Breast lift, or mastopexy, is often requested by women whose breast are sagging or have lost their original shape following pregnancy, weight loss or because of aging. The procedure is very efficient when it comes to rejuvenate the appearance of the breasts, it is commonly performed in combination with breast augmentation or reduction to improve breast shape and achieve the desired result. Breast sagging, also called ‘breast ptosis’, is caused by excess skin in the upper pole of the breasts which is characterized by an unsightly empty appearance. The lower pole of the breast, sitting lower, then stands out notably.
The incision is made differently depending on the breasts state. Typically, it revolves around the areolas, goes vertically down to the inframammary fold to end up horizontally along this fold. Depending on the necessary corrections to be made, this incision can more or less shortened. Skin excess are removed in order to elevate the breasts, breast tissue are then reshaped and the areola is repositioned higher if necessary.
In order to insure a proper recovery, a resting period of 7 to 12 days and the cessation of physical activities during 6 weeks are necessary. Patients have to wear a compression bra during a few, weeks night and day. The surgery can up to 2 hours long and an overnight stay under medical observation is usually required.
Breast lift scars
The scar resulting from breast lift has the shape of an anchor. It is usually only visible around the areola and vertically from the areola to the under-breast, the portion following the inframammary fold being hidden.
The breasts are elevated to their original position and freed of skin excess, which significantly improves their appearance. The definitive result can be seen between 6 to 10 months after the operation. It should be noted that a definitive result doesn’t mean the breasts are immune to changes caused by natural aging, pregnancy and weight variations, this is why those factors must be taken into consideration when choosing the timing of the procedure.