A breast lift or Mastopexy is a surgical procedure that addresses flattened, drooping, sagging or uneven breasts by removing excess skin and tightening surrounding tissue to raise and reshape your breasts, creating a more youthful contour. Your nipple and areola will also be shifted to a higher position, and if necessary, reduced in size. There are several incision patterns, but the optimum choice for you depends on your surgical goals, and the size and shape of your breasts. These include the “anchor”, the “lollipop”, and the “donut” patterns. Scars are usually hidden under the breasts and around the nipple areola complex. Dr. Capuano will make every effort to minimize incisions and place them in hidden areas.
The best candidates for breast lift surgery are otherwise healthy adults, who are nonsmokers, who feel that their breasts are pendulous but adequate in size or who feel their breasts lack firmness or substance. Another reason to consider a breast lift is if your nipples point downward or hang below your breast crease. Ideal candidates for breast lift are also finished with child bearing and breast-feeding. If you plan to have any future children, you may want to consider postponing surgery, because pregnancy and breast feeding may stretch your breasts and compromise your surgical results. Your surgeon can help determine if breast lift surgery is right for you, after careful examination of your anatomy and skin quality, and consideration of your individual goals.
A breast lift does not significantly change the size of your breasts, however, if there is either too much or too little volume in your breasts, Dr. Capuano may also recommend a breast augmentation or reduction in addition to your lift. A breast augmentation or “breast implant” can sometimes be placed at the time of your lift to increase the size of your breasts. A breast reduction includes removal of breast tissue in addition to removal and rearrangement of skin.
The procedure takes between 3 to 4 hours or more depending on the patient’s anatomy, and surgical needs. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis, in the hospital. An overnight stay will depend on individual medical condition and extent of surgery.
Most patients are able to return to work within about 1 to 2 weeks. You may begin light exercise at 2-3 weeks, while 6 weeks is required, before returning to strenuous activity or lifting. Bruising may be present for up to 3 weeks. Patients are instructed to wear a light compressive bra for 6 weeks. Although some results are immediately evident, the final result of your breast lift may not be apparent for 6 months to a year post operatively. Scars begin to fade from 7 months up to about a year and a half.
Bruising, swelling, soreness, temporary numbness, surgical scars
Risks include bleeding, infection, hematoma, permanent changes in skin or nipple sensation, scarring, nipple or breast asymmetry, prolonged swelling, thick scars.
Dr. Capuano consistently achieves excellent results with breast lifts. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he would be happy to discuss your options if you are thinking about a breast lift.
Contact the office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201)820-5280 to schedule an appointment.
There are various approaches that are considered successful with a breast lift and there isn't any clearly defined way of self diagnosing what the best approach is for your breast size and shape. Dr. Capuano is well versed with breast lift surgery and can answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding breast lift surgery.