Breast Lift or Mastopexy is a procedure to correct the problems of breast droop, deflation, and volume reduction. The most common causes of these problems are ageing, pregnancy, and weight loss. A consistent factor among all causes is a loss of collagen, which degrades breast tissue elasticity.
Typical patients are older women ages 35-60 who often combine an augmentation with their breast lift as a way to maximize body contour rejuvenation.
The Breast Lift Procedure
The procedure involves either partial or circumferential incisions of breast tissues usually with the nipple repositioned to create a proper asthetic result. A standard mastopexy will use only the patient’s own breast tissues and does not involve any fat transfer. The surgical challenge arises with the choice of incision as the surgeon must consider several factors such as areola position, skin elasticity and if an implant will be utilized.
The most popular variants are:
1). Circumareolar Mastopexy: also known as a doughnut breast uplift, it involves an incision around the nipple and is often used for correcting mild and modest breast ptosis.
2). Circumvertical Mastopexy: This is also known as Lollipop Breast Lift. It is a modification of the cirmcumareolar in which incision is made both around the areola and vertically downward.
3). Wise-Pattern Mastopexy: The wise pattern mastopexy is for correcting the most severe breast drooping. It involves incisions which are done around the areola, a vertical line, as well as a horizontal crease.
Recovery After Breast Mastopexy
The recovery process of breast mastopexy begins with the removal of sutures a few days after surgery. Patients will be required to wear a compression garment for about 2-3 weeks post-op. Full recovery will probably require a bit over 2 months.