Breast lift is a great procedure to treat “sagging” or ptotic breasts. The cause of this phenomenon is due to the fact that there is more skin than breast tissue, which can occur from natural aging, lactation from pregnancy, or weight loss. This procedure restores the breast and nipple to a more youthful anatomical position onto the chest. The degree of restoration and length of rejuvenation depends on the quality of the skin and breast tissue before surgery. Patients often comment on the returned fullness of the breasts and a nice youthful restoration, frequently improving self-image.
Depending on the amount of lift that needs to be performed, the surgical procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia (fully asleep) in the adjacent surgicenter. The scar pattern can vary, according to the amount of lift being performed. A small lift could be achieved with a simple incision around the areola (peri-areolar) that is well hidden; a moderate lift may require a verticle extension; a larger lift may necessitate an additional horizontal extension at the breast fold. These scars are minimal and well hidden. With your goals and ideal size/shape in mind, Dr. Tsai will explain all available options to you in detail during your consultation and together, determine an individualized treatment plan that best fits your need to provide you with the best possible result. If additional volume is desired, the breast lift can be combined with an augmentation at the same time, please see Breast lift with Augmentation.
Patients return home the same day as the procedure so transportation will need to be arranged. Your first checkup will be the following day in clinic. Bandages are removed several days after the procedure and patients usually return to normal daily activities within one week. Pain is tolerated with prescribed oral pain medication. Exercise is resumed approximately 4-6 weeks after the procedure.
For more information, photos, and videos, please refer to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website for Breast Lift (Mastopexy)