Breast Surgery – The Breast Lift
Large or small, breasts can start drooping over time and require a lift. Known as mastopexy, breast lift is a surgical procedure that involves correcting sagging breasts - or breast ptosis.
Breast ptosis is caused by the loosening of the mammary glands and the stretching of the skin that is loosing elasticity. Women who resort to breast lifting can enjoy firm and rejuvenated breasts. After this aesthetic surgery, the breasts are lifted and the nipples, repositioned.
Make no mistakes. There are different types of breast ptosis just as there are several breast lifting techniques. It is possible that during the procedure, the surgeon has to combine a breast augmentation with a breast lift to increase the size of small breasts and at the same time restore their attractive shape. After a breast remodelling, the surgeon may also have to remove excess skin and glandular tissue.
Breast Lift vs. Breast Reduction: Which One Should you Choose?
Women who want to improve the appearance of their breasts often tend to confuse breast lift and breast reduction. This confusion is understandable since both, breast lift and breast reduction, have many points in common. Though similar in many ways, they are quite different. In order to help you make an informed decision, it is important to distinguish between those two types of surgical procedures. Let's see what exactly they consist of.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is NOT intended to decrease or increase the size of the breasts. That being said, it is often performed together with a breast reduction or a breast augmentation surgery.
A breast lift aims to improve the shape of the breasts by raising and remodelling them. Several factors contribute to breast sagging: breastfeeding, pregnancy, aging and rapid weight loss. This surgery also aims to correct the position of the nipples and areolas. In short, mastopexy is an operation that consists in restoring the shape and firmness of drooping breasts.
Here are some physical features that a breast lift can correct:
- Drooping breasts or breasts that have a cylindrical shape.
- Flat breasts.
- One breast lower than the other.
- Areoles or nipples lower than the inframammary fold.
- Areolas or nipples pointing downward.
What Is a Breast Reduction?
Reduction mammoplasty or breast reduction surgery is also used to correct sagging breasts. But beyond the purely aesthetic purpose, this surgical procedure is performed mainly to relieve discomfort due to the large size of the breasts.
- Your large breasts cause pain in your the neck, shoulders and back.
- You always feel an irritation under the lower crease of your breasts, especially during hot weather.
- Your generous breasts limit your ability to do physical activities.
Breast lift and breast reduction can both improve the appearance of your breasts, but each of these surgical procedures have different goals. A consultation with Dr. Guertin will help determine if you need a breast lift, a breast reduction or both.
What to Expect from the Surgery
The duration of surgery for a breast lift is about two or three hours since it is performed under general anaesthesia. Local anaesthesia will be performed if the doctor plans to remove a smaller volume. The procedure is less painful because the breast muscle is not affected as in the case of breast augmentation. One to two hours after the surgery, the patient can go home.
The normal resumption of your professional activities is possible within two weeks after the operation. It is advisable to wait about four weeks to resume intense physical activities such as training or the practice of a sport that involves arm movements.
As with any breast surgery, the scars will be apparent during the first few months, but they will gradually fade and become less visible over time. The results of the breast lift will improve during the weeks and months following surgery.