Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape sagging breasts.
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, weight loss and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.
A breast lift can create a more youthful appearance of the breast by positioning the nipple at a higher level. The areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple is reduced in diameter as a result of this procedure. If your breasts are small or have lost volume after pregnancy breast implants alone may provide an ample lift to a deflated breast. For breasts with a greater degree of sagging insertion of a breast implant in conjunction with a mastopexy can improve both breast size and shape.
The breast lift procedure involves skin excision and reshaping of the breast and consequently does leave scars. In some cases a vertical mastopexy is performed, eliminating the unsightly inframammary scar.
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed.
Breast lift surgery will make your breasts firmer and more uplifted. The position of your areolas and nipples will be enhanced, and the size of your areolas will be aesthetically pleasing.
The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.