Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, is a popular plastic surgery procedure used to restore a woman’s breasts to a more youthful position. It can also help reshape your breasts, lift and/or reduce the areolas to create a more attractive appearance. Although aging, pregnancy/nursing, and massive weight loss can cause your breasts to lose firmness and volume, a breast lift can reverse the effects of these natural occurrences.
Breast lift surgery is designed to raise and tighten the breast tissue and raise the position of the areolas on the breast. It is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center. Most procedures take between 3 ½ and 5 ½ hours.
There are several different types of incisions used to lift the breast. The length and type of incision will depend on your individual anatomy. The majority of the incisions are around the areola, a vertical line down the breast and sometimes along the breast fold. There are several variations on the incision used; Dr. Cat will develop a customized plan for you based on your anatomy and discuss your options during your initial consultation.
Dr. Cat’s breast lift patients are some of the most satisfied patients there are. They routinely tell us how pleased they are to ditch the old pushup bra and not feel self conscious. Although there are scars from the surgery, most patients are happy to trade sagging and lost volume for minor scars.
Initially, you will experience bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort. Your breasts will be bandaged or held in place with a special surgical bra. After a few days, the swelling should subside and a soft support bra will replace these garments. You will need to wear a bra at all times during your recovery.
Strenuous activities and heavy lifting will need to be avoided for about a month following surgery. Most women are able to return to work after one week. Over the long term, your scars will fade and become barely noticeable, although this can take up to two years.
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Dr. Cat’s breast lift patients are always raving about the way their bras fit, their ability exercise more comfortably, and their improved figure following their procedure. To find out what a breast lift can do for you, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Cat today.
This patient had a breast lift with replacement of her implants.
This patient had significant asymmetry. She didn’t want to increase her bra size. She had a lift without implants
This older patient had lost almost 100 pounds and had severe deflation and ptosis. She had a lift with a small reduction
This patient had a reduction with her lift. Her lift resulted in a beautiful, natural tear-drop shaped breast
As with any surgery, there are possible complications. Although rare, a patient may experience bleeding and infection following a breast lift, causing scars to widen. Poor healing and wider scars are more common with patients who smoke. Patients with tanner skin are at higher risk for keloid scars or darker scars.
After Surgery: What to Expect
After surgery, your stitches will be covered with gauze and an elastic bandage or a surgical bra will hold the breasts in place. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and you may experience some mild discomfort for a couple of days. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication. A soft support bra replaces the bandages or surgical bra after a few days. In the recovery stage, it is important to wear the bra at all times.
In general, almost all of the stitches used are absorbable so only a minimal number need to be removed. The scars eventually fade over the next 2 years and becoming less obvious. The procedure can also leave you with unevenly positioned nipples, or a permanent loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts though this is rare.
To ensure proper healing, plan to stay at home for at least a week before returning to work. You will need to avoid lifting anything over your head for 3-4 weeks and avoid strenuous sports for a month.
Overall, my breast lift patients are some of the happiest patients after their surgery. They are able to fit bras better, exercise easier, wear tighter fitting clothes and have a much improved feminine shape!