All women’s breasts change over time. Aging, gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations and other factors result in loss of youthful contour and firmness. Eventually, the breasts ‘sag.’ This is referred to as ptosis (pronounced ‘toe-sis’), and has multiple levels of severity. A breast lift (mastopexy) can help rejuvenate your figure with a more youthful, uplifted breast profile.
As with other cosmetic procedures, breast lift surgery is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal.
Not all women with ptosis require a breast lift. In milder cases, ptosis can be corrected with augmentation alone.
This procedure raises, firms and re-contours the breast through removal of excess skin and tightening of the surrounding breast tissue. If necessary, the size of the areola (red skin around the nipple) is also reduced in size.
Recovery is about two to four weeks. Final results are long lasting, but will take a few months to appear as your breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines will be visible, but will fade over time. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle will help maintain and prolong your results, though your breasts will still be affected by the natural aging process.