Over the years, factors such as pregnancy,
nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on
a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity,
the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and
begin to sag. Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical
procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The
purpose of this procedure is to remove the excess skin
and breast tissue lifting the nipple and areola are
to their normal position.
Candidates are all women who are fully developed. Reasons
for this surgery may be a complex, a deformity or posture
problems cause by the weight of large breasts.
Conspicuity of the scars remaining will depend on the
magnitude of the procedure and the skin characteristics
of the patient. They could go from a small scar around
the areola to an inverted T (as shown in the drawing)
The patient will stay hospitalized for 24 to 48 hours
after the surgery. After that she must rest for a week
and must not make any physical effort for 30 to 45 days.
Although mastopexy doesn't interfere with nursing, it
may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift if you're
planning to have more children since pregnancy is likely
to stretch your breasts again and offset the results
of the procedure.
Complications could be lumpy scars or loss of feeling
in your nipples or breasts although very uncommon when
performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.