A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that adds volume to breasts without necessarily increasing their size. This procedure can help to raise and reshape the appearance of the breasts. In some patients, breasts lifts are necessary when performing a breast augmentation to reposition the nipple in front of the breast implant.
Why get a breast lift?
The natural volume of breasts can diminish from aging, weight loss, breastfeeding, heredity, and pregnancy. A breast lift can restore lost volume by repositioning the patient’s own breast tissue. Unlike a breast augmentation, a breast lift repositions sagging breast volume without increasing breast size. If an increase in breast size or additional fullness in the upper pole of the breast is desired, a combined breast lift and augmentation may be considered.
What happens during a breast lift?
During the breast lift procedure, breast tissue will be repositioned, and the nipple and areola will be relocated to a higher, more aesthetically pleasing position on the breast. This can be done using one of three different incision patterns.
The “anchor” incision is created around the edge of the areola. It stretches down the breast crease and then horizontally across the breast crease. This technique is best for addressing breasts with a large amount of sagging.
The “lollipop” incision is the most common technique for breasts lifts. With this procedure, an incision is made around the areola and extends vertically down to the breast crease, eliminating the horizontal incision within the breast fold. This technique is commonly used in combination with a breast augmentation.
The “donut” incision is made around the areola only. This is used when there is a mild degree of sagging.
Breast Lift Results and Recovery
The results of a breast lift can be visible immediately and can last for years.
After surgery, you will be required to wear surgical bra. These will help control swelling and contour of the breasts. Bruising, breast numbness, increased nipple sensitivity, and itching around the incision sites are common but temporary side effects which resolve over time.
Dr. Dodde will provide you with a personalized recovery plan and instructions to help you though a safe and quick recovery.
Who makes a good breast lift candidate?
You may be a good breast lift candidate if you have the following traits:
- You are in reasonably good health
- You have realistic expectations for the outcome of your surgery
- You are a non-smoker
- You feel that your breasts sag or have lost shape or volume
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below your breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- One of your breasts is lower than the other