Breast lift, or mastopexy, is cosmetic breast surgery to lift the breasts. The surgery may also involve changing the position of the areola and nipple.
Cosmetic breast surgery can be done at an outpatient surgery clinic or in a hospital.
You will likely receive general anesthesia. This is medicine that keeps you asleep and pain-free. Or, you may receive medicine to help you relax and local anesthesia to numb the area around the breasts to block pain. You will be awake but unable to feel pain.
The surgeon will make 1 to 3 surgical cuts in your breast. Extra skin will be removed and your nipple and areola may be moved.
Sometimes, women have breast augmentation (enlargement with implants) when they have a breast lift.
Why the Procedure is Performed
Cosmetic breast surgery is surgery you choose to have. You do not need it for medical reasons.
Women usually have breast lifts to lift sagging, loose breasts. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and normal aging may cause a woman to have stretched skin and smaller breasts.
You should probably wait to have a breast lift if you are:
- Planning to lose weight
- Pregnant or still nursing a child
- Planning to have more children
Talk with a plastic surgeon if you are considering cosmetic breast surgery. Discuss how you expect to look and feel better. Keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.
Risks of anesthesia and surgery in general are:
- Reactions to medicines
- Breathing problems
- Bleeding, blood clots, or infection
Risks of breast surgery are:
- Inability to nurse a baby after surgery
- Large scars that take a long time to heal
- Loss of sensation around the nipples
- One breast that is larger than the other (asymmetry of the breasts)
- Uneven position of the nipples
The emotional risks of surgery may include feeling that your breasts do not look perfect. Or you may be disappointed with people’s reactions to your “new” breasts.
You are likely to have a very good outcome from breast surgery. You may feel better about your appearance and yourself. You may need to wear a special supportive bra for a few months.
Scars are permanent and are often very visible for up to a year after surgery. After a year they may fade but will not become invisible. Your surgeon will try to place the cuts so that scars are hidden from view. Surgical cuts are usually made on the underside of the breast. Your scars will generally not be noticeable, even in low-cut clothing.
Normal aging, pregnancy, and changes in your weight may all cause your breasts to sag again.
Mastopexy; Breast lift with reduction; Breast lift with augmentation