Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Breast lift procedures are performed on patients who have excess sagging of their breasts. On occasion, they are performed with breast implant procedures to add volume to the breasts as well. There are different techniques for breast lift procedures depending on the degree of sagging. The more sagging there is, the more incisions needed to remove the excee skin and therefore more scarring. There are three breast lift procedures that are the most popular. The first one lifts the breasts by one inch and results in a circular scar around the nipple-areola. The second technique lifts the breasts by approximately two inches and includes the above scar plus a vertical scar from the nipple to the inframammary or breast fold, therefore resulting in a lolly pop scar. The third technique lifts the breasts by approximately three inches and the resulting scar is the above two scars plus a scar in the inframammary, or breast fold, therefore resulting in an anchor scar. The procedures are performed in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia, and are approximately 2.5 to 5 hours long. If the procedures are performed with a breast implant the procedure ia about one hour longer. Short term recovery is approximately one week. Some sutures dissolve by themselves and others are removed after one week. There is a tight sport bra which must be worn for one month. Risks and complications include infection and bleeding which are extremely rare.