All women wish to have youthful, shapely breasts. Unfortunately, genetic factors, breastfeeding, and weight gain lead to undesirable changes in shape. Additionally, the contour of the breast changes. In order to turn that around, we recommend a mastopexy (breast lift). With a breast lift, you lose some volume. So, if you desire a larger, fuller breast, combine a lift with breast implants. In plastic surgery, you have options for a breast lift.
What type of lifts are there?
First, you have a circumareolar mastopexy. Noted for its simplicity, this lift provides a minor lift. This lift involves removing a circular piece of skin from around the areola which will leave a small circular scar.
Next, for more moderate lifts, turn to a vertical lift. To start, the surgeon removes the skin around the areola and continues down toward the base of the breast (inframammary fold). We call this the “lollipop lift.” However, if a large amount of skin needs to be removed, we use a traditional inverted T or anchor incision.
Nowadays, more modern lift techniques now focus on reshaping the breast through internal suturing, resulting in a more conical-shaped breast.
What is the breast lift process?
To start, most mastopexies require 1-2 hours of surgery. Additionally, the surgery occurs on an outpatient basis. We place the sutures under the skin. By doing this, we reduce the chance of railroad type scarring. No suture removal is necessary. After, a sports bra is worn for 2-3 weeks. Also, normal activity resumes in 2 weeks.
Don’t judge the shape of your breasts right after surgery. Initially, they appear boxy and very high. However, over the next 6-12 weeks, they will drop down and assume a more normal appearance.
Complications include asymmetry, skin or nipple necrosis, bleeding, infection, and seroma. Habitual smoking makes it hard to perform the surgery unless you quit.
Ask your surgeon about their preferred breast lift technique. Remember, look at before/after photos in order to get a realistic expectation of expected results.
Can I combine a mastopexy (breast lift) with an augmentation?
If you looking for a fuller breast and with a “wow” factor, consider breast implants. Many surgeons combine the two surgeries. We use an adjustable saline implant when combining a lift and implant. This minimizes the chances of post-operative asymmetry.
With modern advances in breast lifting surgery, one can achieve a natural, shapely breast. For the best results, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with the experience and skill needed to achieve consistent, beautiful results.