BREAST LIFT (Mastopexy)
A breast lift or mastopexy raises and reshapes sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the remaining tissue and nipples. The procedure usually takes 2 to 3 hours and can be done under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, normally on an outpatient basis. Side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, and numbness. The procedure leaves permanent scars although these are minimized and will fade in several months to a year. Risks include thick, wide scars, skin loss, infection, asymmetry, and permanent loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts. Patients are usually feeling better and back to work in 1 to 2 weeks, but must refrain from more strenuous activities for at least 1 month. The duration of the results of this procedure are variable, as gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer when combined with implants. Learn more about breast lifts or mastopexy.