A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape breasts that have sagged as a result of pregnancy, nursing, and the natural force of gravity.
Breast lift surgery can be performed under local anesthesia, along with intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia depending on your health, the extent of the procedure and whether you are having other procedures at the same time. Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast.
The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position.
An elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings must be worn after surgery. The breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a several days, and the level of pain ranges from person to person.
The extent of the post-operative swelling and bruising is dependent on whether you tend to bruise or swell easily. The amount you can expect varies for each individual but past surgeries or injuries should be a good indication. Keep yourself elevated to limit the amount of swelling. Applying cold compresses, or ice packs can reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. Many patients use a water-tight plastic sandwich bag filled with frozen berries or peas. Regular icing is the key to relieving swelling.
Within a few days, a soft support bra will replace the bandages or surgical bra. This bra must be worn constantly for several weeks over a layer of gauze. The stitches will be removed after a week or two.
1.- Mastopexy patient shown before surgery with sagging breasts and low position of nipples.
2.- Incisions following the breast’s natural contour define the area of excision and the new location for the nipple.Skin in the shaded area is removed and the nipple moved higher.
3.- Skin formerly located above and to the sides of the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast.
4.- The postoperative patient shown with scars resulting from a commonly performed mastopexy technique.