Overview of Breast Lift Surgery
The breast lift (or mastopexy) operation is performed to remove excess skin and to lift the nipple to a more youthful appearing position. The type of lift varies depending on how droopy the breasts are before surgery. For patients with a minimal amount of droopiness, an incision around the areola is used. This is known as a circumareolar or “donut” breast lift. For moderate droopiness, a vertical extension is added to the areolar scar. Often this scar is referred to as a “lollipop” pattern. For patients with severe droopiness, typically horizontal incisions will need to be added taking the shape of an “anchor” or “inverted T.” A breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation in patients without adequate breast tissue or in patients who interested in more superior fullness of their breasts. A sports bra is worn for the first 4 to 8 weeks following surgery.
Anesthesia in breast lift surgery: The vast majority of patients undergo general anesthesia when a breast lift is performed.
Length of surgery: Usually a breast lift can be performed in 2-3 hours depending on the extent of droopiness and the type of lift being performed.
Risks of breast lift surgery: Infection, bleeding, poor scars, loss of nipple sensation, asymmetry, delayed wound healing, early recurrence of droopiness
Average recovery time from breast lift surgery: The majority of patients are able to return to work in 3-4 days. Patients are encouraged to wait 3-4 weeks before resuming normal activity. Generally it takes 4-6 weeks before one is feeling back to normal after a breast lift.
Duration of effect: 8-10 years