What Is a Mastopexy?
Mastopexy, commonly known as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. The sagging can be a result of genetics, changes in weight, pregnancy, or simply age-related changes. During a mastopexy, excess skin can be trimmed and tightened so the breasts sit higher and are firmer. Additionally, the nipple and areola are also often repositioned and resized.
A mastopexy does not change the breast size so patients often choose to have a breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation or reduction.
Breast Lift Candidates
Candidates for a breast lift include women that are in good overall health, maintain a stable weight, and have realistic expectations of their results. Additionally, candidates have one or more of the following:
- Breasts that are flat or elongated
- Breasts that have lost shape or volume
- Downward pointing nipples or areolas
- Sagging breasts
- Uneven or asymmetrical breasts
Types of Mastopexy Incisions
When patients decide to undergo a breast lift, their primary concern is the potential for undesirable scarring. At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, our goal is to provide patients with their ideal results while also concealing scars so they are virtually noticeable. Drs. Carlotti will choose one of the following types of incisions during your breast lift surgery.
- Two rings, varying in size, around the areola
- A keyhole shape that runs around the areola and down to the breast crease
- An anchor shape that begins in the breast crease and extends up and around the areola
The Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and typically takes 1 to 3 hours. First, Drs. Carlotti will make the chosen incision. Then, excess skin is trimmed for a tighter and defined appearance. Additionally, the nipple and areola is moved in coordination with the new breast placement and resized. Finally, Drs. Carlotti will close incisions with stitches and wrap the breasts in bandages.
Before & After Breast Lift
Patients will experience bruising, swelling, and soreness for a few days following surgery. Bandages that were placed at the end of surgery, or a surgical bra, must be worn for a week. Patients can then switch to a support bra which they must wear for a month.
The stitches Drs. Carlotti placed can be removed about 1 to 2 weeks after surgery at which time patients can typically return to work. Exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month or until Drs. Carlotti believe you are healed.
Results of a Breast Lift
Results of a breast lift are immediately noticeable. The results will continue to improve as swelling subsides and scars start to fade. Patients are still subject to the effects of aging, however, a breast lift produces long-lasting results.
Risks of a Mastopexy
There are risks to a mastopexy, in addition to the usual risks associated with surgery, which include:
- Irregularities in breast contour or shape
- Partial or total loss of nipple and areola
- Temporary or permanent change in nipple and breast sensation