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Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

How is a Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) Performed?

Sagging breasts are generally observed after pregnancy and breastfeeding, excessive gains and losses of weight, or the first occurrence of menopause and due to the influence of gravity and hormones. In these cases, the skin loses elasticity and starts to sag and deform. The nipples get at or below the infra-mammary line.

The breast lift surgery, a.k.a. mastopexy, removes the excess skin, raises and firms the nipples at optimal position, tightens the surrounding tissue, including the internal breast tissue as well, and reshapes and supports the new breast contour.


• The nipples getting at or below the infra-mammary line
• Sagging, pain on the neck and at the back, stooping due to oversized breasts, skin irritations, textural bruises and contusions caused by bras etc.
• Mastopexy can be performed on any individual at or above the age of 20, who has a clinically proven need for this procedure, or is otherwise totally dissatisfied with the size, shape or appearance of the breasts


• The procedure requires general anaesthesia
• The surgery takes 2.5 to 3 hours in average
• The patient may return home upon release on the same day
• Follow-up care is usually scheduled at the end of two weeks after surgery, for the removal of stitches
• The patient will have to use sports bras for about four weeks after the surgery to support the new breast contour


• The procedure does not prevent breasting
• The breasts have a more firm, youthful and raised appearance after the operation

Frequently Asked Questions

If there is a future or forthcoming plan for another pregnancy, the breast lift surgery should be postponed until after the gestation period. Because pregnancy induces moderate to serious changes in breasts, as well as in the whole body appearance. Since the breasts will undergo an immense shape shift post partum, sagging will recur. Also fast and/or excessive weight gains and losses are among the causes of change in the size and appearance of breasts.
Scars are an inevitable part of any invasive surgery like this one, which may endure for periods varying in length depending on the degree of sagging, nipple conditions, or, a pseudoptosis of the breasts. Highly thick and prominent at the beginning, the scars will fade with time and become barely noticeable.
The breast lift surgery sanctions a head start of 1.5 months for the performance of any activity like swimming, upon clinical release. Besides, such activities as sunbathing or paying visits to a tanning booth require longer times. The patient should better avoid sunbathing and visiting a tanning booth for at least 3 months after undergoing such an operation. The patient is also strongly advised to use a high factor sun cream at the end of the said quarterly period.
Sagging will occur no matter what, especially if the genetic material is highly permissive since there is not a tissue in existence as firm and sturdy as necessary to help breasts resist gravity and hold them in position. Sagging of this kind is not curable by any known herbal treatment, massage therapy or medication.
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