What is Breast Lift Cosmetic Surgery?
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is a complex, but common breast enhancement procedure that reshapes and raises sagging breasts. Mastopexy may be performed with or without the addition of breast implants, depending on the specific needs and anatomical characteristics of each patient.
What to expect
Your breast lift begins with an initial consultation in which your surgeon takes measurements. During the session, you and your doctor will discuss the desired shape and size of your breasts, and the possible repositioning of your nipple. The actual surgical procedure may be performed using general or local anesthesia in a surgical office or hospital, with each procedure usually lasting two to three-and-a-half hours. The degree of lift required usually determines the length and number of incisions. On average, if more lift is needed; more incisions are required.
Various incisions are used to create flaps where skin will be removed. Typically, the nipple is moved to a higher point of the breast to make it even with the lower crease between the chest and breast. Though the nipple and areola are repositioned, they remain attached to underlying breast tissue and the appropriate nerves and blood supply to reduce the possibility of sensation loss. Ultimately, the skin once positioned above the nipple is pulled down and sutured under the breast to create a firmer, more attractive appearance.
After surgery, you may expect your breasts to be swollen sore and bruised for a relatively short time. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help manage discomfort, and you will be instructed to avoid heavy lifting; though, under normal circumstances, you may return to work within about a week. Breast feeding is normally unhindered despite surgery, because connective glandular tissue is normally left intact; however, nipple sensation may be slightly reduced for a short time until the breasts have a chance to fully heal.