The shape of the breast and its aesthetic relation to your overall body style is the most important criteria for a beautiful breast. Whether it’s from weight loss, pregnancy or just the effects of gravity, breasts can droop and lose their natural fullness over time. By refining the shape and position of the breasts, including the nipple, mastopexy can help restore their more youthful, natural appearance. Breast lifting, which may also include breast augmentation or a decrease in size, is individualized to help you achieve the shape and size you desire.
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, or “mastopexy,” reshapes the breasts and usually includes repositioning of the nipple/areolar complex to achieve a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing shape and position.
Am I a candidate for mastopexy?
Candidates for mastopexy should have ptosis of the breast and be accepting of the scarring that accompanies breast lifting.
In addition patients considering mastopexy should be:
- In good general physical and mental health.
- Accepting of the associated risks and the inevitable scarring that accompanies mastopexy.
- Have realistic expectations about what a mastopexy can and cannot accomplish.
- Accepting of the issues and risks that occur with use of breast implants when added breast volume is desired.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) FAQs
Are breast implants used in mastopexy?
Breast implants are commonly utilized during breast lifting to increase the overall size of the breast or to improve shape, especially in the upper portion of the breast. When breast implants are combined with breast lifting the procedure is known as an augmentation mastopexy.
Can my breasts be made smaller during a lift?
With judicious tissue removal breast volume can be decreased during the lifting process.
Are their scars from mastopexy?
Because the shape of a woman’s breast is largely determined by the amount and location of skin, most breast lifting techniques produce permanent scars on the breast as a result of skin tightening.
Can my breasts be lifted with just implants?
In some instances, such as patients with a small degree of droop (ptosis), an aesthetically pleasing breast can be obtained with a breast implant alone. Different implant shapes and profiles will likely have an increasing role in this situation in the future.
What are the risks of mastopexy?
All surgery carries risks. Complications can occur and result in the need for additional surgery. The more common complications associated with mastopexy include bleeding, infection, unsatisfactory scarring, asymmetry, unsatisfactory contour and tissue loss.