What is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)?
Breast lift surgery, also called a mastopexy, lifts sagging breasts and removes stretched skin. You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if your breasts have lost their natural firmness after pregnancy, nursing, substantial weight loss, or aging. It may also be helpful if your areolas (pigmented areas around nipples) are enlarged. The breast lift procedure is sometimes combined with breast augmentation surgery, and can also be performed alone for women who desire more shapely breasts without increased size. A breast lift is also an inherent part of a breast reduction surgery.
How We Perform Breast Lift Surgery
It is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will go home a couple of hours after the procedure. There are several procedures for performing a breast lift in Denver. Dr. Hunsicker and Dr. Nguyen typically use various types of incision patterns depending on the severity of your droop.
This involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast for severe droop or a lollipop pattern in those with less droop. After lifting and repositioning the breast, Dr. Hunsicker or Dr. Nguyen will insert a surgical mesh called GalaSHAPE®. GalaSHAPE® acts as an internal bra to hold the weight of the breast mound. The mesh will dissolve over the next 24 months creating a scar tissue plane which in turn gives you a forever internal bra! Not only do you get better long term results it also aids with the healing of the incision by keeping the weight off the scar. Once the mesh has been placed Dr. Hunsicker and Dr. Nguyen will close the incisions using a combination of internal sutures (that will dissolve on their own) and Dermabond (a surgical super glue) on the skin surface. This combination helps to minimize scarring.
Does a Breast Lift Require Anesthesia?
Your breast lift surgery is usually performed under IV sedation.
How Long Does a Mastopexy Procedure Take?
The procedure can be as short as 2 hours if performed alone, or up to 3.5 hours if combined with a breast augmentation procedure.
What Will the Recovery Process Look Like After a Breast Lift?
After surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruising that will quickly subside. If you have only the lift (with no augmentation), your discomfort should be relatively minor, but you will have medication should you need it. If you have a lift with augmentation, you will have slightly more discomfort due to muscle spasm. We use Exparel® to help significantly reduce the amount of prescription pain medication needed after surgery, as well as the need for narcotics. This helps make for a more comfortable recovery time for our patients. You should expect to have lifting and physical activity restrictions for 4-6 weeks. It is usually best to plan for a week of downtime prior to returning to work.
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Breast Lift FAQs
Mastopexy can treat sagging breasts that have lost shape and volume. It may be right for you if 1) your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape, 2) when unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease, 3) your nipples and areolas point downward, 4) you have stretched skin and enlarged areolas, or 5) one breast is lower than the other.
Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You will wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts during healing. A thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid that collects after surgery. You will be given instructions about aftercare, medications, and follow-up appointments.
Breast lift surgery in Denver risks can vary from patient to patient, and all surgery carries with it a risk of complications. Dr. Hunsicker and Dr. Nguyen can review the most common risks to breast lift surgery at your consultation, based on your specific clinical factors.
Learn More About Breast Lift Surgery In Denver
Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery has been providing patients in the Denver area with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results.
Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for a breast lift. Our office is conveniently located in Littleton, only 15 minutes from University of Denver, 25 minute away from Denver, CO and 50 minutes away from Denver International Airport.