Frequently Asked Questions
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes ptotic breasts or descended breasts. It involves removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding tissue, and repositioning the nipple and areola to create a more youthful appearance. The procedure can be combined with breast augmentation or reduction if desired.
A good candidate for a breast lift is typically someone who:
1. Has descended or drooping breasts due to factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, ageing, or genetics.
2. Is generally in good health and does not have any medical conditions that may impair healing or increase surgical risks.
3. Has realistic expectations about the results of the procedure.
4. Is at a stable weight, as significant weight fluctuations can affect the long-term results of a breast lift.
5. Does not plan to have children in the upcoming 2-3 years, as any future pregnancy and breastfeeding may change the shape of your breasts.
6. Is a non-smoker or is willing to quit smoking prior to surgery for a minimum of 6 weeks, and at least 6-8 weeks during the recovery period, as smoking can negatively affect healing.
It is important to note that a breast lift primarily addresses breast descent and may not significantly change the size of the breasts. If a person desires a change in breast size along with addressing breast descent, combining a breast lift with breast augmentation or reduction may be appropriate. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon is essential to determine candidacy for the procedure and to discuss individual goals and expectations.
The initial recovery period after a breast lift typically takes about 1-2 weeks. During this time, you may experience soreness, swelling, bruising, and discomfort. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding post-operative care, such as wearing a supportive bra and avoiding strenuous activities. After 2–3 weeks, you can usually return to non-strenuous work
and daily activities. Over the course of several months, the swelling and bruising will subside, and the breasts will settle into their new shape. It’s important to note that complete healing and final results can take several months, and the timeline can vary for each individual.