Breast Lift

Breast Lift – Mastopexy

Some women have naturally pendulous breasts, while many others develop sagging breasts with age, or following pregnancy or significant weight loss. A breast lift—also known as a mastopexy—provides a heightened profile and restores a youthful firmness to the breasts.

The Long Island plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts can help you understand if a breast lift is the best choice for your individual physique and cosmetic goals.

Benefits of a Breast Lift

A mastopexy is a versatile procedure that can address a number of cosmetic imperfections associated with drooping breasts, including:

  • Breasts that sag due to stretched or excess tissue
  • Breasts with diminished volume and shape
  • Breasts that have become asymmetrical
  • Areolas that are enlarged
  • Nipples that point downward

Most women who experience one or a combination of these factors, and who are nonsmokers in good general health, are candidates for breast lift surgery. However, those who desire a breast lift but plan to have children are best served by waiting until after pregnancy and breastfeeding to undergo a mastopexy. Pregnancy and the nursing process are accompanied by changes in breast size that can affect the results of a breast lift.

The Breast Lift Procedure

In broad terms, a mastopexy lifts and firms the breasts for a more pert appearance and natural-looking contours. The technique and details of the procedure vary depending on factors that include:

  • The size and shape of the breasts
  • The size and positioning of the areolas and nipples
  • The extent of breast drooping
  • The density and elasticity of the breast tissue

The surgery generally entails raising the areolas and nipples to a uniform level, removing excess breast tissue, and reshaping and tightening the remaining tissue for an improved profile. Women who have relatively small breasts that have lost volume and form, or who have one breast that hangs lower than the other, may benefit from a breast implant to complement a breast lift.

Breast Lift and Scar Concerns

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will review all of the potential side-effects of breast lift surgery, including the likelihood of lingering scars. In other breast surgery procedures, incision lines are often concealed in the folds of the breast or elsewhere.

While some incision lines associated with a mastopexy may be concealed in the natural contours of the breasts, others are visible on the surface of the breasts. These scars are often permanent, though they may fade significantly.

For many women, the slight scarring is worth the appearance and physical sensation of a raised breast profile and balanced breasts.

Your plastic surgeon will answer your questions and discuss any concerns you have during your personal consultation. Please contact Precision Medical Arts today to schedule your appointment.