Aging, pregnancy, significant weight loss, or genetics can all cause the breasts to sag. This condition can be corrected with a Breast Lift (Mastopexy), which reshapes the breasts, removes excess skin as necessary, and raises the nipples and areolas for a perkier, rounder look. The size of the areolas can be reduced as well, if desired.
This surgery does not change the size of your breasts. If you have uncomfortably large breasts, a breast reduction can be done, which will also include a breast lift. If you would like your breasts to be larger, you may have a combination breast lift and breast augmentation, which lifts the breasts and includes the insertion of implants.
At The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery, our surgeons have years of experience performing successful breast lifts. We customize every procedure based on your body and how you wish to look. Our goal is to help you achieve a pleasing shape and youthful placement of your breasts.
During your consultation, we will discuss your concerns about your appearance and your goals for your breast lift, as well as your medical history, medications you take, and previous procedures you have had. We will also answer all of your questions, explain what to expect from surgery, and tell you how to prepare for your surgery.
The Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift usually takes about 2-1/2 hours. It can sometimes be combined with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck, as long as the total time of your surgery does not exceed 7-8 hours.
The incisions are usually around the areolas, under the crease of the breasts, and in a vertical line from the areolas to the crease. In some cases, the incision under the crease is not necessary. There will be scars, but they become less noticeable in time.
Preparing for Your Breast Lift
Please avoid taking Advil, Aleve, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, and Naprosyn for two weeks prior to your surgery. High dose vitamins and herbal medications should also be avoided. Most other medications that you take regularly can be taken before your procedure. It is especially important to take blood pressure medication so that your blood pressure remains normal during surgery.
Your breast lift will be performed at the outpatient surgery center. Be sure to have someone available to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours, as you will be drowsy from the anesthesia.
Recovering from a Breast Lift
You will be fitted with a surgical bra after your surgery, which you must wear for a few weeks. Some bruising, swelling, soreness, tightness, and itching are normal after a breast lift. You can take medication, if necessary, to ease discomfort. These symptoms will gradually subside during the first few weeks.
Most patients take about 2 weeks off from work to recover after a breast lift. Please avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for 4 weeks, however. Full results from your surgery can take up to 6 months to be visible.