A woman’s breasts over time often lose their youthful shape and volume. These changes may result from:
- Weight fluctuations
Breast lift (Mastopexy) is surgery that raises (‘lifts’) the breast position by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue to create a new rejuvenated breast contour. The areola size may also be reduced as well.
A good candidate for Mastopexy should:
- Be physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- Not smoke
- Have breasts that sag, have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
- Have nipples that point downward and fall below the breast crease when unsupported
- Have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
Results of Mastopexy are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. The final results appear over the following months as breast shape and position settle. Over time, the breasts will likely continue to change due to aging and gravity. You may retain your new look longer if you maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle.
Like every breast surgery, there are risks in Mastopexy. These include risks from anesthesia, bleeding, fluid collection, infection, poor healing, breast contour and shape irregularities, breast asymmetry, changes in nipple or breast sensation, partial or total loss of nipple and areola, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, and the possible need for revisionary surgery.
Mastopexy does NOT significantly change breast size nor round out the upper part of the breast. To achieve smaller breasts, consider a breast reduction with a lift, while to achieve full breasts consider breast augmentation surgery with a lift. An implant may provide improved upper breast fullness or cleavage and may be placed at the same time or as a second procedure, depending on patient factors.
Breast surgery should be entertained after child bearing is completed. Breast changes from pregnancy will minimize or reverse the improvement from a mastopexy. Likewise, significant weight loss after mastopexy may negatively impact breast appearance.
Dr. Gbulie will fully discuss Mastopexy with you and guide you through the decision-making process as well as the surgery and recovery.