What is breast lift surgery?

Breast lift (Mastopexy) is reshaping and adds volume to the breasts of women, which may have been lost due to aging, weight loss, genetics, or pregnancy. Often, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher, more youthful position.

Breast lift surgery (Mastopexy) restores volume and shape to breasts that may have been affected by aging and pregnancy. The procedure lifts the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening tissue to provide better support. Your professional surgeon may also resize your areolas to better fit the breasts’ new shape.

A lift doesn’t significantly change breast size, which is why some women may also choose to get implants for additional volume. These can be placed at the same time the breast lift (Mastopexy) is done.

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Major kinds of breast lift (Mastopexy), depending on the incision type:

The donut, Benelli, or circumsolar technique achieves a lift by making a donut shaped incision around the areola. The amount of lift is usually limited, so the technique offers a mild correction to deformation and sagging.

Lollipop or vertical incisions circle the areola and extend downward. This option is rapidly becoming more popular and can be used for moderate to severe sagging correction.

The anchor technique usually starts with a small lollipop incisions, then adds a horizontal incision along the breast crease. This older technique is particularly helpful in more extreme cases of sagging.

Breast lift surgery (Mastopexy) typically takes between 90 minutes and four hours. Typically, the patient is put under general anesthesia (goes to sleep), and the length of the procedure depends upon the patient’s current and desired cup size.

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