A breast lift, or mastopexy, restores a firmer, shapelier breast, which will improve body contours and give the breasts a perky, youthful appearance. A breast lift will rejuvenate your figure by giving you the youthful shape that gravity has taken away. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively.
Mastopexy, or breast lift, is a procedure to lift the breast and reposition the nipple. By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, Dr. Michael K. Kim, Board-Certfied Plastic Surgeon, can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast. Some women will benefit from an simultaneous breast augmentation with implants due to loss of breast volume over the years. Multiple techniques exist that can fulfil your goals with minimal scarring.
For patients who require more volume as well as lift, then the augmentation mastopexy (breast lift with implants), is the operation of choice. If less volume is desired, then the lift can be performed in association with a breast reduction.
Common reasons women choose breast lift surgery:
- To restore a better breast shape following pregnancy & breastfeeding
- To improve breast contour after significant weight loss
- To enjoy a beautiful, perky breast shape for the first time
How Would You Know You Need a Breast Lift?
- Nipples seem to point downward
- The nipple/areola sit below the crease underneath your breast
- Unhappy with your breast size when wearing a bra
- Your breasts asymmetrical or unusually shaped
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) RECOVERY
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours to perform, depending on the extent of surgery. You will be able to go home shortly after surgery to continue your recovery. There is minimal pain after the procedure and this is usually controlled with simple analgesia. Dr. Kim allows showering 24 hours after surgery. Your breasts will be bandaged and a soft supportive sports bra or padded bra can be used post operation for about a month.
Most people can return to a level of daily duties the next day, but this can vary on an individual basis so when planning for this surgery we would suggest you plan to have:
- 10-14 days off work for more physical-type work
- No working out or heavy lifting for 6 weeks