Breast lift or mastopexy

Tones sagging breasts…

Definition and objectives

Breast ptosis is defined by a sagging of the gland and a distension of the skin that surrounds it. The breast is positioned low and too frequently "empty" in its upper part. There are different degrees of ptosis.

Ptosis may exist as of puberty but most often occurs after a weight loss or during a pregnancy. It can be isolated, i.e. pure ptosis, and may also be associated to some degree to breast hypertrophy and asymmetry.

A breast ptosis might also occur in a small breast (breast hypoplasia or hypotrophy). A breast lift can be performed as of the end of puberty.

A subsequent pregnancy is definitely possible, as well as breastfeeding, but it is advisable to wait for six months at least after surgery.

Procedure and scars

During surgery, skin excess is removed, the gland is remodeled and lifted, asymmetry is corrected and the nipple-areolar complex is repositioned in order to obtain harmonious, beautifully curved breasts.

The "vertical" technique is most often used and reduces the scars, leaving periareolar and vertical scars, around the areola between the brown and white skin and between the lower pole of the areola and the submammary fold.

In some cases of moderate breast ptosis or ptosis related to a lack of volume (breast hypoplasia), the periareolar technique is preferred and allows for the correction of ptosis with only a periareolar scar, and if necessary, the placement of implants to restore a satisfactory volume.

In addition to regular pre-operative examinations, a breast screening should be realized.

The procedure can be done under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia associated with sedation and takes about two hours.

The patient is hospitalized for one or two days.