Breast lift (mastopexy)

Breasts can easily lose their shape and elasticity due to pregnancy, genetics, and age. Such undesired appearance can be easily fixed. The procedure is done to correct sagging breasts. If necessary, breast lift can be combined with augmentation, or reduction. Breasts sag because the skin envelope has stretched either because of stretched skin or because of reduced breast tissue, or both. Thus, decreasing the size of skin or enlarging the breast volume will lift the breasts. In some cases, combination of the two may yield the best results. Generally, the shape correction is achieved by removing the excess skin in a specific way.

The procedure

Excess skin is removed from around the areola and from the bottom of the breasts. The skin of the areola remains in place. Shifting the skin from the bottom of the breast upwards, removing the "wedge" of surplus skin, moving the nipples into the new position, and closing the incision with sutures results in lifting the entire breast. The nipple and areola are elevated to a more youthful position, too. The surgery takes two to three hours and is done under general anesthesia.

Recovery

Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a fairly large operation associated with removal of tissue. Therefore, a stay at the clinic for 24 hours is needed. After the operation, a soft compressive dressing will be placed around your chest for a week. Afterwards you will have to wear an elastic bra for about three weeks. The surgeon will advise you when you can resume normal activities.

Following the breast lift procedure, breasts will appear tighter, shapelier, and more youthful. In addition, breasts that have begun to droop will no longer sag. The surgery always leaves scars where incisions are made. The scars are pink or brown for several years and they may faint eventually. The new shape of the breasts will remain for a number of years.

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