What is a breast lift?
The breast lift procedure (mastopexy) is a cosmetic procedure that repositions the nipple and breast to a higher, more youthful position on the chest wall. Breast lift is often performed for patients who have developed drooping of the breasts after breastfeeding or pregnancy. Patients may also experience loss of breast volume and drooping of the breasts after significant weight loss.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
The ideal candidate for a breast lift (maxtopexy) are experiencing flatter, saggier breasts that have lost their shape and volume. Good candidates are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight. The candidate should be a non-smoker and should not plan on having more children.
How can I prepare for my maxtopexy?
During your consultation, be prepared to ask a lot of questions! Our surgeons are here to answer all of your concerns. It is very important to understand all aspects of your breast lift procedure. It is natural to feel some anxiety before treatment. By discussing these feelings with our experts, they will make you feel confident before entering treatment.
How is a breast lift performed?
Breast lift is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The nipple and breast tissue is lifted to a higher position on the chest wall. In order to elevate the nipple position an incision around the nipple is necessary, and occasionally down the lower portion of the breast.
Are there any risks?
Any surgical procedure has risks. Complications are rare, but on these occasions you may experience the following:
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding or hematoma formation
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Fluid accumulation
- Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
Our specialists will discuss these with you before you undergo treatment.
How can I optimize my results after my breast lift?
Timing of the surgery is important for the best outcome. The best long-term results are achieved after childbearing has ceased. Additionally, if the procedure is performed after weight loss, the best time for a breast lift is when your weight has been stable for 6 months, and you have no further plans to lose weight. Adhering to the principles helps optimize the long-term results of breast lift as subsequent pregnancy or weight loss can change the appearance of the breast post-operatively.
*Individual results may vary*
What can I expect during recovery after my mastopexy?
Recovery from a breast lift varies based on individual differences. Your board-certified plastic surgeon at Elite Plastic Surgery will review the recovery with you at the time of the consultation. Generally, a special surgical support bra is worn immediately after surgery and then a soft support bra is worn for 4-6 weeks. Underwire bras are discouraged until 6 weeks after the procedure.
When can I return to work?
Most patients return to work after 7 days. Each patient is different. Taking the necessary time to heal is very important, so this is determined on a case by case basis. It is never a good idea to rush recovery.
How long do the results from a breast lift last?
Breast lift sets back the clock on the appearance of the breast. The breasts will gradually age with time just as the normal breast does.
Schedule a consultation
Time, child-bearing and gravity all work against a youthful appearance. If you have sagging breasts, a Breast Lift could be the right option for you. Contact our office in Grand Rapids to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.
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