Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Mastopexy (mas’to-pek-se), more commonly referred to as a Breast Lift, is a procedure to raise and reshape breasts that may be sagging or drooping. We are able to accomplish this by removing excess skin and repositioning the remaining tissue and nipples to create a more youthful appearing breast shape.
This procedure is performed for a variety of reasons, including the after effects of excessive weight gain and subsequent loss, pregnancy, nursing or simply in an effort to delay the natural effects of gravity. As the breast continues to sag, it puts increasing strain at the shoulder strap line due to the increasing weight in the cup of the bra. This increased weight must be supported by the shoulders. Drooping or sagging breasts can often wrongly suggest aging in an otherwise youthful, healthy woman. We have found that many women are unaware that there is a procedure to lift sagging breasts and help eliminate the shoulder strap strain.
Breast Lift surgery in Tucson, may be performed alone, but many of our patients with smaller breasts combine this procedure with breast augmentation to increase breast size. The procedure is also commonly perfomred at the same time as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or with the addition of liposuction.
Breast Lift surgery may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia depending on patient preference. Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen utilize board certified anesthesiologists for your safety and comfort.
Our patients usually return to work in approximately one week with a return to more strenuous activity in one month. The scarring may take between several months to a year to fade.
While we strive to minimize complications and maximize patient satisfaction, we would be remiss if we did not remind you that as with any surgery, there may be side effects and there are risks. These will be discussed during your consultation.
For additional information on mastopexy or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Hess or Dr. Sven Sandeen, please contact us at 520-297-3300 or by e-mail.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) FAQ
What might this procedure do for me?
Breast Lift procedures are intended to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Women whose breasts are sagging from weight loss, pregnancy or loss of skin elasticity will benefit from this procedure.
How long do the results last?
Results following breast lift surgery may last anywhere from 5 years to permanent. The answer to this is highly dependent on the quality of skin and size of your breasts.
What will my recovery be like?
Recovery from breast lift surgery usually includes breast discomfort and bruising. This may last for several days to a week .
Will I have restrictions after the procedure?
Restrictions following breast lift surgery include avoidance of strenuous activity for approximately two weeks.
When will I be back to work?
You will be able to return to work in 1 week following your breast lift surgery.
Where is the surgery performed?
Our physicians perform the majority of their breast lift procedures at Northwest Hospital, Northwest Tucson Surgery Center or Oro Valley Hospital.
What type of anesthesia is used?
In Tucson, Arizona, mastopexy procedures may be perfomred under general anesthesia (asleep) or local with sedation performed by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.
Where will the scars be?
The scars will be located around the areola (which can be made smaller) vertically down to the breast crease and sometimes along the undersurface of the breast crease. All scars are hidden in a bra or bathing suit.
What are the risks?
While complications are rare following mastopexy procedures, the risks include infection, bleeding and scarring, as with all surgical procedures. Numbness to the nipples or breast skin are also potential complications of this procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions – Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
American Society of Plastic Surgery’s Breast Lift web page.