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Breast lift, technically called a mastopexy, is surgery to lift and improve the shape of a woman’s breast that sags but has adequate size/volume that is proportionate with the body frame. The breast may have a flatter, elongated shape when unsupported. In many cases, the nipple falls below the breast crease, causing the nipple to point downward.
What you can expect
There are different incisions that can be used depending on how far the nipple and areola need to be lifted and the degree of excess skin that is present. Through these incisions the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve the breast contour and position of the nipple/areola.
A crescent mastopexy involves only an incision around the top half of the areola which is used when only a very small lift is needed.
A vertical mastopexy involves an incision circumferentially around the areola and vertically down the breast.
A Wise pattern mastopexy, sometimes referred to as an inverted “T” or anchor incision, involves an incision circumferentially around the areola, vertically down the breast, and in the breast crease/fold. This is the most common mastopexy.
Mastopexy is performed under general anesthesia at Auburn Surgery Center and is an outpatient procedure.
What to expect after your procedure
The recovery time varies for each woman after mastopexy. Many women return to non-strenuous work within 1 week. You will want to avoid exercise and underwire bras until your incisions are well healed, typically around 4 weeks after surgery. You may shower but do not submerge your incisions under water.
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