What is a breast lift?
Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of a woman’s breasts. Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, removes excess breast skin to raise, reshape and firm breasts. The nipples and areolae (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) are repositioned, and the areolae sometimes may be reduced in size.
There are many different methods of performing a breast lift. The technique that is best for you will be determined by your individual needs and personal preferences. Your surgeon will discuss which of these options are most suitable for you.
Is a breast lift right for me?
A breast lift may benefit you if events in your life such as weight loss, pregnancy or breast-feeding have affected the shape of your breasts. Always talk to your surgeon before deciding whether breast lift surgery is right for you.
In most cases, a breast lift procedure alone will not increase the size of your breasts. Additional procedures may be required, such as inserting breast implants. During the consultation your surgeon will perform a complete examination and listen to your concerns before discussing which options are best for you.
Also, remember that the size and shape of your breasts before surgery may influence the choice of surgical procedure. This will all be explained simply and clearly during your consultation.
Significant complications from breast lifts are usually infrequent, but all surgery comes with some degree of risk. For example, bleeding and infection are possible. Don’t worry, your surgeon will fully explain potential complications during the consultation process and commit to supporting you during your recovery period.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding may affect the size and shape of your breasts so we recommend that if you are considering a breast lift procedure you do so if you do not plan to later become pregnant.