It is common for the appearance of a woman’s breasts to change over time. What were once perky, shapely breasts can begin to droop and/or lose volume due to a variety of factors, including genetics, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and simply the natural aging process. For women who wish to address these changes and restore a more youthful aesthetic, breast lift surgery can often be an excellent option. Also known as mastopexy, breast lift surgery is designed to eliminate excess skin, raise sagging tissue, and recontour the breasts to achieve a rejuvenated look and feel. If needed, the nipple-areolar complexes can also be resized and/or repositioned accordingly.
At the Personal Enhancement Center, our experienced plastic surgeon—Dr. Christopher P. Godek—customizes every mastopexy based on the unique needs and goals of the individual. During the consultation process, he will listen to your aesthetic concerns and desires before developing a procedural plan that can effectively address both. Following surgery, you can expect more youthful-appearing, shapelier breasts that beautifully accentuate your figure.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery can be an incredibly beneficial and rewarding procedure for women seeking to rejuvenate the shape and projection of their breasts. Depending on your specific needs and desires, mastopexy can help:
- Raise the breasts to a more youthful position
- Eliminate and/or tighten excess breast skin
- Recontour breast tissue for an enhanced shape and improved symmetry
- Resize, reshape, and/or reposition the nipple-areola complexes
In addition to these cosmetic benefits, many patients report that breast lift surgery provided a significant boost in self-confidence and self-image, particularly when wearing certain articles of clothing and/or engaging in intimate activity.
How Is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?
The breast lift procedure is performed using one of three incision patterns:
- Periareolar – Typically reserved for patients with minimal breast sagging, this incision is made around the circumference of the areola. The resulting scar is usually well concealed by the darker pigment of the nipple-areolar complex.
- Lollipop – Often employed to address moderate breast drooping, this incision encircles the areola and continues vertically down the underside of the breast to the inframammary crease. The scar forms the shape of a lollipop, and it allows for improved tissue contouring and skin excision in certain individuals. Though the lollipop incision is more conspicuous than the periareolar method, it tends to heal well and diminish over time with proper scar care.
- Anchor-Shaped (or Inverted “T”) – Generally utilized when a considerable amount of tissue sagging is present, this incision extends around the areola, down to the inframammary crease, and horizontally along the fold for a variable distance. The pattern resembles the shape of an anchor, and it enables the greatest degree of tissue reshaping and repositioning in some patients. Despite its length, the anchor-shaped incision typically heals well, fades over time, and can be concealed by most articles of clothing.
During the breast lift procedure, Dr. Godek will first employ the incision method that was decided upon during the consultation. He will then remove excess skin, elevate the breasts, and reshape the tissue until an optimal contour and position is attained. If needed, Dr. Godek will also raise, resize, and/or reshape the nipple-areolar complexes for a more natural appearance.
Mastopexy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, typically taking approximately two to three hours to complete. Once awake from anesthesia and cleared to leave the operating facility, patients are usually able to return home with the aid of a close friend or family member.
What Is Breast Lift Recovery Like?
Recovery from breast lift surgery is typically uneventful, with soreness, bruising, and swelling representing the most common side effects. These symptoms should subside within a week or two, and most individuals require nothing more than over-the-counter pain medicine to manage any initial discomfort. That said, prescription medication can be prescribed if necessary.
Normal daily routines—such as office jobs, school, running errands, etc.—can typically be resumed after approximately one week, though any strenuous activities should be avoided for at least four to six weeks to help ensure proper healing. This includes vigorous exercise, heavy lifting, and/or physical sports.
Dr. Godek will be very careful to minimize the appearance of any residual scarring during surgery, but it is important to strictly adhere to scar care instructions following the breast lift procedure to help optimize the final outcome. When postoperative directions are followed closely, most patients can expect scarring to gradually diminish over time.
Combining Breast Lift with Implants
Many of Dr. Godek’s patients choose to combine mastopexy with breast augmentation to further enhance the appearance of their breasts. This is often the case when an individual has either experienced a significant decrease in breast fullness and wishes to restore lost volume, or when a patient desires to achieve a larger cup size in addition to lifting her breasts. Known as a breast lift with implants, this combination procedure offers the benefits of both mastopexy and breast augmentation, helping to notably improve the overall size, shape, and position of the breasts. To learn more about this breast enhancement option, please visit our page detailing breast lift with implants.
Contact the Personal Enhancement Center
For additional information about the breast lift procedure, or to schedule a consultation to discuss breast enhancement treatment options, please contact Dr. Godek and the Personal Enhancement Center online or by telephone today.