Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Restore contour and firmness
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, also known as a maxopexy, can help rejuvenate your figure with a more youthful, uplifted breast profile.
Is A Breast Lift Right for Me?
Not all women with ptosis require a breast lift. In milder cases, ptosis can be corrected with augmentation alone. During your initial consultation, Dr. Dawes will perform a thorough evaluation of your breasts, nipple position, and body shape. He will determine if you are a good candidate for a breast lift and make a recommendation tailored to your specific goals. He may also advise combining your breast lift with an augmentation should you want extra breast volume in addition to the lift.
A breast lift may be right for you if:
- You are concerned that your breasts sag (have a flatter or elongated shape), or have lost volume
- Your nipples point downwards or fall below your breast crease
- You have stretched skin or enlarged areolas
- One breast is noticeably lower than the other
Good candidates for breast lift surgery are individuals who:
- Are healthy and maintain a stable weight
- Are non-smokers
- Have realistic expectations for breast lift improvement
How Breast Lift Surgery is Performed
This procedure raises, firms and re-contours the breast through removal of excess skin and tightening of the surrounding breast tissue. Excess breast skin is removed and the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola diameter is often reduced at the same time as needed. The breast tissue is next lifted and internally supported by deep stitches. The skin is then closed with dissolvable stitches, tightening the breast.
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.