Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity typically result from:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Aging
  • Gravity
  • Heredity

Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is youthful and uplifted. Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller or smaller, you might want to consider either breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery.

Breast lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of idealized image.

A breast lift is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
  • You do not smoke
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag, have lost shape and volume
  • Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
  • When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
  • Your nipples and areolas point downward
  • You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
  • One breast is lower than the other

The success and safety of your breast lift procedure depends very much on your being completely candid during your consultation with your surgeon. By being actively involved, your consultation about a breast lift, and any problems, concerns, and questions you may have can be addressed by your surgeon. You'll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want breast lift surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries
  • Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies

your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, and placement of your nipples
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of breast lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast lift procedure

The Surgery

  • In House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours duration
  • Post Op office visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Minimal discomfort
  • Return to work/driving by 5th day
  • Light exercise at end of two weeks
  • Full exercise at end of one month

For examples of the before-and-after results of breast lifts performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.

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