The youthful shape and firmness of your breasts may be adversely affected by pregnancy, breast-feeding, and weight fluctuations. If your skin loses its elasticity, your breasts can sag (“breast ptosis”).
For women who are dissatisfied with loose skin and sagging of their breasts, a breast lift procedure may help to restore firmer, higher, more youthful breasts.
Breast lift (“mastopexy”) is a surgical procedure to restore shape and position of a woman’s breast, particularly after pregnancy, breast-feeding, and weight loss. If you have a reasonable amount of your own breast tissue and are happy with your bra size, then this is an ideal operation to correct these problems. If, however, your breasts have “deflated” after breast feeding, or you would prefer larger breasts, then a breast augmentation in combination with a breast lift procedure (“augmentation mastopexy”) may be the best way to achieve the desired results.
In a breast lift, excess skin is removed and tightened. The areola is re-positioned higher on the breast, as well as re-shaped or re-sized. The remaining skin is then closed around the areola, creating perkier, firmer and more youthful looking breasts. Depending on how much excess skin there is, the scars range from a half circle at the border of the upper areola, to full circular around the areola, then possibly with the addition of a vertical scar from the bottom of the areola to the lower level of the breast, and in the most severe cases, also a scar along the underside of the breast in the fold where the bra sits.
If your breasts are small or have lost volume, breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size. This procedure is called “augmentation mastopexy”. If an implant is used as well, it is placed either beneath the breast or beneath the chest muscle, through the planned breast lift scars.
Breast lift surgery is usually done as either day surgery or with a single night hospital stay. The surgery is done under general anaesthetic and takes between 1 and 3 hours. Drains are sometimes used for a brief period. Gauze and bandages will be placed and a compression bra worn to keep swelling down and to help support you while you recover.