Breast Lift

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to restore a youthful shape to breasts and correct sagging caused by weight loss, pregnancy, loss of the skin’s natural elasticity, or simply the effects of gravity. A breast lift can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and it can be combined with breast augmentation (mammoplasty) for added breast volume and firmness. A breast lift is appropriate for any size breast, but results last longest when the breasts are originally small and sagging.

A breast lift is ideal for women whose breasts sag and have lost their youthful shape, contour or volume. Ideal candidates are in good overall health, maintain a stable weight, do not smoke and have realistic expectations for a breast lift procedure.
The breast lift does not change the breast size, nor does it increase the fullness or roundness in the upper part of the breasts. Women who desire larger, smaller, or more rounded breasts may want to consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction together with a breast lift. Dr. Chaudhari will discuss all details of the procedure, and address any questions or concerns during a pre-surgical consultation.

Mastopexy is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and can utilize several different incision options. The most appropriate incision will be determined by a number of different factors, including the patient’s breast size and shape, degree of sagging, size and position of the nipples, amount of excess skin, skin quality and more. Some of the most commonly used incisions for breast lift include:

  • Standard Anchor Incision. The standard technique for breast lift involves a circular incision made around the areola, a vertical incision down towards the bottom of the breast and a horizontal incision along the crease of the breast. Excess skin and tissue are gently removed, and the remaining tissue is tightened. The nipple remains in place during a breast relief procedure, allowing patients to breastfeed after surgery if they choose.
  • Peri-areolar Incision. Considered less invasive than a standard incision, this technique involves creating two circle incisions around the areolas and removing the skin and tissue in between for a tighter, rounder breast. Scarring is often less noticeable with this technique, which is considered ideal for small to medium breasts with a moderate amount of drooping.

With either type of incision, Dr. Chaudhari will lift and reshape the breast tissue, forming a new, rejuvenated contour. The nipple and areola are moved to a higher location on the breast. Finally, the excess breast skin that results from poor elasticity is trimmed and stitches are placed deep throughout the breast tissue to support the lifted breasts.

After surgery, the breasts are wrapped with gauze dressings, and an elastic bandage or surgical bra will be worn. After a few days, this is replaced with a soft support bra, which is worn 24 hours a day for about a month. The breasts normally experience bruising, swelling, and some discomfort following surgery, but these subside within a few days. Stitches can usually be removed after one to two weeks, at which point most patients are able to return to work.

With realistic goals, you should be very satisfied with the look of your lifted breasts. The results of your mastopexy will be visible immediately after surgery, and you may become even more satisfied as swelling goes down and incision lines fade.

As with any type of surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with a breast lift, some of which may include bleeding, infection, temporary numbness, uneven positioning, breast hardening and tissue damage, among others. Dr. Chaudhari will take special precautions to reduce these risks and ensure that patients receive the results they desire from their breast lift procedure with little to no side effects.

Breast Lift

Breast Lift with Implants