Breast Lift - The Basics
Friday, June 28, 2013
A breast lift (also known as
“mastoplexy”) is the process of using plastic surgery to improve a woman’s
figure by lifting and reshaping the breasts, giving a more shapely and youthful
appearance. A common cosmetic problem addressed by a breast lift is the sagging
of the breasts.
The medical term for this sagging is
breast ptosis. Breast sagging is a normal occurrence. The main unavoidable
causes of this sagging are gravity and time (aging). Breast ptosis may be
further magnified by pregnancy, breastfeeding, decrease in skin elasticity, and
Breast lifts are a common and
increasingly popular plastic surgery procedure. According to the American
Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were nearly 90,000 breast lift
procedures performed in the United States in the year 2010. That represents a
70% increase from the year 2000.
A breast lift is not the same thing as a
breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, although these other procedures
are sometimes combined with a breast lift.
Are you a good candidate for a breast
A good candidate should be in good
overall health for her age, be stable emotionally, and have realistic
What are the basic procedures and
techniques used in a breast lift?
The doctor may use general anesthesia or
local anesthesia with heavy sedation. A breast lift may be performed at a
surgical center or a hospital. The surgery typically lasts from one to three
hours. This may be a little longer if the patient is also getting breast implants.
A breast lift patient normally returns home the same day the procedure is
The standard methods for performing a
breast lift vary depending on the amount of ptosis the patient has, the overall
breast volume, the quantity of excess skin, nipple position, and areola size
and position. Breast augmentation (implants) may be employed to improve ptosis,
especially minor ptosis. Removing excess skin may make for additional
No breast tissue is removed in a breast
lift, so you will remain the same size, although your breasts will seem larger
because the skin is tightened.