A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to return youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity or the effects of gravity. The procedure can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and it can be combined with breast augmentation for added breast volume and firmness. Breasts of any size can be lifted and can also be combined with a reduction, as well. (See ‘breast reduction’ for an explanation of the incision options).
Women planning to have children may consider postponing this surgery, since pregnancy and nursing can counteract its effects by stretching the skin. Mastopexy may also affect your ability to breast-feed.
After surgery, a bra is worn fulltime for several weeks, but a return to work can be relatively quick, depending on a patient’s profession. Patient’s are advised not to purchase new expensive bras until several months after surgery, when all the swelling and final changes to breast shape are complete. Dr. Berger usually performs the procedure on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.