Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, restores a more youthful appearance to a woman's breasts. Over the years, breasts can lose their shape and firmness due to pregnancy, nursing and loss of skin elasticity, causing them to sag. A breast lift will raise and reshape breasts, slowing the effects of aging and gravity. This procedure can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple, if the patient desires.
A breast lift does not increase the fullness of the upper portion of the breast; it simply allows removal of sagging breast tissue and repositioning of the nipple. For this reason, breast lifts are commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation (implants) to increase the fullness and improve the shape of the breasts. If you are planning a future pregnancy though, it is advisable to postpone your breast lift as pregnancy will likely cause further stretching and droop to the breasts.
The surgery may take between 2-4 hours. The incisions are around the nipple, vertically beneath the nipple and sometimes also horizontally in the crease of the breast. The breast tissue is recontoured and some breast tissue and skin is removed. The nipple and areola are then repositioned. The skin is closed with dissolvable sutures.