Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
For many patients, the effects of weight loss can be profound on the volume and skin of their breasts. This loss of volume and elasticity of the breast can lead to drooping, also known as ptosis. A breast lift can restore a more youthful breast shape, position, and appearance.
There are three main types of breast lift depending on the degree of sagging (ptosis).
- Crescent: This is always combined with an augmentation procedure. This is used for minimal ptosis or drooping. The incision is on the upper ½ of the nipple. This lift is used only to move the nipple and areola to a better position on the breast mound.
- Peri-areolar: This is useful in moderate ptosis or drooping. The incision is completely around the nipple. In this lift, not only are the nipple and areola elevated but excess skin is removed resulting in a more rounded shape to the breast.
- Full or “Inverted T”: This is used for severe ptosis of the nipple and breast tissue. The incision is around the nipple, vertical beneath the nipple and along the fold of the breast as in an “anchor” pattern. In this lift the nipple, areola and breast tissue are elevated to a better anatomical position. The excess skin is also removed resulting in a much-improved shape and positioning of the entire breast.
Any of these lifting procedures can be combined with an augmentation procedure to add volume to the breast as well as improving the overall shape.
How do I prepare for a Breast Lift after Weight Loss?
In your initial consultation with Dr. Antimarino, make sure to discuss your expectations for the procedure. This is the time to discuss your concerns and your goals as he will design a surgical plan specifically for you.
You may want to come in with a list of questions that you want answered before the procedure. This will eliminate any confusion, and will provide you with the most comfortable experience at Bellissimo Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa.
The use of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or other supplements that may increase bruising should be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Lastly, you will also want to read through our patient resources, such as our note of privacy policies and surgeon checklist, to better educate yourself about the entire surgical process.
SURGERY: A breast lift is a routine outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient accredited surgical center. The procedure can last 1-3 hours, dependent upon implant involvement and what type of lift is to be performed.
AFTER SURGERY: Patients are discharged home with a light dressing and support bra. The support bra is worn for approximately 2 weeks. After this time the patient may wear any bra of their choosing. Most patients may return to work in one week and most women are back to exercising in three weeks.