A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure to tighten
your breast skin and tissue for a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. Your breasts
can lose their firmness and shape due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding,
weight changes, or heredity, but these changes can be counteracted with
How a breast lift is performed
Breast lift surgery is performed with intravenous anesthesia
or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make incisions around your areolas and
remove excess skin and tissue. Your nipple and areolas will be repositioned
higher on your breast, and if necessary, your areolas will be reduced in size
as well. Your surgeon will close all incisions with a combination of sutures,
adhesive, and/or surgical tape. The procedure takes about two hours.
You will have pain, discomfort, and swelling after surgery,
but this will subside in a few days. You can start returning to your normal routine
after one week, but you’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for four to six
Scarring can be a significant concern for women getting a
breast lift. The size and position of your scars can vary depending on the
anatomy of your breasts. The scars will fade over time to become less
noticeable, and over the counter scar creams can help speed this up.
Costs of mastopexy
Breast lift surgery costs can vary significantly, and are
affected by your location, your surgeon’s experience, and any pre or
post-surgery treatment. Health insurance is unlikely to cover the costs of a
breast lift, but you can discuss costs directly with your surgeon and health
insurance provider for exact information.