Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to lift the breasts. The procedure can improve sagging and a decrease in volume which may result from age, gravity, or pregnancy. Mastopexy may be combined with breast augmentation for additional volume and upper pole fullness (fullness in the upper portion of the breast). Good candidates for a breast lift include women who are in good health with a loss of shape of the breast and nipple malposition.
Dr. Vitenas performs mastopexy at the Day Surgery Center, an outpatient facility at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. The surgery takes two to three hours to complete and is performed with general anesthesia.
A periareola and inverted T incision is made which circles around the areola, extends in a vertical line below the nipple, then runs horizontally along the crease below the breast. Once the incision is made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are elevated to a higher position.
The recovery after the breast lift takes about seven to ten days. While pain generally isn’t too severe, medication can be taken to help control any discomfort that patients experience. Swelling and bruising are common, and some numbness may also occur. Patients are often required to a soft support bra for several weeks after surgery. Work can usually be resumed within a few days, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for four to six weeks.
Q – What is mastopexy?
Mastopexy, more commonly known as a breast lift, is a plastic surgery which lifts the breasts, improving sagging and a decrease in volume that may have occurred from age, gravity, or pregnancy. Mastopexy may be performed with breast augmentation for patients seeking additional volume and upper pole fullness.
Q – Who is a candidate for mastopexy?
Women who are in good health and looking to improve a loss of shape of the breast and nipple malposition may be good candidates for the breast lift. Patients seeking additional volume and upper pole fullness may be candidates for a combined breast lift and breast augmentation.
Q – What should I expect during a consultation for mastopexy?
During the consultation for mastopexy, Dr. Vitenas will go over your complete medical history, take the time to understand your goals, and answer all of your questions. You will see pre-op and post-op photos of previous breast lift patients, and computer imaging will be used to help you visualize your own personal results. Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes, and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, the recovery, the risks, the costs, and financing options.
Q – Where is the surgery for a breast lift performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the surgery for mastopexy at the Day Surgery Center, an outpatient facility at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
Q – What is the price for a mastopexy (breast lift) surgery?
In general, the total cost of mastopexy (breast lift) includes the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon’s fee. The price can range from $11,000 – $13,500 depending on the surgical technique, type of implant if needed and level of correction that is desired. For a more specific idea of the cost of the mastopexy (breast lift) procedure feel free to upload your photos to our contact us form.