Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, or a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. Breasts can start to sag as a result of aging, pregnancy, weight loss and gravity. By trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissue, breasts can sit higher on the chest and be firmer to the touch. In addition, breast lift surgery can involve repositioning and resizing the nipple and areola to further enhance breast appearance. Since mastopexy does not change breast size, it is often combined with a breast augmentation or breast reduction.
Candidates For Mastopexy
An eligible mastopexy candidate is in good overall health, maintains a stable weight, and has realistic expectations about what mastopexy can do. Women that choose to undergo mastopexy typically have one or more of the following:
- Sagging breasts
- Breasts that have lost shape or volume
- Breasts that are flat or elongated
- Nipples or areolas pointing downward
- Asymmetrical breasts
Types of Breast Lift Incisions
Dr. Altamira uses one of three types of incisions during a breast lift. The incision chosen will depend on the size and shape of the breasts, as well as the degree of sagging and amount of excess skin. These incisions will be discussed during your consultation and patients can choose one of the following:
- Two rings, one larger than the other, around the areola. Best for small breasts and leaves minimal scarring.
- A keyhole shape, around the areola and down to the breast crease
- An anchor shape, beginning in the breast crease and extending up to and around the areola. Best when there is significant sagging.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Dr. Altamira performs mastopexy surgery on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The entire surgery can take 1 to 3 hours. First, Dr. Altamira will make the appropriate incisions. Then, he removes excess breast tissue. This will allow Dr. Altamira to reshape the breast and achieve the desired breast contour. Typically, patients also choose to alter the nipple and areola. Dr. Altamira will move them higher on the breast or resize them. Next, excess skin is trimmed for a tighter and defined shape. Finally, he will close incisions with stitches.
Before & After Mastopexy
Breast Lift Recovery
For a few days following breast lift surgery, patients are likely to have bruising, soreness and swelling. Breasts are usually wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra for about a week. Dr. Altamira recommends that patients wear a support bra continuously for the next month. Patients will return to have Dr. Altamira remove their stitches after 1 to 2 weeks. Most patients return to work at this time. However, patients should avoid exercise and other strenuous activity for about a month.
Results Of Mastopexy
Mastopexy produces immediate results. In addition, the breasts will continue to improve in appearance as swelling subsides and scars fade. Patients who thoroughly discussed their goals prior to surgery, and had realistic expectations of what it could provide, report high satisfaction levels. A woman planning to start a family or have more children should not undergo mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing can counteract its benefits. Breasts are still subject to the effects of aging, however, mastopexy produces long-lasting results.
“I can not say enough about Dr. Altimira and his staff. They are amazing from beginning to end. For anyone shopping around please go see Dr. Altimira, you will not be disappointed. My new body is amazing and I will definitely be back for more.” – Christine S.
Will There Be Visible Scarring After a Breast Lift?
Depending on the incision type, mastopexy can produce visible scars. Although some incisions can be concealed in the natural breast contours, others cannot. In most cases, however, scars fade over time, becoming much less apparent.
What Are the Risks of a Breast Lift?
In addition to the usual risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, risks specific to mastopexy include the following:
- Temporary or permanent change in nipple or breast sensation
- Irregularities in breast contour and shape
- Partial or total loss of nipple and areola
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in a breast lift and would like to see if you are a candidate, call (713) 271-9000 and schedule a consultation. Dr. Altamira has plastic surgery offices in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.