What is a breast lift (mastopexy)?

Performed by our board certified plastic surgeons at Samra Plastic Surgery in Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, breast lift surgery raises or ” lifts” sagging breasts while reshaping and repositioning the breast tissue. The size of the areola can also be reduced during breast lift surgery. Furthermore, if you have small breasts that have lost volume due to pregnancy or other factors, breast implants can be inserted during breast lift surgery to increase both size and firmness.

About breast lift surgery

At our cosmetic surgery offices in Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, our plastic surgeons perfirm breast lift surgery usually in an hour and a half to three hours and is usually done under general anesthesia.

Our cosmetic surgeons will advise you on the which breast lift procedure is right for you. The placement of incision, and therefore scar left on the breast, will be determined by the amount of skin necessary to resect in order to achieve the desired lift. For breast lift surgery patients who require a minimal amount of tightening, the surgical scar may be confined to a circle on top or around the areola. In those that need a moderate breast lift surgery, this areolar scar may be combined with a vertical scar to maximize reshaping. This procedure is often called a “lollipop lift” as the final scar looks like a lollipop. If you are receiving a breast implant during your breast lift surgery, the implant will be placed either under the breast tissue or under the muscle of the chest wall depending on your needs or desires.

For a woman requiring a substantial amount of tightening of the breast, an anchor-shaped incision may be made, following the breast’s natural contour. The incisions made during breast lift surgery determine the new nipple location and outline the areas from which excess skin and tissue will be removed. After excess skin and tissue are removed, both the areola and nipple are repositioned and the breast is lifted and reshaped.

Recovery after breast lift surgery

After your breast lift surgery, your plastic surgeon will place a surgical bra over surgical gauze. Your breasts will be uncomfortable for a day or two. Any discomfort you experience will likely be relieved with oral medications.

One to two days after your breast lift surgery, bandages will be removed. You will then wear a soft support bra without an underwire for four to six weeks. The stitches will be removed after a week or two. Initial swelling will tend to flatten the breasts, but your true shape will become evident as the swelling resolves. Most of the sutures are placed under the skin and will dissolve over time.

Moisturizer can be useof on your breasts if they are dry after breast lift surgery. If you do use moisturizer, do not tug at your skin during application and keep the moisturizer away from stitch or suture areas until they have healed.

Post-surgical swelling will cause some numbness to your breast skin and nipples, but this loss of sensation will likely fade during the next several weeks as the swelling resolves. Some patients report that this loss of sensation persists for a year or more and in rare cases this condition is permanent. If you experience any complications following your visit to our cosmetic surgery practice in Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, contact our breast lift surgeon immediately.

Following breast lift surgery, you may be up and moving in a couple of days. Most patients do not return to work for a week or more following the surgery. You will need to avoid overhead lifting and strenuous activities for three to four weeks following breast lift surgery. Because your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact, breast lift surgery should not affect your ability to breast-feed. As with all surgery, we recommend no activity that causes increase in heart rate or blood pressure for two to three weeks after surgery.

Potential risks and complications

As with any other surgery performed at our practice in Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, breast lift surgery presents some possible complications or reactions to the anesthesia. Bleeding and infection following breast lift surgery are not common and can cause scars to widen. Breast lift surgery does leave noticeable and permanent scars, although the scars should be covered by your bra. Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers. It may be necessary for smokers to have separate breast lift and breast implant surgeries rather than performing them at the same time. Other uncommon complications of breast lift surgery are unevenly positioned nipples, or a permanent loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts.

To learn more about our cosmetic surgery office in Monmouth County and Old Bridge, New Jersey or to speak with a breast lift surgeon, contact Samra Plastic Surgery today.

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