Breast Lift Surgery – Mastopexy
Over time, most women experience loss of firmness in their breasts due to the lessening of skin elasticity over time. Pregnancy and weight loss can also cause breasts to sag and loose fullness. Breast lift surgery, also called a mastopexy, doesn’t require changing your breast size to regain a taut and fuller contour; it can simply help you regain the breasts that feel more like yours. To learn more about this procedure, we invite you to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with a skilled surgeon at one of the East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery offices in Hoboken, Ridgewood, and Englewood. Our specialization in breast procedures and the ECAPS Center for Breast Reconstruction have helped our doctors to rank among the most respected cosmetic surgeons in New Jersey.
What happens during breast lift surgery?
A mastopexy usually involves raising the nipple and the areola, and removing excess tissue to reshape and support the breasts. Reshaping is achieved by removing excess surrounding tissue. But there are many different techniques for breast lift surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon will determine which methods will help you achieve your goals based on your body shape and breast tissue.
Am I a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
You may be a good candidate for a mastopexy if one or more of the following are true:
- Your breasts are fully developed and you are in good physical condition to withstand surgery.
- You have nipples and areolas that point downward and/or are stretched out.
- One of your breasts is lower than the other.
- You are bothered knowing that your breasts sag or lack shape and volume.
- Your breasts are pendulous or have a flat, elongated shape.
During your one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at one of our ECAPS offices in New Jersey, you will go over these considerations in order to ensure that your surgery is a success. You should be prepared to discuss your full medical history during your consultation, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances.
Breast Lift: Mastopexy Surgery Considerations:
The following factors are also important to consider prior to undergoing breast lift surgery:
Age: Breast lift surgery can be performed on women of any age, but to achieve the optimal outcome it is recommended that you wait until breast development has stopped.
Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause unpredictable changes in your breasts, and may affect the long-term results of your breast lift. Inform your plastic surgeon if you plan to get pregnant soon. Note: Breast lift surgery does not typically affect your ability to breastfeed.
Weight Loss: Your plastic surgeon will likely suggest that you complete your weight loss goals before you undergo any breast surgeries. Weight loss can affect your final results.
Surgery and Recovery
Breast lift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. After observation following your surgery you will probably be released home. You will be walking immediately following surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings or a surgical bra, and drain tubes may also be necessary to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You should be able to remove your dressings several after the surgery.
You must not lift, bend, pull, or push anything or engage in any strenuous activity for at least two weeks following your mastopexy. Swelling and discoloration will likely occur, and you may experience loss of sensation in the nipple area. This feeling may take up to a year to return to normal. Please note that not all recoveries are the same, and your healing process may vary depending on your individual situation. Your East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery surgeon will be there to support you through every step of the process—from initial consultation through recovery.