Breast Procedures

Breast Lift

What is Mastopexy or Breast Lift Surgery?

As a result of weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or simply aging, women may find that their breasts lose shape, firmness or fullness. Breasts may settle at a low position and look hollow or emptied out in the upper portion of the breast. This can affect a woman’s self-image and confidence. If you notice these changes in your breast and desire to restore the firmness and shape of your breast, a breast lift (mastopexy) may be right for you. If you have lost significant volume, the lift procedure can also be combined with the placement of a breast implant.

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Candidates for A Breast Lift

An ideal candidate for Breast Lift surgery is in good overall health, maintains a stable weight, and has realistic expectations about what a breast lift can do. A woman who chooses to undergo mastopexy has one or more of the following:

  • Sagging breasts.
  • Nipples or areolas pointing downward.
  • Breasts that have lost shape or volume.
  • One breast is lower than the other.
  • Breasts that are flat or elongated.

The best way to assess if you are a candidate is to have an in-person assessment of the breasts. If there is redundant skin present in the breasts and the nipple is in a lower than a desirable anatomic position, a breast lift would most likely be a viable option.

Types of Mastopexy Techniques

The most common procedure for breast lift involves three incisions; around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. Through these incisions, the underlying breast tissue is reshaped and lifted, and excess skin is removed to compensate for the loss of elasticity. The areola is repositioned to a natural height and can be reduced in size if desired.

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During your consultation with Dr. Fine or Dr. Schierle, you can expect to discuss your preference for breast shape and volume, activity level, weight fluctuations, and plans for children which may affect the surgical outcome. Good candidates for breast lift are generally women of normal, stable weight who have completed their families.

Breast Lift Procedure

Mastopexy is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and usually takes 1 to 3 hours. Depending on the size and shape of the breasts, as well as the degree of sagging and amount of excess skin,

After the incisions are made, breast tissue is removed and reshaped to achieve the desired breast contour. The nipple and areola are usually moved higher on the breast or resized. Excess skin is trimmed to create a tighter, more defined appearance. Incisions are closed with stitches.

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Breast Lift Recovery

The patient will experience pain in the breasts for a day or two and soreness for about a week or two. The patient will be wrapped in an ACE wrap following the surgery to help provide compression. This is most helpful during the first week following surgery to help reduce swelling. Patient’s return to their daily activity immediately following surgery. We recommend no rigorous exercise for at least the first two weeks as the breast tissue typically regains full strength 6-8 weeks after any surgery. The incisions will continue to improve and heal with time. Scarring can take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year to become flat and fade to a thin white line.

Mastopexy Risks

Depending on the incision type used, mastopexy can produce some visible scars. Although some incisions can be concealed in the natural breast contours, others cannot. In most cases, however, scars fade over time, becoming much less apparent. Complications are rare but some risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • A temporary or permanent change in nipple/breast sensation
  • Irregularities in breast contour/shape
  • Asymmetry

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To learn more about Breast Lift Surgery or to schedule your consultation today, contact us at 312-266-6240. Our office proudly serves Chicago, IL, and the surrounding areas.

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How long does a breast lift last?

A breast lift should essentially be a permanent procedure assuming that the patient does not undergo any massive weight changes or life circumstances such as pregnancy and breast feeding. While the skin laxity may continue to stretch overtime, the breast will not stretch back to its original size.

Typically, a breast lift is not covered by insurance. A lift involves a repositioning of the nipple and removal of excess skin from the breast, which is considered to be a cosmetic procedure. The surgery is only covered if it is for a patient with a history of breast cancer and the lift is being utilized to achieve symmetry between the native and reconstructed breast.

Every breast reduction is considered a breast lift, but every breast lift is not considered a breast reduction. This means that a breast lift focuses mainly to lift the breast by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple, while a breast reduction focuses on decreasing the volume and size of the breasts.

Scars on the breast typically take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year to fade and become a thin white line. The scar around the areola and below the breast are hidden well, while the vertical scar is the most noticeable following surgery. Scarring can sometimes be unpredictable depending on how the skin heals following surgery. If any delayed healing takes place, scars can widen or become thick and raised. If this occurs, we have nonsurgical interventions, such as silicone gel or lasers to help fade the appearance of the scars.

We recommend no rigorous exercise within the first two weeks following surgery. Walking and low impact exercise such as the elliptical or stationary bike can be done within the first week following surgery if the patient feels comfortable. After about 4 weeks we recommended slowly incorporating exercise back into a patient’s regimen. The breast tissue typically takes about 6-8 weeks to regain full strength.

Keep up with healthy habits, such as exercising, eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and sleeping well. If a patient is a smoker, we recommend trying to quit at least 1 month before and after surgery to help promote proper healing.

Breast lifts are most commonly completed with an augmentation, which would provide a larger volume and increased upper pole fullness in the breast. A breast lift is also often times utilized during breast cancer reconstruction to achieve symmetry between the breasts.

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