The breast lift or mastopexy procedure is a surgery that lifts sagging breasts. Once the breasts have descended to a significant point, the breast lift is the only way to bring them back to a youthful position.
When a plastic surgeon performs mastopexy, he or she is removing skin and glandular tissue to elevate the breasts to a higher position on the chest. Your surgeon will generally choose the least invasive technique to achieve the desired result. The operation requires about 1 to 3 hours under a general anesthetic. Dr. Sattler has performed numerous breast lift procedures and offers a variety of techniques to suit different patients.
Who Can Undergo a Breast Lift?
A good candidate for this surgery is a woman who:
- Doesn’t smoke
- Is in good health
- Has realistic expectations
- Exhibits mild to moderate breast droop or breast ptosis
Dr. Sattler can evaluate your medical history, health and breast position to determine the proper technique for a breast lift, should you decide one is necessary.
What Happens During Surgery?
There are several established techniques that plastic surgeons use during mastopexy, which vary depending on the severity of breast sagging. In cases of mild breast droop, a crescent lift or circumareolar lift can be used to elevate the breasts. In more severe cases, an anchor shaped incision or keyhole-shaped incision is used, allowing removal of skin and glandular tissue for optimal reshaping and elevation. Click here to view a chart with the different incision patterns for a breast lift.
After Breast Lift Surgery: How Will I Look and Feel?
After your breast lift, your incisions and sutures will be covered in gauze and tape, which is typically removed within a week during a follow-up appointment. The expected recovery time is about two weeks, during which you will wear a surgical bra as instructed by Dr. Sattler. The doctor will prescribe a medication to help you manage and control post-operative discomfort. Expect some bruising, swelling and changes in nipple sensation as you recover from breast lift surgery.
Do you have questions or concerns about breast lift surgery? Contact our office in the San Gabriel Valley from nearby Arcadia and Azusa to learn more about this procedure and other procedures in cosmetic plastic surgery in LA County.