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Breast Lifts

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to modify the shape of the breasts. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and the breast tissue is remodeled to lift the breasts.

You could choose to undergo a breast lift if your breasts are down or if the nipples are pointing down. A breast lift could also improve your self-image and confidence in yourself.

This surgery will not significantly change the size of the breasts. However, it can be done in conjunction with a breast augmentation or reduction surgery.

Why is it done?

As you get older, your breasts change, and they lose elasticity and firmness. There can be many causes for this type of breast changes, including:

  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support the breasts may stretch, as the breasts become fuller and heavier. Stretching may contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy, whether you breastfeed your baby or not.
  • Variations in weight. Changes in your weight can cause the skin of the breasts to stretch and lose elasticity.
  • Gravity. Over time, gravity causes the ligaments of the breast to stretch and become flaccid.
  • Cosmetic breast surgery can reduce flaccidity and elevate the position of the nipples and the dark area surrounding the nipples (areolas). The size of the areolas can also be reduced during the procedure to maintain the proportion with the newly reconstructed sinuses.

You can consider undergoing cosmetic breast surgery in the following cases:

  • The breasts look flaccid: they have lost their shape and volume, or they have become flatter and longer
  • When the breasts are not held, the nipples fall under the crease of each breast
  • Nipples and areolas point down
  • The areolas have been stretched and are disproportionate to the breasts
  • One of the breasts is lower than the other
  • Cosmetic breast surgery is not for anyone. If you are thinking about getting pregnant in the future, you can postpone cosmetic breast surgery. During pregnancy, the breasts can stretch and modify the results of cosmetic surgery.

Breastfeeding should also be considered. Although it is usually possible to breastfeed after cosmetic breast surgery (since the nipples do not separate from the underlying tissue of the breasts), some women may experience difficulties in producing enough milk.

While cosmetic breast surgery can be performed on breasts of any size, women with smaller flaccid breasts will probably get longer lasting results. The larger breasts are heavier, which makes them more likely to become flaccid again.


A cosmetic breast surgery presents several risks, such as the following:

  • Scars Although the scars are permanent, they will soften and disappear after one to two years. In general, the scars of cosmetic breast surgery can be hidden under the bra or swimsuit. Rarely, poor healing can make the scars thick and wide.
  • Changes in the sensitivity of the nipples or breasts. Although the sensitivity usually recovers after several weeks, some sensitivity may be lost permanently. Generally, erotic sensitivity is not affected.
  • Irregularities or asymmetry in the shape and size of the breasts. This may occur as a result of changes during the healing process. In addition, surgery may not succeed in correcting preexisting asymmetry.
  • Partial or total loss of nipples or areolas. Rarely, the blood supply to the nipples or areolas is interrupted during cosmetic breast surgery. This can damage the tissue of the breast in the area and cause partial or total loss of the nipple or areola.
  • Difficulty breastfeeding Although breastfeeding is usually possible after cosmetic breast surgery, some women may have difficulty producing enough milk.
  • Like any major surgery, cosmetic breast surgery involves risk of bleeding, infection and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It is also possible to have an allergic reaction to the adhesive fabric or to other materials used during or after the procedure.

How to prepare?

As a first step, you will talk with a plastic surgeon about breast lift. During your first consultation, the plastic surgeon is likely to do the following:

Check your medical history. Prepare to answer questions about current and past illnesses. Tell the doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer.

Share the results of mammograms or breast biopsies. Talk about any medications you are taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgery you have performed.

It will also take into account the quality of skin tone. The skin of the breasts that have a good tone will hold the breasts in a better position after a breast lift. The doctor may also take pictures of the breasts for your medical record.

Analyze your expectations. Explain why you want to undergo a breast lift and what you want to get in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the risks and benefits, such as scars and changes in the sensitivity of the nipples or breasts.

Before a breast lift, you may also need to do the following:

  • Schedule a mammogram. The doctor may recommend an initial mammogram before the procedure and another mammogram a few months later. In this way, the medical team can see changes in breast tissue and interpret future mammograms.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking reduces blood flow in the skin and can delay the healing process. If you smoke, the doctor will recommend you stop doing it before surgery.
  • Avoid the use of certain medications. You will probably have to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.
  • Get organized to have help during recovery. Coordinate with someone to take you home after surgery and stay with you as you begin to recover. You may need someone to help you with daily activities, such as washing your hair, during the initial recovery.
  • Maintain a healthy weight Consider making changes in your diet or participating in an exercise program that helps you lose weight if you have gained weight last year.

During the procedure

Different techniques can be used to remove the skin of the breasts and reshape the breast tissue. The specific technique chosen by the plastic surgeon will determine the location of the incisions and the scars that are generated.

The doctor can make incisions in these locations:

  • Around the areola, the darker area surrounding the nipples
  • Down, from the areola to the breast folds
  • Horizontally in the breast folds
  • The doctor can make incisions inside the breasts to reshape the breast tissue and, if necessary, reduce the size of the areola. Said professional will remove excess skin from the breasts and move the nipples higher. Then, the doctor will join the skin of the breasts and close the incisions with sutures, surgical tape or adhesive strips for skin closure.

The procedure usually takes between two and three hours, and you can go home the same day of the procedure.

After the procedure

After a breast lift, the breasts are probably covered with gauze and a postoperative compression bodice. You may have small tubes placed in the incision sites to drain excess blood and fluid.

The breasts may have swelling and bruising for approximately two weeks. You probably feel pain in areas near the incisions, which will be red or pink for a few months. The numbness of the nipples, areola and breast skin can last approximately six weeks.

The first days after the breast lift, take the analgesic medication as recommended by the doctor. Avoid tensions, flex or lift objects. Sleep on your back or side to avoid pressure on your breasts.

Avoid having sex for at least one or two weeks after breast lift. Ask the doctor when you can resume your daily activities, such as washing your hair, showering or bathing.

Some tubes may need to be placed near the incisions, which are usually removed in just a few days. When the doctor removes the tubes, it will probably change or remove the bandages.

Talk to your doctor about when your stitches will be removed, or if they should be removed. Some stitches dissolve on their own. Others should be removed in the doctor’s office, usually one to two weeks after the procedure.

Keep using the postoperative compression bra all day, for three or four days. Then you can use a light compression bodice for three or four weeks. The doctor may suggest the use of silicone or gel tape on the incisions to promote healing.

During the healing period, do not expose the breast area to the sun. Then, protect your incisions during sun exposure.


You will notice an immediate change in the appearance of the breasts, although the shape will continue to change and will be fixed over the coming months.

At first, the scars will look red and will be protruding. Although the scars are permanent, they will soften and become thinner and white in one or two years. The scars of a breast lift can usually be hidden in bras and swimsuits.

You might notice that your bra size is a little smaller after undergoing a breast lift, even if you have not had a reduction mammoplasty along with the procedure. This is simply because the breasts become firmer and rounder.

The results of a breast lift may not be permanent. As you age, the skin will become less elastic naturally and sagging may appear, especially if you have large, heavy breasts. Having a healthy and stable weight can help you maintain results.

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