The breast lift operation raises and recontours loose, sagging breasts. Frequently, a woman elects this surgery after losing a considerable amount of weight, or losing volume and tone in her breasts after having children.
In a breast lift, the surgeon relocates the nipple and areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) to a higher position, repositions the breast tissue to a higher level, removes excess skin from the lower portion of the breast and then reshapes the remaining breast skin. If you have your breasts enlarged as well as lifted, an implant may be placed behind your breast tissue or chest muscle. The most commonly performed breast lift technique results in scars surrounding the areola, extending vertically down the breast and horizontally along the crease underneath the breast. In some cases, variations in the placement of the incisions may be recommended. The breasts will be wrapped in a gauze dressing or placed in a surgical bra immediately after surgery. A supportive bra may be recommended for several weeks following the surgery. Swelling and discoloration will occur around your incisions and subside gradually. You may experience decreased sensation, which is usually temporary, in your nipples or breast skin. Mastopexy scars are permanent but will fade to some extent over time.