Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
Mastopexy (breast lift) is a common procedure in the United States. Over time, the breast changes shape as a result of aging, pregnancy, and breast feeding. The change in appearance is related to an underlying weakening and stretching of the suspensory ligaments and skin of the breast. This leads to a flattening and descent of the breast compared to a more youthful breast. Mastopexy (breast lift) seeks to correct this by moving the breast tissue and skin to sculpt and reshape the breast to a more youthful appearance and position.
Why Women Choose Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
The breast changes shape as a result pregnancy, breast feeding, and aging. A breast lift is a good option for the person who wants to reclaim their natural shape without a significant change in size. Other women may find that it is difficult to find a bra that fits comfortably or well. Following a mastopexy, this may be improved. Patients may also be self conscious of the pigmented (colored portion) of the breast and think that it is too large. Surgery can reduce the size of the pigmented part of the breast.
Patient Choices and Surgical Techniques
There are many types of mastopexy and there is no “one” best technique. Our plastic surgeons believe that operations should be tailored to the patient, and the choice of the operation depends on the patient’s body and breast type. Options include peri-areolar (around the nipple), vertical short scar (lollipop), and traditional (inverted “T”). Mastopexy can be combined with breast augmentation for women who want to increase their breast size. This is an excellent choice to simultaneously enlarge and reshape the breast. During your consultation, your surgeon will review the pros and cons of each type of mastopexy and help you develop a surgical plan.
Your initial consultation will take approximately one hour. During this time, Dr. Liu will take a thorough medical history, help you with the decision making process, and answer all of your questions. The goal of the consultation is for you to obtain all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding mastopexy (breast lift) and aesthetic (cosmetic) breast surgery. If you are over the age of 40, you will need to have a recent (within 11 months) screening mammogram. Please bring a copy of the official report to your appointment. (Note: We only need the report. We do NOT need the actual x-ray film).
Approximately 2 weeks prior to surgery, you will have a pre-operative appointment. At this time, you will sign the surgical consent, have photos taken, and receive an information packet. The pre-operative packet includes detailed instructions for before and after surgery. We often advise patients to purchase several sports bras that clasp or zip in the front to use in the post-operative period. The bras should offer good support without being constrictive or too snug. It is important to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood thinning medications for at least two weeks before surgery. Also, do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening prior to surgery.
About the Operation
The operation takes approximately 2 to 3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The results are generally long lasting, but depend on an individual’s skin elasticity and lifestyle. Mastopexy (breast lift) is an outpatient procedure and the patient may go home following surgery. A responsible adult, such as a family member or friend, should be available to spend the night with the patient.
Patients go home on the same day as surgery but should have a responsible adult stay with them for 24 hours. The recovery period ranges from 3 days to 1 week with most patients feeling very well by 4-5 days. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks. Dr. Liu will follow you closely during the recovery period and will let you know when you can resume full activities.
Contact Liu Plastic Surgery
Whatever the reason, cosmetic breast surgery (breast lift) can provide psychological, aesthetic, and personal benefits for the right candidate. To find out if mastopexy (breast lift) is right for you, please make an appointment with Dr. Jerome Liu or Dr. Tom Liu.