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Breast Lift / Mastopexy

With time, the effects of gravity, breast-feeding, pregnancy, and weight loss can result in decreased skin elasticity and sagging of the breasts. Your breasts may appear deflated as a result of lost volume and/or the nipple/areola may be enlarged from prior stretching. Fortunately for many women, these concerns can often be effectively addressed with a breast lift.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift (also known as a mastopexy) can reshape the breast and tighten the existing skin. In addition, a breast lift can create a fuller more natural appearing breast and raise the position of your nipple. In some cases, the insertion of breast implants is combined with mastopexy to create a full, firm, youthful breast. There are a number of plastic surgeons performing breast lifts. However, not all techniques are the same. Most of the traditional mastopexy techniques only excise the excess skin and rely on the skin to maintain the result over time. This generally results in recurrent drooping of the breast with time since loss of skin elasticity was the source of the initial problem. Our plastic surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group believe that in addition to the removal of skin, the breast gland has to be reshaped and elevated to create a longer, more natural appearing outcome. In addition, they use your own body’s tissue to augment your breast shape and volume. Our doctors have experience with the latest techniques that minimize scars and allow the breast to have more projection, last longer, and have a natural shape.

Our breast surgery team will guide you through the process step by step. At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, we believe that patients, their desires, and anatomy are all unique. Therefore, our doctors evaluate each patient and create a customized surgical plan for all of their patients.

Who is a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?

If you have lost shape and volume in your breasts after pregnancy or significant weight loss, you may be a candidate for a breast lift. Ideal candidates are in strong metabolic health, emotionally stable, and realistic in their expectations. Our doctors at Florida Plastic Surgery Group will evaluate your medical history to ensure you have no pre-existing conditions that might complicate your surgery. Since future pregnancies can compromise the results of your breast lift, it is best to wait until you are finished having children before undergoing this procedure. In addition, smoking can result in nipple-areola loss and possibly skin loss. Therefore, we require patients to stop smoking 1 month prior to undergoing a breast lift.

Should I Combine My Breast Lift with Augmentation?

A breast lift can be performed in tandem with breast augmentation to add volume to the breasts while giving them a firmer appearance. Medically referred to as an augmentation mastopexy, this procedure can give the breasts a firmer, more youthful appearance while adding volume to the breasts with silicone breast implants or saline breast implants. A breast lift with implants can address a number of concerns and provide a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the breasts.

To learn more about whether or not this option is right for you, please visit our page dedicated to breast lift with implants.

How is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?

A breast lift is performed by making incisions around the nipple-areola complex and possibly below in a vertical direction. The nipple is left attached to the breast tissue so that the blood vessels and nerves going to the nipple are preserved. The excess skin tissue is removed, and the breast is reshaped and elevated to create a natural shape and contour that is better proportioned to your body. In some instances your body’s own tissue is utilized to create a fuller upper pole of the breast. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.

What is Recovery After Breast Lift Surgery Like?

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When you first return home, your breasts will be covered with a surgical bra to assist with healing. In most patients, no drains are used and all the sutures are dissolvable. After a few days, this can be replaced with a soft support bra that should be worn at all times throughout your recovery process. Any pain or discomfort can be managed through the use of pain medication. Your breasts will be swollen and bruised at first, and you should refrain from vigorous exercise until one of our plastic surgeons informs you it is safe. As long as your job is not physically demanding, you should be able to return to work after about a week of downtime.

Does a Breast Lift Leave Scars?

Like all surgical procedures, scarring is inevitable after a breast lift. However, in the hands of our skilled cosmetic surgeons, scarring can be minimized to the point where it is hardly noticeable. Furthermore, your incisions will be made in areas that are easily covered by a bra or bathing suit. Your scars will appear red for the first few months after surgery, but over time they will progressively fade.

How Long Will My Breast Lift Results Last?

Most patients undergo a breast lift to address ptosis (sagging), a natural condition where the connective tissues in your breasts begin to weaken and stretch. Age, pregnancy, and weight loss can all lead to ptosis, and these factors will still affect your breasts even after a breast lift has been performed. However, a breast lift can significantly interrupt this process and mitigate its effects. How long your results last will ultimately depend on:

  • Your skin’s elasticity
  • Your diet and lifestyle (use of a bra, sun exposure, weight gain/loss, etc)
  • Your breast size

Our doctors can address each of these factors with you in more detail during a personal consultation. With the right care, you can enjoy the results of your breast lift for many years to come.

Schedule a Consultation

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the breast and tightens the existing skin. If breast augmentation is not right for you, then a breast lift may be. Please contact Florida Plastic Surgery Group today to schedule an initial consultation. With a variety of financing plans available, there is no reason to put off this surgery any longer.

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