Many women may not want to change the size of their breasts (reduce or enhance), but they may be unhappy with the sagging and drooping of their breasts. As women age, the breasts tend to lose elasticity and firmness. Other factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations may accelerate this process. Mastopexy, or breast lift surgery, is a procedure that aims to treat sagging breasts and improve their shape and firmness. The surgery involves removing excess skin and repositioning the areolas to create a more youthful appearance.

How is breast lift surgery performed?

The surgeon will perform the surgery using general anesthesia. They will first determine the new position of the areolas that will suit the new shape of the breasts. Then, they will make incisions around the nipples and extend them down to the breast creases. After removing excess skin and repositioning the areolas in a higher position, the surgeon will lift the skin to form the new shape of the breasts. To close the incision, they may use layered sutures to support the internal tissues. Stitches, skin adhesive, or medical tape may be used to close the skin incisions.

Recovery after breast lift surgery

After breast lift surgery, a bandage or gauze will be wrapped around your breasts for the first few days. You can expect swelling, bruising, and soreness, so the doctor may prescribe painkillers and recommend wearing an elastic bandage to help reduce swelling and support the tissues while they heal. Although you may return to your daily activities after one week and to work after two weeks, you should wait until three weeks to engage in more strenuous activities. During this time, you should avoid any movements that could stretch or tear the sutures.

The results

Breast lift surgery usually produces highly satisfying results, and many women who have had the procedure report feeling more confident and having an improved self-image. Although the results are permanent, they may change over time due to pregnancy, weight gain or loss, or breastfeeding. If you plan to breastfeed after the surgery, you should discuss this with your surgeon, as breastfeeding may be affected by the surgery. Who is a good candidate for breast lift surgery? You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you:
  • Are generally healthy
  • Have a stable, healthy weight
  • Feel that your breasts are sagging
  • Think your nipples are too large or point downward
  • Feel that your breasts have an elongated shape or look pendulous
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have one breast that is lower than the other
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