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Breast Lift

Breast lift, or mastopexy, is intended to lift and tighten a drooping breast. The breast lift procedure results in an uplifted and fuller-looking breast.

A breast lift procedure is best for women who are happy with the volume or size of their breasts, but the nipple and areola are low and the breast is droopy. Sometimes the lift is combined with an implant if the goal is to lift and increase the size of the breast at the same time. This is often the case after breast-feeding or weight loss.

A thorough exam by our board certified breast surgeons and a discussion of your goals are the best ways to tell if a breast lift is right for you.

Recovery from breast lifts is typically short and involves low amounts of pain. The typical lift involves working on the skin and soft tissue of the breast and not the muscle. For this reason, most patients need only a few days of strong pain medications. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within a week.

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Choosing the Incision Pattern

Multiple incision patterns can be used for a breast lift, depending on how droopy the breasts are and how much extra skin there is.

• Minor lifts can be done with a “donut” (peri-areolar) incision, where the only incision used is a circular one at the junction of the darker areolar skin and the lighter breast skin.

• More significant lifts are achieved with “lollipop” (a circle and straight line down the breast) or upside down “T” incision patterns.

Implants or Not?

Sometimes it makes sense to include breast implants as part of a lifting procedure. Significant volume loss can occur as a result of pregnancy, breast-feeding or weight loss. Regardless, a very effective way to restore breast volume is by placing a breast implant at the time of the lift.

Often, our patients find this combination offers the look they were seeking.  In rare instances your surgeon may recommend staging your breast procedures, with a breast lift done at the initial procedure, and a breast augmentation – if desired – done several months later.

Try this simple test to help you decide if an implant might help:

1. Put on a bra and look at yourself in the mirror.

2. If there is gaping in the cup or you wish your breast were still more full, an implant might make sense for you.

Fixing Uneven Breasts

For many women (the majority, in fact), breasts are uneven to some degree. These differences may occur for many reasons, including underdevelopment during puberty, surgery to remove benign or cancerous masses, trauma and congenital anomalies.

In situations where the difference is significant, a lift on one side with or without an implant can help achieve more symmetrical breasts.

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