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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)


What is a mastopexy?

Mastopexy, or breast lift surgery, is a procedure to raise and reshape drooping or "ptotic" breasts. Breast lift surgery may also be performed to reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

Are breast implants used for breast lift surgery?

Women who have lost breast volume, for example after pregnancy, may increase their firmness and their size by having breast implant surgery in conjunction with breast lift surgery. A breast lift without implants may reshape the breasts and correct nipple position.

What type of anesthesia is used to perform breast lift plastic surgery?

In most cases, it is preferred to have the patient under general anesthesia. Smaller breast lift procedures may be performed under intravenous or "twilight" sedation.

Where will my incisions be located?

In general, breast lift incisions are placed around the areolae. More extensive incisions are occasionally needed for larger, more drooping breasts.

When will my stitches be removed?

Following breast lift surgery, your stitches will be removed after approximately one week.

Are there any risks associated with breast lift plastic surgery?

As with any surgery, there may be risks and possible complications that your plastic surgeon will thoroughly discuss with you at your consultation.

Will I need to have a hospital stay following my breast lift surgery?

Breast lift surgery is performed in an out-patient surgery center.

How soon will I be able to return to work after breast lift surgery?

Following breast lift surgery (depending on if implants were also used) you are usually able to return to non-strenuous work after one to two weeks.

Please contact us at our office if you have any further questions about our plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures.