Breast uplift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery used to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola. If your breasts are small or have lost volume (for example, after pregnancy),breast implants along with mastopexy can increase both your breasts’ firmness and size.
Am I a good candidate for a breast uplift?
The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts, because of gravity force. Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and breastfeeding have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you’re planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast uplift. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually doesn’t interfere with breastfeeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.
What’s breast uplift all about?
Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves a periareolar incision (“doughnut”) or vertical (also known as “lollipop”). We try to avoid as much as possible the classic inverted T (anchor-like) scar. The final scar will depend on the amount of skin to be removed and if an implant is needed or not. Stitches are usually located around the areola, and even a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area.
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing and the force of gravity itself take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.
How should I get prepared for the surgery?
Depending on your age and family history, we may require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery. You’ll also get specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Your breast uplift will be performed under general anesthesia and one night of admission is required.
What’s the new look of a breast uplift?
Our priority is to make the scars as less visible as possible. Still, it’s important to remember that mastopexy scars are extensive and permanent. Fortunately, we place the scars so that you can wear even lowcut tops. You should also keep in mind that a breast uplift won’t keep your breasts firm forever (the effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations will eventually take their toll again.) Women who have implants along with their breast lift may find the results last longer. According to our experience with hundreds of patients, your satisfaction with a breast uplift is likely to be greater if you understand the procedure thoroughly and if your expectations are realistic.