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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

For a more youthful breast contour

Reasons for Considering a Breast Lift

  • If you have sagging breasts due to past pregnancies, genetics or aging.
  • If your sagging is too great to be treated with an implant alone.
  • If the pigmented areas around nipples (nipple-areolar complexes) are enlarged.

Procedure Description

The design of the incisions can vary but usually include incisions around your nipple-areolar complex and in the crease under your breast. The nipple-areolar complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and your breast is reshaped in a pleasing contour and in a more normal position. The insertion of a breast implant, as well, may be considered.

  • Anesthesia: General or sedation 
  • Length of stay: Outpatient (home the same day)

Recovery Process

  • Exercise: May be resumed in 1 or 2 weeks
  • Discomfort: Mild to moderate (controlled with prescription pain medication)
  • Bandages: You will go home in a bra or breast wrap with only light dressings over the incision lines. Your bra is worn as a "dressing" for 2 to 3 weeks.

Other Options For Your Consideration

Additional procedures that may enhance your results are a breast reduction, breast enlargement or breast fat grafts.

Insurance Information

This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by your insurance.

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