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Questions & Answers about Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
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What is a breast lift?
A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure designed to lift sagging breasts to a more youthful, aesthetic position on the chest.
How do I know if I need a breast lift?
A breast lift is generally needed if the nipples sit lower on the chest wall than the inframammary crease. The type of lift needed is determined by how low the nipples are.
Can breast implants correct my sagging breasts?
Breast implants increase breast volume but do not correct sagging. A breast lift involves removing excess skin and repositioning the breast on the chest wall.
Is breast lift the same as breast reduction?
The scarring for a standard breast lift is similar to the scarring for a breast reduction. A breast reduction includes removing excess breast tissue as well as excess skin.
Will a breast lift change the size of my breasts?
The breasts are still basically the same size after a breast lift although they may appear smaller due to the difference in location. The small amount of skin removed does not normally change the breast size.
What type of scar comes with a breast lift?
A concentric or donut lift only has a scar around the areola. A standard mastopexy or lift has a scar around the areola and a vertical scar down the front of the breast. If a substantial amount of skin has to be removed, there may also be a scar along the inframammary fold as well. The scars will gradually fade over time and will be less noticeable. You will be provided a scar treatment to help minimize scarring.
Is a breast lift painful?
After surgery, you may experience mild pain and swelling for a few days. A support bra can help with the discomfort and you will be given medication to help with the pain.
What are the risks associated with breast lift surgery?
Some of the risks associated with breast lift surgery include infection, negative reaction to anesthesia, loss of nipple sensation, prominent scarring, uneven nipples and breast asymmetry.
When can I resume normal activites?
It is recommended that you get up and move around as much as possible during the first week without overdoing it. You may shower the day after surgery. Most patients can return to work after 1-2 weeks. It is important to not do any strenuous activity or lifting for at least 10 days after surgery. Numbness and bruising may persist for several weeks.
How long will my results last?
The results of a breast lift are long lasting and vary depending on each individual patient. Many will enjoy firm, youthful breasts for several years, but certain factors, such as aging, weight loss, pregnancy and gravity, can cause tissues to weaken and the breasts to sag again.
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