Breast Lift, also known as Mastopexy, is a surgical treatment to reshape and raise saggy breasts. The primary purpose of this treatment is to reduce sagginess in your breasts and make them shapelier and firmer.
Typical breast lift surgery involves nipple repositioning, usually a bit higher on the chest wall. The surgeon will also remove any loose breast tissues and excess skin to give your breasts a more tightened and youthful appearance.
Mastopexy surgery mainly restores drooping breasts caused by:
- Fluctuations in the bodyweight
Having all that said, breast lift surgery doesn’t alter the size of your breasts. Therefore, if you are interested in changing the volume or size of your breasts, you can consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction treatment.
Table of Contents
- 1 Who Is A Good Candidate For Breast Lift Surgery?
- 2 What Are The Benefits Of Breast Lift Surgery?
- 3 Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery Procedure
- 4 Post-Treatment Care
- 5 What To Expect After A Breast Lift Surgery?
- 6 Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Before & After
- 8 Is a breast lift a high-risk surgery?
- 9 How much does the average breast lift cost?
- 10 Breast Lift (Mastopexy) FAQs
- 11 Consult our Surgeon
- 12 Check Out Our Specialists Profile
- 13 Dr. Ken Arashiro
Who Is A Good Candidate For Breast Lift Surgery?
An ideal candidate for breast lift surgery is one who has:
- Drooping or sagging breasts
- Stretched skin on breasts
- Nipples that point downward and drop below the crease of the breasts
Please note that the candidate for the breast lift should be in good health and have a stable body weight. Moreover, she must have realistic expectations from the procedure.
What Are The Benefits Of Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery has been recognized as one of the viable methods to restore a woman’s youthful appearance. This procedure helps you get the following benefits:
- Improved shape and symmetry of the breasts
- Improved nipple projection
- Long-lasting results
- Minimal scarring
- Better fitting clothes and improved self-confidence
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery Procedure
Your surgeon will choose from different breast lift techniques, depending on the shape and size of your breasts and the amount of lift they require.
During the initial consultations, the surgeon will direct you to stop taking any blood-thinning drugs, such as aspirin. They will also instruct you to stop smoking about a month before the procedure.
Following are the typical steps involved in breast lift surgery.
- Your surgeon will mark the surgery area while you are in the standing position. This marking aims to determine the new, lifted nipple position on the breast.
- Then, the surgeon will administer general anesthesia to put you to sleep for the entire surgery duration.
- An incision will be made around the areola. Depending on the surgical technique, the surgeon will make another cut, which extends from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. You can overview how incisions are made during a breast lift in the subsection about surgery techniques.
- After making the incision(s), the surgeon will lift your breasts to perform reshaping. Next, they will move the areolas to your desired position. They may also reduce the size of areolas.
- After that, the surgeon will remove extra skin to make your breasts look firm.
- In the end, the surgeon will use sutures, stitches, or skin adhesives to close the incisions.
Techniques Used In Breast Lift Surgery
There are mainly four techniques used in breast lift surgery. Here is a brief overview of those techniques.
- Crescent Breast Lift: This technique is recommended for women with minimal sagging. This surgical technique involves only one incision running halfway along the areola’s outer edge. The resultant scar is usually almost invisible as it gets concealed by the darker tone of the areola.
- Benelli Lift: This technique is also for women with mild sagginess of their breasts. Benelli or donut lift results in a subtle lifting, bringing your breasts more in shape. During this technique, the surgeon makes a circular cut around the outer edge of the areola. Again, the resultant scarring is minimal.
- Lollipop Lift: This breast lift technique benefits women with moderate sagginess. Hence, this procedure involves significant breast reshaping. During this procedure, the surgeon makes two incisions: the circular one around the edge of the areola and a vertical one starting from the areola’s bottom down to the inframammary fold.
- Anchor Lift: This technique gets its name from the anchor-shaped incisions made during surgery. Anchor breast lift is for those women who can benefit from dramatic breast reshaping. During this procedure, a surgeon makes three incisions: one that runs around the outer edge of the areola, one that runs vertically down from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, and one that runs horizontally along the natural breast crease.
Taking good care of the surgery area after a breast lift will help you ensure a smooth recovery followed by your desired outcome. Here are some aftercare steps your surgeon will want you to follow.
- Ensure to keep the surgery area dry, clean, and bandaged according to your surgeon’s instructions.
- You may need to avoid shower baths for a few days. Alternatively, you can consider sponge bathing.
- Since a breast lift is a surgical procedure, it is followed by a recovery duration of a few weeks. Therefore, it is advisable to take a week off from work and have complete rest at home for optimum recovery.
What To Expect After A Breast Lift Surgery?
Your breasts will be firm and swollen immediately after surgery. You will also experience mild to moderate pain for the first 2-3 days. So your doctor will likely prescribe medication to manage this pain. Anesthesia used during surgery causes nausea in many people. However, this condition subsides quickly and doesn’t require any medical intervention.
You can expect pain levels to drop significantly one week after surgery. However, you may still experience moderate swelling and bruising in your breasts. The good news is that many individuals can resume their work and engage in light physical activity, such as walking, at this point.
Surgical incisions usually take a couple of weeks to heal. After that, you may resume most of your physical activities. However, your doctor will probably advise you against lifting heavy objects and bending at your hips until your incisions heal entirely.
You may get back to your complete daily routine, including daily exercising, generally after 4-6 or when you achieve full recovery.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Before & After
Is a breast lift a high-risk surgery?
No, breast lift surgery comes with relatively rare complications. Those complications include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Breast asymmetry
It is worth noticing that properly following aftercare instructions helps reduce the risk of complications significantly.
How much does the average breast lift cost?
The average starting price of a Breast Lift is AED 27,000. The most significant cost determinator is the technique used to perform this surgery. You can get an accurate price estimate during the initial consultation.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) FAQs
How long does a breast lift last?
The average lifespan of a breast lift is 10-15 years. Some people experience fuller results for up to 15 years, while some need minor alterations in a few years. Overall, the longevity of results depends on how well you take care of the treated area.
How painful is a breast lift?
According to most women who underwent breast lift surgery, the procedure was less painful than expected. In general, post-op pain lasts a couple of weeks after breast lift surgery. Even this pain is manageable with medications that your surgeon would suggest.
Can I breastfeed after breast lift surgery?
Yes, you can nurse your baby after a breast lift surgery. A surgery’s tendency to affect the milk supply has everything to do with cutting milk ducts during the operation. Fortunately, a breast lift doesn’t involve cutting those ducts in most cases. Having that said, the surgeon’s expertise plays a significant role in how well the milk ducts are preserved during surgery.
Does a breast lift leave scars?
Since a breast lift involves incisions, there will be scars after surgery. However, these scars are generally too insignificant to notice. However, your best bet is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon if you want to get a breast lift without ending up with prominent scarring.
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Dr. Ken ArashiroPhysician Specialist Plastic Surgery
Dr. Ken Arashiro is a seasoned plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience in this field. He is certified by several prestigious organizations and licensed by the Dubai Health Authority.Read more