Breast lifting, also referred to as Mastopexy, is the surgical procedure that aims at restoring the youthful shape of the breasts.
Massive weight loss, aging, pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the breast to become loose and flabby. Although exercise may strengthen the muscle tone, it cannot tighten the skin that has lost elasticity.
In this case, a breast lift is the perfect solution to rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is uplifted and youthful.
Mastopexy is a plastic surgery during which the excess skin is removed, the tissues of the breast tightened and its structures lifted, thus giving it a more aesthetic contour. Breast lifting keeps heavy breasts from sagging and reshape breasts where nipples have fallen below the crease of the breasts; the size of the areola, which is frequently stretched downward, is also reduced and repositioned.
The breast size does not change after breast lifting. Breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift when the patient aims for a fuller, more attractive and rounded shape. I will recommend the best size and shape of breast implants according to your body structure.
Am I a good candidate?
A good candidate is a woman who is physically or psychologically unsatisfied with the looks of her breasts. If the breasts have lost their fullness and roundness, nipples are pointing downward and the breast skin and areola are stretched, breast lifting is the ideal procedure to restore a younger look and self-confidence.
Good candidates are non-smokers and healthy individuals who have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. Women planning a pregnancy are advised to postpone their breast lift until after childbearing and nursing for a better result in the future.
I will discuss your options after evaluating your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors.
How is it done?
A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia and lasts one to three hours.
There are three types of breast lifting; the technique that I will adopt depends on the characteristics of the patient's body, including skin quality, breast size, degree of sagging, position and size of the areola/nipple and the amount of excess skin. These techniques are:
1- Concentric Mastopexy: Breast lifting procedure that implies circular incisions around the areola.
2- Vertical Mastopexy: Breast lifting procedure that consists of an incision around the areola and another one down to the breast crease in a lollipop shape. This surgery is common in women with less sagging breasts and who want to avoid large scars.
3- Anchor Mastopexy: Breast lifting procedure that requires one lollipop incision around the nipple and down to the crease, and another incision across the breast sides in the shape of an anchor. This surgery provides maximum lift but leaves more scarring.
After making the incisions, I will lift the underlying breast tissue and reshape it to enhance the breast contour. I will then reposition the nipple and areola to a more natural and youthful height and reduce the enlarged areola. The excess skin is then cut away and the remaining skin tighten as I close the incision with stitches.
How long is the Recovery?
After the surgery, patients have to wear an elastic bandage and a surgical bra. Few days later, they are replaced with a soft support bra that should be constantly worn over the following three weeks.
The sutures are removed after a week or two. Patients are normally able to resume their work and light activities a week after the surgery. However, during the first week, it is important to avoid any strenuous activities that put pressure on the chest.
The result of your breast lifting is noticeable immediately after surgery, and you will be satisfied with the outcome.
Expectations, complications and pre-operative exams will be discussed during your consultation.
Disclaimer: The info presented on this page is indicative and for generic use only. Each patient’s case is unique and will be studied by Dr. Chadi Murr for full assessment.