Breast lift surgery (Mastopexy) cosmetic surgery is a procedure to raise and reshape breasts that have lost shape and firmness. Beautiful breasts mean a lot more than big-sized breasts. When the breast lift procedure is given to a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Doctor Vagotis, she focuses on more than just breast size. By using specially tailored techniques that fit the individual's specific needs, plastic surgeons work on creating proportional breasts that will reduce or fully remove the unwanted breast changes that appear due to numerous factors.


Why Should You Choose a Breast Lift Surgery?

Women opt for breast lift surgery for the following reasons:

  • Saggy and stretched breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Breasts that have lost their volume and aesthetics after a significant weight loss
  • Breasts that have a shape that the woman finds unattractive and asymmetrical
  • Lost or reduced elasticity and bad breast shape because of aging
  • Weight fluctuations
  • In concert with breast augmentation with breast implants for a larger and more youthful breast line

Loss of skin elasticity, gravity, weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Some patients may also have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with breast lift surgery can increase breast volume while also enhancing the shape and position of the breasts.

Mastopexy is done to stretch out the skin, remove excess and reshape the tissue. The position of the areolas and nipples will be enhanced to become more aesthetically pleasing. In some cases, the stretched areolae may also be reduced to create a more proportioned breast.

Types of Breast Lift

As we said, there are many techniques cosmetic surgeons use to lift the breasts in women. The technique used differs depending on a few factors: the patient's breast tissue, personal goals, and excess skin that should be removed.

After a surgeon has established the goal of the individual and the condition of the breasts, they may choose one of the following types of breast lifting procedures:

Crescent Lift

This technique is used on women with very little sagging of their breasts. It is done by making a small incision that runs around the top half of the areola's edge. The surgeon then pulls up and tightens the skin, which causes it to lift and tighten.

The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. In some cases, the doctor may need to remove breast tissue to make room for the new skin. This is called an expander implantation. After the surgery, the patient will wear a bra-like garment.

Vertical Lift

The vertical or 'Lollipop' lift is used to correct a sagging that is considered moderate. In this case, the surgeon removes the excess skin to reshape the breasts of the woman. This technique includes two incisions that, interestingly, create a lollipop shape. One incision goes from the bottom of the areola down to the nipple, and another incision goes along the outer side of the breast. Both incisions are made vertically.

Modified Crescent Lift

In this type of breast lift, the surgeon makes a single incision that runs across the top of the areola. He or she then lifts the skin and tightens it using stitches. The result is a more youthful-looking breast with less drooping.

The procedure can be performed on either side of the body. It's most often done in combination with other procedures such as liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, and neck.

Tension-Free Lift

In this method, the surgeon uses a combination of horizontal and vertical incisions. The horizontal incision is placed at the center of the areola. The vertical incision is made just below the areola. The surgeon then stretches the skin and tightens the area.

Peri-Areolar Lift

The peri-areolar or 'Donut' lift is used in cases of mild sagging and for those who want to reduce the size of the areola.

The procedure involves making a small incision around the areola, lifting it up and then pulling it back down into place. The skin is closed with dissolvable stitches.

It can be done under local anaesthetic alone or as part of an IV sedation.

A breast lift will not remove any excess fat from your breasts but it may help you feel more confident about your breasts.

Inverted T Lift

Also referred to as the 'Anchor' lift, this is the most dramatic technique for breast correction. In this case, the surgeon makes three incisions to remove the excess skin and the sagging tissues of the woman.

After breast lift surgery, with or without breast implants,  women will notice a more youthful contour, and the breast will be firmer and more uplifted. Opting for a breast lift adds a more aesthetic shape and firmness to sagging breasts. This not only restores a woman's youth but also helps her feel more confident about her feminine proportions.

Breast Reduction Surgery

Some women opt to reduce their breast size during the same surgical procedure as the lift.  Doctor Vagotis has many before and after photos of her breast lift patients.

Advice on activities after your breast lift procedure

After a breast lift, you may feel like you’re in the best shape of your life. But there are some things to keep in mind as you transition back into your normal routine. Here are some tips for getting back to your pre-surgery self:

Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity until Dr. Vagotis clears you..

Take the pain medication prescribed when you experience pain

If you’ve been working out regularly before your procedure, continue your regimen with Dr. Vagotis says it is safe. This helps keep the newly formed skin in place while it heals.

Breast augmentation using implants

If you want larger breasts but don't have enough fat to fill them out, this is your best option. Implants are made from silicone gel, which has been approved by the FDA as safe for use in humans. They come in different shapes and sizes. Silicone implants are usually recommended when a woman chooses augmentation with a lift.

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Breast Lift FAQs

What is a breast lift or Mastopexy?

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

Who are suitable candidates for a breast lift?

Women who have sagging breasts due to aging, weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or gravity could be suitable candidates for a breast lift. The best candidates are those who are healthy, maintain a stable weight and do not smoke.

How does a breast lift differ from a Rhytidectomy?

While both procedures aim to enhance body contours by removing excess skin and tightening tissues, they target different areas of the body. A rhytidectomy, or facelift, focuses on improving signs of aging in the face and neck while a mastopexy is designed specifically to uplift saggy breasts.

What are some potential risks or complications associated with a breast lift?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved such as infection, bleeding, scarring or adverse reaction to anesthesia. Specific to mastopexy there may be changes in nipple or breast sensation temporarily or permanently and unevenly positioned nipples.

Can you combine other surgeries with a Breast Lift?

Yes! Many women choose to combine their breast lift with other procedures like augmentation (breast implants) to add volume along with elevation or reduction for overly large breasts; it's often part of a mommy makeover which includes tummy tuck too.