Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is done to restore a more youthful, perky shape to the breasts. Ptosis is the term used to describe droopiness of the breast, and a mastopexy reverses this process. There are three common types of mastopexy incisions:
- Peri-areolar: this type of incision extends only around the areola (below, left).
- Lollipop: A lollipop incision will correct a greater amount of ptosis than a peri-areolar incision. This type of incision starts around the nipple, then extends down the front of the breast (below, center).
- Anchor-style incision: identical to the incision used in breast reduction, an anchor-style incision is essentially a lollipop incision with a horizontal incision in the crease below the breast. This will correct even very severe ptosis (below, right).
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A small amount of breast tissue may be removed during a mastopexy to help reshape the breast mound, but this does not generally result in a visibly smaller breast.
Recovery after mastopexy is very similar to recovery after a breast reduction. Most of Dr. Greer’s patients take prescription pain medicine for the first 2 or 3 days, then transition over to ibuprofen or Tylenol. Dr. Greer also recommends no lifting >15lbs and no vigorous exercise during the first four weeks to allow your incisions to heal. The majority of patients return to work within a few days unless their job requires intense physical activity.
Before and After Photos***
***All patient results may vary, these procedures are for cosmetic purposes only and results are not guaranteed, nor are permanent. All patients are different and in no way will any procedures be alike, nor the recovery period.