Mastopexy ( Breast Lift)

A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts.

Several factors such as pregnancy, nursing, age and gravity take their toll on the breasts - the skin elasticity is lost , it may loose its sheen and smoothness, tissue volume decreases and the breasts do not retain their shape and firmness.

As a result of all these changes, some women may find their breasts have sagged, losing their previous fullness or shape. Often many of these women don’t want a breast augmentation but would like the sagging corrected. This is where mastopexy has its role. But, if the volume of breast tissue lost is significant, breast implants can be inserted simultaneously along with a mastopexy.

The ideal candidates for a breast lift procedure are women with small to moderate sagging breasts. If the breasts are large and they undergo a breast lift surgery, the results may not last long as it may pull it back down and breast reduction surgery instead, may have to be considered. Also, women who are planning on having more children should postpone having a breast lift procedure, since pregnancy can reverse the results of the breast lift, but the procedure itself does not interfere with breast feeding.

The most common method is which gives an anchor-shaped scar that goes around the areola and a vertical scar in the midline inferiorly and extending on either side into the crease. This follows the natural contours of the breast. The incision outlines the excess skin that will be removed and the top of the anchor will be the new position of the nipple areola complex. The entire procedure can last from 2 to 4 hours.