A woman’s breasts may droop as a result of the natural effects of aging, heredity, gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is performed to return youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged or lost volume and firmness.
Breast lifts rejuvenate the breasts by trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissues to achieve an uplifted, youthful contour. After a mastopexy, the breasts are higher on the chest and firmer to the touch. Breast lifts can also reposition and reduce the size of the areola-the dark skin surrounding the nipple-which may have stretched or drooped.
Mastopexy is usually performed on an outpatient basis under under local anesthesia with sedation given by a board-certified anesthesiologist while providing post-operative pain control with a long-lasting local anesthetic and lasts from 1 to 3 hours. In addition, for those women needing both a lift and an enlargement, the mastopexy can be combined with an augmentation at the same time. They may return to work after a few days, although sports are prohibited for 2-3 weeks.