Breast Lift / Mastopexy
What is a breast lift on the Main line of philadelphia?
Mastopexy (breast lift) is a surgical procedure for lifting and reshaping sagging breasts. Aging, pregnancy, weight loss and gravity can all cause breasts to sag. By trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissue, breasts can be made to sit higher on the chest and be firmer to the touch. In addition, the nipple and areola can be repositioned or resized to further enhance breast appearance. During your personal consultation at our Main Line office, ask our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Claytor if you are a candidate for a breast lift.
Candidates for Mastopexy
An eligible mastopexy candidate is in good overall health, maintains a stable weight, and has realistic expectations about what mastopexy can do. A woman who chooses to undergo mastopexy has one or more of the following:
- Sagging breasts
- Breasts that have lost shape or volume
- Breasts that are flat or elongated
- Nipples which are descended on the chest wall
The Mastopexy Procedure
Mastopexy is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Depending on the size and shape of the breasts, as well as the degree of sagging and amount of excess skin, the scars will likely be around the nipple areola area. In cases where more excess skin is needed to be removed, the scars may need to extend vertically down to the inframammary fold and in some cases for an inverted “T” with incisions along the underside of the breast in the inframammary fold.
The periareolar incisions are for small breasts. The inverted “T” incisions are for breasts which have much more ptosis or drooping with more soft tissue and skin to be removed in order to shape the breast.
Mastopexy Periareolar Incision Before
Mastopexy Periareolar Incision After
Recovery from Mastopexy
For a few days following mastopexy, patients are likely to have bruising, soreness and swelling. Breasts are usually wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra post operatively. You will be able to shower with in a few days following surgery. Stitches are usually absorbable but in some cases you will have sutures which need to be removed. Most patients return to work within a week. Exercise and other strenuous activity should be limited for about a month.
Results of Mastopexy
Mastopexy produces immediate results. The new nipple position redefines the shape and aesthetics of the breast with a more youthful appearance.
schedule a consultation
If you are interested in a Breast Lift, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (610) 527-4833 to schedule a consultation with Main Line Top Doctor, Dr. Claytor. Our plastic surgery practice serves patients from Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Maine Line and surrounding areas.