Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening its surrounding tissue.
Since this technique does not significantly change the size of the breasts, it can be done in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction to adjust the size of the breasts.
The tissue and structure of the breasts often change over time, losing their firmness and youthful appearance. These shifts in the breasts’ shape may occur as a result of:
- Weight fluctuations
Ideal applicants for the breast lift surgery may include:
- Women who feel that their breasts are droopy after pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- Ladies Whose nipples point downwards.
- Women whose breasts expose sagging due to their weight loss since fluctuations in weight can cause breasts to stretch and lose their elasticity over time.
- Women who want juvenile shape and firmer breasts.
Breast lift treatment duration:
Breast lift surgery typically takes around 1-3 hours.
Patients usually spend 1-2 nights in the clinic, and they should expect to be away from home for around 5-7 nights.
Recovery time for the breast lift surgery:
Patients should avoid bending and heavy lifting for the first few days after their mastopexy. They can resume their light activities and exercises after two weeks since their treatment. Patients can resume their normal activities after six weeks.
The final result of the operation can take several weeks or months to appear.
Recovery time may vary if a breast lift combines with another breast surgery treatment.
Potential Risks and Side Effects:
Same as any surgical procedure, a breast lift does come with some potential risks and side effects. Although they are rare, it is still essential to be aware of these before undergoing treatment.
- Bruising and swelling
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Loss or changes in breast or nipple sensation
- Asymmetry in size or shape of breasts
- Partial or total loss of nipples or areolae (very rare)
In case you are worried about any side effects or risks at any point in your treatment journey, you can contact us.
What Are the Different Breast Lift Procedures Available?
Depending on the size of your breasts and the results you hope to achieve, this procedure can be done in various ways. The surgeon will decide the type of the technique and the number and location of incisions after carrying out a breast examination.
Typically, the surgeon will remove any excess skin from under the breasts before tightening the surrounding skin and placing the nipple in a slightly higher position.
Then the excess skin is removed from under the breast, and the breast is formed into a tighter cone shape. The nipples are placed in a slightly higher position for having a more natural look.
The surgeon will then push the skin together and close the incisions with stitches, skin adhesive, or surgical tape. Also, small tubes may be placed at the incision positions to allow any excess blood or fluid to drain before the breasts are dressed in gauze and you are fitted with a surgical bra.
The most common types of breast lift surgery are as follows.
Anchor Breast Lift:
Incisions are made around the areola, down to the breast crease, and under it. This technique is suitable for women with pronounced sagging.
Lollipop Breast Lift:
Incisions are made in the shape of an inverted T. This technique suits women with very droopy breasts.
Donut Breast Lift:
This technique is suitable for women with mild to moderate sagging. Also known as the Benelli or periareolar lift.
Crescent Breast Lift:
Crescent-shaped incisions are often made in combination with breast augmentation surgery and are ideal for women with mild sagging.