A mastopexy is more commonly referred to as a breast lift. A breast lift is intended to lift sagging breasts, remove excess skin, and reshape and firm the area in order to support the new position of the breasts. A simple mastopexy does not affect the size of the breasts, but it can be done in conjunction with a breast augmentation or breast reduction procedure.
Most women notice that childbirth, breastfeeding, gravity, and the aging process can all work together to cause the breasts to sag and appear to shift downwards from their formerly perky position. The effect tends to be more noticeable in women with larger breasts, but it can also affect women with smaller breasts. Sagging breasts can make it difficult to find comfortable bras and to fit into fashionable clothing, and they can profoundly alter a woman’s appearance. They can also cause physical problems such as rashes and skin irritation where the sagging breasts press against the skin of the chest and pain in the shoulders due to bra straps struggling to keep the breasts elevated in their former position. Generally, doctors suggest women only get a mastopexy after completing childbearing because pregnancy and breastfeeding after a mastopexy can cause the breast to sag again.
Prior to the Procedure
Before the procedure, it is essential to have a consultation with the surgeon to discuss the patient’s expectations, motivations, and goals of the surgery. The surgeon will evaluate the shape and degree of sagging of the breasts and discuss the details of the procedure and whether an augmentation or reduction might be necessary to achieve each patient’s goals and expectations.
The procedure itself is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient doesn’t need to stay in the clinic and can go home after the surgery to recover. The excess skin and tissues surrounding the breast can be removed and repaired to lift the breasts up into a more youthful, perky position. A supportive bra or compression bandage may be suggested after the surgery, and medication may be necessary. Recovery is usually quick, but women need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for a set amount of time after the procedure.