Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, loss of skin elasticity, aging, and genetics can combine to result in deflation of the breast’s previous volume causing sagging or descent of the overlying skin called ptosis. Mastopexy can be used to remove excess skin and reshape the breast.
The extent of the incisions needed to complete the surgery depends on the degree of ptosis that you display. Minor ptosis may be addressed with a simple incision around the areola. More severe cases require longer incisions that may reach both vertically down the lower portion of your breast and even underneath the mammary fold.
A well-performed mastopexy will raise and add firmness to your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to support the new breast contour. The incision lines are permanent, but in most cases they will fade and improve in appearance over time. The elasticity of your skin and age will determine how long-lasting the effect of the lift will be.
A mastopexy will not significantly change your breast size, or fill out the upper pole of the breast. Breast lift is often performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation procedure to address both shape, size, and upper pole contour simultaneously.
Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain
Pain, bleeding, infection, recurrence, asymmetry, changes in nipple sensation, healing problems, incomplete improvement
Light duties: 1 week. More strenuous activity: 3-4 weeks
Varies depending on the elasticity of the skin