|The Quick Facts|
|Length of Procedure:|
|2 to 3 hours|
|Local, with sedation, or general|
|In or Outpatient Procedure:|
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple). This operation can be combined with placement of a breast implant to not only improve the shape and contour of the breast, but also increase the size.
In mastopexy, the excess skin is removed from the lower part of the breast, and the nipple and colored areola are moved along with the entire breast mound to a higher position. Incisions are usually made around the areola, then carried vertically downward and horizontally across the crease under the breast. The goal is to elevate the position of the nipples, tighten and lift the breast tissue, and create a more youthful appearing breast shape. Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions.
For additional information on breast lifts, visit the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
for this procedure.