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.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for mastopexy?
The breast lift is performed with general anesthesia.
Q – How are breast lifts performed?
The breast lift involves a periareola and inverted T incision which circles the areola, extends in a vertical line below the nipple, and runs horizontally along the crease beneath the breast. Excess skin and tissue are then removed and the nipple and areola are lifted to a higher position.
Q – How long does is the surgery for mastopexy?
The surgery for the breast lift is about two to three hours long.
Q – Where are the incisions made for mastopexy?
Mastopexy is performed with a periareola and inverted T incision. This is located around the areola and extends in a vertical line below the nipple and horizontally along the crease below the breast.
Q – Does mastopexy leave scars?
The incision made for mastopexy does result in a scar. It is located around the areola, runs vertically below the nipple, and ends in a horizontal line in the crease beneath the breast.
Q – Is mastopexy a painful procedure?
Patients may experience some discomfort and medication can be taken to manage this.
Q – How long is the recovery after mastopexy?
The recovery after the breast lifts takes about seven to ten days.
Q – What is the recovery like after mastopexy?
Patients can expect a recovery time of about seven to ten days after the breast lift procedure. Swelling, bruising, and numbness may occur. A soft support bra may need to be worn for several weeks after surgery.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my mastopexy procedure?
Patients are often able to return to work within a few days after the breast lift procedure.
Q – When will I be able to exercise after my mastopexy surgery?
Patients will need to postpone strenuous activities and exercise for about four to six weeks after the breast lift.
Q – What are the risks or possible complications of mastopexy?
The potential risks or complications associated with the breast lift may include bleeding, infection, loss of nipple sensation, and delayed wound healing.
Q – Is it possible to finance my mastopexy procedure
There are financing options available for plastic surgery, and Dr. Vitenas will discuss these with you during your initial breast lift consultation. Please visit our financing options page for more info.