Breast lift surgery—medically referred to as mastopexy—is a cosmetic procedure performed to resolve breast sagging and restore the breasts to a more youthful shape and position on the chest. This usually requires lifting and repositioning the breast volume to a higher and more natural position on the chest wall, repositioning the nipple-areolar complexes to a higher position on the breast, and often decreasing the size of the areolas. Key benefits of mastopexy typically include a rejuvenated breast aesthetic; enhanced breast contour and symmetry; a better look and fit in various clothes, bras, and swimsuits; and improved confidence and self-image.
Located in Kelowna, board-certified plastic surgeon Brian J. Miller, MD is highly skilled and experienced in tailoring breast lift surgery to achieve exceptional outcomes based on his patients’ specific cosmetic concerns and goals. By personalizing a mastopexy treatment plan for you, he can help you achieve your desired breast appearance with truly natural-looking results.
For more information about breast lift surgery, we invite you to continue reading the sections below and/or contact us today to book a consultation with Dr. Miller.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery can often be an excellent option for women who wish to:
- Correct breast sagging (ptosis)
- Improve breast shape without increasing breast size
- Raise the position and projection of the breasts
- Resolve breast contour issues or asymmetries
- Improve the proportion, symmetry, and/or position of the nipple-areolar complexes
- Restore the breasts to their pre-pregnancy or pre-weight loss appearance
- Rejuvenate the overall look of the breasts
It is important to note that while mastopexy can improve breast shape and restore some fullness to the upper pole of the breast, it will not enhance the size of the breasts. Therefore, if a simultaneous increase in breast volume is desired, a combination of mastopexy and breast augmentation may be most appropriate.
What Does the Breast Lift Procedure Involve?
The breast lift procedure is performed using a wise pattern (anchor), vertical (lollipop), or periareolar (donut) incision, with the wise pattern and vertical techniques being far more common. Through the selected incision, Dr. Miller will excise extra skin, elevate the breasts to a more desirable position, and reshape glandular tissue until an optimal outcome is attained. If needed, he will also adjust the size and/or location of the nipple-areolar complexes to create a more proportionate and natural look. Total treatment time typically takes about two hours, and patients can return home, and most patients can return home the same day under the care of a friend or family member.
What Is Recovery from a Breast Lift Like?
After breast lift surgery, you can expect some degree of bruising and/or swelling initially, though these symptoms should resolve with time. Post-operative discomfort is almost always manageable with oral pain medications. Office jobs, errands, and other non-strenuous daily routines can usually be resumed within the first one to two weeks, but you will need to refrain from heavy lifting, intense exercise, and other physical activities for a minimum of four weeks to allow for optimal healing. After this period, a gradual return to normal activities is generally possible.