Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breasts tend to droop as we age, thanks to gravity, childbirth, breastfeeding, or simply changes in weight over time. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape breasts that have sagged over time due to these conditions. The procedure raises the nipples to a more aesthetically pleasing level and effectively reshapes the breasts.
Simply put, a mastopexy procedure removes extra skin, reshapes and elevates the breast mound, and places the nipple in a more aesthetically appealing position. Scars from the procedure can be around the areola-nipple complex, vertically down from the nipple, along with the bottom of the breast, or a combination of the above. If loss of volume is part of your story, a breast implant can be placed at the same time to fully rejuvenate your breasts. Compared to many other breast surgeries, breast lifts are truly an artistic endeavor and your choice of surgeon is critical. Dr. Coan is an expert in cosmetic breast surgery and will examine you and discuss your desires and help you to decide on your best option. Come to CARE and explore the possibilities.
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
An implant serves to increase the size of an otherwise normal shaped breast, while a breast lift aims to correct the shape of a breast. An ideal breast shape has a nipple that sits above the infra-mammary fold. Our double board-certified plastic surgeon will work to determine the best surgery for you and your aesthetic goals.
How long does a breast lift last?
While nothing is permanent, breast lifts can last several years or even decades depending on the patient’s age and lifestyle. Breasts are subject to changes that naturally occur in life, including but not limited to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
Will a breast lift reduce cup size?
During a breast lift procedure, there is a small amount of skin that is removed in order to tighten the envelope and produce a perkier, lifted breast. This aims to correct the overall shape of the breast. Subsequently, the vast majority of our patients incidentally feel smaller after having a breast lift. As a general rule, a small, perkier breast tends to feel smaller than a large, pendulous breast.