A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
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 more youthful and uplifted. A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:
– Weight fluctuations
What can a breast uplift achieve?
Sagging or drooping breasts can develop after breastfeeding, ageing, weight loss or pregnancy. The breasts begin to droop when the skin and breast ligaments begin to stretch, therefore providing less support to the underlying breast tissue.
A breast uplift will not significantly alter the size of your breasts. In some cases, your surgeon may suggest combining the uplift with a breast enlargement in order to add a fullness to the breasts. A breast lift can however, achieve the following:
Removal of excess skin
Firmer and more shapely breasts
Adjustment of the areola shape, position or size
An increase in body confidence and self-esteem
Incisions of Breast Uplift
One of the main concerns about boob lift is, for sure, scarring. Your plastic surgeon will recommend the type of breast lift incision that will achieve optimal results with the least conspicuous scarring possible. Some incision lines resulting from breast lift surgery are hidden in the natural contours of the breasts; however, others are visible on the chest surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases, they will improve significantly turn pink over time.
The most commonly used breast uplift technique is the inverted T, which means the incisions leave horizontal and vertical scars. However, your plastic surgeon may suggest such other techniques for boob lift as follows:
Peri-Areolar or Donut Lift (mild sagging with a single scar): Involves a circular incision running around the edge of the areola which can also be effective in helping reduce areola size and commonly performed along with breast augmentation. The resulting breast lift scar marks the edge of the areola.
Crescent Lift (minimal scarring to correct minimal sagging): Involves a small incision halfway around the top half of the edge of the areola and usually only done along with breast augmentation.
Lollipop or Vertical Lift (moderate sagging and extensive reshaping): Involves 2 incision scars, around the edge of the areola and running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, thus creating a “lollipop” shape. It is commonly used since it allows to remove excess skin and reshape the breast with easily hidden.
Inverted T or Anchor Lift (extensive sagging and dramatic reshaping): Allows to remove a significant amount of excess skin and sagging tissues, which will achieve the best results. This technique involves 3 incision scars, around the edge of the areola, vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease.After incisions are made, breast tissue is lifted and reformed to improve breast firmness and proportion. The nipple and areola are repositioned to an ideal height, if required, enlarged areolas will be reduced. Excess breast skins are removed in order to regain skin elasticity. After reshaping the breasts, the skin is closed by sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ How breast lift is being performed and how long does the surgery take?
Breast uplift surgery, also called mastopexy is performed by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape the new breast, nipples and areola. It takes 1 to 4 hours, depending on the extent of the procedure.
+ Is breast uplift same as breast enlargement?
The aim of a breast uplift operation is to firm and tighten the sagging breasts while the aim of a breast enlargement operation is to increase the size of the breasts. However, breast uplift surgery can also be performed in combination with breast enlargement surgery if a patients desires to have both bigger and firm breasts.
+ What are the steps of a breast lift procedure ?
Your breast lift procedure can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on:
Breast size and shape
The size and position of your areolas
The degree of breast sagging
Skin quality and elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
There are three common incision patterns:
Around the areola,
Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease,
Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease
Step 3 – Reshaping your breasts
After your doctor makes the incisions:
The underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness.
The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height.
If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter.
Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.
Step 4 – Closing the incisions
After your breasts are reshaped and excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed.
Some incision lines resulting from breast lift are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.
Many women desire the smallest scar possible. However, your plastic surgeon will recommend the incisions which best suit your anatomy. Listen to your surgeon and do not diminish your result by demanding an incision that will not be appropriate for you.
Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.
Step 5 – See the results
The results of your breast lift surgery are immediately visible.
+ What effect will weight gain or loss have after my breast uplift?
Any significant weight changes that occur after your breast uplift can affect the results of your procedure. This effect will however, vary from patient to patient.
The following instructions are general information to be followed before and after a breast lift surgery. There may be some additional instructions for some patients according to their specific conditions. The instructions of your plastic surgeon after breast uplift surgery should be followed.
Important Note :
Surgery will be cancelled if there is any chance that you are pregnant.
Do not use alcohol or smoke cigarettes, chew or pipe tobacco for at least two weeks prior to your surgery. Nicotine affects the healthy circulation of the body and may affect the result of your breast surgery and increases the risk of complication with anesthesia.
Do not take any products containing ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication or Vitamin E.
Do not drink or eat anything before the midnight of your surgery. A fasting is required to receive sedation for surgery.
You may shower and shampoo on the morning of surgery.
Please wear loose fitting clothing and avoid anything that must be pulled over the head.
Do not wear makeup, hair sprays or gels, nail polish or false eyelashes to your surgery.
Do not wear jewelry, or bring valuables to your breast uplift.
Generally, you can expect to be bandaged right after your surgery, wearing compression garments and having surgical drains.
Avoid swimming pools and using creams on the treated area.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks.
Please keep your adhesive strips and dressing clean and dry to prevent infection for two days.
Take all medications as instructed by your surgeon
You may walk around on the day of surgery and after to prevent blood clots from developing also move your legs frequently.
Some bruising and swelling is expected and takes between 3-6 months to see final results.
Wear the support stockings for at least 5 days after breast lift surgery.
It is normal to feel tired for the first few days. Do not exercise for the first week. After this week, you may resume low intensity, lower body exercise; however, avoid using the upper body muscles for 3 weeks. You may resume all exercise/activity after 3 weeks thereafter. When you do resume exercise, you should wear a supportive bra to minimize bounce and droop of the breasts.
Drink plenty of fluids (8-10 glasses/day) for the first week to keep well hydrated.
You may take a full shower after 3 days of your breast uplift surgery. It is okay to get the steri strips wet at this point, but do not remove them. You can gently pat yourself dry with a towel or use a blow dryer (cool setting) to dry the steri strips.
1.5 to 3 hours
6 – 12 months