Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
Over time, it is natural for the breast tissue to change due to a variety of factors. These can include aging, weight loss or gain and pregnancy. The breast may change shape or firmness and potentially droop. A mastopexy, more commonly known as a breast lift, is one of the cosmetic surgery procedures used to help reshape the breasts and improve their appearance.
Breast Lift Surgery
- Types of Mastopexy – There are a variety of different methods for performing a breast lift. They include breast augmentation, standard lift, and almost scarless breast lift. In a breast augmentation procedure, an implant is used to and volume and lift to your breasts. A standard lift involves removing excess skin and working with the natural tissue of the breast to reshape them. The almost scarless procedure uses a mini-incision, has a 24-hour recovery period, minimal pain, reduced swelling, and faster healing time. When you meet with your surgeon, you will be able to discuss which method will work best for the results you’re looking to achieve.
- Preparation – Before your surgery, your doctor will have given you instructions on how to prepare. Follow them as directed. They may include things such as do not eat or drink for a set time prior to your procedure, or not to take certain medications.
- Procedure – You are either placed under general anesthesia or sedation. For a standard lift, incisions are made on your breast, and the tissue is moved higher up on the chest. The skin of the breast is tightened to help hold the tissue in its new position, and any excess skin that remains is removed. The nipple and areola are moved higher on the breast into an aesthetically pleasing location for the new shape of the breast, and if the size of the areola is being decreased, skin is removed. It is then stitched into place. The process is duplicated on the other breast to create a symmetrical appearance, and then the incisions are closed. A tube may be inserted to help drain excess fluid.
- Recovery – After surgery, you will need to go home with a family member or friend who will be able to look after you. As you recover, be sure to follow any instructions you have been given, and your surgeon will let you know when you will be able to return to your regular activities. In the meantime, take your medications, be sure to wear the elastic bra/bandage you have been given, don’t raise your arms above breast level or lift heavy objects, be sure not to compress your breasts with the seatbelt in vehicles, and don’t apply lotion to the incisions until they are healed. Follow any other directions you have been given to ensure a smooth recovery. If at any time you have questions or concerns, contact your doctor.
Schedule A Consultation with A UELC Surgeon
If you are looking to have a mastopexy procedure to restore your breasts to how they once were, contact us now to schedule your free Personal Consultation with a UELC specialist to discuss how we can help. Our team can work with you to help you with achieving the results you’re after. For more information, visit our FAQ page. We have two locations in Vaughan and Brampton to help serve you better.