As women age, they begin to lose skin elasticity and breast tissue causing the breasts to sag. Other factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight loss also contribute to sagging breasts. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple to a more desirable location and redraping the breast tissue.
Various techniques for breast lift surgery exist, ranging from periareolar/donut lift to vertical/lollipop lift to wise pattern/anchor lift. A donut lift is optimal for mild sagging, while an anchor lift is more suitable for extensive sagging. In all types of breast lift, there is an incision around the areola/nipple.
A breast lift can be performed with an augmentation with either an implant or fat transfer. This helps not only lift the breast but also add volume and create a fuller look. During your consultation, Dr. Lopez and yourself will formulate your best surgical plan.
A breast lift can take anywhere from 2-5 hours to perform. The time in the operating room depends on the size of the breasts and whether an augmentation is being performed at the same time. Recovery time is generally 3-4 weeks although most patients are back to work much sooner.