What is a mastopexy?
A mastopexy (breast lift) is a surgery designed to restore the breast to a more youthful appearance. The nipple and breast tissue are repositioned and re-shaped to rejuvenate your figure. This procedure may be combined with a breast augmentation depending upon your goals.
Who is a mastopexy for?
Ideal candidates for breast lift procedures are women who have had children or have lost weight and have too much skin around the breast tissue, allowing the breast to sag and lose its youthful shape. If a large amount of breast tissue needs to be removed (if your breasts are too large) this is considered a breast reduction. The two procedures are very similar.
How is the surgery performed?
General anesthesia is used for the procedure. An incision is made in one of 3 places:
The amount of lift desired determines the type and extent of surgery. Scars may be located around the areola, under the breast in the fold, and in a vertical line down from the nipple to the fold. Dr. Coberly often uses a “Short Scar” technique to minimize the extent of scaring and to obtain a more permanent result. Ask to see if this procedure is right for you.
How long is the recovery time?
Activity is restricted for the first 4weeks after surgery, and during this time you will have swelling and bruising. Most patients are able to return to work in 3-7 days with activity restrictions. A surgical bra is frequently used after surgery for extra support during the healing phase.
For more information go to the Preparing for Surgery section and see Breast Lift.