What is a
A breast lift is also known as mastopexy. The procedure removes excess skin around the breast and restores volume for more youthful-looking contours. As women age, they naturally lose firmness and elasticity in their breasts, especially after giving birth and nursing or having significant weight loss.
A breast lift is a procedure that is designed to accomplish several goals:
- Lift the breast
- Reshape the breast
- Elevate the nipple to the center of the breast
- Reduce the size of the areola
- Improve on pre-existing breast asymmetry
Breast Lift with Implants
A breast lift with implants is often performed under general anesthesia; you won’t feel any discomfort or pain during the procedure. This is usually an outpatient surgery, and in most cases, there will be no need to stay overnight. The length of the surgery generally lasts two and a half to three hours.
Breast Lift Candidates
You may be a candidate for this surgery if:
- You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- You do not smoke
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag or have lost shape and volume
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape, or are pendulous
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower than the other
Breast Lift Recovery
Making a full recovery from a breast lift takes a few weeks and optimal results do not occur for several months. GraceMed recommends waiting to buy new bras at least 6 weeks after surgery. After a breast lift, you should plan for a couple of weeks of modified activities before you can fully resume normal activities.
Generally, most people who have this procedure are extremely happy – A Breast Lift has a 97% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf.
Before / After
Commonly Asked Questions
How is a breast lift done without implants?
Yes, you can receive a breast lift without breast implants. A breast lift is designed to remove excess skin, raise and/or reposition the nipple-areolar complex, and reshape native breast tissues in a way similar to a small implant in those that don’t want implants
Is there exercises that can lift the breasts?
By doing push-ups, incline or decline on a regular basis you are working your pectoral muscles, which can lead to more defined breasts over time. However, no exercise can directly tackle the issue of sagging breasts, as they are purely made up of fat tissue.
Can you breastfeed after a breast lift?
In general, breast lift surgery does not usually prevent or limit breast feeding ability. This can depend on the surgical proceedure used, but in the majority of cases used there is no impact on breastfeeding.