Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breast for a time. No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity and aging. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume, for example, after pregnancy, breast implants in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.
By removing excess skin below the nipple, and moving the nipple and areola to a higher position, the breast can be reshaped. The milk ducts and nipples remain intact, so future nursing is possible. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and sometimes along the lower crease of the breast. If you’re having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall.
After surgery, your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a few days, and most patients return to work the next week.