lift Recovery Time
Every patient has a different healing response. The technique used will also factor into your recovery time. Although it takes a good 6 – 12 months for full recovery, you should be able to return to work after two weeks. For the first 2 weeks traveling in a motor vehicle should be minimized due to the placement of a seatbelt. More strenuous activity and exercise require a wait of 4 – 6 weeks.
Breast Lift Before and After Pictures
View patient before and after photographs that represent typical results here: