Sagging of the breast occurs naturally as the skin loses its elasticity, and can be accelerated by pregnancy and breast feeding. Sagging of the breast is known as ptosis and is graded on the position of the nipple relative to the lower breast crease (inframmary crease). Depending on the severity of breast ptosis, the incision required to lift the breast will vary. If only a few centimeters are needed, the incision can be confined to the areola (periaeolar) or around the areola with a vertical extension (vertical mastopexy).

If a more significant lift is needed, a “keyhole” incision with a vertical and horizontal extension is necessary. A breast lift may be combined with breast augmentation to restore both size and shape. A well-done breast lift will restore the nipple to its natural position, remove excess skin to shape the breast, and minimize scarring as much as possible.

 

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EXPECTATIONS

LENGTH

2 - 3 hours

ANESTHESIA

General for local with sedation

IN/OUTPATIENT

Outpatient

SIDE EFFECTS

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

RISKS

Pain, bleeding, infection, recurrence, asymmetry, changes in nipple sensation, healing problems, incomplete improvement

RECOVERY

Back to work: 1 week
More strenuous activity: 2 - 3 weeks

FINAL APPEARANCE

1 - 2 months for swelling to completely resolve

DURATION OF RESULTS

Varies depending on the elasticity of the skin