Breast Lift

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift, referred to medically as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and firm up tissue that causes sagging of the breasts.

What does a breast lift improve?

Breasts often begin to sag as a result of aging, gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, heredity or weight fluctuation.

A breast lift can:

  • Raise breasts
  • Create a rejuvenated contour

A breast lift cannot, however, increase the volume of the breast or round out the top of the breast to make a fuller shape. A breast lift could be combined with a breast augmentation surgery to achieve such goals. Neither can a breast lift decrease the size of the breast. It would need to be done in conjunction with breast reduction surgery to achieve that goal.

How is the procedure performed?

There are many considerations regarding a breast lift procedure. Incision patterns are based on the size and shape of the patient's breasts, the size and position of the areolas, the degree of sagging and the condition of the patient's skin. Dr. Moosavi will sit down with each patient to discuss ways to achieve the safest, most natural aesthetic results. A breast lift requires anesthesia, but is an outpatient procedure.

What are the risks?

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Bleeding/Blood clotting issues
  • Change in sensation
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Fat necrosis (when fatty tissue found deep in the skin dies)
  • Partial or total loss of areola
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac or pulmonary complications
  • Unsatisfactory results

What can be expected after the surgery?

Will I have bandages/drainage tubes?

Dressings and bandages are applied to incisions, and a drainage tube may be used to drain excess fluid.

How soon can I return to work?
Every patient is different, but most patients can return to work within about two weeks of surgery.

How soon will I have achieved results?
It could take a few weeks to reach final results, after the swelling subsides. Incision scarring could take several months or longer to fade.

Is a breast lift covered by insurance?

A breast lift is a cosmetic surgery and is not covered by insurance companies.