What is a breast lift (mastopexy)?
Breast lift (mastopexy) is designed to elevate and reshape the breast, as well as reposition the nipple/areolar complex on the breast. Lifts may be combined with breast augmentation to create the desired breast size and shape.
Where are the types of breast lift?
The most commonly performed types of lifts are:
- Crescent mastopexy: used to reposition the nipple / areolar complex a short distance higher on the breast. Results in a scar along the upper edge of the areola.
- Peri-areolar ("donut") mastopexy: used to reposition the nipple / areolar complex a short distance higher on the breast, remove a "donut" of extra skin from the front of the breast, and / or to decrease the size of the areola. Results in a scar around the edge of the areola.
- Vertical mastopexy ("lollipop"): used to reposition the nipple / areolar complex further up the front of the breast. Additional extra skin can be removed from above and below the areola, and the areola can be decreased in size. Results in a scar around the edge of the areola and a scar extending from the bottom of the areola down toward the fold beneath the breast.
- Full ("anchor") mastopexy: used to reposition the nipple /areolar complex on the front of the breast, decrease the size of the areola (if desired), and remove extra skin from above the areola, as well as from the sides and bottom of the breast. Results in scars around the areola, from the areola down to the fold, and in the fold of the breast.
The areas of skin removal and the resulting scar pattern are individualized for each patient, taking into account the starting breast appearance and desired result.
What can I expect after surgery?
You will be placed into a sports bra in the operating room. Most patients wear it continuously for the first two weeks; however it is not required unless you are moving around a lot. Activity levels are individualized, depending upon the type of lift performed.
When can I go back to work?
Most patients who do not perform strenuous physical tasks at work may return after a few days.
The information provided here was prepared as a reference, covering many frequently asked questions about breast lift surgery. While I hope you find it informative, it is by no means complete. Please make a list of any additional questions you may have; you are encouraged to ask them during your consultation.