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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted December 16, 2013 in Breast Lift

Breast Lift surgery also known as Mastopexy is a surgical procedure that tightens the breast tissue, by removing excessive skin, to reshape, elevate and restore its firmness. Breasts can lose it’s elasticity after pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight and with age. This procedure raise and reshape the breast, giving it a more youthful appearance. Cosmetic surgeons combine breast lift procedure with breast augmentation surgery, to lift the breast and restore volume using implants.

It is an outpatient procedure. It may involve four incision patterns including:

  • Around the edge of the areolas.
  • Around the areolas and vertically down to the breast crease.
  • Around the areolas, vertically down to the breast crease or horizontally along the crease.
  • Vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the crease.

After the incision, the underlying breast tissue is reshaped and raised. The nipple and areolas are also elevated to a youthful position.

The procedure is carried out with general anesthesia. This is the reason after the surgery you may feel groggy. You may feel nauseated and exhausted. After the procedure, you may also feel tenderness and soreness in the operated area. For discomfort, the doctor may also prescribe you pain medication.

Side Effects

Bruising, swelling and itching around the site of the incision are common side effects. You may also feel numbness and sensitivity of the nipples. A feeling of fullness in the breast tissue may also be developed. These side effects will not last for long. They will subside after a few days of the surgery. Your new breast will take around 6 to 12 months to settle into their new position and shape.

After the surgery, you will also experience some scarring. The level of scarring depends upon the technique the doctor uses. The scars may appear underneath the bosom or around the areolas, depend upon the area where the incision is made. Drink plenty of water have rest and also have a healthy diet to recover fast.