Mastopexy, or breast lift surgery, is an operation designed to lift and contour breasts that are of abnormal shape. Most mastopexy operations are performed to correct drooping or “ptosis” of the breasts.
Women who have sagging breasts due to past pregnancies, weight loss, genetics or aging and desire significant improvement in the shape and contour of the breasts.
Yes, we use both saline and silicone implants when necessary to provide more breast volume and fullness in the upper aspect of the breast. A breast lift surgery alone may not achieve the desired look, so a breast lift with implants may be performed. In some cases, women seeking to address excess breast skin may require a breast reduction and lift.
The design of the incisions can vary, but usually include incisions around the nipple-areolar complex and in the crease under the breast. Other incision techniques may include a vertical lift “lollipop” or a full lift “anchor type.” The nipple-areolar complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped in a pleasing contour and in a more normal position. The goal is using good quality, well hidden scars to create significant improvement in the shape of your breasts.
The patient will go home in a bra with only light dressings over the incision lines and will wear it for about 4 weeks. Sutures will dissolve within a few weeks after surgery. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication. A patient can start light activity in 7-10 days.
Dr. Schantz and Dr. Turner perform most mastopexy operations as outpatient procedures in our fully-accredited in office surgical facility using local anesthesia and intravenous sedation.
All surgery involves risk and potential complications. A thorough discussion of the risks and potential benefits of any procedure is an essential part of the preoperative consultative process.